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Collection on Stanley Hall Academy for Young Women

Identifier: M/A 0041

Description of Contents

The collection includes two boxes. One a scrapbook compiled by Ruth Ritteman. Box two includes a brief history of Stanley Hall, programs, annual class booklets, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ephemera.

Ruth's scrapbook includes a roll call of students, programs, mementos, newspaper clippings from theater, lectures, musical events, dances. Also included in the scrapbook are professional photographs of the interior and exterior of Stanley Hall, snapshots of classmates and friends, and an oversized photograph of students in front of a building. Other material include invitations, cards, broadsides, tickets, clippings, and a booklet on student life at Stanley Hall written by Principal Olive A. Evers and a directory of the departments, instruction, clubs and organizations, and classes offered. The scrapbook and accompanying material loose in the scrapbook documents activities and events of Minneapolis in the early 1920s and provide valuable material on a young woman’s academy in Minneapolis.


  • 1920 - 1921


Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


Stanley Hall was an English and Classical School for Girls. It opened in 1890 and was located at 10 East 17th Street in Minneapolis until it moved into its new facilities at 2118 Pleasant Avenue South in 1896 where it remained until 1921. It was also referred to as Stanley College.

Many items in the collection belonged to Ruth and Irene Ritteman. Ruth Ritteman and her sister Irene attended Stanley Hall from 1920 to 1921. Born to William Ritteman and Della Ellen Whaley, Ruth was afflicted with osteomyelitis (an infectious inflammatory disease of the bone marked by local death and separation of tissue) and very ill for the remainder of her childhood, and was confined to a wheel chair. Ruth was sent to Colorado Springs for health where she attended Colorado Springs High School, graduating in 1918. Before starting school at Stanley Hall, she underwent further treatments for her illness at Mayo Clinic. In August, 1920, Ruth received her certificate for home hygiene and care of sick training from the American Red Cross. She graduated from Stanley Hall in 1921, then attended Moorhead State Teacher's College, going on to become a teacher. Ruth was active in theater while at Stanley Hall and after graduation.

Irene Ritteman was completely deaf, but able to read lips. She attended classes at Stanley Hall and also graduated in 1921. She married Virgil Folger and they lived in Hawley. She had six children and 24 grandchildren.


1.33 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.