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Ruth Reeves Papers, circa 1880-1967

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Jayna M. Josefson
Scope and Contents
The papers of textile designer Ruth Reeves measure 1.1 linear feet and date from circa 1880 to 1967. Found are biographical material, scattered correspondence, writings on textile design, printed material, artwork, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Biographical records include biographical sketches, travel papers, and divorce records. Correspondence is scattered but includes letters from Ruth Reeves to her daughter Judith. Most of Reeves' general correspondence is from family and friends. A teaching file for a course on textile design at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art contains notes, lecture drafts, and sketches. Writings by Ruth Reeves are on textile design and may include drafts with handwritten notes. Artworks include painted sketches and prints by Ruth Reeves. Photographs include portraits of Reeves, snapshots of her family and travel photos. Of note is a portrait of cartoonist Art Young by Berenice Abbott.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Ruth Reeves papers were donated by her daughter, Judith Baker Katzman in 1971 and 1972.
Processing Information
The collection was arranged and microfilmed upon receipt. It was processed and a finding aid prepared by Jayna Josefson in 2018.