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COLLECTION Identifier: 81-M53

Papers of Carolyn Ruth Swift, 1946-1981


Correspondence, memos, reports, etc., pertaining to the sex discrimination complaint of Carolyn Ruth Swift, member of the English Department, against Rhode Island College.


  • Creation: 1946-1981

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research, with the exception of personal correspondence and journals are closed to research until January 1, 2056.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Carolyn Ruth Swift is held by Carolyn Ruth Swift. Upon her death, copyright transfers to her sons, Peter Swift Lenz and Thomas Matthew Lenz. 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.


1.42 linear feet (1 carton, 1 file box)

The largest portion concerns her sex-discrimination complaint against Rhode Island College, where she taught in the English Department. Also included are her writings, family and other personal correspondence, photographs, and journals. In most cases, the papers are in folders as arranged by the donor.


A member of the English Department of Rhode Island College, Carolyn Ruth Swift brought a sex discrimination complaint against the college.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 81-M53

These papers of Carolyn Ruth Swift (formerly Lenz) were given to the Schlesinger Library by Carolyn Ruth Swift in February 1981.


  1. Carton 1: 1-54
  2. Box 2: Journals. CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2056.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: May 1981

By: Eva Moseley

Swift, Carolyn Ruth. Papers of Carolyn Ruth Swift, 1946-1981: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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