COLLECTION GUIDES

1794-2000

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Ruby Winslow Linn papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the papers of Lieutenant-Colonel Ruby (Winslow) Linn, U.S. Army dietician, including correspondence and other family papers; diaries; and materials pertaining to her education at Simmons College (Boston, Mass., 1928-32), Walter Reed Hospital (Washington, D.C., 1932-33), Columbia University (New York, N.Y., 1950-51), and other institutions.

Biographical Sketch

Lieut. Col. Ruby Zillah (Winslow) Linn, dietician, U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps (AMSC), was born in 1910 in Berkley (Myricks), Mass., the daughter of Lena Borden Macomber (1883-1970) and Edward Williams Winslow (1875-1966). Ruby graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics from Simmons College in Boston in 1932. She continued her studies at Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C., in the Dietetic Internship Program, 1932-1933. After graduating she served there as a civilian staff dietician, 1933-1936. Her career continued at the Fort Sheridan Station Hospital in Chicago, 1936-37, and at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in the Bronx, 1937-1941. From the Bronx she traveled to Puerto Rico, serving at Rodriguez General Hospital in San Juan and the Station Hospital, 1941-1944.

In the meantime, civilian dieticians were offered military status in Dec. 1942, and Ruby was sworn into the Army as a second lieutenant in April 1943. From Puerto Rico, she moved to the Dietician Branch of the Office of the Surgeon General, 1945-1946, and to Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1947-1950. Ruby obtained her Master's Degree in Institutional Management from Columbia University in June 1951, and served as Hospital Food Supervisor and Chief of the Food Service Division, Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu, 1951-1954. After stints at Murphy Army Hospital, Waltham, Mass. (1954-56), and the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia (1956-58), Ruby returned to Walter Reed General Hospital as Chief of the Food Service Division and Director of the Dietetic Internship Program, 1958-1963. She was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in May 1959, and retired in Dec. 1963.

Ruby Z. Winslow married in 1966 Col. LaVon Parker Linn (1911-1985), and the couple made their home in Arlington, Virginia. Upon the death of her mother in 1970, Linn inherited a considerable estate and established a second career, with her husband, as a noted philanthropist. After her retirement and marriage she also became involved with the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ruby had one brother, Gilbert Williams Winslow, born in 1915, a safety engineer and graduate of M.I.T., who with his wife Betty Lee (Moment) died in the tragic Cocoanut Grove Fire in Boston, 28 Nov. 1942.

Collection Description

Papers of Lieutenant-Colonel Ruby (Winslow) Linn, U.S. Army dietician, including correspondence and other family papers; materials pertaining to her education at Simmons College (Boston, Mass., 1928-32), Walter Reed Hospital (Washington, D.C., 1932-33), Columbia University (New York, N.Y., 1950-51), and other institutions; along with official U.S. Army records of her service and unofficial Army papers and other materials documenting her career (1932-64) as a dietician and food service specialist in the Army Medical Specialist Corps (AMSC) at various U.S. Army hospitals. There are genealogical records for the Linn, Macomber, Winslow and related families; local history materials for Myricks and Berkley, Mass; along with files on the National Sojourners and Daughters of the American Revolution. Also, bound volumes including diaries, scrapbooks, birthday record books, and address books of Ruby Linn, 1911-84; diaries, scrapbooks, and birthday record books kept by her mother Lena (Macomber) Winslow, 1902-69; and diaries kept by her grandmother Mary (Pierce) Macomber, 1901-33.

Restrictions on Access

The Ruby Winslow Linn papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Acquisition Information

The papers were a gift of Lieutenant-Colonel Ruby Winslow Linn, Nov. 2000, with additions, May 2003.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Correspondence and other personal papers, 1794-2000

Personal and family correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other dated items, arranged chronologically in three cartons. There are only a few scattered early items, with the bulk of the series dating 1901-2000. Much of this material is correspondence of Linn with family and friends, 1920-2000. Also, two folders of papers of Edward Winslow, and thirteen folders of papers pertaining to Gilbert Winslow, including some school papers, items about his death, and five files of newspaper clippings on the Cocoanut Grove fire, 1942, in which he and his wife perished.

Carton 1SH 15FC Z
Family and personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, etc., 1794-1964 (bulk: 1901-1964).
Carton 2SH 15FA X
Family and personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, etc., 1965-1984.
Carton 3SH 15F8 V
Family and personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, etc., 1985-2000.
Carton 3SH 15F8 V
Edward Winslow papers.
Carton 3SH 15F8 VFolder 1-5
Gilbert Winslow: school papers.
Carton 3SH 15F8 VFolder 6
Gilbert Winslow: MIT graduation.
Carton 3SH 15F8 VFolder 7
Gilbert Winslow: Death, 1942.
Carton 3SH 15F8 VFolder 8-12
Gilbert Winslow: Cocoanut Grove fire, newspaper clippings.
Carton 3SH 15F8 VFolder 13
Gilbert Winslow: Cocoanut Grove fire, 50th anniversary.

II. Education papers, 1928-1969

Linn's education papers consist of a few items from Simmons College; many lecture notes, reports, and handouts from the Dietetic Internship Program at Walter Reed General Hospital, 1932-33; papers from American University, Current Problems in Government, 1934-35; the Quartermaster Food and Container Institute, 1946; a large amount of material generated during her Institutional Management course work at Columbia University, 1950-51; and papers from Cornell University, 1962; University of Maryland, 1964-65; Madison College, 1969; and miscellaneous materials and handouts from other programs.

Carton 4SH 0587Folder 1
Scholastic History of Ruby Z. Winslow (school records).
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 2-3
Simmons College materials.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 4-25
Walter Reed AMC, lecture notes, handouts, reports, examinations, study questions, case records, case studies, misc. papers, 1932-33.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 26-27
American University courses, 1934-35.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 28
Quartermaster Food and Container Institute, 1946.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 29
Brooke Army Medical Center, Mess Administration, Jan. 1947.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 30-43
Columbia University, Institutional Management, workbooks, reports, exams, printed matter, records, handouts, field observation, movie assignment, 1950-51; transcripts.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 44
Cornell University, 1962.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 45
University of Maryland, 1964-65.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 46
Madison College, 1969.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 47
Michigan State University, materials for training course for hospital food service supervisors, n.d.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 48
Petrolager Laboratories publications, 1929, 1931.
Carton 4SH 0587Folder 49-50
Army Veterinary School publications, 1931-32 .

III. Professional papers, 1932-1992

Linn's professional papers consist of official records covering the years of her career as a dietician for the U.S. Army, 1933-1963. These official records were bound in separate folders for the years: 1933-42, 1943-47, 1945-50 (Brooke AMC), 1950-1951 (Columbia Univ.), 1951-1954 (Tripler Army Hospital), 1954-1956 (Murphy Army Hospital), 1956-58 (Fort Benning), 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 (all Walter Reed AMC). The records have been disbound but retain their original order as generated by the U.S. Army, usually in reverse chronological order. These include special orders, pay data cards, immunization registers, records of service and leave, reimbursement vouchers, officer's clearance certificates, requests for leave, leave orders, and circulars.

There are also "unofficial" records from her personal files, 1945-1963, which contain special orders, technical bulletins, pay and allowance accounts, vouchers for reimbursement, amendments of orders, pay data sheets and cards, information guides, poems, reports of separation, records of training, commendations, unofficial military test reports, memoranda, newspaper clippings, leave records, Army hand-outs, property shipment records, certificates of training, travel authorization requests, absence requests, schedules of expenses for travel, and some correspondence.

There are also items related to her profession such as public health figures for San Antonio, Texas, technical bulletins, program documents, AMSC materials, etc., from Brooke Hospital, Tripler Hospital, and Walter Reed; and sample holiday menus collected over the years. There is also a series of post-retirement professional papers, 1963-1992 (newsletters, bulletins, awards, etc.).

Carton 5SH 0588Folder 1-17
Official U.D. Army records, 1933-1963. Disbound, original order retained.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 18
Materials on Robinson-Patman Act, 1941.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 19-20
Unofficial records, 1945-1963.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 21
Food cost accounting materials, ca. 1948-50, Brooke AMC.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 21a
Flight Feeding Manual, 1948.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 22
San Antonio, Texas, public health figures, 1949, Brooke AMC; "Dietetic Notes," Jan. 1949.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 23
Work Simplification and Flow Charts, Brooke AMC.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 24
Curtis High School vouchers, Sep.-Nov. 1950.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 25
Technical bulletin, 1951, Tripler Army Hospital.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 26
Hawaii Dietetic Association, 1953-54, Tripler Army Hosp.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 27
Hand-assembled and typed cookbook, Tripler Army Hosp.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 28
Unofficial records, 1954-63.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 29-30
Program documents, Walter Reed, 1960-63.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 31
Food cost accounting materials, Walter Reed, 1961.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 32-33
Misc. AMSC materials, Walter Reed, 1961-63.
Carton 5SH 0588Folder 34-41
Sample holiday menus, n.d., 1932, 1942, 1943, 1949, 1950-64.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 42-46
Post-retirement professional papers, 1962-92.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 47
Certificate, n.d.

IV. Biography, genealogy, family and local history papers, 1874-1998

This series includes biographical items for Ruby and LaVon Linn; materials concerning the patriotic/genealogical organizations National Sojourners, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames; family history and genealogical materials for the Crandall-Durfee, Higgins, Linn, Macomber, Winslow, and Hathaway families. Also, estate papers of George W. Greene, Edward W. Macomber, George W. Macomber, Mary T. Macomber, and Caroline B. Pierce. There are local history materials (printed and/or manuscript) on Berkley, Freetown, Myricks, and Taunton, Mass.

Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 1-2
Ruby Winslow Linn, biographical.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 3
LaVon Parker Linn, biographical.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 4
Ruby Winslow Linn and LaVon Parker Linn, biographical.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 5-7
LaVon Parker Linn, National Sojourners.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 8-11
Ruby Winslow Linn, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 12-13
Ruby Winslow Linn, Colonial Dames.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 14
Family history & genealogy, Crandall-Durfee families.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 15
Family history & genealogy, Higgins family.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 16
Family history & genealogy, Linn family.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 17
Family history & genealogy, Macomber family.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 18-20
Family history & genealogy, Winslow family.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 21
Winslow-Macomber-Hathaway genealogy.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 22
Estate of George W. Greene.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 23
Estate of Edward W. Macomber.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 24
Estate of George W. Macomber.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 25
Estate of Mary T. Macomber.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 26
Estate of Caroline B. Pierce.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 27-28
Local history, Berkley, Mass.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 29
Local history, Freetown, Mass.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 30-31
Local history, Myricks, Mass.
Carton 6SH 15F9 WFolder 32
Local history, Taunton, Mass.

V. Bound volumes, 1892-1985

The bound volumes include diaries, birthday books, an autograph book, telephone/address books, a memoranda book, and scrapbooks. The diaries are as follows: Ruby Winslow Linn's diary kept at Simmons College, 12 Sep.1928 - 9 Aug. 1932 (some gaps), describing her daily life, classes, and social activities; a diary kept at Walter Reed Hospital, 30 Sep. 1932 - 14 Apr. 1933 (some gaps), which describes her academic work and social life; a narrative of a cruise in 1939, "Cameos of the Mediterranean"; a travel diary for a trip to the far east, [1954]; and a diary kept 30 Sep. 1966 to 5 Jan. 1969, with gaps. There are two diaries kept by Linn's maternal grandmother, Mary (Pierce) Macomber at Berkley, Mass., 1901-05 (with gaps); and 1 Jan. 1931 - 17 Jan. 1933; diaries of Lena Macomber Winslow kept at Berkley, 1931-33; 1936-61 (scattered entries), 1962-65 (scattered entries), 1966, and 22 Jan. 1966-24 Feb. 1969 (some gaps).

Also, six birthday record books kept by Lena Macomber Winslow and others, with records of births and deaths of family members and friends. There are scrapbooks of newspaper clippings probably assembled by Lena Macomber Winslow: 1902-1951, 1916-1940, 1923-66, 1939-1966, 1965-67 (mostly concerning Edward Winslow), and 1966-69. Scrapbooks kept by Ruby Winslow Linn (mostly newspaper clippings) include 1917-1981, 1921-1984 (mostly newspaper clippings 1976-84, with a recital program from 1921 and a hand-made card from 1922); one of memorabilia from a trip to Japan, 1954; and more newspaper clippings, 1963-1983, and 1966-1972. There are three scrapbooks kept by LaVon Parker Linn, 1954-1985, covering his own interests and also activities with Ruby Winslow Linn. The newspaper clippings in the scrapbooks, except where otherwise noted, generally concern people and subjects of local interest to the southeastern Massachusetts area. There are two telephone/address books of Ruby Winslow Linn, an autograph book probably dating from 1925, a memorandum book kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, 1919-1947, and a book titled "Compositions," probably from around 1900.

Carton 7SH 0589Folder 1
Ruby Winslow Linn, diary kept at Simmons College, 1928-32.
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 2
Ruby Winslow Linn, diary kept at Walter Reed AMC, 30 Sep. 1932 - 14 Apr. 1933 (some gaps).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 3
Ruby Winslow Linn, "Cameos of the Mediterranean," narrative of a cruise, Feb. 1939.
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 4
Ruby Winslow Linn, travel diary, 30 May - 4 June [1954], Hong Kong.
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 5
Ruby Winslow Linn, diary, 30 Sep. 1966 - 5 Jan. 1969 (gaps).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 6
Mary (Pierce) Macomber, diary, 1901-06 (gaps).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 7
Mary (Pierce) Macomber, diary, 1 Jan. 1931 - 17 Jan. 1933.
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 8
Lena Macomber Winslow, diary, 1936-1961 (scattered entries).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 9
Lena Macomber Winslow, diary, 1962-1965 (scattered entries).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 10
Lena Macomber Winslow, diary, 1966 (some gaps).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 11
Lena Macomber Winslow, diary, 22 Jan. 1967 - 26 Feb. 1969 (gaps).
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 12
Birthday book #1, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, record of births and deaths.
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 13
Birthday book #2, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow.
Carton 7SH 0589Folder 14
Birthday book #3, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 15
Birthday book, kept by Addie L. Peirce, 1892.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 16
Whittier Birthday Book, 1910.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 17
Dickens Birthday Book, 1911, kept by Ruby Winslow Linn.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 18
Scrapbook, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, newspaper clippings, 1902-51.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 19
Scrapbook, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, newspaper clippings, 1916-1940.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 20
Scrapbook, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, 1939-66.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 21
Scrapbook, probably kept by Ruby Winslow Linn, 1966-72.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 22
Scrapbook, kept by LaVon Parker Linn, 1954-70.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 23
Ruby Winslow Linn, telephone and address book, #1.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 24
Ruby Winslow Linn, telephone and address book, #2.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 25
Ruby Winslow Linn, autograph book, [1925].
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 26
Lena Macomber Winslow, memoranda, 1919-1947.
Carton 8SH 15F7 UFolder 27
"Compositions," n.d.

VI. Oversize scrapbooks and certificates, 1917-1985

Oversize scrapbooks and certificates, 1921-1984.

Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 1
Scrapbook, probably kept by Ruby Winslow Linn, 1921-84, bulk 1976-84, newspaper clippings and other matter.
Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 2
Scrapbook, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, 1923-66, newspaper clippings.
Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 3
Scrapbook, probably kept by Ruby Winslow Linn, ca. 1941-1944, mostly botanical samples, with sample pictures of Army pinup cartoon "Mona".
Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 4
Scrapbook, kept by Ruby Winslow Linn, memorabilia from trip to Japan, 1954.
Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 5
Scrapbook, probably kept by Ruby Winslow Linn, 1963-83, newspaper clippings.
Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 6
Scrapbook, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, 1965-67, newspaper clippings, mostly about Edward Winslow, his 90th birthday, death, and estate.
Carton 9SH 15FD -Folder 7
Scrapbook, probably kept by Lena Macomber Winslow, 1966-1969, newspaper clippings.
Carton 9SH 15FD -
Oversize certificates, 1932-1964.

Super-oversize scrapbooks and certificates, 1917-1985.

Carton 10SH 15FE .
Scrapbook kept by Ruby Winslow Linn, 1917-1981.

Contains some later copies of old photographs of the Myricks Railroad station, ca. 1900; old postcards from 1917 and 1941, newspaper clippings on local interest items and articles on Plimoth Plantation, Gen. MacArthur and Gen. Eisenhower.

Carton 10SH 15FE .
Scrapbook kept by LaVon Parker Linn, 1970-76.

Contains postcards and memorabilia for travel in Texas and Mexico (1970), San Diego (1976), and Williamsburg (1976).

Carton 10SH 15FE .
Scrapbook kept by LaVon Parker Linn, 1983-85.

Contains newspaper clippings (patriotic themes), memorabilia, greeting cards, other personal items.

Carton 10SH 15FE .
Diploma issued to Ruby Winslow Linn, Taunton Grammar School, 19 June 1924.
Carton 10SH 15FE .
Diploma issued to Ruby Winslow Linn, Taunton High School, 19 June 1928.

Preferred Citation

Ruby Winslow Linn papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Materials Removed from the Collection

Photographs Removed

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the Ruby Winslow Linn photographs, ca. 1878-2000. Photo. Coll. 38.

Museum Objects Removed

Badges. Silk woven badge, red shield with gold lion of Venice with two enameled bronze replicas. MHS Artifact no. 1727.01-03.

Badges, shoulder. Two polychrome lithographed felt badges. MHS Artifact no. 1726.01-02.

Badges, shoulder. Five woven shoulder badges. MHS Artifact no. 1729.01-05.

Buttons. 3 large and 3 small buttons with U.S. eagle, displayed. MHS Artifact no. 1720.01-06.

Buttons. 2 large and 5 small buttons with U.S. eagle, displayed. MHS Artifact no. 1721.01-07.

Decorations. Three bars, one lapel pin and one rosette. MHS Artifact no. 1728.01-05.

Fob. Miniature replica of Pennsylvania license plate. MHS Artifact no. 1724.

Insignia pin. Lapel insignia pin, white metal "U.S." MHS Artifact no. 1719.

Insignia pins. 10 lapel insignia pins, bronze "U.S." MHS Artifact no. 1718.01-10.

Insignia pins. 2 gilt insignia of crossed cannon with missile superimposed. MHS Artifact no. 1730.01-02.

Insignia, hat. Large gilt metal U.S. eagle, displayed. MHS Artifact no. 1722.

Insignia, uniform. 3 enameled [nickel] shield pins with stylized U.S. eagle, displayed, row of three stars above. MHS Artifact no. 1725.01-03.

Insignia, uniform. 6 silver maple leaf insignia pins. MHS Artifact no. 1723.01-06.

Slate, writing. Silicate covered cardboard bound in buckram covered boards. MHS Artifact no. 1731.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Linn family--Genealogy.
Macomber family--Genealogy.
Winslow family--Genealogy.
Macomber, Mary Pierce.
Winslow, Lena Borden Macomber, 1883-1970.

Organizations:

Columbia University.
Daughters of the American Revolution.
National Sojourners, Inc.
Simmons College.
Walter Reed Army Hospital (Washington, D.C.).
United States. Army Medical Specialist Corps.

Subjects:

Dietitians.
Nutrition--Study and teaching.
Scrapbooks--1921-1984.
United States--Armed Forces--Food service specialists.
United States--Armed Forces--Medical care.
United States--Armed Forces--Women.