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Miriam Meyers Ritvo papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00296

Scope and Contents

The Miriam Meyers Ritvo Papers consist of Ritvo's writings and teaching and training materials (syllabi, class exercises, etc.) and related correspondence, memoranda, reports and the like pertaining to Ritvo's work as a consultant to various organizations and corporations. The subject files cover the contemporary women's movement and organizational sociology, as well as women in employment, management training, and women in higher education. Ritvo advocates the team approach to workplace cooperation and cohesiveness, which crosses over into her work in conflict resolution and pacifism, notably with Greek Cypriots; a relatively small number of documents about her work in Greece is included here.

Dates of Materials

  • 1950 - 2010


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The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Biographical / Historical

Miriam Myers was born in Lawrence, MA, 1916. She received an A.B. from Smith College in 1937. In 1940, she married Meyer Ritvo. The couple had two sons, Roger and James. After earning an M.S. in education from Boston University in 1952, Ritvo did postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School where she directed two studies: Psychiatric Concepts in Group Dynamics and Psychoanalytic Concepts and Social Psychiatry. She was an assistant professor of behavioral science at Boston University, 1956-1970, and Dean of students and professor of education at Lesley College, 1970-?. A pioneer in the fields of organizational development and women's studies curricula at the college level, Ritvo is the author (with Adelma Mooth) of Developing Supervisory Skills, 1966; Diagnosing the Professional Climate of Schools (with others), 1973; Developing the Supervisory Skills of the Nurse, 1974. She has contributed to many professional journals.


23.646 linear feet (24 containers)


Professor, education; Dean, Lesley College; Sociologist; Director, Management Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The papers consist of Ritvo's writings and teaching materials (syllabi, class exercises, etc.). Research files cover the contemporary women's movement and organizational sociology, as well as women in employment, management training, and women in higher education.


This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Miriam Meyers Ritvo, 1994-2003.

Additional materials were donated by Roger Ritvo in 2003 and Jim Ritvo in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Hague, 1995.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Miriam Meyers Ritvo papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:19-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-04-18: Added accession 99S-19.
  • 2020-12-03: Box 15 added to description
  • 2021-08-16: Added inventory to accession 1994-S-0058

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063