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MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Introduction

Ellinor Dale Runcie (1871-1935) was the only daughter of Constance Fauntleroy and Reverend James Runcie. Constance Fauntleroy Runcie was the founder of the oldest existing women’s social club, The Runcie Club, located in St. Joseph, MO. Ellinor was a prolific writer like her mother.


Very little information is available on Ellinor’s life. She attended boarding school on the East Coast as a girl and loved to spend time in San Francisco with her aunt. She also became a world traveler, following in her mother’s footsteps. Miss Runcie eventually taught at the Barstow School for Girls in Kansas City, MO and later taught at the Miss West’s School for Girls in St. Joseph, MO. She was an active member of her mother’s club, The Runcie Club, continuing the club’s legacy after her mother’s death in 1911.

The Collection

The collection includes letters, poems and short stories written by Ellinor Dale Runcie. As the great-granddaughter of Utopian Socialist and philanthropist, Robert Owen, Ellinor’s writings reflected her strong religious beliefs. Her writings also serve as an example of a young Midwestern girl’s life in the late 1800’s and document her experiences traveling the world.

Rights and Reproductions

Any use of the images found in this collection should credit “The Women’s Writers Along the River Collection Missouri Western State University Library, St. Joseph, MO and Missouri Digital Heritage: Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection”.


Questions: Please contact Julia Schneider or Terry Weaver. Library staff may also be contacted at 816-271-4360.

Bibliography

Jane Frick, Women Writers Along the River, 1850-1950 An Annotated Bibliography (St. Joseph, MO: Missouri Western State College, 1982). MWSU Library: PS147 .W872 1982.

Additional Resources

The various works of Counstance Fauntleroy Runcie are a separate collection in Missouri Digital Heritage.


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