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Mary Risteau Papers

Identifier: R0077-MR

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Scope and Contents

The Mary Risteau Papers document aspects of Risteau's life and memory through the collection of clippings, correspondence, memorabilia, and other materials dating between 1846 and 1990. This collection includes correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, travel souvenirs, articles by Risteau, a poster, yearbook, photographs, and books. Formats are primarily textual, but also include still image materials.


  • 1846-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Mary Eliza Watters Risteau was born on April 24, 1890 and died July 24, 1978. A 1938 graduate of the University of Baltimore's School of Law, she was the first female member of the Maryland House of Delegates, the first female state senator in Maryland, and the first woman on the Maryland State Board of Education. Risteau was instrumental in the struggle to establish the principle of providing equal opportunity in education throughout the state.


0.67 Linear Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as a folder inventory housed within one box.

Custodial History

The collection was originally donated to the Maryland Historical Society by the Estate of Mary E.W. Risteau through Mrs. Fred L. Bull on May 26, 1979. A letter by Thomas G. Pullen, Jr. to the director of Society dated August 22, 1978 established the request of the University of Baltimore for pertinent Risteau papers, which were transferred at an unknown later date.

Processing Information

Materials were inventoried by archives staff after transfer from the Maryland Historical Society.

Finding aid for the Mary Risteau Papers
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2021).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA