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Raitt (Helen) Papers
SMC 0019  
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Description
Papers of Helen Raitt (1905-1976), author, publisher, and wife of oceanographer Russell W. Raitt. The collection contains correspondence, research materials, writings, photographs, and audiocassettes.
Background
Helen Hill Raitt (1905-1976) was born in Los Angeles, California on March 28, 1905. Helen graduated from Pomona College in 1927. In 1935, she married Russell W. Raitt, whom she had known since high school. When Russell accepted a position working for the University of California Division of War Research (UCDWR) in 1942, the family moved to La Jolla. During this time, Helen volunteered at the Red Cross and became chair of the Arts and Crafts Section. In 1948, Russell Raitt became a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Helen took a robust role in in university activities, including: working with Scripps Estates Associates (SEA), founding the UC San Diego women's organization the Oceanids, establishing the Bear Facts newsletter along with Carol Schultz, and helping to establish the Friends of the UC San Diego Library.
Extent
7.2 Linear feet (16 archives boxes, 3 card file boxes, and 2 map case folders)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.