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Ruhl Jacob Bartlett Papers

Call Number: MS042

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical information, news clippings, correspondence, diplomas and distinctions, photos, publications, speeches, and a congressional testimony transcript related to Bartlett's research, publishing, and public and academic service.


  • Majority of material found within 1936 -- 1984
  • 1923 -- 1993


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.


This collection is organized into one series.


2.4 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Born on January 24 1897 in Webster, West Virginia, Ruhl Jacob Bartlett was a professor and scholar of American and diplomatic history. He attended public schools in Webster, West Virginia, and Jackson Center, Ohio, and served in the United States Navy during and after World War I serving as a Navy seaman in training at Ohio State University and at the Great Lakes stations from 1918-1919. He holds an A. B. from Ohio University (1920), an M. A. from the University of Cincinnati (1923), and a PhD from Ohio State University (1927). He taught at Ohio high-schools from 1920-1923 and as instructor in history at the University of Iowa (1925-26).

He taught at Tufts for over 40 years from 1927 to 1972. Bartlett began as an Assistant Professor of History at Tufts in 1927. He then served as: Dickson Professor of English and American History, 1932-68; Chair, Department of History, 1934-56; Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1938-39; Acting Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1943-44; Professor of Diplomatic History, Fletcher School, 1942-68 (concurrent with appointments in the Department of History). In 1968, Bartlett was voted emeritus status in both the Fletcher School and the College of Arts and Sciences, and he retired in the summer 1972. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Tufts in 1975. The Ruhl Jacob Bartlett scholarship at the Fletcher School was established in his honor.

Bartlett published several books, numerous articles and book reviews on topics such as American foreign relations and foreign policy, Latin American politics, and the League to Enforce Peace. In 1967, he testified before the U.S. Senate's Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Subcommittee Committee on International Security and Scientific Affairs of the committee on International Relations on the balance of decision making power in the U.S. Government.

Bartlett married Lela M. Work in 1924; they had no children. After her death he married Cathleen L. Gorrie in 1972. Bartlett died in California on September 29, 1995.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Phillips around 2006, supervised by Susanne Belovari. For this collection, we combined material sent by Bartlett to the archives and material from Bartlett's vertical file compiled by Russell Miller. We created four folders from vertical file material entitled, "Speeches and articles," "Newspaper clippings," "Personal/biographical," "Correspondence." All other folder titles are original.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States