Guide to the Polly King Ruhtenberg Papers
1946-1983

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Creator: Ruhtenberg, Polly King, 1907-1983
Title: Polly Ruhtenberg papers
Dates: 1946-1983 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet (17 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 081
Summary: Polly King Ruhtenberg (1907-1983) a libertarian and children's book author was active in social and civic organizations throughout her life. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, speeches, photographs, and a scrapbook that reflect her work as an author and libertarian.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Mary (Polly) Spingler Ruhtenberg, the daughter of Willard Vinton King and Mary Spingler Van Beuren, was born May 18, 1907. She grew up in Morristown, New Jersey, and attended the Shipley School in Pennsylvania and Barnard College in New York City. On August 4, 1935, she married Alexander Gustav Jan Ruhtenberg, an architect and her second husband, in New York City. Polly King Ruhtenberg and her husband moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1940.

Throughout her life, Polly King Ruhtenberg, a libertarian and children's book author, was active in social and civic organizations. She helped organize the New York City Maternal Health Centres and served as secretary of the New York Federation for Maternal Health Centres. From 1952 to 1962, she was elected Committeewoman of the Republican Party of El Paso County. Mrs. Ruhtenberg served as the Colorado Co-ordinator for the Vigilante Women for the Bricker Amendment, 1954-1957, the joint-chairwoman of the Colorado Committee for the Liberty Amendment, and as the temporary chairwoman of the Colorado Committee for Economic Freedom, Inc. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Colorado Springs Opera Association, and board member of the Pioneer Museum, as well as numerous other civic and social organizations.

She died January 23, 1983 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Content Description

The Polly Ruhtenberg Papers (1946-1983) include correspondence, manuscripts, speeches, research materials, photographs, and audio-visual materials. The correspondence spans from 1946 to 1983 but the bulk of it is dated between 1960 and 1970. The correspondence, which includes letters, postcards, and memoranda, is arranged chronologically. Among the correspondents are Willis E. Stone, Vivien Kellems, Luis V. Manrara, and various other individuals.

The manuscripts include drafts, notes, photographs, illustrations, and correspondence relating to approximately sixty articles, short stories, poems, and novellas which were written or co-authored by Polly King Ruhtenberg. Most of these items date from the 1970s and early 1980s and were intended for children and general audiences. Also included in the manuscript series are several editorials and articles by Ruhtenberg, which were clipped from newspapers, concerning the Liberty Amendment and other political issues.

The speeches are arranged in chronological order from 1960 to 1981. Included in the speeches are Ruhtenberg's testimonies before House and Senate Committees in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s and 1970s. Most of the speeches and testimonies concern income taxes and ownership of public lands by the federal government.

Research materials and the newspaper clippings concern the Liberty Amendment, government bureaucracy, government spending and related political issues. Included in the research materials are reprinted articles, statistical reports, government publications, bulletins, and other material. The researcher should note that a scrapbook containing more newspaper clippings is packaged separately.

The subject files are arranged alphabetically by topic and include correspondence, notes, and publications collected by Ruhtenberg. These files do not seem to be related to the Liberty Amendment or the conservative movement.

Several photographs include Margaret Sanger, H.G. Wells, Vivien Kellems, and Gordon van B. King.The audio-visual materials consist of several reel-to-reel tape recordings which include speeches by Willis E. Stone, Gordon van B. King, and Dan Hanson.

Miscellaneous materials include bumper stickers, awards, certificates, and political buttons.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public, except nitrate photographs, which are restricted.

Collection must be used in Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings or moving images to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to . The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Polly King Ruhtenberg papers, Coll 081, , University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Manuscripts

Series III: Speeches

Series IV: Research Materials

Series V: Subject Files

Series VI: Photographs

Series VII: Audio-visual Materials

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Cynthia Crouch, September 1984.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical material
Container(s)
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Biographical material
Container(s)
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Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 Correspondence 1846-1954
1 4 Correspondence 1955-1959
1 5 Correspondence 1960
1 6 Correspondence January 1961-April 1961
1 7 Correspondence May 1961-July 1961
1 8 Correspondence August 1961-October 1961
1 9 Correspondence November 1961-December 1961
1 10 Correspondence January 1962-May 1962
1 11 Correspondence June 1962-September 1962
1 12 Correspondence October 1962-November 1962
1 13 Correspondence December 1962
1 14 Correspondence January 1963-July 1963
1 15 Correspondence August 1963-December 1963
2 1 Correspondence 1964
2 2 Correspondence January 1965-April 1965
2 3 Correspondence May 1965-September 1965
2 4 Correspondence October 1965-December 1965
2 5 Correspondence 1966
2 6 Correspondence January 1967-July 1967
2 7 Correspondence August 1967
2 8 Correspondence September 1967-December 1967
2 9 Correspondence 1968
2 10 Correspondence 1969
2 11 Correspondence 1970
2 12 Correspondence January 1971-March 1971
2 13 Correspondence April 1971-August 1971
2 14 Correspondence December 1971
2 15 Correspondence 1972-1973
2 16 Correspondence 1974
3 1 Correspondence January 1975-March 1975
3 2 Correspondence April 1975-June 1975
3 3 Correspondence July 1975-December 1975
3 4 Correspondence 1976
3 5 Correspondence 1977
3 6 Correspondence 1978
3 7 Correspondence 1979
3 8 Correspondence January 1980-March 1980
3 9 Correspondence April 1980-December 1980
3 10 Correspondence January 1981-February 1981
3 11 Correspondence March 1981-April 1981
3 12 Correspondence May 1981-December 1981
3 13 Correspondence January 1982-March 1982
3 14 Correspondence April 1982-May 1982
3 15 Correspondence June 1982-August 1982
4 1 Correspondence September 1982-October 1982
4 2 Correspondence November 1982-January 1983
4 3 Correspondence undated
4 4 Correspondence undated
4 5 Form letters

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Series II:  Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 6 "And 'Robert' was lurking murkily"
4 6 Anesthetist Witnesses Miracle
4 6 "The Clock in Broadmarket Square"
4 7 Dark Handsome Stranger (Magpie)
4 8 Divorce Yourself from Worthless Habits
4 8 Elizabeth
4 8 Elizabeth Cooper McAlister, Dorothy E. Smith, co-author
4 8 The Equal Rights Amendment
4 9 Flavored by hypo needle, cured not at all
4 9 "Gold Finding for the Weekender," G. A. Huggins, co-author
4 9 "Granma's Weather Signs"
4 10 Gunpowder
4 11 Gunpowder
4 12 Gunpowder
4 13 Gunpowder
4 14 Gunpowder
4 15 Gunpowder
5 1 Gunpowder
5 2 Gunpowder
5 3 Gunpowder
5 4 Gunpowder
5 5 Gunpowder
5 6 Gunpowder
5 7 Gunpowder
5 8 Hearing on Public Lands
5 9 Henry McAllister: Colorado Pioneer, Dorothy E. Smith, co-author. Freeman, South Dakota: 1972.
5 10 I Love a Sausage
5 11 Income Taxes
5 11 Know Why I Want You for My Valentine, Sweetheart?
5 11 "Living with the sun"
5 12 The long-lost letter, Rosemary Hetzler, co-author
5 12 Love Apple
5 12 The Marland Hounds (The Hounds of Marland Road)
5 13 "Midnight Kidnapping." Horse 5 (May 1976): 33-34. May 1976
6 1 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 2 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 3 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 4 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 5 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 6 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 7 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 8 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 9 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 10 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
6 11 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
7 1 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
7 2 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982)
7 3 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
7 4 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
7 5 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
7 6 Nip or The Adventures of Nip, Karl T. Pflock, co-author. (Published, 1982) 1982
7 7 The Non-Degenerative Diet 1968
7 7 NOW
7 7 "On an Equal Footing." Freedom 13 (May-June 1968): 8-9.
7 8 On the Ridge
7 8 Only the White Mare Mourned
7 9 Owen's Decision
7 9 Patty Bartlett Sessions
7 9 Puppy Dog Tails
7 9 Segonku
7 10 Sex and the Constitution
7 11 Seymour Salamander
7 11 Siegfried
7 11 Singing Beside Me in the Wilderness (One Third of Our Nation)
8 1 Station to Teeth 1966
8 1 Tax Register 'Wins' Dangerous Non-Decision
8 1 "Territorial Governor of Colorado," D. E. Smith, co-author. Real West 19 (November 1976): 50-61.
8 1 "A Tiger in Congress' Tank." Freedom 11 (November-December 1966): 13-26.
8 2 Mrs. Tiggiewinkle
8 2 Tiggie's Father
8 2 Toward a More Elegant English
8 2 The Tuesday Night
8 2 Twinkle and Tinker
8 2 Two Shockers in the Thirties
8 3 Up the Down Elevator August 1980
8 3 "Vivien Kellums: Woman with a Mission" ("Vivien: Profile in Courage")
8 3 Water Me
8 3 "What the Constitution doesn't say." The Press 8 (August 1980): 24
8 3 Women at War
8 4 Articles and editorials
8 5 Untitled drafts and notes

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Series III:  Speeches
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 6 Speeches 1960-1968
8 7 Speeches 1972-1981
8 8 Speeches undated
8 9 Speeches undated

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Series IV:  Research Materials
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 State Committee Manual for the Liberty Amendment 1963
9 2 Speeches by others
9 3 Statistics, articles, and other materials
9 4 Statistics, articles, and other materials
9 5 Statistics, articles, and other materials
9 6 Statistics, articles, and other materials
9 7 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 1 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 2 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 3 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 4 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 5 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 6 Statistics, articles, and other materials
10 7 Statistics, articles, and other materials
11 1 Statistics, articles, and other materials
11 2 Statistics, articles, and other materials
11 3 Statistics, articles, and other materials
11 4 Statistics, articles, and other materials
11 5 Newspaper clippings
11 6 Newspaper clippings
11 7 Newspaper clippings
12 1 Newspaper clippings
12 2 Newspaper clippings
12 3 Newspaper clippings
12 4 Newspaper clippings
12 5 Newspaper clippings
Pkg 1 Scrapbook of newspaper clippings 1961-1963

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Series V:  Subject Files
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
12 6 Bill of Rights Anniversary
12 7 Colonial Dames of America
12 8 Equal Rights Amendment
12 9 Equal Rights Amendment
12 10 Equal Rights Amendment
12 11 Equal Rights Amendment
13 1 United Nations Charter Revision
13 2 Miscellaneous
13 3 Miscellaneous

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Series VI:  Photographs (PH143)
3.0 linear feet
Ruhtenberg, Polly King, 1907-1983
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Prints

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Series VII:  Audiovisual materials (PH143)
Ruhtenberg, Polly King, 1907-1983
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Reel to reel sound recordings
Box
Folder
2 1 J. Bracken Lee, at the Parklane Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Subject: Role and power of government December 4, 1964
2 1 Willis E. Stone in Los Angeles, California. Subject: The Liberty Amendment
2 2 Unidentified male vocalist
2 3 Soundtrack for unidentified film. Subject: The United States Constitution
2 4 Soundtrack to accompany film"Our American Heritage"
2 5 Gordon van B. King, at Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Subject: The Liberty Amendment
2 6 E. Merrill Root, "Have the Liberals Captured the Campuses?," in Denver, Colorado November 18, 1964
3 7 Dan Hanson, "Unconstitutionally held 'Public Lands,'" 2 copies
3 8 Willis E. Stone, ca. 1963
3 9 Gordon van B. King, "The Liberty Amendment"
3 10 Willis E. Stone, "It's Your Money," 1966
3 11 Dr. Earl D. Barnum, "The Science of Leisure"
3 12 Unidentified speaker, "Let's Get the Hell Out of Heaven"
3 13 Harry Roth, J. Charles Seelye, and Frances T. Candin, "Can Income Taxes Be Eliminated?" from the Bill Barker Hot Topic Show February 28, 1965
45-rpm recording
Box
Folder
3 13 Jane and Mark Andrews, "Liberty for Me"
Filmstrips
Box
Folder
4 13 "Our American Heritage," soundtrack but no filmstrip
5 13 "America's Secret," produced for Knotts Berry Farm Free Enterprise Department, with soundtrack
6 13 "In the Cause of Freedom," with soundtrack

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Brinkman, Edna Epperson
  • Chenoweth, J. Edgar, 1897-
  • Hanson, Dan
  • Kellems, Vivien, 1896-1975
  • King, Gordon van B
  • Lee, Wallace L
  • Lemly, William C
  • Long, Gladys
  • Manrara, Luis V
  • Moths, Armin
  • Nixon, Richard M., 1913-1994
  • Peck, George
  • Root, E. Merrill, 1895-1973
  • Sangar, Margaret, 1879-1966
  • Stone, Willis E., 1899-
  • Corporate Names :
  • Liberty Amendment Committee of Colorado
  • Liberty Amendment Committee of the U.S.A
  • National Organization of Women
  • Republican Party (Colo.)
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
  • Vigilante Women for the Bricker Amendment
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Debts, Public
  • Equal rights amendments
  • Income tax--Law and legislation
  • Libertarianism
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs
    • Sound recordings

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