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Ruth Jones Rabel Collection

Collection 312

Rabel, Ruth Jones (1908-2002). Collection, c.1930-2002, n.d.

1 foot, 5 ½ inches

Ruth Jones Rabel was born August 26, 1908 in Deep South Louisiana on the bank of Bayou Nezpique. Her father was the manager of a rice irrigation canal, and she was the youngest of five siblings. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her accomplishments included five historical novels, many poems, short stories, and illustrations, and the distinction of being a National Honor Teacher.

This collection contains copies of Mrs. Rabel’s manuscripts of her five historical novels, poems, photographs, and illustrations. Also included are correspondence and some autobiographical materials. Her daughter, Linda Anne Rabel, donated the collection.

Series:

I. Novels
a. Trail Dust (Iowa – Nebraska circa 1875-1878) 1-01 thru 1-06
b. The Double Spy (Britain circa tenth century) 1-07 thru 1-12
c. A Gentleman of Importance (England – Boston circa 1649-1704) 1-13 thru 1-19
d. Surrender, Sweet Land (France – ‘new France’ – Louisiana circa 1760-1803) 2-01 thru 2-08
e. The Gift of Water (Crowley, Louisiana circa 1887-1901) 2-09 thru 2-16
II. Poetry and Stories 3-01 thru 3-25
III. Miscellaneous 3-26 thru 4-03

Inventory:

Box 1
I. Novels
a. Trail Dust (Iowa – Nebraska circa 1875-1878)
1-01 Chapters 1, 2, 3
1-02 Chapters 4, 5, 6
1-03 Chapters 7, 8, 9
1-04 Chapters 10, 11, 12
1-05 Chapters 13, 14, 15
1-06 Chapters 16, 17
b. The Double Spy (Britain circa tenth century)
1-07 Synopsis and Chapter 1
1-08 Chapters 2, 3, 4
1-09 Chapters 5, 6, 7
1-10 Chapters 8, 9, 10
1-11 Chapters 11, 12, 13
1-12 Chapters 14, 15, 16
c. A Gentleman of Importance (England – Boston circa 1649-1704)
1-13 Synopsis and Chapters 1, 2
1-14 Chapters 3, 4, 5
1-15 Chapters 6, 7, 8
1-16 Chapters 9, 10, 11
1-17 Chapters 12, 13, 14
1-18 Chapters 15, 16, 17
1-19 Chapters 18, 19
Box 2
d. Surrender, Sweet Land (France – ‘new France’ – Louisiana circa 1760-1803)
2-01 Synopsis and Chapters 1, 2
2-02 Chapters 3, 4, 5
2-03 Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9
2-04 Chapters 10, 11, 12
2-05 Chapters 13, 14, 15
2-06 Chapters 16, 17
2-07 Chapters 18, 19, 20
2-08 Chapters 21, 22
e. The Gift of Water (Crowley, Louisiana circa 1887-1901)
2-09 Synopsis, Outline, and Chapters 1, 2
2-10 Chapters 3, 4, 5
2-11 Chapters 6, 7, 8
2-12 Chapters 9, 10, 11
2-13 Chapters 12, 13
2-14 Chapters 14, 15, 16
2-15 Chapters 17, 18
2-16 Chapters 19, 20
Box 3
II. Poetry and Stories
3-01 “Candleframe”
3-02 “Eyes in the Grass”
3-03 “Little Wild Duck”
3-04 “Springs On My Feet”
3-05 “Rumbledy Roo”
3-06 “Poppadilly” and “Rain on the Roof”
3-07 “The Year Around”
3-08 “I Like Hills”
3-09 “Blackie Bear”
3-10 “Stories Rocks Tell”
3-11 “Time Goes By”
3-12 “What is Christmas?”
3-13 “Strange Partnerships of Nature”
3-14 “The Wonderful Jingle Jangle”
3-15 “The Singing Hen”
3-16 “The Goose Hunt”
3-17 “Trial On Ice”
3-18 “The Secret on the Pines”
3-19 “The Coward”
3-20 “Untitled”
3-21 “Sweet Revenge”
3-22 “My Sin Came Dear”
3-23 “The Light Touch”
3-24 “The Stranger”
3-25 “The Wonderful Gift”
Series III: Miscellaneous
3-26 Photographs
3-27 Autographical Material
3-28 Correspondence
3-29 Illustrated Works
3-30 Creative Writing
Box 4
4-01 Activity Section for Children
4-02 Presentation Method for Creative Writing
4-03 The Generation Gap