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Ruth Dietrich Tuttle papers

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 of Materials

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


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

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

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


2.208 linear feet (3 containers)


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 The Tuttle papers include writings, including an unpublished autobiography; photographs; speeches; research material; and records from Tuttle's involvement with various peace organizations.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.


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.

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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063