Mary Steele copybook

Abstract

The Mary Steele copybook (dated 1800; 0.15 cubic feet; 1 item) is a homemade, hand-tied book, eight pages in length, which records schoolwork including the rules of algebra and geometry.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mary Steele copybook
Creator
Griffing, Mary Steele, 1777-1837
Extent
0.15 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Women -- Kentucky.
Mathematics -- Study and teaching.
Women -- Education -- Kentucky.
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2015ms038: [identification of item], Mary Steele copybook, 1800, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Steele was born on December 3, 1777, to John and Elenor Steele of Pendleton County, Kentucky. She was John and Elenor' Steele's oldest daughter among six girls and one boy. At twenty-six, she married William Griffing (1781-1853) in 1804; they had five children. Mary Steele lived in northern Kentucky most of her life and following her death on August 26, 1837, was buried at the Gosney-Griffing Cemetery in southeastern Kenton County.
Scope and Content
The Mary Steele copybook (dated 1800; 0.15 cubic feet; 1 item) is a homemade, hand-tied book, eight pages in length, which records schoolwork including the rules of algebra and geometry. Additionally, Mary Steele worked a variety of complex story problems, some to nine decimal places. The book also includes religious hymns, homilies, patriotic verse, philosophy, political satire, poetic couplets, and quotes from the Koran. Handwritten with a quill pen, the book is titled Mary Steele's Book 4th 1800.. The book documents the education of women in Northern Kentucky during the early 1800s.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Due to preservation concerns, physical access to this material is restricted. Digital surrogates are available for patron use.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Copybook, 1800

  • Box MS-40, folder 1
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