MacKay-Scott, Ruth Jarvis. Papers of Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott, 1928-1941: A Finding
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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Call No.: MC 225
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott
Title: Papers of Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott, 1928-1941
Quantity: .63 linear feet (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 2 oversize volumes, 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, photos, clippings, etc., of Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott, civic reformer
and women's club member.
Accession numbers: 69-38, 1005
The papers of Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott were deposited with the Schlesinger Library
in 1966 by her daughter-in-law, Dr. Anne Firor Scott.
Processed: June 1976
By: Jean Weaver
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Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott Papers, 1928-1941; item description, dates. MC 225, folder
#. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Ruth MacKay-Scott was the wife of Andrew MacKay-Scott, a wealthy stockbroker in Evanston,
Illinois. In the late 1920's the family lived for several years in California, where
many Jarvis relatives lived. (They also had a summer home on Cape Cod, where MacKay-Scott
was isolated during the 1938 hurricane.) This collection consists of correspondence,
newsclippings, and other printed materials, the bulk of which was collected in 1936-1939
while MacKay-Scott was an officer of the Woman's Club of Evanston.
MacKay-Scott focused her civic interests on social service and mental health programs,
such as the Infant Welfare Society, Evanston King's Daughters (an organization for
dependent girls and women), juvenile justice, and venereal disease education. In 1930
she was Secretary of the Southern California Society for Mental Hygiene and in that
capacity was a member of the Committee on Organization of the First International
Congress on Mental Hygiene. She was also on the Board of the Los Angeles Woman's Health
She joined in sponsoring cultural activities in Evanston and took an interest in current
political issues. The personal correspondence indicates that she entertained in her
home lecturers, musicians, physicians, and other notables who participated in programs
she organized and/or helped sponsor.
MacKay-Scott's immediate family included her husband, Andrew Scott (Mac); daughter,
Jean Margaret (who married Joseph Earl Sample in October 1940); son, Andrew MacKay,
Jr. (Andy); and her mother, Emily Little Jarvis.
The papers of Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott contain correspondence, photographs, clippings,
and printed material. The bulk of the collection relates to MacKay-Scott's service
with the Woman's Club of Evanston, 1936-1939, while personal correspondence indicates
that she entertained musicians, lecturers, physicians, and others who participated
in programs she organized or sponsored.
- Box 1: 1-18
- Box 2: 19-20, volumes 1-6
- 1. Correspondence, 1928-1941. Mostly social letters to Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott. Correspondents
include: Herman M. Adler, M.D.; Pàola Autori (Mrs. Franco); Dr. H. G. Brainerd; Upton
Close; Kenneth Colegrove; Paul H. Douglas; James M. Hepbron; Henry Minor Huxley; Theodore
W. Koch; R. H. Bruce Lockhart; John A. Morrison; John William Hobbs Pollard, M.D.;
Margaret Sanger (printed invitation); Otto Schnering; Paul L. Schroeder, M.D.; Alec
Templeton; Wendell L. Willkie.
- 2. Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott' notes for speeches and articles, n.d. Re: personality and
- 3. Materials relating to Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott' work in mental health and psychiatric
social work at Metropolitan College of University of Southern California and Extension
Division of University of California, Los Angeles, 1925-1927.
- 4. Los Angeles Woman's Health Center Association (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott was on the
Board of Directors, 1928). Statement of aims and purposes, announcement of lecture
- 5. Institute of Family Relations, Los Angeles; Paul Popenoe, founder and director. Correspondence,
1928, 1938, 1939. Printed brochures and articles by PP and/or about his work.
- 6. First International Congress on Mental Hygiene, Washington, D.C., May 5-10, 1930 (Ruth
Jarvis MacKay-Scott was member of the Committee on Organization). Souvenir program,
Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott' notes on presentations, newsclippings.
For photographs of members and participants, see folio+ folder.
- 7. Woman's Club of Evanston, Social Service Department (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott was
Chairman of the Civic Committee, 1936-1937). Correspondence, copies of articles prepared
for WCE Bulletin, 2 speeches and an introduction by Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott; mainly concerning venereal
disease clinic and problems of juveniles.
- 8. Woman's Club of Evanston, Social Service Department (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott was
Chairman, 1937-1939). Correspondence, pages from Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott' notebook,
- 9. Woman's Club of Evanston, Social Service Department. Printed materials, 1937-1939;
mostly concerning mental health, juveniles, child guidance.
- 10. Evanston King's Daughters (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott treasurer, 1936-1938). 2 treasurer's
- 11. League of Women Voters of Evanston (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott a member). Newsletter
and newsclippings 1936-1939; The Illinois Voter, June 1938.
- 12. National campaign to control syphilis. Magazine articles, 1936-1939.
- 13. American Social Hygiene Association. Kit relating to venereal disease and Social Hygiene
Day, February 3, 1937.
- 14. (National) Social Hygiene Day, February 3, 1937. Newsclippings.
- 15. Evanston Council of Social Agencies (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott member Board of Directors,
1937-1939). Announcements, reports, minutes, directory, newsclippings.
- 16. Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Evanston Branch (Ruth Jarvis MacKay-Scott Treasurer
of Senior Board, 1938-1940). List of members of Senior Board, 1938; Financial Statement,
1939; mimeographed letters requesting contributions; newsclippings.
- 17. Loose items from scrapbooks (volumes 7o and 8o). Photographs: H. G. Wells and Theodore
Koch planting arbor vitae at Northwestern University Library, October 30, 1937; Henry
J. Allen (former Kansas Governor and United States Senator), speaker at Woman's Club
of Evanston event, February 1, 1939; R. H. Bruce Lockhart (British author, diplomat),
2 publicity photographs, autographed, 1939; Richard Sallet (German Ambassador to the
United States); 2 unidentified men in formal dress entering a public building, with
bagpipers and drummer in Scottish kilt uniforms.
See folio+ folder for other photographs.
- 18. Loose items from scrapbooks (volumes 7o and 8o). Programs, menus, autographs, etc.
- 19. Loose items from Scrapbooks (volumes 7o and 8o). Newsclippings.
- 20. Publications of the Woman's Club of Evanston: Anniversary programs, 1929 and 1939;
Pages from Annual Announcements 1936-1937 and 1937-1938; Social Service pages of The Bulletin, October 1938-May 1939.
- Vol. 1. The Bulletin, May 1936.
- Vol. 2. The Bulletin, October 1936.
- Vol. 3. The Bulletin, April 1937.
- Vol. 4. The Bulletin, May 1937.
- Vol. 5. The Bulletin, Vol. XXV, 1937-1938, clothbound.
- Vol. 6. The Bulletin, March 1940.
- Folio+ Folder. Photographs (from folder 6) of the First International Congress on Mental Hygiene,
May 5-10, 1930: 1. Committee on Organization (photograph in 2 sections); 2. Speakers
and participants (photograph in 3 sections).
- Volume 7o. Scrapbook, 1930-1937. Newsclippings, mementoes. Includes one photograph
- Volume 8o. Scrapbook, 1938-1940. Newsclippings, mementoes.
Birth control clinics
Evanston (Ill.)--Social life and customs
International Congress on Mental Hygiene (1st : 1930 : Washington, D.C.)
Juvenile justice, Administration of
Sexually transmitted diseases
Women--Societies and clubs
American Social Hygiene Association
Autori, Pàola, 1904?-1948
Chicago (Ill.). Venereal Disease Prevention Program
Douglas, Paul H. (Paul Howard), 1892-1976
Evanston Council of Social Agencies
Evanston King's Daughters
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
League of Women Voters of Evanston, Illinois
Los Angeles Women's Health Center
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944
Woman's Club of Evanston, Ill.