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Ruth Reeves papers, 1880-1967

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Series 1:Ruth Reeves papers, circa 1880-1967
1.3 Linear Feet
Box 1-2

Biographical materials include address books, biographical sketches and resumes, a death notice and will, and passports for Ruth Reeves and Donald Robert Baker. Also found is a divorce record from 1922 of Reeves' first marriage to Leland Olds. Correspondence is scattered and is largely unsigned or with nicknames and initials. A letter from the Girl Scouts of America to Reeves regards a manuscript written by Reeves on textiles. Other letters are from Reeves to her daughter Judith and condolence letters written to her family.
Writings by Ruth Reeves largely concern textiles, designs, and inspiration. An excerpt of a writing entitled "On Designing Textiles" (1935) appeared in Art Education Today. A teaching file contains lecture notes, outlines, and sketches for a course taught at the Cooper Union in the 1940s. Artwork contains painted sketches, three prints, and an ink sketch by Ruth Reeves. Photographs are of Reeves, family, friends, vacation, works of art, and India. Tourist albums are mass produced and of sights in Europe. Of note is a portrait of cartoonist Art Young by Berenice Abbott. Two unbound mixed media scrapbooks serve as a portfolio of Reeves' career as a designer, educator, and writer.
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Address Books, circa 1940-circa 1960
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Biographical Sketches and Resumes, circa 1940-circa 1960
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Death Records and Will, 1967
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Divorce Records, 1922
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Passports, Donald Robert Baker, 1919-1925
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Passports, Ruth Reeves Baker, 1922-1966
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Correspondence, General, 1919-1966
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Correspondence, from Ruth Reeves to Judith Baker Katzman, 1966
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Correspondence, Condolence Letters, 1966-1967
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"Design in Occupational Therapy," by Ruth Reeves, circa 1940
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"The Pre-Columbian Fabrics of Peru: Perennial Souce of Textile Design Literacy," by Ruth Reeves, circa 1940
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"What Creative Design Means to Me," by Ruth Reeves, circa 1950
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"Why the Modern Designer Goes to Primitive Sources for Inspiration," by Ruth Reeves, circa 1950
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Excerpt, "On Designing Textiles," by Ruth Reeves, 1935
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Outline for a Book on Textile Design, circa 1950
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Writing, Untitled, Maybe a Lecture, 1938 October
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Writings, General, circa 1920-circa 1940
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Teaching File, Textile Design, circa 1940
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Receipts, 1951, 1965
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Clippings, circa 1920-1952
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Exhibition Catalogs, 1930-1939
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Magazines, Newsletters, and Periodicals, 1930-1966
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Postcards, circa 1930-1950
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Sketches, circa 1930
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Prints, 1920-circa 1930
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Painted Sketches, circa 1920-circa 1940
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Photographs, Portraits of Ruth Reeves, circa 1900-circa 1966
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Photographs, Snapshots with Family and Friends, circa 1920-circa 1920-1960
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Photographs, Portraits of Family and Friends, circa 1880-1966
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Photographs, Vacation and Travel, circa 1930
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Photo Album, Family Snapshots, circa 1950
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Photographs, of India, circa 1966
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Photographs, Tourist Albums, circa 1940
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Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
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Slides, circa 1960
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Negatives, circa 1930s
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Oversized Portraits of Ruth Reeves, circa 1950
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Scrapbooks, circa 1920-circa 1950
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