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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Ruby K. Worner Papers 1880-1995

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Worner, Ruby K. Papers

Dates:

1880-1995

Size:

4 linear feet (8 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Ruby Kathryn Worner (1900-1995) was a chemist who specialized in the textile industry. Worner studied at the University of Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry (1921, 1922, and 1925). Worner worked for the United States Bureau of Home Economics as well as Southern Regional Laboratories, making numerous advancements in textile production. This collection contains personal memorabilia; correspondence; academic documents; personal, travel, and professional photographs; awards, diplomas, plaques; and a glass dish. The collection documents both Worner’s personal life -- her travels, and her relationships with friends and family--and Worner’s professional life -- her accomplishments, and her writings. Materials in the collection date between 1880 and 1995.

Information on Use

Access

This collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Worner, Ruby K. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Biographical Note

Ruby Kathryn Worner was born in November 1922 to Henry Worner and Mary Kiesling Worner in Manito Illinois. She had two brothers--Harold H Worner and Wilford J. Worner. In 1918, Worner moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago. She earned her degree in chemistry from the Francis Shimer School in 1921. Worner continued her studies at the University of Chicago, earning her Master’s degree in 1922, and her Ph.D. in 1925. Her dissertation was titled “The Thermal Decomposition of Chloropentanmine Chromic Chloride.” Throughout her career at the university, Worner was a sponsor for the Federation of Women, the vice president of Yellow Jacket, on the Ida Noyes Advisory Council, a member of the Y.W. C.A, and a member of Nu Pi Sigma.

In 1927, Worner began working for the United States Bureau of Home Economics as a chemist in Washington, D.C. She continued to work for Bureau until she moved to Louisiana in 1940 to pursue her research with Southern Regional Laboratories. From 1961 to 1965, Worner taught as a Fulbright professor at the University of Alexandria, in Egypt. Worner received numerous awards for her dedicated and innovative work in the textile industry. In 1964, she was given an award of Merit from the American Society for Testing and Materials. In 1966, the same society awarded her honorary membership.

Worner died in 1995 in Peoria, Illinois.

Scope Note

The Ruby K. Worner Collection is organized into eight series: Series I: Personal; Series II: Correspondence; Series III: The University of Chicago; Series IV: Chemical and Textile Work; Series V: Photographs; Series VI: Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas; Series VII: Artifact; Series VIII: Oversized. This collection contains personal memorabilia; travel journals; biographical documents; correspondence; convocation programs; academic writings; personal, travel, and professional photographs; awards, diplomas, plaques; a glass dish. Materials date from 1880 to 1995, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1940 to 1965. The collection documents both Worner’s personal life -- her travels, and her relationships with friends and family--and Worner’s professional life -- her accomplishments, and her writings.

Series I, Personal, contains ephemera and memorabilia such as dinner menus, receipts, travel journals, pressed plants, travel documents, and newspaper clippings dating between 1907 and 1980. This series is organized chronologically.

Series II, Correspondence, contains outgoing and incoming letters and postcards dating between 1961 and 1962. This series contains material that is both personal and professional. The correspondence has been organized alphabetically by surname of correspondent. In several instances, the surname of the correspondent could not be ascertained, and these are filed by first name. In two instances letters are addressed to multiple people. The number and recipients vary from letter to letter, but in each case, the conversation has been grouped together. These instances have been noted in the inventory.

Series III, The University of Chicago, contains convocation programs, invitations, typescripts, and documents related to Worner’s work at the University of Chicago. The material in this collection has been organized chronologically and dates between 1914 and 1926.

Series IV, Chemical and Textile Work, contains typescripts, newspaper clippings, academic journals, and a business card that pertains to Worner’s professional life. The material in this collection is organized chronologically and dates between 1940 and 1970.

Series V, Photographs, contains photographic material that relates to Worner’s personal and professional life dating between 1880 and 1988. This series is divided into three subseries:

Subseries 1, Personal, Portraits, and Family, contains images of Ruby Worner and other family members and friends. This subseries first groups all portraits and images of Ruby K. Worner in chronological order. Then, the subseries arranges all portraits of identified individuals in chronological order. Finally, the subseries arranges all images of unidentified individuals in chronological order. This subseries dates between 1880 and 1988.

Subseries 2, Travel, groups personal and professional images related to Worner that were taken abroad. The bulk of these photographs were taken in Egypt. Other countries include Mexico, Japan, and England. The material in this subseries is organized chronologically and dates between 1930 and 1975.

Subseries 3, Work, organizes professional images of Worner and her coworkers, taken either at a photoshoot for Southern Regional Laboratories, an Employee picture day, or a work-related dinner party. The material in this subseries is organized chronologically and dates between 1941 and 1971.

Series VI, Awards, Certificates, and Diplomas, contains certificates and awards that honor Worner’s personal and professional accomplishments. The materials in this collection are organized chronologically from 1928 to 1977.

Series VII, Artifact, contains one glass dish that is undated.

Series VIII, Oversized, Collects photographs, and awards that are oversized. This subseries begins with a photo album that contains pictures and postcards. The second part of this series continues to arrange photographs chronologically. Then, the series orders awards and diplomas based on their size, and then chronologically. The material in this series dates between 1900 and 1971.

Related Resources

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http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

University of Chicago. Department of Chemistry. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Personal

Box 1   Folder 1

Dinner Menus from France, the US, and Germany, 1907-1952

Box 1   Folder 2

Unidentified Building -- Art Print, circa 1940-1965

Box 1   Folder 3

Pocket Address Book and miscellaneous receipts [1/2], 1945-1974

Box 1   Folder 4

Pocket Address Book and miscellaneous receipts [2/2], 1945-1974

Box 1   Folder 5

Travel Journal with correspondence, calling cards, and pressed plants, 1957-1962

Box 1   Folder 6

American Standards Association -- Delegate Pass, 1958

Box 1   Folder 7

Museum ticket and page from a travel book, circa 1961

Box 1   Folder 8

Travel Journal with receipts, correspondence, flight schedule, and a page from a travel book [1/2], 1961-1967

Box 1   Folder 9

Travel Journal with receipts, correspondence, flight schedule, and a page from a travel book [2/2], 1961-1967

Box 1   Folder 10

United States Department of Agriculture -- Biographical document, 1962

Box 1   Folder 11

United Nations Laissez-Passer (Passport) and correspondence, 1963

Box 1   Folder 12

United States of America Passport, 1963-1966

Box 1   Folder 13

United States of America Passport and ticket stub, 1967-1970

Box 1   Folder 14

Saving Abu Simbel -- Informational document, circa 1970-1980

Box 1   Folder 15

Memorial Service Program for Ruby K. Worner, 1995

Box 1   Folder 16

Weather report and Proverb -- newspaper clippings, undated

Series II: Correspondence

Box 1   Folder 17

Abdel and Mahanson, 1961

Box 1   Folder 18

Adams, Cleaveland L., 1962

Box 1   Folder 19

Adams, Robert, 1962

Box 1   Folder 20

American Society for Testing and Materials -- Award of Merit, 1962

Box 1   Folder 21

American Society for Testing and Materials -- Awards Luncheon, 1964

Box 1   Folder 22

Anderson, Myrtle and Bourdette, Vernon, 1962

Box 1   Folder 23

Appel, Wm, D, 1961

Box 1   Folder 24

Badr, A., circa 1961-1965

Box 1   Folder 25

Barbara, 1962

Box 1   Folder 26

Beale, Howard K., 1943-1944

Box 1   Folder 27

Behery, Hassan El, 1962

Box 1   Folder 28

Bernice -- photographic postcard, 1983

Box 1   Folder 29

Bolman, Marcelle, 1962

Box 1   Folder 30

Bornet, George M., 1962

Box 1   Folder 31

Breaden, Mona L., 1962

Box 1   Folder 32

Dilmer, Fred J., circa 1961-1962

Box 1   Folder 33

Dombras, Theodore, 1961-1962

Box 1   Folder 34

Fenner, Darwin S., 1961

Box 2   Folder 1

Francis Shimer School, 1927

Box 2   Folder 2

Fulbright Professor Retirement -- Invitation, correspondence and newspaper clipping, 1961

Box 2   Folder 3

Gerry, circa 1961-1962

Box 2   Folder 4

Gordale, Emma, 1962

Box 2   Folder 5

G. Y. M -- correspondence and Reader's digest offprint, 1962

Box 2   Folder 6

Harding, Glen, 1962

Box 2   Folder 7

Harriet, circa 1961-1962

Box 2   Folder 8

Harrison, Mary Henrick -- Birthday Card and Newspaper Clipping, undated

Box 2   Folder 9

Harvey, Hale, 1961

Box 2   Folder 10

Henry, 1962

Box 2   Folder 11

Herbert, Henry, 1961

Box 2   Folder 12

Hopper, T.H., 1962

Box 2   Folder 13

Hostette, Louise -- YWCA delegation information, 1920

Box 2   Folder 14

Irene, 1962

Box 2   Folder 15

Johnson, Dr. and Mrs., 1962

Box 2   Folder 16

Junken, Elena Ruth, 1962

Box 2   Folder 17

Kane, Harnet T., 1962

Box 2   Folder 18

Kelly, W. G., 1962

Box 2   Folder 19

Lauis, Annie, circa 1961-1962

Box 2   Folder 20

Lehmann, G. A, 1962

Box 2   Folder 21

Maria, 1961

Box 2   Folder 22

McKittric, C. E., 1962

Box 2   Folder 23

McKoy, Charles F., 1962

Box 2   Folder 24

Meleny, Dra md Mrs., 1962

Box 2   Folder 25

Meulemeester, Dr. and Madame Dee, 1962

Box 2   Folder 26

Moyer, Esther -- Letter Excerpts, 1965

Box 2   Folder 27

Nancy and Marshal, 1961

Box 2   Folder 28

Nickerson, Dorothy, 1962

Box 2   Folder 29

Oglesby, Claire Craig, 1962

Box 2   Folder 30

Sadlia, Dost Maria, 1962

Box 2   Folder 31

Seleb, Kirth, 1962

Box 2   Folder 32

Shahin, Issa, 1960

Box 2   Folder 33

Sisley, J. R., 1962

Box 2   Folder 34

Soignet, Grace, 1962

Box 2   Folder 35

Soliman, Abdul El Rahim Mohamed and Bary, Anwar Adbel, 1965

Box 2   Folder 36

Spacht, Grace and Maria, Irene, and Margaret, 1962

  • This folder contains correspondence with a group of friends. Surnames are unknown for some correspondents. The number of correspondents varies across letters.
Box 2   Folder 37

Steigliz, Julius, 1927

Box 2   Folder 38

Trufalt, Evie, circa 1960-1962

Box 2   Folder 39

Vester, Bertha, 1962

Box 2   Folder 40

Warty, S.S., 1962

Box 2   Folder 41

Watkins, Bradley and Martha, 1961

Box 2   Folder 42

Wilfred, 1964

Box 2   Folder 43

Wilfred, Mildred, Emile and Florence, 1962

  • This folder contains correspondence with a group of friends. Surnames are unknown for some correspondents. The number of correspondents varies across letters.
Box 2   Folder 44

Worner Family, 1930-1964

Box 2   Folder 45

Worner, Ruby and Unidentified Woman -- Christmas card, circa 1950-1960

Series III: The University of Chicago

Box 2   Folder 46

Convocation Program -- Frances Shimmer School, 1914

Box 2   Folder 47

Convocation Program -- Frances Shimmer School, 1917

Box 2   Folder 48

Invitation to Quadrangle Club and Prince of Wales Visit, circa 1917-1925

Box 2   Folder 49

Report on the Student Volunteer Convention -- Typescript, circa 1919-1925

Box 2   Folder 50

Convocation Invitation and Itinerary, 1921

Box 2   Folder 51

Convocation Invitation and University of Chicago Weekly Calendar (Aug. 15 1925), 1921-1925

Box 2   Folder 52

Convocation Program, 1921

Box 2   Folder 53

Convocation Program, 1922

Box 2   Folder 54

Convocation Program, 1923

Box 2   Folder 55

Convocation Program, 1925

Box 2   Folder 56

Dissertation Correspondence -- Julius Stieglitz, 1925

Box 2   Folder 57

Dissertation Abstract -- The Thermal Decomposition of Chloropentanmine Chromic Chloride -- Offprint, 1925-1926

Series IV: Chemical and Textile Work

Box 2   Folder 58

The five W's -- Typescript, circa 1940-1960

Box 2   Folder 59

New Orleans Item Tribune -- "Just Mix Chemistry, Cotton and Imagination" -- Newspaper Clipping, 1946

Box 2   Folder 60

Cap't Broadfoot -- "Women in Industry" -- Newspaper Clipping, circa 1950-1960

Box 2   Folder 61

Le Laboratoire Textile de l'Universite de Gand -- Offprint, 1951

Box 2   Folder 62

"Dr. Worner, San Jose in England" -- Newspaper Clipping, 1951

Box 2   Folder 63

Journal of the Textile Institute (Vol.49, No.7) -- Offprint, 1958

Box 2   Folder 64

Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Alexandria -- Business Cards, 1961

Box 2   Folder 65

The Press and Journal Inverness -- "Cook's Tour Sheikh Sees the Highlands" -- Newspaper Clipping, 1961

Box 2   Folder 66

Chart showing the organization of the ISO and ISO/TC 38 with related subcommittees and working groups, 1963

Box 2   Folder 67

"'Trip around the World in 60 Minutes' Review" -- Newspaper Clipping, 1967

Box 2   Folder 68

"Dr. Worner to serve with IESC in Philippines" -- Newspaper Clipping, 1970

Series V: Photographs

Subseries I: Personal, Portraits and Family

Box 3   Folder 1

Ruby Worner -- Harris and Ewing Studio, circa 1910-1920

Box 3   Folder 2

Ruby Worner -- Clineduis Studio, circa 1915-1920

Box 3   Folder 3

Ruby Worner, circa 1915-1925

Box 3   Folder 4

Ruby Worner at the University of Chicago, 1918-1925

Box 3   Folder 5

YWCA at the University of Chicago, 1919-1920

Box 3   Folder 6

Worner Family, circa 1930-1945

Box 3   Folder 7

Ruby Worner, circa 1930-1950

Box 3   Folder 8

Ruby Worner at dinner parties, circa 1945-1965

Box 3   Folder 9

Ruby Worner, circa 1950-1960

Box 3   Folder 10

Ruby Worner at a Party, circa 1950-1960

Box 3   Folder 11

Ruby Worner and Unidentified Group -- Cartan's Yellowstone Tour, 1968

Box 3   Folder 12

Ruby Worner and Unidentified People, 1977

Box 3   Folder 13

Worner Family Grave, 1987-1988

Box 3   Folder 14

Ruby Worner and Two Unidentified People, undated

Box 3   Folder 15

Howard Beale and Small Worner Family Portrait -- Harris and Ewing Studio, undated

Box 3   Folder 16

T. H. Eulass, circa 1880-1910

Box 3   Folder 17

John White and Family -- Crow Maryville Studio, circa 1890-1910

Box 3   Folder 18

Dr. Kearis (Dixon College), circa 1900-1910

Box 3   Folder 19

Julius Steiglitz, 1925

Box 3   Folder 20

Julius Steiglitz, circa 1930-1935

Box 3   Folder 21

Henry Barton Robinson Beale, 1943-1944

Box 3   Folder 22

Marion Talbot, 1944

Box 3   Folder 23

Unidentified Woman -- Chiverton and Heckman Studios, circa 1880-1910

Box 3   Folder 24

Unidentified Man -- Fisher, Jefferson, and Juneau Studios, circa 1880-1910

Box 3   Folder 25

Unidentified Woman, circa 1890-1910

Box 3   Folder 26

Unidentified Family Members, circa 1890-1910

Box 3   Folder 27

Unidentified Woman -- Melvin H. Bykes Studio, Circa 1900-1920

Box 3   Folder 28

Unidentified Man, circa 1910-1930

Box 3   Folder 29

Unidentified Man in Uniform, circa 1940-1945

Box 3   Folder 30

Unidentified Women in Uniform at a Navy Event, circa 1940-1945

Box 3   Folder 31

Unidentified Group at Chamettemont, 1942

Box 3   Folder 32

Unidentified Man, circa 1950-1960

Box 3   Folder 33

Unidentified Man Admiring Icicles, circa 1960-1970

Box 3   Folder 34

Unidentified Friends at Tea, 1962

Box 3   Folder 35

Unidentified Women, circa 1964

Box 3   Folder 36

Unidentified Family, undated

Box 3   Folder 37

Unidentified Individuals, undated

Box 3   Folder 38

Unidentified Man -- Bacharach Studio, undated

Subseries II: Travel

Box 3   Folder 39

Worner and Architectural details abroad, circa 1930-1960

Box 3   Folder 40

Floodlit Tulip Beds (Brighton), 1951

Box 3   Folder 41

Ruby Worner and Adbel Ajistaroun abou Sehly and newspaper clipping, 1954

Box 3   Folder 42

Conference in Egypt [1/3], 1954

Box 3   Folder 43

Conference in Egypt [2/3], 1954

Box 3   Folder 44

Conference in Egypt [3/3], 1954

Box 3   Folder 45

Worner, Friends, and Coworkers in Egypt [1/2], 1954

Box 4   Folder 1

Worner, Friends, and Coworkers in Egypt [2/2], 1954

Box 4   Folder 2

Worner and Unidentified Friends in Egypt, 1954

Box 4   Folder 3

Worner and Friends Travelling, circa 1960-1975

Subseries III: Work

Box 4   Folder 4

Southern Regional Laboratories -- Contact prints and Enlargements of Equipment and Coworkers [1/2], 1941

Box 4   Folder 5

Southern Regional Laboratories -- Contact prints and Enlargements of Equipment and Coworkers [2/2], 1941

Box 4   Folder 6

Southern Regional Laboratories Employee Pictures, circa 1940-1945

Box 4   Folder 7

Southern Regional Laboratories Picture Days, Dinner Parties, and Newspaper Clipping [1/2], 1944-1957

Box 4   Folder 8

Southern Regional Laboratories Picture Days, Dinner Parties, and Newspaper Clipping [2/2], 1944-1957

Box 4   Folder 9

Worner and Coworkers, circa 1945-1965

Box 4   Folder 10

Worner and Coworkers, 1971

Series VI: Awards, Certificates and Diplomas

Box 4   Folder 11

Sigma XI Society -- Invitation, 1928

Box 4   Folder 12

The National Geographic Society -- Certificate of Induction, 1941

Box 4   Folder 13

American Red Cross Blood Donor Center -- Certificate of Plasma Donation, 1943

Box 4   Folder 14

The Benevolent Order of Balut Brags -- Certificate of Balut Brag, circa 1950-1960

Box 4   Folder 15

The Greater New Orleans Federation of Churches -- Certificate of Original Contributor Status, 1957

Box 4   Folder 16

Cotton's Original Old Technologists Society -- Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Cotton Technology, circa 1960-1975

Box 4   Folder 17

American Chemical Society -- Certificate of Emeritus Status, 1963

Box 4   Folder 18

American Society for Testing And Materials -- Award of Merit and Correspondence [1/2], 1964

Box 4   Folder 19

American Society for Testing And Materials -- Award of Merit and Correspondence [2/2], 1964

Box 4   Folder 20

American Society for Testing And Materials -- Certificate of Honorary Member of Committee, 1966

Box 4   Folder 21

National Wildlife Federation -- Certificate of Sponsor of Conservation Status, 1972

Box 4   Folder 22

Organization of Professional Employees of US Department of Agriculture -- Certificate, 1977

Series VII: Artifact

Box 4   Folder 23

Glass Dish, undated

Series VIII: Oversized

Box 5   Folder 1

Kodak Photo Album, circa 1910-1950

Box 6   Folder 1

School Class Portrait -- Daguerre Studio, circa 1900-1910

Box 6   Folder 2

School Class Portrait -- Daguerre Studio, circa 1905-1915

Box 6   Folder 3

Ruby Worner -- Harris and Ewing Studio, circa 1910-1920

Box 6   Folder 4

School Class Portrait -- "Esterie, U of Chicago," circa 1920

Box 6   Folder 5

Unidentified man-- Bacharach Studio, circa 1945-1950

Box 6   Folder 6

Two Women in Mexico--colorized print, circa 1950

Box 6   Folder 7

Architectural detail--colorized print and negative, circa 1950

Box 6   Folder 8

Mason County Illinois Public School -- Certificate of Award: Neither Tardy nor Absent, 1907-1912

Box 6   Folder 9

Mason County Public Library --Diploma, 1911-1912

Box 6   Folder 10

Mason County Illinois Public School -- Certificate of Admission, 1912

Box 6   Folder 11

Shimer College -- Charter Membership on Society of Fellows -- Plaque, 1971

Box 7   Folder 1

Mason County Illinois Public School -- Certificate of Award: Neither Tardy nor Absent, 1909

Box 7   Folder 2

University of Chicago Diplomas --Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D., 1921-1925

Box 8   Folder 1

Mason County Illinois Public School -- Diploma, 1912