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Ruth Louise Partridge papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1544

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers of Partridge, including correspondence and letters, typescripts, Minutia newspaper columns, news clippings and articles, genealogical and historical information, written stories, nursing information, and other personal information concerning her professional, volunteer and private activities. Also includes information on George Shepherd Taylor and George M. Taylor. Materials date from between 1862 and 1955.


  • approximately 1862-1955


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ruth Louise Partridge papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Louise Partridge (1898-1981) was a mother, singer, pianist, nurse, and author in Provo, Utah.


1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

34 boxes (17 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into ten series. 1. Ruth Louise Partridge personal papers, 1915-1976. 2. Ruth Louise Partridge authorial papers, circa 1937-1978. 3. Ruth Louise Partridge papers on professional activities other than writing, undated. 4. Rugh Louise Partridge correspondence and family letters, circa 1936-1975. 5. Ruth Louise Partridge family history papers, circa 1941-1972. 6. Ruth Louise Partridge papers regarding history, undated. 7. Ruth Louise Partridge school papers, circa 1923. 8. Ruth Louise Partridge family history papers on non-relatives, circa 1881-1920. 9. George S. Taylor correspondence, circa 1881-1887. 10. George M. Taylor postcard collection, circa 1907-1950.

Other Finding Aids

Inventory available in repository.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Brigham Young University Library by her son, Frederick Richen, after her death. She had previously donated other portions of her records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Frederick Richen; 2008.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy II.B.5.IV, October 2009.)

Related Materials

See also the Ruth Partridge oral history interview (UA OH 40), Anna Christina Smoot diary (MSS 6188), E. De Alton Partridge oral history interview (UA OH 78), A Mormon boyhood (MSS SC 2500), Eliza Maria Partridge Lyman diary (MSS 1217), and Albert Stephen Jones diaries, photographs, and other material (MSS 350)

Separated Materials

Eight pressed plant specimens, placed in journals between 1915 and 1955, were removed from the collection and transferred to the Monte L. Bean Museum. Fourteen newspapers were removed and transferred to the Harold B. Lee Library. One phrenological, a letter written by Heber J. Grant to Miriam Taylor, and a letter written by Joseph F. Smith to Harvey H. Cluff were separated to be catalogued separately. Photographs were removed and transferred to the Photo Archives where they are located as collection number MSS P 173.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler and John M. Murphy; May 30, 2008.

Register of Ruth Louise Partridge papers
H. Christine Swindler
2008 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States