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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1199

Correspondence of Ruth Sattler Schwartz, 1926-1940


Letters to Ruth Sattler Schwartz from family and friends and letters Schwartz wrote to her family documenting social life in the Bronx, New York, Schwartz's relationship with her boyfriend Jacob "Jack" M. Yablonowitz, and a vacation Schwartz took to Miami Beach, Florida.


  • 1926-1940


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Ruth Sattler Scwartz 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.

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


.63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes)

The correspondence of Ruth Sattler Schwartz includes letters to Schwartz from family and friends and letters Schwartz wrote to her family. Letters from family and friends document social life in the Bronx, New York, and contain mentions of vacations in the Catskills and at the beach. Also included are letters from Schwartz's boyfriend Jacob "Jack" M. Yablonowitz expressing his love for her; recounting his experiences studying zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and medicine at the Royal College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh; and documenting the end of his relationship with Schwartz due to his infidelity. Letters from Ruth to her family document a vacation she took to Miami Beach, Florida, describing Miami Beach and commenting on the lack of social activities except for gambling.


Ruth Sattler Schwartz, daughter of Benjamin and Kate Sattler, was born March 31, 1916, in the Bronx, New York. She received a BA in biology from Hunter College. Following graduation, she worked as a biologist for the New York City Health Department. In the late 1950s, she earned a teaching degree and worked as a substitute teacher. In 1944, she married Hyman Schwartz, a chemist. They had two children, Ben (born 1946) and Eileen (born 1949). Schwartz died March 25, 1997, of Lewy Body Dementia.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2022-M22

The correspondence of Ruth Sattler Schwartz was given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Eileen Schwartz in February 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2022

By: Johanna Carll

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 the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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