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Theodore C. Ruch correspondence

Call Number: Ms Coll 37

Scope and Contents

The collection contains both sides of the correspondence of Theodore C. Ruch with John F. Fulton, as well as letters to and from publishers and others, regarding the publication of Theodore C. Ruch, Bibliographia primatologica: a classified bibliography of primates other than man (1941); Ruch's work on later editions of William Henry Howell 's Textbook of Physiology, edited by Fulton; and general correspondence with Fulton. Ruch discusses his organization of the department of physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington and his work on primates. The two photographs show (empty) animal cages in Fulton's Laboratory of Physiology.


  • 1932-1960


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Yale University does not own copyright.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Correspondence donated by Ruch's daughter, Libby O. Ruch, 2009. Photographs and Ruch's guide for feeding primates were donated by Libby Ruch in 2011.


Organized in two series: 1. Correspondence. 2. Additional material on John F. Fulton.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Theordore C. Ruch, physiologist and primatologist, received his Ph.D. at Yale in physiology in 1933. The collection contains both sides of the correspondence between Ruch and his mentor, John F. Fulton, as well as related correspondence to/from Ruch or Fulton and others. Subjects include the publishing of Ruch's Bibliographia primatologica in 1941, Ruch's work with Fulton on editions of William Henry Howell's Textbook of Physiology, and the organization of physiology at Washington University, where Ruch became department chairman, and at Yale. The collection also includes material on Fulton, including a report, committee work, and two photographs of empty animal cages in Fulton's Laboratory of Physiology.

Biographical / Historical

Theodore C. Ruch received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon in 1927 and a master's degree from Stanford University in 1928. As a Rhodes Scholar he studied physiology at Oxford University where he obtained a B.A. in 1930 and a B.Sc. in 1932. He received his Ph.D. in physiology at Yale in 1933 working with John F. Fulton. He remained in the department as a fellow, an instructor, and, from 1938 to 1946, as an assistant professor. In 1946 he left New Haven to become chairman of the department of physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. From 1961 to 1971, he served as the first director of the Regional Primate Center at the University of Washington. He remained associated with the Center until his retirement in 1976. Ruch died in Santa Barbara, California in 1983.

Guide to the Theodore C. Ruch Correspondence
Finding aid by Toby A. Appel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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