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Ruth Evelyn Boynton Papers, 1931-1962

Summary Information
Title: Ruth Evelyn Boynton papers
Dates: 1931-1962
Creator: Boynton, Ruth Evelyn
Extent: 11 folders (.5 linear feet)
Language: English
Collection Number: uarc 687
Collection contains the papers of Ruth Evelyn Boynton, Director of the University of Minnesota Health Service from 1936-1961.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Preferred Citation:

Ruth Evelyn Boynton papers, University Archives, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Biographical Sketch of Ruth E. Boynton (1896-1977)

Ruth Evelyn Boynton was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1896. She received her MD from the University in 1921, and then stayed at the University as Assistant to the Director of Health until leaving for a year in 1927 to work at the University of Chicago. She returned to the University to be chief medical advisor for women students and an Associate Professor of Preventative Medicine and Public Health in 1928. She became Assistant Director of Health Services in 1935, and Director in 1936. Boynton was noted for her innovations in student health, by offering complete health care for University students, environmental health and safety programs, and the addition of psychiatric care for students. She wrote more than 85 papers on topics ranging from tuberculosis mortality to the health of college students and its relation to national defense. Boynton retired to Florida in 1961, and died in 1977 at the age of 81.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to Ruth Evelyn Boynton's involvement with public health at the University of Minnesota and on the State Health Board. Materials include personal and official correspondences, minutes of meetings, and papers on the activities of the State Health Board on which Boynton served from 1951 to 1960. Included in the collection is a reprint of Boynton's 1961 publication Historical Development of College Health Services , located in folder 11.

Related Material

Students' Health Service papers

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Boynton, Ruth E. (Ruth Evelyn), 1896-1977. -- Archives.
  • Poliomyelitis vaccine -- Evaluation.
Detailed Contents of Collection
 Location  Title
Box 1
Correspondences, personal and University related, 1941-1961. Box 1, Folder 1
State Board of Health. Oral Polio Vaccine. Field Studies, 1959-1960. Box 1, Folder 2
State Board of Health. Planning Committee-- 4th National Conference on Health in Colleges, 1941-1961. Box 1, Folder 3
State Board of Health. Committee of Examiners of Mortuary Sciences. Financial related materials, 1958-1959. Box 1, Folder 4
State Board of Health. Correspondences I, 1957-1961. Box 1, Folder 5
State Board of Health. Correspondences II, 1957-1961. Box 1, Folder 6
State Board of Health. Minutes of Meetings, 1957- February 1959. Box 1, Folder 7
State Board of Health. Minutes of Meetings, February 1959- December 1960. Box 1, Folder 8
State Board of Health. Sub-committee on Radiological Health. Papers I, 1959-1960. Box 1, Folder 9
State Board of Health. Sub-committee on Radiological Health. Papers II, 1959-1960. Box 1, Folder 10
"Historical Development of College Health Services" (Reprint), 1962. Box 1, Folder 11