Guide to the Papers of Veronica Ruzicka, circa 1940 - 1981Manuscript MS-1125

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Veronica Ruzicka, circa 1940 - 1981

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1125

Collection Dates:

circa 1940 - 1981

Size of Collection:

16 boxes (31.5 linear ft)

Abstract:

Veronica Ruzicka (1917-1981). Artist. The papers of Veronica Ruzicka contain original artwork, decorative papers, illustrated maps, slides, clippings, correspondence, photographs and ephemera relating to Ruzicka and her husband Alexander Laing.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Veronica Ruzicka contain original artwork, including pencil sketches, watercolors of landscapes and geometric designs as well as maps created by her for publications. The papers also include many samples of her work designing decorative book papers for Proteus Papers as well as personal and financial documents relating to her husband Alexander Laing. Additionally, correspondence, journals, newspaper clippings, note books, photographs, and personal photographic slides round out the collection.

Biography

Veronica Ruzicka was born on Sept. 29, 1917 in New York City. She was the daughter of Rudolph Ruzicka, a prominent illustrator and typeface designer. Veronica graduated from Barnard College in 1939. She continued her education at the Grand Central School of Art, Columbia University and New York University where she attended classes in military map making and photogammetry. She was employed for several years as a map maker in New York City and later as an illustrator with publishing houses in Boston, where she assisted in the preparation of early volumes of the Adams Papers. She was also an artist, specializing in book illustrations, maps and creating decorative end papers as Proteus Papers. In 1961 she married Alexander Laing a professor at Dartmouth College. Veronica Laing died at the age of 64 in 1981 at Hanover, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1967

Contains a personal record book, cards, notes and papers with sketches and drawings, sketch pads with sketches, as well as a notebook titled "Proteus Papers' pastepapers.

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Box: 2, Dates: circa 1940-1970

Contains a large box of "Paste Paper Samples" including "Proteus Paper" samples, personal notepads and sketchpads, two copies of "Decorated Book Papers" by Rosamond B. Loring (1973), and a small copy of "March Eighteenth."

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Box: 3, Dates: Undated

Nineteen original paintings of landscapes, flora and geometric designs.

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Box: 4, Dates: Undated

Contains twenty-one original paintings of geometric designs, some matted.

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Box: 5, Dates: Undated

Contains a folder entitled "Work-in-Process" of original sketches; hand-drawn and printed maps; miscellaneous original sketches and paintings of landscapes, buildings and geometric designs.

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Box: 6, Dates: Undated

Contains twenty-three original paintings of geometric designs.

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Box: 7, Dates: circa 1940-1960

Contains a booklet of reprinted maps from the 15-18th centuries; several notebooks; "The Eleventh Commandment" by John Holes; "Views of the Gardens of Ruth Hornblower Churchill" (1952-1962); photo album with sketches (circa 1940's); portfolio with prints "My Zoological Garden" by Charles Smith; stencils, original paintings, sketches and designs.

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Box: 8, Dates: 1960-1972

One carousel slide tray with slides "Quechee 3," "Brittenfels 1961," "Karla 63," "RR 66," "Bushes 66," one slide tray with slides "Dublin," "Scotland," (1971), one slide tray with slides "Crest," one slide tray with slides "Michigan," "Canada," (1972), one empty slide tray.

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Box: 9, Dates: 1960-1980

One carousal slide tray with slides: "Wedding Trip 1961," "Virgin Islands: St. Thomas," "Puerto Rico." "Alcoa Patriot (apartment in New York City), one carousal slide tray with slides "Philadelphia, Greenwich, Lancaster 1960," one slide tray with slides "Rome (1961)'" one slide tray with slides "London 1975," "Puppies," "Christmas Visit 1976," "New Years Eve at the Jacobson," one slide tray with slides "Prague 1980."

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Box: 10, Dates: 1961-1974

One slide tray with slides "Lancaster," Chicago," "Ontario," one slide tray with slides "Cambridge, England 1971," (1973-1974), one slide tray with slides "Rome II 1961," one slide tray with slides " Puerto Rico," "Patriot," "Nantucket 1963," "Dartmouth Sailing Club," "David Jennifer Wolfbon 1962," "D.J.R. 1963," one slide tray with slides "New York 1960."

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Box: 11, Dates: 1962-1974

One slide tray with slides "Yacht Club, Field House" (1962), one slide tray with slides "First Campsite Lake Ontario," "Church, Midwest," "Wichita Kansas Art Museum," "Camp Kansas," "New Mexico," "Arizona," "Grand Canyon," "Monument Valley," "Goose Neck Canyon," (1965), one slide tray with slides "Out of Mexico," "Del Rio, Texas," "Corpus Christi," "Family Pictures," "Eberharts, Maine," (1963-1967), one slide tray with slides "Towards and in Mexico," (Jan.-Feb. 1967), one slide tray with slides "Nova Scotia 1971," "Bernsteins," "Hopson Rd. Vets," "Huessy House," "Wendell Smith," "March 1971 Snow," "Birds," "August 1971 Gardens," "Sanfords," V and C," "Egg-plant," "Picnic Sherwood Forest, Nichols," "AV sail fish," "Alexander," "Insects," "Penn as !!!," "Sunflowers," "E-Chipmunk," "Mack and Sally 1974," "Mack," "Sailing Club 1974," "Crumpet 1974." (1971-1974).

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Box: 12, Dates: 1960-1974

One carousel slide tray with slides "Norwich Flood June 1973," "Robin, Heather etc. 1973," "Crumpet 1974," "Puppies," one carousel slide tray with slides "Quechee old 1960," one carousel slide tray with slides "Boston 1960-1971" one carousel slide tray with slides "Norwich, Togo, Hanover," (1963-1970), one carousel slide tray empty.

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Box: 13, Dates: 1961-1975

One carousel slide tray "London 1975," one carousel slide tray with slides "P.E.I, Cardigan, Fauna 1972," one carousel slide tray with slides "Expo 1967," one carousel slide tray with slides "Quechee 2," "Chippy Autumn 1960," "Marry Me 1961," "Miscellaneous 1971," one carousel slide tray with slides "Dingle 1971."

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Box: 14, Dates: 1961-1980

Book cover "Trains, Trams and Englishman" by Rowland Emett,; newspaper clippings; bankbooks Dartmouth Savings Bank (1961-1977) and other personal financial documents; quarterly newsletter "Groundswell for the American Voter" (1968-1969); maps and tourist guides, London 1974; 19th century black and white/sepia toned dry mounted photographs; early 20th century dry mounted and loose black and white/sepia toned portraits of a young lady by Pach Brothers Photography, New York; Alexander Laing photographs and other miscellaneous photos; poems by Alexander Laing; newsletter, "Common Cause, 1972;" Crumpet (the dog) papers; handwritten personal correspondence; postcards and other ephemeral items 1970's -1980's,; political correspondence 1970's.

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Box: 15, Dates: 1960s-1970s

One carousel slide tray with slides "Prague 1974;" one carousel slide tray, empty; personal correspondence, including love letters, between Alexander Laing and his future wife Veronica Ruzicka (1960's); postcards and other personal items.

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Box: 16, Dates: 1960-1981

Correspondence with publishers; box of diaries and wall calendars (1960, 1971-1981); London trip travel scrapbook (undated); handwritten notes; personal letters; journal; "The Nation," dated July 3-10, 1976 with essay "The Contemporary Relevance of Thomas Jefferson's Usufruct Principle," written by Alexander Laing; "The Nation" June 18, 1977; "Dartmouth Alumni Journal" dated March 1977; June 1976, Divorce certificate of Alexander Laing and Isabelle Frost Laing, dated July 1934; Mortgage Deed dated 1944 and other financial and personal documents from the 1920's and 1930's as well as the 1970's.

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