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Ruth Lois Hill Papers, 1952-1979 (Bulk: 1952-1959)
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 234

Abstract:
YWCA overseas secretary and YWCA executive. The major portion of the collection focuses on Hill's service with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Liberia, including detailed letters to her family; correspondence with YWCA officials; reports on her activities in Liberia; plus printed material, memorabilia, postcards and photographs documenting Liberia and YWCA activities there.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

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

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
1906Born August 22, Norfolk, Massachusetts
1925-29Boston University, Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, active in student YWCA
1929YWCA summer training school for rural secretaries
1929-34YWCA Secretary, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, worked in towns and cities in the area as Business Girls Traveler's Aide
1934-37YWCA Group Work Secretary, Brockton, Massachusetts
1937-41YWCA General Secretary, Billings, Montana
1941-42Administrator, Mission Center Branch YWCA, San Francisco, California
1945-71National Board YWCA staff
1945-52Community Division Staff, Advisory Secretary to small associations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
1952-59International Division Staff as Advisory Secretary to the YWCA of the Republic of Liberia
1959-63Eastern Region Staff, New England area, based in New York City
1963-65Correlator, Southern Region, for nine southern states, based in Atlanta, Georgia
1965-71Associate Executive Director, Program National Headquarters, New York City
1971Retired
2005Ruth Hill died
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Liberia YWCA staff members: Ruth Hill, Nancy Martins, and Bea Blanche, Monrovia, 1952

Liberia YWCA staff members: Ruth Hill,
Nancy Martins, and Bea Blanche, Monrovia, 1952

The Ruth Lois Hill Papers consist of one linear foot of correspondence, reports, memorabilia, printed material, and photographs. The inclusive dates are 1952 to 1979, but the major portion of the material dates from her service with the YWCA in Liberia from 1952 to 1959.

The PERSONAL material consists primarily of letters that Hill wrote home to her mother and her sister, Daisy, from Liberia, 1952-59. These are substantive, personal letters describing in detail her life in Liberia and her work with the YWCA. In addition there is a small quantity of incoming letters from friends, 1959-65.

The PROFESSIONAL series consists of YWCA material contained in three sections: correspondence, reports, and activities. The correspondence consists of letters from I. Beatrice Branch, office secretary, 1954-59; Nancy Randall Martin, Matron, 1959-65; and Clara Davis Brown, National Secretary of the National Board, 1952-65. Also in this section is correspondence with the National Board, 1952-65, which includes Hill's reports to them on her activities in Liberia. The second section consists of reports to the National Board of Directors by the president of the YWCA of Liberia primarily between 1952 and 1962. There are four significant activities included in the third section. Specifically these consist of programs and correspondence related to the United Christian Fellowship Conference, 1953-58, including a Study of the Christian Response in Liberia which was part of the Conference in 1957; programs and correspondence from women's rallies held between 1954 and 1962; Y-Teen activities in 1956; and correspondence about "Fancy Fairs" sponsored between 1959 and 1962. In addition there are programs and correspondence on the farewell party given for Hill before she left Liberia in 1959 and some miscellaneous program material.

The SUBJECTS series contains printed material and postcards saved by Ruth Hill that give a sense of Liberian life in the 1950's.

There are 72 photographs in the PHOTOGRAPHS series. There are eight personal photos of Hill and friends. The remainder consists of YWCA staff and activities.

This collection is organized into five series:


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

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

Restrictions on use:

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

Preferred Citation

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

Ruth Lois Hill Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SmithCollege, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

Selections from the Ruth Lois Hill Papers can be viewed in the Web exhibit "An Ever-Widening Circle of Friendship": YWCA Overseas Secretaries from China to Liberia.

History of the Collection

Ruth Lois Hill donated this collection to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1989.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. PERSONAL



Correspondence



Outgoing to family from Liberia,
1952-59

Box 1: folder 1-2
Incoming from friends,
1959-65

Box 1: folder 3
Clippings, articles, citations

[See also Oversize Materials]

1954-59

Box 1: folder 4
SERIES II. PROFESSIONAL



Correspondence



I. Beatrice Branch,
1954-79

Box 1: folder 5
1959-65

Box 1: folder 6
Clara Davies Brown,
1960-62

Box 1: folder 7
National Board,
1952-65

Box 1: folder 8-10
Reports of the President of the YWCA of Liberia,
1952-62, 1975

Box 1: folder 11
Activities



United Christian Fellowship Conference, Study of Christian Response in Liberia: programs, reports, correspondence ,

[See also SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS]

1953-58

Box 1: folder 12
Women's rallies: programs, correspondence

[See also SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS]

1954-62

Box 2: folder 13
Y-Teens: notes, correspondence, publicity,

[See also SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS]

1956

Box 2: folder 14
Farewell reception for Ruth Hill: programs, correspondence,
1958

Box 2: folder 15
Fancy Fair: correspondence,
1959-62

Box 2: folder 16
Miscellaneous activities: printed material,
1957-58, 1961

Box 2: folder 17
SERIES III. SUBJECTS



Literacy in Liberia: printed material,
1953-56

Box 2: folder 18
William V.S. Tubman: printed material,
1955-56

Box 2: folder 19
Liberia: printed material, unused postcards,
1952-56

Box 2: folder 20
SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS



Personal



Ruth Lois Hill (4),
1953-59

Box 2: folder 21
Friends (4),
1950-60

Box 2: folder 22
Professional



Staff, Board of Directors, and miscellaneous activities (10),
1949-59

Box 2: folder 23
Christmas party (14), n.d
1952-53,

Box 2: folder 24
United Christian Fellowship Conference (5),
1958

Box 2: folder 25
Women's Rallies (8),
1954-56

Box 2: folder 26
Y-Teens (3),
n.d.

Box 2: folder 27
YWCA/YMCA activities (19),
1950s

Box 2: folder 28
Miscellaneous (5),
1950s

Box 2: folder 29
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Citation: Knight Official of the Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption
June, 1959

Flat File

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Subjects
  • Education--Liberia--History--Sources
  • Liberia--Description and travel--Sources
  • Hill, Ruth Lois, 1906-
  • Young Women's Christian Associations--Liberia--History Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.--History


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