Beyond Domesticity: U.S. Women Writers, 1770-1915


Introduction l True Womanhood l New Women l Growing Up Female l Political Women l Suffrage l Abolition l Women and War l Work Outside the Home l Cookery and Fancy-Work l Work Inside the Home l Mothering l Marriage l Marriage and Divorce l Regionalism l Travel l Bestsellers l Highlights l English 437: Students Research Rare Books


mary mcquillan wedding certificate
My Wedding

Where the next section on Marriage and Divorce complicates women’s relationships in the nineteenth century, the objects here showcase fine goods and mementos from significant events in several women’s lives.

Mary McQuillan Fitzgerald, 1860-1936.
mary mcquillan wedding scrapbookMy Wedding.
Wedding album and scrapbook, 1900.
Shoes, ca. 1890.
mary mcquillian wedding shoesAmerican, silk and leather.
Matthew J. and Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
These shoes were worn by Mary (Mollie) McQuillan when she married Edward Fitzgerald in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 1890.  Fitzgerald first wrote in the wedding album/scrapbook displayed here on her tenth wedding anniversary in an attempt to record her recollections of the details and events of her wedding day. Mary and Edward Fitzgerald were the parents of Francis Scott Key [F. Scott] Fitzgerald, born in 1896, who was given this wedding album by his mother in 1917.

Toilet Bottle, ca. 1850-1870.
Collection of McKissick Museum, gift of Agnes Stone Dawsey.
This elegant French opaline glass perfume bottle was both decorative and functional. Female consumers selected scents that appealed to their own tastes and those of the opposite sex.

Fan, ca. 1890.

Collection of McKissick Museum, gift of Agnes Stone Dawsey.
This ornate fan was both a Victorian fashion accessory and a communication tool. Women sometimes used the “language of the fan” to convey discreet messages to their suitors. With a single gesture of her fan, a lady enjoyed the power to flirt, express unspoken feelings, and even end a romantic relationship. 

Slipper, 1808.
Collection of McKissick Museum.
Margaret Lockhart Jones (1788-1861) wore this beaded bridal slipper when she married George E. Salley in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 29, 1808. Though Salley died in 1828, Margaret saved this slipper as a memento of her first steps as a married woman. 




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