Ruth Ryder St. John Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
St. John, Ruth Ryder
Ruth Ryder St. John papers
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Born to Edward and Georgia (Smyth) Ryder, Ruth Ryder St. John was a 1936 graduate of Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) with a B.A. in Public School Music. Her father, Edward, retired as a professor of Economics and Political Science at M.S.C. in 1934. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Lambda Theta. Ruth also held a teaching certificate for the state of Illinois. During the Second World War, Ruth served in the American Red Cross, working in New Guinea, the Philippines, Australia and other Pacific nations. She was also instrumental in coordinating an M.S.C. alumni reunion in Manila in 1945. In 1956 she married Don St. John.

Ruth died on September 11, 2000.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains a great deal of correspondence, including many to and from family and friends while Ruth Ryder was in the American Red Cross. Other subject materials cover the topics of the June 10, 1945 alumni reunion in Manila, the establishment of the Edward H. Ryder and Georgia R. Ryder Scholarship Fund, and the East Lansing High School Class of 1931 Fifty Year Reunion. The scrapbook in this collection is dedicated to the Manila reunion and contains lists of attendants and correspondence received by Ryder on the occasion. There is also a large series of photographs for this collection that reflect the materials and include pictures of the Ryder and St. John families, as well as American Red Cross activities overseas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also Edward Ryder papers, (UA 17.40).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Red Cross.
  • Michigan State College.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1936.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Diplomas
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Poetry
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Butterfield, Kenyon L., (Kenyon Leech), 1868-1935
  • Ryder, Edward H., 1871-1939
  • Ryder, Georgia Smyth, 1871-1955


  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

Family Birth, Marriage, Death Registry 

1567H 1


Box Folder


1567H 2

 1952, 1955 - 1957 

1567H 3

 1962, 1964 - 1966 

1567H 4

 1970, 1972, 1975 - 1979 

1567H 5

 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986 - 1987, 1989 

1567H 6


1567H 7


1567H 8
Box Folder

News Clippings 1925, 1932, 1944 - 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952 - 1956 

1567H 9

American Red Cross 

Box Folder

Miscellaneous 1943 - 1945, Undated 

1567H 10

New Guinea - Miscellaneous 1944, Undated 

1567H 11

Manila Reunion- Article and Radio Program 1945 

Box Folder

MSU College of Arts and Letters 1995 Awards Convocation and Deans Award Luncheon May 4, 1995 

1567H 13

Deed of Gift- $10,000 for Edward H. Ryder and Georgia R. Ryder Scholarship Fund March 21, 1956 

1567H 14

Certificates and Diplomas 1934, 1936, 1942, 1946 

1567H 15

School Poetry 1933 

1567H 16

East Lansing High School Class of 1931 50 Year Reunion 1981 

1567H 17

The Outlook (article by Kenyon L. Butterfield, "Recent Grange Work in Michigan") September 17, 1898 

1567H 18

Miscellaneous 1932, 1943, 1980, Undated 

1567H 19

Miscellaneous Ephemera Undated 

1567H 20

Plutarch's Lives ed with forward by C. Lindeman (student of Edward Ryder) 1950, 1952 

1567H 21

Scrapbook #236: MSU Alumni Reunion in Manila 1945 

Box Folder

Photocopy of Development Fund Plaque undated 

1567H 22

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Oversized Items 


MSU Transient Alumni Reunion Hawaii, 1945 Poster. (See UA 17.40 Edward Ryder Collection) 


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Collection Photographs

American Red Cross (ARC) 

American Red Cross. Australia 

American Red Cross. Manila, Philippines 

American Red Cross. New Guinea 

American Red Cross. New Guinea. Hollandia Trip 1945 

American Red Cross. Philippines 

East Lansing High School Class of 1951 50 th Year Reunion 

Family and Friends 

Hollings Wedding 

Manila Reunion 

MSU Presidents 


New Hampshire Scenes 

Ryder Family 

St. John Family 

St. John, Ruth Ryder 

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