Ruth SoRelle papers

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Reference code

MS 226

Level of description

Collection

Title

Ruth SoRelle papers

Date(s)

  • 1950s-2019 (Accumulation)

Extent

13 cubic feet (13 boxes)

Name of creator

(1948-)

Biographical history

Ruth SoRelle was born in Port Arthur on October 9, 1948. She earned a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Texas as Austin and a Master’s from the UT School of Public Health in Houston. Her writing on science and medicine earned her more than 60 awards. She worked at the Houston Chronicle, where she covered the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Houston, for twenty years. She also worked at Baylor College of Medicine where her last position before retirement was as chief science editor in the Office of Vice President of Public Affairs. She retired December 31, 2015, although she continues to write.

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Scope and content

Ruth SoRelle was born in Port Arthur on October 9, 1948. She is known for her work in medical and science writing in Houston. The bulk of the papers cover the decades from 1980 to 2015. She worked at the Houston Chronicle where she covered the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Houston. She also worked at Baylor College of Medicine where her last position before retirement was as chief science editor in the Office of Vice President of Public Affairs. She retired December 31, 2015, although she continues to write. The collection includes photos, plaques, framed objects, clipping books, clipping files, reference and topic files, childhood writings, science and medical articles, reporter notebooks, and clippings from SoRelle's budding career as a journalist at the University of Texas. One notable area of interest are the articles related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston. These article document the early evidence of the disease in Houston. The collection is in good condition, although some of the news clips are showing signs of degradation from the acid in the newspaper. There are 13 boxes (13 cubic feet).

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Conditions governing access

Open for research. Collection is unprocessed.

Physical access

The overall condition of the collection is good, although some news clippings are showing sign of acidic degradation. An appraisal of the collection has yet to be completed. The consists of 13 boxes (13 cubic feet).

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Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

Yes. Box-level inventory is available in digital control folder.

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Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Ruth SoRelle delivered materials to archive on 2019-10-10.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Ruth Sorelle papers; MS 226; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

Alternative identifier(s)

TARO

00331

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Archivist's note

Inventory prepared by Alethea Drexler, 2019.

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