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Ruth M. Harris Papers

Call Number: RG 171

Scope and Contents

The papers have been retained in the order in which they were received from Ms. Harris. The material in Series I documents the work of various student Christian organizations in the U.S. from the 1950s through the 1990s. Series II documents Harris' s work with the World Student Christian Federation Trustees and Senior Friends. This series includes minutes of the Trustees from 1989 to 1999 and documentation of the Trustees' Centennial Program. Series III provides a chronological sequence of materials documenting interregional and regional activities of the the WSCF. Of particular interest is documentation of the WSCF Women's Commission and Women's History Project.

A number of printed publications received with the Harris Papers have been integrated with the Divinity Library's cataloged collections of books and periodicals, or into archival record groups related to the World Student Christian Federation (Record Group No. 46) or World Council of Churches (Record Group No. 162.) Cataloged publications include the following:

World Student Christian Federation publications:

  1. Student World, 1951-1969
  2. Federation News (WSCF Ecumenical Assistance Program), 1955-1968
  3. WSCF Journal, 1979-1995
  4. Presence (WSCF magazine for African Christian students), 1969-1970
  5. WSCF Asia Book Series, 1977-1995
  6. Praxis (Newsletter of Asia / Pacific WSCF)
  7. WSCF History Series
  8. Other books, pamphlets, and reports

World Council of Churches publications:

  1. News Sheet (Youth Department), 1958-1959
  2. Risk (Youth Department), 1966-1974
  3. Study Encounter (Division of Studies), 1965-1975
  4. Other books, pamphlets, and reports

Methodist publication:

  1. Motive Magazine

The Ruth M. Harris Papers complement a number of other personal papers and archival collections at the Yale Divinity School Library, including the Margaret Flory Papers and the Archives of the WSCF, Student Christian Movement of New England, and University Christian Movement.


  • 1945-2013


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ruth M. Harris.


  1. I. Student Christian Movements in the United States
  2. II. World Student Christian Federation Trustees
  3. III. World Student Christian Federation Activities
  4. IV Addendum


9 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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These papers document the work of various student Christian movements from the 1950s through the 1990s and the activities of the World Student Christian Federation Trustees, particularly in preparation for the WSCF Centennial and the Women's History Project. Ruth M. Harris was a leader in United Methodist and ecumenical student Christian work.

Biographical / Historical

B.A.. Morningside College, Sioux City, IA
M.A., Teacher's College, Columbia University
Missionary teacher in China
Field program director for Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions
United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, Women's Division, student work
UMBGM, World Division, University world
UMBGM, World Division, Global justice
Guide to the Ruth M. Harris Papers
Compiled by Alice Yafeh and Martha Lund Smalley
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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