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The Mitchell mss., 1917-1966, are the papers of Ruth (Crawford) Mitchell (Mrs. LeRoy Bradley Mitchell), 1890-1984, social service worker.

Career: born June 2, 1890, Atlantic Heights, New Jersey; daughter of Stanford and Gertrude (Smith) Crawford; B.A. Vassar, 1912; M.A. Washington University, 1915; married LeRoy Bradley Mitchell, November 27, 1923. Activities and honors include Social Survey of Prague sponsored by War Council of the Y.W.C.A., U.S.A.; Czech-American Summer Training School for Social Workers; return trips in 1925, 1936, 1946, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969; Treasurer, Masaryk Publications Trust, 1959- ; The Cross of Knight of the Order of White Lion, presented by President Liberator Tom? G. Masaryk; decorated by the Yugoslav, French, Polish, and Italian governments; David Glick Award for distinguished service in the field of International Affairs from World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, 1966; Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh Award for distinguished service in field of International Affairs, 1966; Honorary degree of doctor of humanities, University of Pittsburgh, 1966; Honorary Benedictine Oblate, Basilica of St. Justina, Padua, Italy, 1969.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Notes; III. Photographs; IV. Printed; V. Writings; and, VI. Miscellaneous. An inventory is available.

The correspondence consists chiefly of letters to her family, 1919; correspondence with Alice Garrigue Masaryk, 1879-1966, sociologist; and Olga (Masaryk) Revilliod, 1891-1978, between 1920 and 1966. Other correspondents include Hana (Vlcková) Benešová, Karel Cervenka, Marcia (Gluck) Davenport, John Huntley Dupre, Zdenek Fierlinger, Ludmila (Kucharová) Foxlee, J. Gardavský, John Palmer Gavit, Gustav Haberman, Vladimir Haering, Fjeril Hess, Edward Bering Hitchcock, Vladimir Hurban, Mary Emerson Hurlbutt, Paul Underwood Kellogg, Kyra Klinderová, Julia Clifford Lathrop, Mary Eliza McDowell, Marie Markov?, Alice Garrigue Masaryk, Jan Garrigue Masaryk, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Herberta Poche Masaryková, Kenneth Dexter Miller, Pavla Molnárová, Elinor (Fatman) Morgenthau, Vladimir Palic, Ján Papánek, Betka Papánková, Františka Plaminková, Philip Skinner Platt, Albin Polasek, Olga (Masaryk) Revilliod, Charles Wood Riley, Karel Šimek, Iva (Neubauerová) Šmakalová, Esther Allison Tiffany, Ralph G. Wright. Consult the Manuscripts Index in the Library for dates of letters of individual correspondents.

The collection also contains reports to the overseas committee in the United States from the Y.W.C.A. Unit in Prague, 1919; diaries, April 19 to October 28, 1919, describing the journey from the United States to Prague with visits in London and Paris and the stay in Czechoslovakia during her service as director of the American Y.W.C.A. unit in charge of the survey in Prague; notebooks on Czechoslovakia, 1919-1920, 1946; notebook on London, February 1946; and a notebook on a conference in 1955 relating to the death of Jan Garrigue Masaryk; reports of Elinor (Prudden) Burns on the Y.W.C.A. in Prague, 1920-1922; carbon copy of the constitution of the Czechoslovak Republic, 1920; minutes of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh chapters of the American Relief for Czechoslovakia, 1944-1949; carbon copy of the recreation survey of Prague by Anne Rylance Smith; social aspects of the schools in Prague by Fjeril Hess; and the occupations of women in greater Prague, by Alpha Beatrice Buse, all in 1920; letters on the death of Jan Garrigue Masaryk, March, 1948; letters in behalf of Alice Garrigue Masaryk who sought asylum in the United States from communist rule in Czechoslovakia, 1954; letters and reports on the Communist Party, 1946-1948; letters and articles on the Czechoslovak Republic, 1919-1949; report on emigration in Czechoslovakia, 1919; international student situation in Prague, 1927; Polish refugees, 1948; and Czechoslovakian Red Cross, 1938.

Gift. 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1980

Related manuscripts: Mitchell mss. II

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