Smith, Martha Ruth (1894-1960)
Scope:
The Martha Ruth Smith collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and printed material.

Manuscripts include several drafts of a biographical portrait of Smith, including one by Mary Ann Garrigan; a chronological biography by Phyllis Marie Corney (ca. 1965 or later); an announcement of the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the Boston University School of Nursing (1957); "Remembering Martha Ruth Smith, A Verbal Portrait of the First Dean of Boston University School of Nursing," three dramatic skits based on Boston University Alumnae accounts, prepared by Myrtle M. Ford (1999); and other items.

Correspondence includes: general correspondence (1947-1960), concerning her appointment to the Boston University faculty, and her death in 1960; letters concerning arrangements for various Boston University School of Nursing Convocations, with Mary Ann Garrigan writing to School of Nursing faculty members, Harold C. Case, and members of Martha Ruth Smith's family (1962-1965); letters from Sally Johnson (Massachusetts General Hospital) and Mary Ann Garrigan (1953); and other items.  

Photographs include black and white photos of Smith with Boston University President Daniel Marsh and Mrs. Everett Fiske (1947); Smith with the Boston University School of Nursing faculty (1949; 1953); Smith with Marie Farrell (undated); Smith with Dr. Augustus P. Loring, Boston University President Daniel Marsh, Annie Goodrich, and Dean Jessie B. Davis (undated); Smith with a group of Boston University School of Nursing students from overseas (1953-1954); and a portrait photo of Martha Ruth Smith (1957).  Also present are numerous slides with an accompanying list.

Memorabilia includes a citation presented to Smith by Boston University President Harold C. Case (1956); the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing Medal, in honor of Dr. John P. Reynolds (1919); a Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing pin; National American Red Cross Pin No. 37298; and a certificate of election as an honorary member of the Boston University Women's Graduate Club (undated).

Printed material includes a number of pamphlets issued by Teachers College, Columbia University (1923-1943); pamphlets issued by the National League of Nursing Education (1930-1945); pamphlets issued by the National Nursing Council (1942); and the United States Department of Labor (1953); articles published by Martha Ruth Smith between 1929-1935, as a part of convention proceedings, Nursing Education Bulletins; and items described as being of historical interest to Smith, having to do with various aspects of nursing (18 99-1956, many undated). There are Boston University School of Nursing Convocation Programs (1961-1965); Smith's application for membership in the Massachusetts State League of Nursing Education (1925); "Qualifications of Faculty Members," published by the Massachusetts Approving Authority for Schools of Nursing (1948); and "Martha Ruth Smith, In Memoriam, 1894-1960," program from Marsh Chapel, Boston University (1960).
Notable Figures
1. Smith, Martha Ruth
Associated Subjects
1. Nurses – Massachusetts – Boston
2. Photographs – Massachusetts – Boston
3. Medical teaching personnel – Massachusetts – Boston
4. Nurse administrators – Massachusetts – Boston
5. Memorabilia – Massachusetts – Boston
6. Nursing
7. Nursing – Study and teaching – Massachusetts – Boston
8. Nursing services – Massachusetts – Boston – Administration
9. Women deans (Education) – Massachusetts – Boston