The Ruth Tibbits Tooze Papers are comprised of materials collected by Ruth Tooze from 1938-1940 during her tenure as Vice President of the Oregon Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The collection includes correspondence, notes, typescripts, budget records, meeting agendas, pamphlets and leaflets, press releases, educational planning documents, songsheets, event programs, and newsclippings.
ID: MSS Tooze
Extent: 0.08 cubic feet
Scope and Content Notes
The Ruth Tibbits Tooze Papers are comprised of materials collected by Tooze, Vice President of the Oregon Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), between 1938 and 1940. Included are administrative documents from the Oregon WCTU; materials documenting the WCTU's alcohol education initiatives; an extensive collection of press releases and published WCTU literature; and temperance and religious materials created by other organizations. Records include correspondence, manuscript notes, typescripts, budget records, meeting agendas, pamphlets and leaflets, press releases, educational planning documents, songsheets, event programs, and newsclippings.
Statement on Access: The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Ruth Tibbits Tooze Papers (MSS Tooze), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: The Ruth Tibbits Tooze Papers were acquired by the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2014.
Languages of Materials
- Series 1: Woman's Christian Temperance Union, 1938-1940 Add to Shelf
- Box-Folder 1.1: WCTU Administrative Records, 1938-1940 Add to Shelf
- This file is comprised of a letter from F. D. L. Squires, of the WCTU's Publicity Research Council, to Tooze planning a Youth Temperance Council (YTC) campaign to monitor print media for temperance-related content; drafts of YTC resolutions adopted in September 1938; a draft of the WCTU's legislative program for 1939 as it related to alcoholic beverages, narcotics, civil service, education, gambling, international relations, motion pictures, social hygiene, and women and children; a budget sheet for the Oregon WCTU's Temperance Education Fund (February 1939); an agenda for the 1940 Oregon WCTU Mid-year Executive Meeting; instructions for conducting surveys of local liquor sale and use; a list of activities to be conducted by the Oregon WCTU Civics Department; a typescript titled "Law Enforcement" providing figures on the impact of alcohol on crime in the United States; and a typescript of a speech titled "The Liquor Problem Up to Date."
- Box-Folder 1.2: WCTU Alcohol Education Materials, 1939 Add to Shelf
- This file includes a newsletter from the Oregon WCTU Department of Alcohol Education; a "Plan of Work" for teaching temperance to minors; coloring cards featuring pro-temperance inscriptions; temperance poems; and a handwritten itinerary for a series of children's educational sessions held in May 1939. Also included are lesson outlines for a vacation Bible school alcohol education course, a curriculum for "Narcotics and Youth Today: A Course for Young Peoples Conferences," and a list of activities for celebrating the Frances Willard Centenary.
- Box-Folder 1.3: WCTU Informational Publications, 1938-1940 Add to Shelf
- This file contains numerous publications from the WCTU headquarters in Evanston, Illinois and the WCTU's Signal Press. Included are two cards featuring WCTU slogans; offerings from the WCTU's "Think a Minute" series; more than fifty pamphlets and leaflets including "Alcohol is a Poor Medicine," "Can You Drink and Still Be a Gentleman," "Alcohol and Syphilis," and "Are You Buying Liquor for the Unemployed?"; sheet music for "What the World Needs is Jesus" and "Let the Beauty of Jesus"; and several publications from the Loyal Temperance Legion and the Youth Temperance Council.
- Box-Folder 1.4: WCTU Press Releases, 1938 Add to Shelf
- This file is comprised of eight press releases published by the WCTU in 1938. Included are releases titled "Beer's Own Record Explodes Proposed Program," "Liquor Floods in Canada--When Will They Recede?", and "Why Do People Drink? A Scientific Study in Every-Day Language." Many of these news releases focus on perceived economic and societal costs brought about by the repeal of Prohibition.
- Box-Folder 1.5: Miscellaneous Materials, 1938-1940 Add to Shelf
- This file is comprised of materials created by organizations other than the WCTU. Included is a program and sheet music from a 1939 performance by Edward Lango and his Spiritual Jubilee Singers; a Prelude to Prayer booklet; a leaflet entitled "America's Liquor Bill--1937"; a pamphlet describing the National Council of Women's public health program for 1938-1939; a convocation address given by George Barton Cutten in 1939; a song, "Work for Temperance," published in the Missionary Monthly; alcohol-related newsclippings from 1939 editions of the Oregonian; and a clipping featuring a pro-temperance parable.
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