Ruth Zalph Papers, 1988-2019

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Summary

Abstract:
Ruth Zalph is a Chapel Hill-based activist for peace, founding member of the Triangle Raging Grannies, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Triangle Chapter. This collection documents Ruth Zalph's activist engagements including public appearances and relations, letters to the editor, protests, arrests and court records, and documentation of her national and international travels for peace activism.
Extent:
2.25 Linear Feet
Language:
Materials in English.
Collection ID:
RL.13002

Background

Scope and content:

This collection documents the activist engagements of Ruth Zalph. Activist engagements documented include public appearances and relations, letters to the editor, protests, arrests and court records, and documentation of her national and international travels. Other files include information on her engagements with Habitat for Humanity, NAACP, the Poor People's Campaign, and North Carolina residents' protests of the closing of the Belhaven, NC Hospital. There are also extensive materials providing information and resources on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, corporate power, nuclear weapons, Kazakhstan, and the Soviet Union. Materials are largely textual and personal in nature with handwritten annotations, comprising newspaper clippings, campaign and instructional manuals for peace walks, letters to representatives and editors, pamphlets and other printed matter regarding Jewish identity and the Quaker faith. "Buttons by Ruth" pin and unprocessed electronic files are also contained in the collection.

Biographical / historical:

Ruth Zalph was born July 17, 1930 and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Miami and retired from teaching in Dade County School systems in 1990 after 20 years of serving elementary children with reading disabilities. Ruth moved to North Carolina in the late 1990s with her son and his wife after they received a job transfer by IBM. After moving to Chapel Hill, North Carolina Ruth became a founding member of Triangle Raging Grannies, and a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Triangle chapter. She continues to be politically active in protests with the Raging Grannies and WILPF, and most recently she was arrested in 2018 protesting the nomination and confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Zalph's Jewish identity and Quaker faith are central to her activism, along with a spiritual commitment to peace, non-violence, and justice.

Acquisition information:
The Ruth Zalph Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift from Ruth Zalph in 2021.
Processing information:

Processed by Shiloh Jines, May, 2023

Accessions described in this collection guide:2021-0101

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Subjects:
Political activists -- North Carolina
Peace movements -- United States

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[Identification of item], in the Ruth Zalph Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.