Papers, 1905-1990 (inclusive)

Nash, Ruth Cowan, 1901-1993


9.5 linear ft.
Arranged in seven series: I. Biographical and family. II. Financial. III. Correspondence and related papers. IV. Writings, speeches, notes, and related papers. V. Professional associations and other memberships. VI. Republican National Committee. VII. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).
Collection includes biographical material, financial records, personal and professional correspondence, photographs, speeches, articles, notebooks, audiovisual material, etc. Also included are minutes, newsletters, financial reports, correspondence, and other records of the Women's National Press Club, and material from her work for the Republican National Committee and the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Journalist Ruth (Cowan) Nash was born in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Texas. Beginning as a weekend movie reviewer, Nash became a reporter for the San Antonio Evening News, and also wrote free lance, using the name Baldwin Cowan, for The Houston Chronicle and other papers. She worked for United Press for several months in 1929 but was fired when UP found out she was a woman. As a reporter for the Associated Press, she was based in Chicago for ten years before joining the Washington press corps in 1940. She was one of the first women accredited as a U.S. Army war correspondent, and served overseas for the AP from January 1943 until May 1945. After retiring from AP in 1956, she married Bradley D. Nash, U.S. undersecretary of commerce and later mayor of Harper's Ferry, W. Va. Nash worked as a public relations consultant for the Republican National Committee, and as a confidential administrative assistant to Bertha Atkins at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1958-1961). She was president of the Women's National Press Club (1947-1948) and was a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (1958-1961). Nash died in Harper's Ferry in 1993.
Ruth Cowan Nash Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.
Are available on microfilm (M-135, 7 microfilm reels, 35 mm.). from Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, through interlibrary loan.
Unpublished finding aid; most Schlesinger Library finding aids are also available in the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (Chadwyck-Healey, 1984- ).
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