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Collection Level Description: Diaries of the Rayne Family

Reference: MSS. Eng. e. 2608-708
Title: Diaries of the Rayne Family
Dates of Creation: 1890-1961
Extent: 101 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Lilian M.R. Rayne was a suffragette and artist. Bessie E.R. Rayne (b 1871), later Mrs J.N. Sparkes, was a suffragette. Dorothy Rayne (b 1880) was a suffragette and artist.

Scope and Content

Diaries of the Rayne family, mainly of Lilian, Bessie and Dorothy Rayne. The collection also contains some diaries of their mother. The diaries are mainly concerned with domestic and family matters.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The diaries were bought from D.P. White in 1990.

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Diaries | 1890-1961

Rayne | Dorothy | b 1880 | suffragette and artist

Rayne | Lilian M R | fl 1890-1946 | suffragette and artist

Sparkes | Bessie E R | b 1871 | suffragette

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