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Guide to the Ruth Ann Hubbell Papers, 1905-1986 and undated, bulk 1926-1972

Abstract

Poet and librarian, of Washington, D.C. Also sister of Jay B. Hubbell, Professor of American Literature, Duke University.

The Ruth Ann Hubbell papers span the years from 1905 to 1986, with the bulk dating from 1926 to 1972. The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Ruth Ann Hubbell, her brother Jay Broadus Hubbell, and other members of the Hubbell family, but there are also some materials on the establishment of the Hubbell Center at Duke University, a small group of photographs, and folders of writings by Ruth Ann Hubbell, Jay Broadus Hubbell, Paul Edgar Hubbell, and other individuals. The collection is divided into six series: Clippings, Correspondence, Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography, Miscellany, Pictures, and Writings.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hubbell, Ruth Ann
Title
Ruth Ann Hubbell papers 1905-1986 and undated, bulk 1926-1972
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, 200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Ruth Ann Hubbell Papers span the years from 1905 to 1986, with the bulk dating from 1926 to 1972. The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Ruth Ann Hubbell, her brother Jay Broadus Hubbell, and other members of the Hubbell family, but there are also some materials on the establishment of the Hubbell Center at Duke University, and some photographs and writings of Ruth Ann Hubbell, Jay Broadus Hubbell, Paul Edgar Hubbell (their brother), and other individuals. The collection is divided into six series: Clippings, Correspondence, Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography, Miscellany, Photographs, and Writings. These series are described fully below.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Folder containing clippings of book reviews written by Jay Broadus Hubbell, reviews of books written by Jay Broadus Hubbell, obituaries of Ruth Eller Hubbell (mother of Ruth Ann and Jay Broadus Hubbell), notices of exhibits of materials from the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography displayed in Perkins Library, and other matters.

Contains mainly letters from Jay Broadus Hubbell to his sister Ruth Ann and their parents. Most of the parental letters are to Ruth Eller Hubbell, mother of Ruth Ann and her siblings, who after her husband's death in 1941 lived in Washington near Ruth Ann. Among the early letters are a few from Eller and Paul Hubbell, brothers of Ruth Ann and Jay Broadus, to Jay Broadus relating to their experiences and asking advice on courses to be taken as students at Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union, Virginia. Letters from Ruth Ann to Jay Broadus are also present in the series. Although many of the letters discuss family concerns, Jay Broadus also tells of his writings, organizational work, and his teaching at Southern Methodist University, Duke University, Vienna, Athens, Columbia, Kentucky, Virginia, and Clemson universities. Jay Broadus discusses the differences between students in Vienna and Athens, comparing them to American students. Dispersed throughout the stationary letters are postcards and greetings cards. Clippings or photographs accompany some of the correspondence.

Comprised of a small number of items relating to the establishment of the Jay B. Hubbell Center. Included among these is a proposal for the Center; a copy of the February 6, 1976, The University Letter of Duke University announcing the establishment of the Center; an announcement card for the Center; a photocopy of the announcement of the establishment of the Center that appeared in the November 1976 issue of American Literature; an announcement written by Jay B. Hubbell explaining the Center's mission, collection, and desired materials; two copies of an article about the Center written by Louis J. Budd that appeared in the Spring 1977 issue of Resources for American Literary Study; and a copy of the September 1976 issue of Duke University Libraries' newsletter, Library Notes that contains an announcement of the establishment of the Center.

Comprised of a single folder of varied and most often undated materials. A large proportion of the materials in this series are printed materials. These printed materials include information pamphlets for historical sites, museums, a convalescent center, and other institutions in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina, area as well as for sites on Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campuses. Advertising and marketing pamphlets for books written by or produced in honor of Jay B. Hubbell as well as a marketing pamphlet for a collection of poetry written by John Hall Wheelock are included. An informational bulletin for the tenth session of The Writers' Conference held at the University of New Hamphire in 1947 and a 1978 informational newsletter advertising summer events at Duke University are also in the series. A 1925 Bulletin of Southern Methodist University announcing awards for the Fourth Annual Poetry Contest is also included. A business card for "Jay B. Hubbell, Ph.D., Professor of American Literature" completes the printed materials. A number of handwritten or hand-typed lists are also included in the series. Of potential research interest is a handwritten "List of Books by Jay B. Hubbell with others he owned or valued" and a typed list of "Graduate Students in English Department Duke University" including their dissertation topics, page length, advisors, and years. In addition, the series contains a few personl items, such as a book plate of Ruth Anne Hubbell (that bears the coat of arms of the Hubbell family), a Mu Sigma Rho banner from Richmond College, a "Prayer of St. Francis" bookmark, and other items.

Comprised of a single folder containing thirteen photographs of family, friends, acquaintances of Jay Broadus and/or Ruth Ann Hubbell. These include photographs of Ruth Eller Hubbell (Jay Broadus and Ruth Ann Hubbell's mother), David Shelton Hubbell (Jay Broadus and Ruth Ann Hubbell's father), two photographs of Jay Broadus Hubbell as a young man, a 1918 photograph of Jay Broadus Hubbell in military uniform, two group photographs from the Writers' Conference at the University of New Hampshire in 1949, a 1949 photograph of Robert Frost, a photograph of a quartet of friends of Jay Broadus Hubbell from Tulane University, and four photographs of an unidentified male.

Comprised of six folders containing the writings of Ruth Ann, Jay Broadus, and Paul Edgar Hubbell, as well as writings of miscellaneous other authors. The first folder in this series contains Prose and Poetry by Ruth Ann Hubbell a saddle-stiched volume. The second, third, and fourth folders in this series contain writings of Jay Broadus Hubbell in journals, books, and other formats. The fifth folder in the series contains American Poems from Grant Street Volume IV being Grant Street Verse Volume X with Michigan Poets Plus by Paul Edgar Hubbell, brother of Ruth Ann and Jay Broadus Hubbell. The final folder of the series contains various writings by miscellaneous authors, including obituaries/memoriams of Jay Broadus, a resolution expressing mourning for the death of Jay Broadus, remarks of Henry Nash Smith (a former student of Jay Broadus) on the occassion of being awarded the Jay B. Hubbell Medallion, and two books of genealogical relevance to the Hubbell and Eller families.

Historical Note

Ruth Ann Hubbell was born in Smyth County, Virginia and grew up in western Virginia and North Carolina. She attended high school in Elkin, North Carolina. She received a B.A. from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1919 and began teaching at the primary level. She returned to graduate study at Columbia University in New York, where she received a Master's in English in 1921. Then she studied psychology for a year at New York University. She taught briefly at Denton, Colorado; Appalchian State Teachers College, Boone, North Carolina; and Intermont, Virginia. She returned to New York and studied Library Science at New York City College, receiving a certificate in 1926. She then accepted a position in the Public Library in Washington, D.C. as Reference Assistant and Assistant Director of Adult Work. She remained there from 1926 to 1932, when she trasferred to the Northeast Branch as Reference Librarian. In 1939, she returned to the Central Library as Readers' Advisor in Literature where she worked for two years before going to the Georgetown Branch as Reference Librarian. At the time of her retirement in 1965, she was Reference Librarian and First Assistant in the Georgetown Branch. After retirement, she traveled extensively and was active in church and club work. She wrote a number of poems that were accepted for publication in numerous magazines. Copies of many of these poems were sent to her brother, Jay Broadus Hubbell, professor of literature at Duke University, and may be found in the biographical materials in the Jay B. Hubbell Papers in the Rubenstein Library at Duke.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ruth Ann Hubbell Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Ruth Ann Hubbell Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1980 and 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Aaron Thornburg, April 2009

Encoded by Aaron Thornburg, April 2009

Accessions from 1980 and 1986 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.