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Ruth Thomas Materials, 1946-1972

Manuscript Collection 2159

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-8443

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2017

Materials are in English.

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Descriptive Summary

Thomas, Ruth Harris
Ruth Thomas Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 2159
0.04 linear feet (4 folders)
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Ruth Thomas Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department by Tom W. Dillard of Farmington, Arkansas, on June 28, 2013. Dillard acquired the materials from Harriett H. Wright of Birmingham, Alabama.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in February 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Ruth Thomas Materials (MC 2159), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Ruth Harris Thomas was a prominent Arkansas ornithologist and author of the long-running Arkansas Gazette column “The Country Diarist.”

Thomas was born August 25, 1900, in Kentucky. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1923, and then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas and began working for the Arkansas Gazette as a reporter, a position she held until 1927, when she married Stanley Powers Rowland Thomas, an associate editor at the Gazette. In 1933, Rowland Thomas began writing a nature column for the paper, but by 1935 he had turned over the column to his wife, and it became known as “The Country Diarist.” Ruth Thomas also authored several articles for scientific journals, and two books, Crip, Come Home: The Story of a Bird Who Came to Stay (1952), a work of narrative non-fiction, and Brush Goat, Milk Goat (1957), a children’s book. Active in the birding community, Thomas was a member of the American Ornithologists Union, the Wilson Ornithological Club, the Arkansas Audubon Society, and the Northeastern Bird-Banding Association, Inc. She passed away February 8, 1973.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings regarding ornithologist Ruth Thomas. The correspondence consists of personal letters from Thomas to Harriet Wright of Birmingham, Alabama, regarding their shared interest in birding, Thomas’ readings and writings, and updates on her life. The newspaper clippings are of Thomas’ column, “The Country Diarist,” from the Arkansas Gazette. Photographs are of a bird feeder at Thomas’ property and of Thomas’ Scottish terrier, Nora.

Related Materials

See also the following collections:

MC 824, Ruth Thomas Papers

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Subject Terms

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 16

Correspondence, 1956-1957

Box 1 Folder 17

Correspondence, 1958-1961

Box 1 Folder 18

Photographs of Thomas’ bird feeder and of her dog, Nora, 1946-ca 1953

Box 1 Folder 19

“The Country Diarist” clippings, 1950-1972