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Catalog Number 3029
Title Gown, Dressing, Cotton printed, Ruth Sheldon
Object Name Gown, Dressing
Description Dressing Gown made of cotton crinkle gauze. Brick red ground is printed with a scattered pale cream and light green and pink butterfly and grass motif. Gown is a robe a la francais style, with pleats falling from from the back shoulders. Gown is full length and has wide, 3/4 length sleeves that fall to points at the cuffs. Cuffs, neckline and front openings of gown are trimmed with red satin ribbon. Gown closes down the front with metal snaps. There are a few small tufts of orange thread on the front of the gown, indicating that something was attached to it at one point. Machine and hand sewn, with serged seams. No tags or labels.
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1930
Material Cotton, Satin ribbon
Used USA, Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
People Sheldon, Ruth, 1895-1983
Sheldon, Margaret E. (Thompson), 1861-1942
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Other Name Gown, Dressing, Women's
History Ruth Sheldon, daughter of Margaret and Addison Sheldon, was born in Chadron, Nebraska on November 24, 1895 and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska as a child. Ruth attended public schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. She went on to attend the University of Nebraska to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1920. In addition, Ruth received a M.A. at Columbia University in food and nutrition, and worked an additional year at the Teacher's College.

Ruth was a teacher for three years in schools around Nebraska, and taught Home Economics in a public school in Oakland, California. She was the head of the Home Economics Department of Maryville College in Tennessee. She was a Volunteer Canteen Worker for the Red Cross, and taught Red Cross Canteen Classes during World War II.

She took part in many committees during the war, including the District of Columbia Wartime Nutrition Committee, and Wartime Committee for the U.S. Government on Demonstration of Food Conservation. She spoke to various women's clubs and other groups on canning, herbs, and other subjects dealing with home economics. Ruth served as the Home Service Director of the Washington Gas Light Company. She tested recipes, helped distribute bulletins to the customers, and answered their questions about recipes.
In 1952 she won the McCall's magazine home service award. Ruth died in 1983.
Credit line Ruth Sheldon, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Sheldon, Ruth