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Ruth Mehrtens Galvin papers, 1858-2002
24 boxes (29 linear feet)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00181

Abstract:
The papers contain the records of Ruth Mehrtens Galvin, journalis and editor. Papers consist of research files, notebooks, writings (published and unpublished), pocket diaries, correspondence for her Time magazine work, lectures, and memorabilia. Writings and research cover topics with an emphasis on women's issues, as well as aging, race, drugs, psychology, and sexuality. Includes material on the National Women's Conference in Houston, 1977, which Galvin covered for Time, and interviews with Gloria Steinem, Helvi Siipola and Donna Leirhoff.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

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Biographical / Historical

Ruth Beatrice Mehrtens Galvin was born New Haven, 14 Jan 1922, daughter of Behrend and Paulin Clara (Gademann) Mehrtens. She received her A.B. from Smith College in 1942. She was a letters correspondent for Life magazine, 1945-46; then became a researcher, then contributing editor for Time magazine in 1946. From 1951 on, she was a correspondent for Time in Chicago, Canada, London, Boston, and Israel; bureau chief in Boston 1960-66; a national correspondent, 1966-74; and senior correspondent from 1974 until her retirement in 1985. She also worked as a freelance journalist; was a member of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly editorial board, 1968-71; and was a Smith College Trustee, 1987-88, and 1991-92. She married Roderick Allen McManigal, 1947; divorced; married John Thomas Galvin, 1968. Ruth Galvin died 23 Oct 2002.

Scope and Contents

The Ruth Mehrtens Galvin Papers consist of research files, notebooks, writings (published and unpublished), pocket diaries, correspondence for her Time magazine work, lectures, and memorabilia. Her writings and research files cover a wide range of topics with an emphasis on women's issues, including aging, alcoholism, blacks, divorce, drugs, the Equal rights Amendment, homosexuality, Matina Horner, Masters and Johnson, Edward Kennedy, mental health/illness, pornography, psychology, rape, sexuality, Smith College, violence, and widows. There is substantial material collected from the National Women's Conference in Houston, 1977, which Galvin covered for Time. The collection also includes taped interviews of prominent women including Gloria Steinem, Helvi Siipola and Donna Leirhoff.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. Collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

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

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: Ruth Mehrtens Galvin Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00181, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The collection was gifted by Ruth Mehrtens Galvin in 1985 (85S-44), 1986 (86S-1), 1990 (90S-73), 1991 (91S-7), 1999, and 2003.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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Fax: (413) 585-2886

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

This online finding aid currently provides detailed description of only the most recent additions to this collection. Additional materials are described in unpublished lists that can be sent to you upon request by contacting specialcollections@smith.edu


Contents List
2003-S-0046. Ruth Mehrtens Galvin: biographical, genealogical materials
1858-2002
3 linear feet(3 boxes)

Search Terms
Woodburn, Jr., R. Robert

2003-S-0046. Books: Smith Voices: Selected works by Smith College Women, 1990; Smith Women: Selected Works by Smith College Alumnae, 1999
1990-1999

Box 1
2003-S-0046. American Psychiatric Association plaque
1999

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Magazines with articles pertaining to Galvin
1963-1997

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Wedding album including related, unrelated correspondence, clippings
1947-1950

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Notebooks
2000, undated

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Scrapbook
ca.circa 1933-1939

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Photographs
ca.circa 1947-1956

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Blank postcards from European travel
undated

Box 1
2003-S-0046. European trip maps, brochures
1949

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Correspondence
1917, 1949, undated

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Education: report cards, aptitude assessments, scholarship applications, and Smith College memorabilia
1928-1942

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Frederick Gatterman's application for U.S. citizenship,
1858

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Essay, typescript, possibly by Galvin
undated

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Essay notes, possibly by Galvin
2002 April 30

Box 1
2003-S-0046. Photographs, clippings, other biographical and genealogical materials
1922-2001

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Correspondence, writings and clippings
1973-1995

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Wedding and family photographs
1967-1976, undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject files: Ray Flynn
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: Senda Berenson
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: Julia Child
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: Cardinal Cushing
undated

Box 2
2003-46-0046. Subject file: shyness
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: Hal Tinker
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject files: Pilot Medal
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: Smith College Archives
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: op-ed, jury duty
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: New York Times
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: Henry Hough
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Subject file: David McCord
undated

Box 2
2003-S-0046. Scrapbook
ca.circa 1952-1953

Box 3
2003-S-0046. Junior high school diploma
1935

Box 3
2003-S-0046. High school diploma
1938

Box 3
2003-S-0046. Galvin's parents' marriage certificate
1917

Box 3
2003-S-0046. School class photographs
1932 1937

Box 3
2003-S-0046. National Gallery of Arty reproduction prints
undated

Box 3

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Galvin, Ruth Mehrtens
  • Galvin, Ruth Mehrtens
  • Galvin, Ruth Mehrtens, 1922-
  • Journalism--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Journalists--United States--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • National Women's Conference (1st: 1977: Houston, Tex.) Time, inc.
  • Women editors--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women journalists--United States--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • Women's rights--United States--History--20th century--Sources

Genre terms
  • Audiotapes
  • Interviews
  • Manuscripts
  • Oral histories
  • Speeches
  • Writings
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • notebooks
  • photographs
  • scrapbooks


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