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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.

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  • 1954-1973


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

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 ( 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

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

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.


1 boxes (.25 linear feet)


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
Finding Aid
© 2005
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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 (
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Repository Details

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

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