The term "Jap", an outdated and pejorative term used as a historical English abbreviation of "Japanese", appears in the April 23, 1914 letter from Martha to her parents. The terms has been transcribed as written in keeping with Special Collections & Archives’ approach to language in archival descriptions, which prioritizes speaking openly about and clearly identifying problematic, harmful, and otherwise offensive records in the department’s holdings. This approach, while potentially upsetting, allows for the critical assessment and questioning of historical material by contemporary researchers.
Correspondence from Martha Rieder (1914)
Thirty-three letters letters received by John S. and Lydia Catherine Anthes from Martha Rieder. Also includes 1 letter from Ella Anthes Cook (June 30, 1914) and a note from Talmon Rieder enclosed with another letter (December 25, 1914). Several letters are addressed individually to "mother", some include drawings and notes from Martha's children, and some are undated. Letters make reference to day to day happenings such as Margaret getting tonsillitis, Paul Rieder's birth, Talmon's busy work schedule, and the death of Henry William Anthes.
Arranged in chronological order by the archivist. Transcribed by Sue Plouffe and Tenille Holm. Page missing from end of letters dated July 15, 1914 and September 30, 1914. August 19, 1914 makes reference to death of Henry William Anthes (1851-1914). References to Aunt Sally are likely referring to Salome Sarah (Sally) Anthes Strasser. References to Olive may be referring to Olive Cyrena Anthes, Martha's niece and the child of J.I. Frank and Cyrena Anthes.
Rieder and Anthes family fonds
Correspondence Received by John S. and Lydia Anthes
Martha Melvina Rieder
Henderson, Helen ElizabethPaisley, Margaret CatherineRieder, Edward AnthesRieder, Henry PaulRieder, Talmon HenryAnthes, Henry WilliamStrasser, Salome Sarah (Sally) AnthesRieder, Martha Melvina
University of Waterloo Library. Special Collections & Archives. Rieder and Anthes family fonds. Correspondence from Martha Rieder (1914). GA200-3-22.