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Ruth Van Meter Papers, 1954-1973
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 265

Abstract:
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.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on 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.

Restrictions on 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Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns.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.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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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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.

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

Restrictions on 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.

Preferred Citation

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

Ruth Van Meter Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


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
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Van Meter, Ruth, 1911-1992
  • Young Women's Christian Associations--History--Sources


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