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Ruth Rowe Wilson papers

Identifier: MC100

Scope and Content Note

These files include clippings and biographical material relating to Bates graduate Kohe Nakagura, a clipping relating to an item of Rowe family history, a folder of correspondence, and her senior thesis written while a student at Bates. This copy of the thesis is hand written, and the folder also contains correspondence to Wilson during her research into Ocean Park. The Correspondence folder includes letters to Wilson from Edmund S. Muskie and Dorothy Clarke Wilson, among others.


  • 1936-2006


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

Ruth Rowe Wilson was born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1915. Her parents were Harry W. Rowe, Bates graduate and longtime Dean of Faculty, and Hope Chandler Rowe. She had two siblings, a brother, Robert, and sister, Esther. Ruth attended Bates College and graduated in 1936, the same class as Edmund S. Muskie, and later served as editor of the Bates Magazine. She married Val Wilson, who served as President of Colorado College for Women and at Skidmore College. As of May 2011, she lives in Fairfield, California.


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Language of Materials



The Ruth Rowe Wilson papers include clippings, a hand written copy of Wilson's thesis on Ocean Park, and correspondence with Edmund S. Muskie, Dorothy Clarke Wilson, and others.

Organization and Arrangement

The files are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Donated by Ruth W. Wilson, Spring of 2007. Accession No.: 07-020.

Separated Materials

Separated from the Harry Rowe Papers.

Processing Information

Processed by Pat Webber, June 2007.

Biographical note completed by Kat Stefko, May 2011.

Guide to the Ruth Rowe Wilson papers, 1936-2006
Edited Full Draft
Pat Webber
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Description is in: English
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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston Maine 04240 United States of America