Ruth Edmonds Hill
Second Congregational Church50 Onota St. Pittsfield, MASaturday August 5, 20231:00 P.M.
Saturday, August 5th, 2023
Ruth’s accomplishments include; Oral History Curator at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS), Oral and History Curator at Harvard University, Schlesinger Library for four decades. Her seminal projects include: Oral Histories of Black Women, Women in the Federal Government, Cambodian American Women, Latina women, and Chinese American women.
Ruth was editor of The Women of Courage, sponsored by Radcliffe College. She recorded and published her own mother’s story for the project. She participated in the Tully Crenshaw Feminist Oral History on National Organization for Women (NOW), an oral history project of Radcliffe College in 2012.
She earned the RIAS Dean's Award for Excellence; and in 2018 she was the Harvard Hero for "The Encouragement of Cross-School Scholarship and the mentorship of generations of librarians and archivists of color."
Ruth was the Co-founder of the National Association of Black Storytellers, recipient of NABS Zora Neale Hurston.
She was a member of the Oral History Association, Editorial Board and The Oral History Review.
Ruth chaired Nonprint Format Award and Book Awards committees. She won the OHA 2018 Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Award for outstanding achievement in using oral history to create a more humane and just world, the New England Association of Oral History's Harvey A. Kantor Memorial Award, the Psi Omega Chapter's Lucy Miller Mitchell Heritage Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Greater Boston YMCA Black Achievers Awards. She received Honorary trustee for Samuel Harrison Society. Ruth received her BS degree in biological sciences from Massachusetts State College, a BS degree in library science from Simmons College as well as a certificate in theatre librarianship from Columbia University School of Library Science.
She was predeceased by her parents Florence Jacobs Edmonds and William Bailey Edmonds, siblings Arreta Edmonds Smith, Lorna Edmonds Whitfield, James Jacobs Edmonds, Carlton Edmonds Sr., nephew Keith Edmonds Whitfield. She is survived by nephew Blayne Whitfield and wife Jeannie Williams; nephews Carlton Edmonds Jr. and Bernard Edmonds; grandnephew Darren; great-grandniece Ah'lexus; great-grandnephews TraQuan, Darren, Maxson; great-great-grandnieces Kae'dyn, Dream. Cousins Gordon, Sr., Jennifer (George), Wayne, Kenneth (Christa), Gordon, Jr., Stephen (Shannon), Selene, Hailey (Kwesi), Tiffany, Ashley, Theresa, Aaron, Mason, Liam, and many more grandnephews, grandnieces, and cousins.
Second Congregational Church was always home. She was a child of the church. So today, we bid a final farewell from the church she would call home.