Ruth Bowen Scrapbook

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Bowen, Ruth
Ruth Bowen scrapbook
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 scrapbook

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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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.

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Scope and Contents note

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. Dickenson, State Personnel Director William Brownrigg, State Highway Commissioner Murray Van Wagoner, and Grand Rapids Republican Leader Frank McKay.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections May 1992

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 Revised October 20, 1997, July 2000 July 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Gift of Ruth Bowen, date unknown.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Brownrigg, William, 1893-1969
  • Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943
  • Fitzgerald, Frank D., (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939
  • McKay, F. M., (Francis Michael)
  • Van Wagoner, Murray


  • Civil service reform -- Michigan
  • Gambling -- Michigan
  • Public welfare -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory



No. 368: Michigan State Government. Newsclippings 1939 

SB 368

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