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Ruth Bowen scrapbook

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.450

Scope and Contents

This single bound volume contains a collection of clippings from the Detroit News from January 1 to June 1,1939, covering political and governmental affairs in Michigan. The bulk of this information deals with the State Civil Service controversy, the reorganization of the Welfare Department, the merit hiring system, and the reopening of gambling houses in Macomb County. Key government officials featured in this collection include Governors Frank D. Fitzgerald and Luren D. Dickinson, State Personnel Director William Brownrigg, State Highway Commissioner Murray Van Wagoner, and Grand Rapids Republican Leader Frank McKay.


  • Creation: 1939


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Note

Ruth Bowen was a prominent figure in Michigan social work in the 1920s and 1930s. She was head of the Social Service Bureau in Lansing from 1918 until 1933, when she became the Ingham County Relief Administrator. In January 1937, she was appointed to head the Social Works Section of the State Works Progress Administration. Bowen also taught at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) from 1929 to 1934 as a part-time instructor in the Sociology Department.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 scrapbook)

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Custodial History

Gift of Ruth Bowen, 1978.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00549 to UA 17.450 to reflect Bowen's connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, October 2021.

Ruth Bowen Scrapbook
4 Published And Cataloged
D. Gilmore
May 1992
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US