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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 330

"Intimate acquaintance": courtship and the transition to marriage in America, 1770-1900, 1980


Dissertation, "Intimate Acquaintance": Courtship and the Transition to Marriage in America, 1770-1900, by Ellen K. Rothman.


  • Creation: 1980

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ellen K. Rothman is held by Ellen K. Rothman. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

"Intimate Acquaintance": Courtship and the Transition to Marriage was written by Ellen K. Rothman in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Ph.D. at Brandeis University. Providing detailed descriptions of intimate relationships between women and men from 1770 to 1900, Rothman uses case studies, including some of well-known people, to illustrate different concepts of love, courtship, engagement and marriage in the United States. Exploring all phases of intimate relationships in this period, she also provides an historical context for the evolution of some of the traditional rituals and customs associated with love and marriage: e.g., the honeymoon, and wedding rings. She examines the expectations of couples as to how marriage would affect them in relation to what in fact occurred, and the extent to which these expectations were imposed by family and society.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 81-M150

This Ph.D. dissertation was given to the Schlesinger Library in June 1981 by Ellen K. Rothman.

Processing Information

Processed: November 1981

By: Margaret J. Green

Rothman, Ellen K., 1950- . "Intimate acquaintance": courtship and the transition to marriage in America, 1770-1900, 1980: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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