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Ruth Swan Clark Papers , 1905-1949
2 boxes (.8 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of Psychology. Contains biographical material, correspondence, a personal diary, photographs, newspaper clippings, academic materials and publications.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Ruth Swan Clark was a member of the class of 1909 at Smith College. In 1913, a few years after her graduation, she worked at Smith as an instructor in the Philosophy Department. She held this position until 1916, and in 1917 was promoted to Assistant Professor. In 1918, Clark found employment at the School for Social Work at Smith. She traveled away from Northampton in 1919 to earn her PhD in psychology from Columbia University. While in New York City, she worked as the psychologist for the Vocational Service for Juniors, a program that encouraged career counseling in public schools. She returned to Smith in 1922 when she accepted a position of Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. In 1929, she agreed to edit and publish the theories of her colleague in the Philosophy Department, Professor Harry Gardiner. She worked until 1934, compiling and recording his thoughts on human nature and other psychological phenomena. In 1943, Clark took on a job at the Howard Relief Society, a privately endowed charity, as their Executive Secretary. Here she worked raising money on behalf of school children who were under-privileged. Later, in 1949, Ruth became the Chairman of the Social Service Committee in the American Association for University Women. She also served on the Housing Committee of the League of Women Voters. Also in 1949, Clark was asked to write a complete history of the Psychology Department at Smith College. It was teaching in this department when she met her husband, J.T. Metcalf, also a Psychology professor. They had two daughters and one son together.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, a personal diary, photographs, newspaper clippings, academic materials and publications regarding Clark's education and career at Smith College and elsewhere.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote from the documents must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ruth Swan Clark Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The materials in the Ruth Swan Clark papers, which form part of 42. Faculty Biographical files, came to the College Archives from a number of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biography
1908-1949

Box 718: folder 1
Correspondence-American Book Company
1934

Box 718: folder 2
Correspondence-Taylor, William S.
1929-1934

Box 718: folder 3
Diary
1907

Box 718: folder 4
Education-Columbia University
1917

Box 718: folder 5
Employment-Smith College
1906-1949

Box 718: folder 6
Employment-Vocational Service for Juniors
1919-1922

Box 718: folder 7
Photographs
1905-1909

Box 718: folder 8
Publications-Ruth Swan Clark
1922-1942

Box 718: folder 9
Publications-Type Scripts
n.d.

Box 718: folder 10
Mss. Gardiner, Harry N.
n.d.

Box 718.1: folder 1
Mss. Gardiner, Harry N.
n.d.

Box 718.1: folder 2
Page Proof
1937

Box 718.1: folder 3
Editing Rules-Manuscript
n.d.

Box 718.1: folder 4

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