Name and location of repository
Level of description
Ruth SoRelle papers
- 1950s-2019 (Accumulation)
13 cubic feet (13 boxes)
Name of creator
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 of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Open for research. Collection is unprocessed.
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).
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright restrictions apply.
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Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Yes. Box-level inventory is available in digital control folder.
Uploaded finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Ruth SoRelle delivered materials to archive on 2019-10-10.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Accruals may occur for this collection.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- 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.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
Inventory prepared by Alethea Drexler, 2019.