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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.25 linear feet ((3 file boxes) plus 3 photograph folders)
The main focus of the letters is the growing affection between Ruth and Harlan. In early letters they are friends and confidants, with Ruth confiding in Harlan about her anger over her husband's poor management of their finances, his occasional abandonments of her, and his adultery. After a final failed attempt at reconciliation, Ruth and Harlan both confess that they have romantic feelings toward each other. Once they express their feelings, letters become more affectionate and contain frequent mentions of how much they missing each other and long to see each other. Ruth frequently includes a lipstick imprint, or a swak, at the end of her letters as a token of her affection. While the collection includes a few letters dated after their marriage on October 8, 1944, their correspondence largely ceases with the marriage.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Ruth Ulam Clark were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Between the Covers in July 2015.
By: Johanna Carll
- Adultery--United States
- Childbirth--United States
- Columbus (Ohio)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Courtship--United States
- Divorce--United States
- Poliomyelitis--Patients--United States
- Women--Books and reading
- World War, 1939-1945--Ohio--Personal narratives
- Youngstown (Ohio)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Clark, Ruth Ulam, 1910-2002. Papers of Ruth Ulam Clark, 1942-1957: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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