Chipmunks and Children: The Photography and Life of Ruth Alexander Nichols

Document 1: 21 August 1917, Ruth Alexander to Herman Nichols   |    Document 2: 23 August 1918, Albert Britt to Ruth Alexander
Document 3: 1919 Thomas Clay O’Donnell to Ruth Alexander   |    Document 4: 23 May 1927 Jean M. Whitman to Ruth Nichols
Document 5: 20 June 1931- W. C. Vogt to Ruth Nichols   |    Document 6 & 7 Introduction
Document 6: 14 June 1950, W.H. Zippler to Ruth Nichols     |    Document 7: 20 June 1950, Ruth Nichols to W.H. Zippler
Document 8: 1953 – Better Homes and Gardens Transcript       |     Bibliography



Oberlin College Archival Collections:

Nichols Family Papers (1884-1962), Record Group 30/372, O.C.A.


Other Oberlin College Archival Materials:

Student File, Ruth Alexander Nichols, Record Group 28/2, Box 57, O.C.A.

Student File, Herman Nichols, Record Group 28/2, Box 756, O.C.A.

Finding Guide, Nichols Family Papers (1884-1962), Record Group 30/372, O.C.A. web link.


Other Primary Sources:


“1952 AD Playtex Dryper Pads Panty Babies Diaper Cream Original Advertising LF3 | eBay.” Accessed 27 June 2016. Web link.

Better Homes And Gardens Magazine : May 1948, Vol. 26 Number 9 Issue – Schroeder, Ralph M. / Huttenlocher, Fae / Hendricks, J. Evans / Foster, Harry T. (Stories By).” Accessed 22 June 2016. Web link.

Cartoons, 4 October 1914. Volume 6, Number 4. Web link.

Eau Claire Leader, 23 May 1923. Web link.  

Fins, Feathers and Fur. Minnesota Department of Conservation, Division of Game and Fish, 1922.

“Henry Haven Windsor.” In Official Reference Book: Press Club of Chicago, 211. Chicago:

Press Club of Chicago, 1922. Web link.

LeSueur, Meridel. Harvest: Collected Stories, 21-28. New York: West End Press, 1977.

Nichols, Ruth Alexander. “Into the Land of the Chipmunk.” National Geographic, July 1931.

Outing: Sport, Adventure, Travel, Fiction. March 1919. Web link.  

Post, Emily. Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1922. Web link.

“Some Facts About Smoking,” Gospel Guardian, vol.14, no. 46. 28 March 1963. Web link.

The Daily Inter Lake, 4 September 1940. Web link.

The Ogdensburg Journal, 28 April 1911. Web link.  

Vogt, William C. Bait-Casting. Longhams, Green and Co., 1928. Web link.

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, 12 June 1912.  Web link.


Printed Secondary Sources:

Cobble, Dorothy Sue. “When Feminism had Class” in What’s Class Got To Do With It?, edited

by Michael Zweig, 23-34. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Cutlip, Scott M. Fund Raising in the United States: Its Role in America’s Philanthropy. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 1965.

Endres, Kathleen L., and Therese L. Lueck, eds. Women’s Periodicals in the United States: Consumer Magazines. Historical Guides to the World’s Periodicals and Newspapers. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1995

Forman-Brunell, Miriam. Babysitter: An American History. NYU Press, 2011.

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 1963.

Mellencamp, Patricia. Logics of Television: Essays in Cultural Criticism. Indiana University Press, 1990.

Reuss, Carol. “Chesla C. Sherlock as First Editor of Better Homes and Gardens.” Books at Iowa 17, November 1972. Web link.

“The Advertising Age Encyclopedia of Advertising – John McDonough, Karen Egolf – Google Books.” Accessed 27 June 2016. Web link.

“Thomas C. O’Donnell Papers An Inventory of His/her Papers at Syracuse University.” Accessed 27 June 2016. Web link.Wyatt, Nelson. “First World War Flyers Risked Shortened Lifespan but Have Extended Legacy.” The Great War, 20 October 2014. Web link.

Zimmer, Ben. “Explaining the Origins of Ms.” The New York Times, 23 October 2009. Web link.


Web Sources:

“Brian Mark Funeral Home | Noble F. Gammell.” Accessed 27 June 2016. Web link.

Michigan State University. “Swamp Conifer Forest Types.” Forest Types of Michigan, May 2013. Web link.

Monitor, The Christian Science. “About.” The Christian Science Monitor, 12 March 2012. Web link.

“Parents Magazine – Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society.” Accessed 27 June 2016. Web link.

Rowe, Jeremy. “Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography,” 1 May 2002. Web link.

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Relevant Websites:

Contains relevant genealogical information, particularly census data; marriage, birth and death certificates; and school directories. This site is very useful in determining the basic information about people.

Contains images and details from graveyards around the United States. Can often provide basic details on a person’s life, as well as potentially clues to their family member and and sometimes additional information.


Google Maps

Very useful for identifying and describing areas mentioned within the documents.


Image Sources:

Nichols Family Papers (1884-1962), Record Group 30/372, O.C.A.