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Walkup, Carrie M.



Carrie M. Walkup, a native of Woodstock, Illinois, attended the Northwestern Female College in Evanston, Illinois, for one term in the spring and summer of 1864. In 1867, she married Addison V. [A.V.] Teeple, her longtime beau who spent most of their early courtship with the 8th Regiment Cavalry (Illinois) during the Civil War. After their marriage, the couple resided in Rockford, Illinois, where Teeple studied law and pursued a career in real estate. Her album and diary documents Walkup’s days at college, her romance with Teeple, and life on the northern home front during the Civil War. No other personal information exists for Walkup after her marriage.

The Northwestern Female College was founded in 1855, the same year that Northwestern University opened, but was not connected with the University in any way. The College provided “Young Ladies of the Northwest” with a “thorough Collegiate Education near home, and amid such rural seclusion as will secure every possible guaranty [sic] for health, morals, and refinement.” The students took courses in the arts, literature, and the sciences. In 1871, the new Evanston College for Ladies absorbed the older school, under the direction of Frances E. Willard (an alumna of the Northwestern Female College and later a social reformer best known for her presidency of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union). Two years later Evanston College for Ladies became an affiliate of Northwestern University and took the name Woman’s College of Northwestern University, with Willard as dean.

For more information on Northwestern Female College, see also: Records of the Northwestern Female College, 1855-1976 (Series 36/2); William P. Jones (1831-1886) Papers, 1857-1932 (Series 36/1); Records of the Evanston College for Ladies, 1869-1933 (Series 39/1); Records of the Woman’s College of Northwestern University, 1872-1893 (Series 40/1)

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Carrie M. Walkup Diaries

Identifier: 31/6/85

This series consists of an album and diary kept by Carrie M. Walkup, a student at Northwestern Female College in the 1860s, and a journal kept by her husband, A.V. Teeple. Her journals provide insight into student life and rules during the Amerivcan Civil War, the Copperhead convention, and the Presidential election of 1864.

Dates: 1861-1922