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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1080

Papers of Ruth Hinerfeld, 1978-1982


Correspondence, reports, speeches, etc., by League of Women Voters President Ruth Hinerfeld.


  • 1978-1982


Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ruth Hinerfeld is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Ruth Hinerfeld's written permission is required to publish quotations from her papers during her lifetime.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

The Papers of Ruth Hinerfeld contain correspondence; reports; clippings; meeting notes; meeting brochures and programs; agendas; and speech transcripts, notes, and drafts. Materials reflect Hinerfeld's work as president of the League of Women Voters, which included speaking on politics and government at League of Women Voters conventions and other conferences, coordinating the presidential debates of 1980, and participating as a delegate at the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 1980. Folder titles were created by Hinerfeld. Collection is arranged alphabetically.


President of the League of Women Voters, Ruth Jean Gordon Hinerfeld grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College in 1951. The following year she received a certificate from the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration and married businessman Norman Hinerfeld. Her participation in the League of Women Voters began in the 1950s. She was the League's first vice president in charge of legislative activities and in 1978 she was elected as the League's tenth president, serving in that role until 1982. She directed the League's efforts in staging the 1980 Presidential Forum series and a series of presidential debates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2013-M186

The papers of Ruth Hinerfeld were given to the Schlesinger Library by Ruth Hinerfeld in October 2013.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2020

By: Laura Peimer and Johanna Carll with assistance from Amber Moore.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by Radcliffe Class of 1956 and the Mary Mitchell Wood Manuscript Processing Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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