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Ruth Hart papers, 1952-1977.
BANC MSS 2002/208 c carton 1; BANC MSS 2002/208 c carton 2; BANC MSS 2002/208 c carton 3; BANC MSS 2002/208 c
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Ruth Hart papers, 1952-1977
Ruth Arnstein Hart papers


Hart, Ruth Arnstein., creator


Contains correspondence, agendas, minutes, reports and financial records, announcements, publicity, brochures, etc. from various local government committees and boards with which Ruth Hart was involved. The bulk of the material relates to: United Bay Area Crusade, YWCA, University Section Club, Bay Area Community Chest, Bay Area Social Planning Council, and various Berkeley city commissions and boards.


1952 (issued)


Hart, Ruth Arnstein -- Archives
Young Women's Christian Association (Berkeley, Calif.)
University of California, Berkeley. -- University Section Club.
Berkeley (Calif.). -- Human Relations and Welfare Commission.
Women -- California -- Berkeley
Jewish women -- California -- Berkeley
College teachers' spouses -- California -- Berkeley
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
Berkeley (Calif.) -- Politics and government


COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Ruth Hart papers, BANC MSS 2002/208 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of James D. Hart.
In English.
Related collection: Concern for the individual : the community YWCA and other Berkeley organizations : oral history transcript (BANC MSS 79/29 c).
Ruth Arnstein Hart was born on December 2, 1917 to a pioneering German-Jewish family that put down roots in San Francisco in 1850. A fourth generation San Franciscan, she attended the Presidio Open Air School and Galileo High School in San Francisco, and Choate boarding school in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 1938, after attending one year of Goucher College, she married James D. Hart, an English professor at the University of California, Berkeley who later became Vice Chancellor of the university (1957-1960) and director of the Bancroft Library (1969-1990). In the 1950s, Hart became involved with the local YWCA's teen programming, eventually joining the board of directors. Her involvement at the YWCA led Hart into local and national political campaigns as a member of the Berkeley Women for Better Government. In 1960, she was appointed to the Community Welfare Commission, which later became the Human Relations and Welfare Commission. She remained in various other local government committees and YWCA youth programs throughout her life. She died on December 4, 1977.

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3 cartons (3.75 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2002/208 c carton 1
BANC MSS 2002/208 c carton 2
BANC MSS 2002/208 c carton 3
BANC MSS 2002/208 c



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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.