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Papers of Ruth McDonald and her family include letters from her father, Romeyn Berry, concerning his writing for the ITHACA JOURNAL, the CORNELL DAILY NEWS, and other publications, the maintenance of "Stoneposts," his farm at Jacksonville, Tompkins County, events at Cornell University and in the Ithaca area, Ruth's positions in
New York City, mainly with the publishing firm, Walter J. Black, Inc., his daughter Hilda's service with the Women's Army Corps during World War II, Ruth's marriage to William Naylor McDonald, 3rd, the family history she wrote, his views on literature and journalism, art criticism, religion, and current events, and other personal and
professional matters; letters from Hilda, 1942-1945, mainly to her sister and father, those written from France and England referring in part to the wartime situation in those countries, scattered correspondence of other relatives, and letters of condolence on the death of Romeyn Berry; letters from Hendrik Willem van Loon to Ruth
concerning his writing and illustrating and other materials relating to van Loon; letters to Ruth from Katharine ("Kip") Fuertes and a draft of Miss Fuertes' reminiscences, all of which concern her brother Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and two of his watercolor sketches of birds; and correspondence, 1850-1941, of the McDonald family of
Nashville, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, Florida, and the related Hicks family, including a letter from Edward D. Hicks about his journey overland from St. Joseph, Mo. to California.
Also, scrapbooks, photographs, obituary notices, and other clippings of both the Berrys and the McDonalds, as well as a family history with historical, biographical, and genealogical information on the Berry family, compiled by Ruth McDonald.