WS101, meet Elizabeth Smith Shortt

Last term, Special Collections & Archives received 150 Women's Studies 101 students to help us transcribe the notebooks of Alice Riggs Hunt.

This term, we're doing it again, as 78 WS 101 students are joining us, this time to help transcribe the diaries of Elizabeth Smith Shortt. Each student is transcribing about a paragraph of Smith's 1882 diary, when she was in her first year of medical school.

Elizabeth Smith received her degree in medicine at the Royal Medical College in 1884 (one of the first 3 women M.D.'s in Canada).

The files the students are working on are described thus:

Elizabeth Smith Shortt : diaries. - 1872-1932. - 24 cm of textual records.
Contents: series comprises diaries kept by Elizabeth Smith Shortt for the years 1872-1932. Not all years are accounted for.

Diary entry

I am so glad for Sundays & I make good use of them - sleep - sleep - sleep & would you believe it I only go to church once as a rule & that to Convocation Hall - where we have able Divines of diff [i.e. different] denoms [i.e. denominations]. I am getting vain - so very vain these days - when so much flattery & so many kindnessess [sic] are current - especially among the gentlemen - Still I have not forgotten how to blush - all over my face - heard down town - or at Mrs Leslie's where I met an Arts Student [...]

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