A Guide to the Ruth Harwood Papers, 1909-1913
Ruth Harwood was born on December 2, 1889, in Dallas, Texas, to Ripley Barksdale and Lucy Keller Harwood. She attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1909 to 1913, where she helped edit the Daily Texan, participated in the Sidney Lanier Society (SLS), and served as president of the SLS in 1913. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1913, she taught Spanish and Latin at Miss Hockaday’s School in Dallas (1914-1918); a school in Nevers, France (1918-1919); and finally Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas (1920-1921). On June 22, 1920, Harwood married Clarence Sheldon Rydell of Marbledale, Connecticut. They had four children: Lucy (Mrs. R. W. Webster), Edith (Mrs. C. D. Roberts), Ruth May, and C. S. Rydell, Jr. Harwood died on March 29, 1978, in Dallas.
The Ruth Harwood Papers, 1910-1913, consist of coursework, printed materials, publications, and photographs, which document Harwood’s academic and social life at the University of Texas at Austin. Harwood’s coursework, composed of notebooks, notes, essays, and tests, and the printed materials, such as invitations, programs, yearbooks, handbills, and advertisements, illustrate her involvement in educational, social, and extracurricular activities while a student. Numerous photographs depict the UT campus, student life, a parade in downtown Austin, Lake Austin, and a train station. Additionally, the publications include Sidney Lanier Society yearbooks, assorted newspapers, and issues of the Daily Texan, Alcalde, The University of Texas Magazine, and the UT Bulletin.
This collection is open for research use.
Ruth Harwood Papers, 1909-1913, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers