Scope and Contents
- 1915 - 1974
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Ruth Stephan (1910-1974)
Stephan was born in Chicago on January 21, 1910, the daughter of drugstore founder Charles R. Walgreen and Myrtle Norton Walgreen. She attended Northwestern University but left without a degree in 1929 when she married Justin W. Dart, with whom she had two sons. Unsupported by her family when she began to take herself seriously as a writer, she divorced Dart in 1939. Later that same year she married the painter John Stephan; their only child, a son, was born in 1941. In 1942 the Stephans moved to Westport, Connecticut, where they founded The Tiger's Eye in 1947. This venture lasted until 1951, when the work of producing the magazine threatened to overtake the couple's own creative work. In 1961, Ruth Stephan divorced John Stephan and spent time traveling in Japan and Southeast Asia, where she became interested in Zen Buddhism. In 1966 she married John C. Franklin, a scientist, and lived the remainder of her life in Greenwich, Connecticut. She died in North Salem, New York, on April 9, 1974.
Much of the information in this biographical sketch is drawn from: Stephan, John J., "Ruth Stephan (1910-74): A Tribute" (Yale University Library Gazette, April 1976).
Former call numbers: Za Stephan, Uncat Za Stephan, and Uncat MSS 483.
- Art -- Periodicals
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- China -- Description and travel
- Christina, Queen of Sweden, 1626-1689
- Editors -- United States
- Franklin, John C., 1904-1989
- Holmes, Phoebe Barton, 1884-1969
- India -- Description and travel
- Japan -- Description and travel
- Kobori, Nanrei Sohaku, 1918-1998
- Motion pictures (visual works)
- Peru -- Description and travel
- Quechua Indians
- ReQua, Eloise G., 1903-1989
- Stephan, Frederick W. (Frederick Walter), 1873-1965
- Stephan, John J. (John Jason), 1941-
- Stephan, John Walter, 1906-1995
- Stephan, Ruth, 1910-1974
- Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
- Tiger's eye
- University of Arizona. Poetry Center
- Walgreen, Charles R. (Charles Rudolph), 1873-1939
- Walgreen, Chuck, 1906-2007
- Walgreen, Myrtle R. Norton, 1879-1971
- Walgreens (Firm)
- Zen Buddhism
- Guide to the Ruth Stephan Papers
- by Ellen Doon and Clayton McGahee
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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