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Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Papers, 1889-1984 (Bulk: 1920-1923)
2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 236

Abstract:
Author, pacifist, and feminist. The Tuttle papers include writings, including an unpublished autobiography; photographs; speeches; research material; and records from Tuttle's involvement with various peace organizations. Topics covered include peace, internationalism, birth control rights, suffrage, women's clubs, and women writers. Correspondents include Virginia Gildersleeve, Florence Lamont, Anna Garlin Spencer, and Portia Willis (Berg) Fitzgerald.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection without any added restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of Ruth Dietrich Tuttle. 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
1887Born, Harrisburg, PA, 17 June
1909Graduated from Smith College
1913Married Melsom S. Tuttle
1915Son, Russell Conwell, born
1920Sailed for China, where Melsom Tuttle was assigned to do educational work for the YMCA. He became principal of the American School in Peking.
1922-1923Taught English to Chinese boys
1923Daughter, Carol Cathay, born
1924Melsom Tuttle sent home because of ill health, died en route, 3 July, rest of family returned to the U.S.
1940-Social worker at Hartford Retreat and Flower Hospital in New York City
1952Moved to Northampton, MA
1984Died, Concord, MA, 27 May
Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ruth Dietrich Tuttle Papers consist of eight linear inches of correspondence, printed material, diaries, memorabilia, and photographs. The major portion of the material dates from the Tuttle's service in China from 1920-23, although there is also material relating to Ruth's life before her marriage.


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 without any added restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of Ruth Dietrich Tuttle. 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 Dietrich Tuttle Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Ruth Dietrich Tuttle donated her photograph album with other Smith College items in October 1971. The bulk of the Papers was the gift of her daughter, Carol Tuttle Christian, in May 1990. Carol Christian and her brother, Russell Conwell Tuttle donated the 1906-1909 diaries and additional photographs in October 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Boone, 1990.


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.

Series Descriptions



This series contains two sections: Ruth D. Tuttle and Melsom S. Tuttle. The first consists primarily of letters that Ruth wrote home to her parents between 1920 and 1923. These are substantive letters describing her life in Peking, her teaching experiences, and Chinese customs. they reflect the social live of foreign missionaries living in a homogenous community overseas. There are also letters to her from Melsom, 1913-22, and from many of the Chinese students she taught, 1922-27, and a few miscellaneous letters. The second section contains a smaller amount of correspondence from Melsom to his family consisting mostly of postcards, 1920-22, and several miscellaneous letters to him, 1923.




This series consists of clippings and other printed material; and notes and lists that belonged to Ruth Tuttle. There are also compositions written by Chinese students and miscellaneous China memorabilia.




This series consists entirely of Ruth's diaries, 1906-1909 and 1918. The four volumes from 1906-1909 are a fairly complete record of her Smith years. She faithfully made daily entries, at minimum recording the day's activities, and often reflecting on the days events and relationships with friends and classmates. The one volume five-year diary appears to encompass the years from 1918 to 1922. Melsom Tuttle's name is written in the volume, and a few of the entries appear to be his, but most are in Ruth's hand.




This series consists of twenty-one personal and family photographs, 1889, 1920-23; two of the prisoner-of-war camp in Vernon, British Columbia, 1919, where Melsom Tuttle directed YMCA activities; thirty miscellaneous snapshots of China, 1920-23; a photo album, 1907-1915 (including Smith College photos); and an undated oversized photograph of Ruth Tuttle and a class of Chinese students.

Contents List
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE



Ruth D. Tuttle



Outgoing to family,
1915-25

Box 1: folder 1
Incoming



Melsom Tuttle,
1913-22

Box 1: folder 2
Students,
1922-27

Box 1: folder 3-5
Miscellaneous,
1912-24

Box 1: folder 6
Melsom S. Tuttle



Outgoing to family,
1920-22, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Miscellaneous incoming,
1923

Box 1: folder 8
SERIES II. BIOGRAPHY AND MEMORABILIA



Clippings, lists, and notes,
1924-84

Box 1: folder 9
Compositions by Chinese students,
1922-23

Box 1: folder 10
Miscellaneous,
1919-26, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
SERIES III. DIARIES



1906-1907

Box 1: folder 12
1908-1909, 1918-circa 1922

Box 1: folder 13
SERIES IV. PHOTOGRAPHS



Personal and family (21),
1889, 1920-1923

Box 2: folder 14
Prisoner of war camp, Vernon, B.C. (2),
1919

Box 2: folder 15
China, miscellaneous (30),
1920-23

Box 2: folder 16
Album (including Smith College),
1907-15

Box 2: folder 17
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Ruth Tuttle with Chinese students,
n.d.



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Subjects
  • China--Description and travel--Sources
  • China--Social life and customs--1912-1937--Sources
  • Missionaries--China--History--Sources
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Tuttle, Melsom S.
  • Tuttle, Ruth Dietrich, 1887-1984


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