Gladys I. Baldwin Diary
The handwritten daily diary of Gladys I. Baldwin includes a few gelatin silver prints and some images, probably harvested from a high school yearbook. The diary covers the period when Gladys Baldwin of Kansas City, Missouri was in high school and it contains "details of her daily life, schooling, and social functions, and which includes among other things, an account of her consultation with a faith healer. In the opening pages of the diary, her mother is ill and Gladys is forced to stay home from school to keep house. On Thursday, Nov. 5, 1908, she writes about going to see a healer: "This morning Mama and I went to see the Rev. Dr. E.J. Osborn, pastor of Bennington Church at 923 Newton Ave. He is a healer and has done wonderful in the way of curing sick people. He gave me a treatment for my head, using these methods, osteopath, hypnotism and Christian Science. Although he did not say so I can see it. He rubbed my neck and soothed my nerves and said 'Now you are calm and composed and have no head ache and etc.' He is very much like science." A variety of small photographs of people she interacted with are pasted into the diary, among them Lenora Stubbs, the daughter of W.R. Stubbs, the 18th Governor of the State of Kansas. She appears to have had a close relationship with the Stubbs family, mentioning she wrote to Stella Stubbs, and that she and her father both received a letter on November 15, 1908 from Governor Stubbs: "He signed himself as uncle to me," she wrote."