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Ruth Van Meter papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00265

Scope and Contents

This very small collection consists of Van Meter's notes about her travels and experiences working to establish YWCA chapters around the world. It also contain s a booklet commemorating the 50th anniversary of the YWCA's work in Turkey and two organizational manuals prepared for distribution to all the YWCAs in South America.

Dates of Materials

  • 1954-1973


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

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Van Meter was born in Moscow, Idaho on February 6, 1911 and moved to Portland, Oregon in 1922. She earned her B.A. from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentuck, and did graduate work at USC and Columbia. Upon graduation she did clerical work in Portland. Ultimately she became an executive director of local Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) centers in California, Utah, and Hawaii. Later, she ran YWCA programs in fifteen other countries (Greece, Turkey, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Iran, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia), establishing chapters in five. She returned to Portland in 1973 and performed volunteer work for the Portland YWCA, and later for the Tijuana, Mexico YWCA. She died April 20, 1992.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)


YWCA overseas secretary and official. This very small collection consists of Van Meter's notes about her travels and experiences working to establish YWCA chapters around the world and includes material relating to YWCA centers in Turkey and in South America.

Ruth Van Meter papers
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Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
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