File MS-5-1, Box 3, Folder 46 - Correspondence from Eliza Ritchie

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Correspondence from Eliza Ritchie

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MS-5-1, Box 3, Folder 46

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  • 1912 (Creation)
    Ritchie, Eliza

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1 page + 1 envelope

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Eliza Ritchie was a professor, activist and community leader. Born in Halifax in 1856, she graduated from Dalhousie in 1887 with a Bachelor of Letters, and in 1889 was one of the first Canadian women to earn a PhD, from Cornell University, New York. After further studies in Leipzig and Oxford, she taught school in New England from 1890-1900. Ritchie returned to Dalhousie in 1901 to teach philosophy and in 1919 became the first woman to sit on the Board of Governors. She was a founding member of The Dalhousie Review and an occasional contributor. President of the Dalhousie Alumnae Association since 1911, and always an advocate for female students, she was a driving force behind the building of Sherriff Hall in 1922. In 1986 a women's residence was named in her honour. Eliza Ritchie died in Halifax in 1933.

In 2018 Eliza Ritchie was named one of 52 Dalhousie Originals, a list of individuals identified as having made a significant impact on the university and the broader community since Dalhousie's inception in 1818.

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  • Box: MS-5-1, Box 3