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Miriam Meyers Ritvo Papers, 1958-2003 (ongoing)
26 boxes (32.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 296

Abstract:
Professor, education; Dean, Lesley College; Sociologist; Director, Management Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The papers consist of Ritvo's writings and teaching materials (syllabi, class exercises, etc.), and a large reference collection of books, articles, reports, newsletters, manuals, and other published materials used in her work. Research files cover those topics as well as women in employment, management training, and women in higher education.

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:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Miriam Myers was born in Lawrence, MA, 1916. She received an A.B. from Smith College in 1937. In 1940, she married Meyer Ritvo. The couple had two sons, Roger and James. After earning an M.S. in education from Boston University in 1952, Ritvo did postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School where she directed two studies: Psychiatric Concepts in Group Dynamics and Psychoanalytic Concepts and Social Psychiatry. She was an assistant professor of behavioral science at Boston University, 1956-1970, and Dean of students and professor of education at Lesley College, 1970-?. A pioneer in the fields of organizational development and women's studies curricula at the college level, Ritvo is the author (with Adelma Mooth) of Developing Supervisory Skills, 1966; Diagnosing the Professional Climate of Schools (with others), 1973; Developing the Supervisory Skills of the Nurse, 1974. She has contributed to many professional journals.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Miriam Meyers Ritvo Papers consist of Ritvo's writings and teaching and training materials (syllabi, class exercises, etc.) and related correspondence, memoranda, reports and the like pertaining to Ritvo's work as a consultant to various organizations and corporations. A large reference collection of books, articles, reports, newsletters, manuals, and other published materials used in her work include literature of the contemporary women's movement and more technical works related to women's and organizational sociology. The subject files cover those topics as well as women in employment, management training, and women in higher education. Ritvo advocates the team approach to workplace cooperation and cohesiveness, which crosses over into her work in conflict resolution and pacifism, notably with Greek Cypriots; a relatively small number of documents about her work in Greece is included here.

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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:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission 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:

Miriam Meyers Ritvo Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Miriam Meyers Ritvo in 1994.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Hague, 1995.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English


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Subjects
  • Civil service--Massachusetts--History--Sources
  • Lesley College--History--Sources
  • Organizational change--United States--History--Sources
  • Ritvo, Miriam Meyers, 1916-
  • Women's studies--History--20th century
  • Women's studies--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women's studies--United States--Curricula
  • Women--Education (Higher)--Massachusetts--History--Sources
  • Women--Employment--Massachusetts--20th century


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