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Ina Ruth Hillis Lackey Papers, 1909-1988 (Bulk: 1909-1988)
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 292

Abstract:
YWCA overseas secretary, YWCA official, USO regional director. Papers document some of her YWCA work, primarily in Brazil, and include circular letters sent annually to friends and relatives plus photographs of YWCA activities.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Ina Ruth Hillis Lackey. 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."

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Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
1909Born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
1928A.B. cum laude Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, major in Spanish, minor in education
1936-1942Director of Social Work, Peoples' Central Institute, Methodist Board of Missions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1936M.A. Scarritt College, Nashville, Tennessee, religious education and social work
1942-1943Postgraduate studies, Union Seminary and Teachers' College, Columbia University
1943-1945Regional Supervisor, USO, Recife and environs, Brazil
1946-1958Advisory Secretary, YWCA, Recife, Brazil
1958Associate Executive Director, YWCA, Akron, Ohio
1959-1964Executive Director, YWCA, Corpus Christi, Texas
1964-1968Consultant, YWCA, Recife, Brazil, developing a social center; consultant, Governor of Pernambuco State, Brazil, opening day nurseries; assistant to the Director, Catholic Relief Services, northeast Brazil
1968-1972Executive Director, YWCA, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1972-1975Executive Director, YWCA, Racine, Wisconsin
1975-Various retirement activities, Niagara Falls, New York, Maceio, Brazil, and Albuquerque, including chairman, Task Force on Aging, New Mexico Conference of Churches (1984-85)
1999Died March 1st
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ina Ruth Hillis Lackey papers consist of 5 linear inches of correspondence and biographical material, including clippings and photographs. The inclusive dates are 1909 to 1988, the major part spanning from the last year (1957) of her twelve year tenure as YWCA secretary in Racife, Brazil, to 1988, when she donated the papers.

Ina Ruth Lackey at "ACF Social Center Festo," Y.W.C.A. center (most likely in Reclife, Brazil), 1971

Ina Ruth Lackey at "ACF Social Center Festo,"
Y.W.C.A. center (most likely in Reclife, Brazil), 1971

The papers are divided into two series, CORRESPONDENCE and BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL. The CORRESPONDENCE section contains 5 letters, 1958-1969, to and from Hillis Lackey related to her work in Recife; a letter describing her life and philosophy of service (1987); a letter to the Collection after donating the papers (1988); and, primarily, circular letters sent by her once or twice a year between 1975 and 1988 to friends and family members (200 of them, she estimates in one of the letters) to update them on her personal life, travel and retirement plans, and post-retirement activities, voluntary and paid. There are 33 of these letters, since most had both an English and a Portuguese version. The letters portray a vigorous woman in her 60s and 70s for whom retirement is an extension of her YWCA career in the service of those in need--in her family, her church, and the communities in which she has lived.

The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL contains 17 clippings (4 in Portuguese) spanning from 1959, when Ruth Hillis became executive director of the Corpus Christi YWCA, to 1984, when she was retired and living in Albuquerque. The clippings are primarily about her appointment to and tenure in YWCA directorships in Corpus Christi, Albuquerque, and Racine, and about a stint in Brazil in 1964, when she developed and opened a community center in a particularly impoverished section of Recife.

Also in the BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL are the photograph album, well annotated by Mrs. Lackey, mainly with pictures from the Racife community center but with a few of other YWCA personnel in Corpus Christi and South America; a 1967 Peace Corps application with references; and a dossier she prepared in 1986.

This collection is organized into two series:


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

The collection is open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works of Ina Ruth Hillis Lackey. 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:

Ina Ruth Hillis Lackey Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, MA

History of the Collection

The Ina Ruth Hillis Lackey papers were a gift of Ms. Lackey in 1988.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke Trent, 1992.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
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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.

Contents List
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE



Incoming and Outgoing,
1958, 1968-69

Box 1: folder 1
Circular letters (English and Portuguese),
1975-88

Box 1: folder 2
Outgoing,
1987-88

Box 1: folder 3
SERIES II. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL



Dossier,
1909-86

Box 1: folder 4
Peace Corps application and references,
1967

Box 1: folder 5
Clippings (English and Portuguese),
1959-84

Box 1: folder 6
History of YWCA, Recife, Brazil, by Ruth Hillis,
1958

Box 1: folder 7
Photograph album (bulk is Brazil, 1957-71)


Box 1: folder 8

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Subjects
  • Brazil--Description and Travel--Sources
  • Lackey, Ina Ruth Hillis, 1909-
  • Young Women's Christian Association National Board
  • Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.
  • Young Women's Christian Association--South America


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