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Ruth E. Young Papers, 1925-1983
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Contains correspondence, news clippings, photographs, publications, pamphlets, Rations books, curriculum vitae, certificates and invitations from the professional papers of Ruth E. Young, Professor of Italian.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records 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 material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Ruth E. Young Escanaba, Michigan, to Roscoe Cyprian and Cora Ella (Cox) Young in 1896. She received her Ph.B. from the University of Chicago in 1918 and, after taking several years off from school to teach English and French at Suomi College, she returned to receive A.M. from the University in 1923. From 1923-1924, Young attended the University of Florence, returning to teach in the Home-Study faculty and Italian Faculty of the University. In In 1925, Young left the University of Chicago to become part of the Smith College Italian Language and Literature Faculty, where she remained until her retirement in 1961. At Smith, Young taught and wrote on medieval and Renaissance Italy, as well as taking on administrative roles, including Dean of the Class of 1945 and Director of Smith Junior Year Abroad in Italy sporadically from 1933 until 1956. Young was also active outside the college, serving as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Institute and as a volunteer for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, and as a relief worker in Italy with World Student Relief in 1945-1946. She was also a member of the editorial board for the new Dante language concordance prepared by the Dante Society of America, the Director of the New England section of the Modern Languages Association, and the Vice-President of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. She was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic with the rank of Cavaliere by the Italian Government in 1960 for her work building understanding between the U.S. and Italy. Young died in Florida Lutheran Retirement Home in 1983.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains the professional papers of Ruth E. Young from her time teaching at Smith until her death in 1983. The collection contains a mix of materials, including several of her publications, news clippings about her career and life, certificates and other memorabilia, a photo album from Junior Year Abroad in Italy 1936-1937, and pamphlets and recollections of World Student Relief, but the majority of the collection is taken up with letters of condolence after the death of Blanche Mitchell.


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

The records 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 material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

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

Ruth E. Young Papers, Box #1108, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Ruth E. Young papers were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Madison White.


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

Contents List
General
1925-1983

Box 1108: folder 1
Correspondence: General
1946

Box 1108: folder 2
Correspondence: Baum, Charlotte, Class of 1915
1933

Box 1108: folder 3
Correspondence: Campbell, Kathleen
1933

Box 1108: folder 4
Correspondence: Clark, Annetta Isabel, Class of 1904
1933

Box 1108: folder 5
Correspondence: Ainsworth, Dorothy Sears, Class of 1916
1933

Box 1108: folder 6
Correspondence: Dillon, George
1933

Box 1108: folder 7
Correspondence: Farrand, Margaret Louise, Class of 1914
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 8
Correspondence: Foster, Elizabeth Andros
1933

Box 1108: folder 9
Correspondence: Goldsmith, Margaret
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 10
Correspondence: Hill, Edith Naomi, Class of 1933
1933

Box 1108: folder 11
Correspondence: Hill, Ruth Elizabeth
1933

Box 1108: folder 12
Correspondence: McElwain, Mary Belle
1933

Box 1108: folder 13
Correspondence: Mac Murphy, Ann G.
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 14
Correspondence: Mitchell, Blanche, Class of 1914
1933

Box 1108: folder 15
Correspondence: Mitchell, Mrs. Emlyn V.
1933

Box 1108: folder 16
Correspondence: Robinson, Edith Anne, Class of 1930
1933

Box 1108: folder 17
Correspondence: Smith, Elizabeth (Hugus), Class of 1915
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 18
Correspondence: Soby, Eleanor Kyburg
1933

Box 1108: folder 19
Correspondence: Vezzetti, Anacleta Candida
1933

Box 1108: folder 20
Correspondence: Vorencamp, Alfons P.A.
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 21
Junior Year Abroad
1933-1934

Box 1108: folder 22
Photographs
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 23
Photographs: Abruzzi
1945, n.d.

Box 1108: folder 24
Publications: Baldassare Castiglione and Il Cortegiano
1938

Box 1108: folder 25
Publications: Borgese, Giuseppe A. to Mussolini
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 26
Publications: Borgese, Giuseppe A. to Short Stories
1937

Box 1108: folder 27
Publications: Introduction to Castiglione and his Courtier
1940

Box 1108: folder 28
Publications: Translation of "The Liar"
n.d.

Box 1108: folder 29
World Student Relief
1945-1946

Box 1108: folder 30
World Student Relief: Yugoslavia
1945

Box 1108: folder 31
World Student Relief: Recollections
1979

Box 1108: folder 32
Photo Album
1936-1937

Box 1108: folder 33

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