Ruhl Jacob Bartlett Papers, 1923 -- 1993


Title: Ruhl Jacob Bartlett Papers
Dates: 1923 -- 1993
Bulk Dates: 1936 -- 1984
Creator: Bartlett, Ruhl Jacob
Call Number: MS042
Size: 2.4 Cubic Feet
Language(s): English  
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This collection includes biographical information, news clippings, correspondence, diplomas and distinctions, photos, publications, speeches, and a congressional testimony transcript related to Bartlett's research, publishing, and public and academic service.


This collection is organized into one series.


Biographical / Historical

Born on January 24 1897 in Webster, West Virginia, Ruhl Jacob Bartlett was a professor and scholar of American and diplomatic history. He attended public schools in Webster, West Virginia, and Jackson Center, Ohio, and served in the United States Navy during and after World War I serving as a Navy seaman in training at Ohio State University and at the Great Lakes stations from 1918-1919. He holds an A. B. from Ohio University (1920), an M. A. from the University of Cincinnati (1923), and a PhD from Ohio State University (1927). He taught at Ohio high-schools from 1920-1923 and as instructor in history at the University of Iowa (1925-26).

He taught at Tufts for over 40 years from 1927 to 1972. Bartlett began as an Assistant Professor of History at Tufts in 1927. He then served as: Dickson Professor of English and American History, 1932-68; Chair, Department of History, 1934-56; Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1938-39; Acting Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1943-44; Professor of Diplomatic History, Fletcher School, 1942-68 (concurrent with appointments in the Department of History). In 1968, Bartlett was voted emeritus status in both the Fletcher School and the College of Arts and Sciences, and he retired in the summer 1972. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Tufts in 1975. The Ruhl Jacob Bartlett scholarship at the Fletcher School was established in his honor.

Bartlett published several books, numerous articles and book reviews on topics such as American foreign relations and foreign policy, Latin American politics, and the League to Enforce Peace. In 1967, he testified before the U.S. Senate's Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Subcommittee Committee on International Security and Scientific Affairs of the committee on International Relations on the balance of decision making power in the U.S. Government.

Bartlett married Lela M. Work in 1924; they had no children. After her death he married Cathleen L. Gorrie in 1972. Bartlett died in California on September 29, 1995.

Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see "Reproductions and Use" on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Collection History

Processing Notes

This collection was processed by Jennifer Phillips around 2006, supervised by Susanne Belovari. For this collection, we combined material sent by Bartlett to the archives and material from Bartlett's vertical file compiled by Russell Miller. We created four folders from vertical file material entitled, "Speeches and articles," "Newspaper clippings," "Personal/biographical," "Correspondence." All other folder titles are original.

This collection is processed.

Subjects and Genre Terms

Series Description

  1. Ruhl J. Bartlett Papers, 1923 -- 1993

    This series contains scholarly material created by Bartlett including publications, speeches, and a congressional testimony transcript. It contains personal and professional letters, biographical material (such as diplomas and distinctions), photographs, and newspaper clippings.