Ruth Van Horn Zuckerman
Scope and Contents
Following her education, Ruth taught at Western Michigan University in the English department (c. 1940-1960), as well as published several poems, articles, book reviews, short stories, and novels. The collection includes draft copies of Red Weather, Susan Granberry, and Changing Waters, as well as published copies of Crooked Eclipses (1942) and From the Ravine (1984). The diaries and photos included in the collection show that Ruth was well travelled, and visited various countries in Europe including England, France, and Belgium (c. 1950), as well as islands in the Caribbean including Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico (c. 1970).
On October 20, 1962, Ruth married Jerome Zuckerman (1945-2017), an English PhD and faculty member at Western Michigan University, and the two moved to Mankato, MN in 1964 after Jerome accepted a position teaching at Minnesota State University. There they resided, continue to travel, and remained married until Ruth’s death on November 3, 1991.
- Zuckerman, Ruth Van Horn (Person)
6 boxes : 3.0 cubic feet contained in six full-sized Hollinger boxes
Language of Materials
A majority of the drafted works are printed on 8 ½” x 11” paper. The diaries range in size, with a majority being roughly 5 ½” x 8”. Most of the poems and drafts are typed on typewriter paper. A majority of the diaries are written in pen without smudges or water damage, however, the handwriting is difficult to read and some of the books are missing pages. Most of the collection is in good condition, though some of the travel post cards and photos, as well as family photos, have tears and paper residue from glue. Newspaper clippings are photocopied.
- Ruth Van Horn Zuckerman Finding Aid
- Katherine Bauer
- July 24, 2017
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