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Ruth Dietrich Tuttle papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00236

Scope and Contents

The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Papers consist of eight linear inches of correspondence, printed material, diaries, memorabilia, and photographs. The major portion of the material dates from the Tuttle's service in China from 1920-23, although there is also material relating to Ruth's life before her marriage.

Dates

  • 1889-1984
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1923

Creator

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any added restrictions.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of Ruth Dietrich Tuttle. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Biographical / Historical

1887
Born, Harrisburg, PA, 17 June
1909
Graduated from Smith College
1913
Married Melsom S. Tuttle
1915
Son, Russell Conwell, born
1920
Sailed for China, where Melsom Tuttle was assigned to do educational work for the YMCA. He became principal of the American School in Peking.
1922-1923
Taught English to Chinese boys
1923
Daughter, Carol Cathay, born
1924
Melsom Tuttle sent home because of ill health, died en route, 3 July, rest of family returned to the U.S.
1940-
Social worker at Hartford Retreat and Flower Hospital in New York City
1952
Moved to Northampton, MA
1984
Died, Concord, MA, 27 May

Extent

2 boxes (.75 linear feet)

Overview

Author, pacifist, and feminist. The Tuttle papers include writings, including an unpublished autobiography; photographs; speeches; research material; and records from Tuttle's involvement with various peace organizations. Topics covered include peace, internationalism, birth control rights, suffrage, women's clubs, and women writers. Correspondents include Virginia Gildersleeve, Florence Lamont, Anna Garlin Spencer, and Portia Willis (Berg) Fitzgerald.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Biography and Memorabilia
  3. III. Diaries
  4. IV. Photographs
  5. Oversize Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle donated her photograph album with other Smith College items in October 1971. The bulk of the Papers was the gift of her daughter, Carol Tuttle Christian, in May 1990. Carol Christian and her brother, Russell Conwell Tuttle donated the 1906-1909 diaries and additional photographs in October 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 1990.
Title
Ruth Dietrich Tuttle papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Susan Boone
Date
2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2005-09-23: mnsss70 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02-5c.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:23-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063