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Merion Ferris Ritter Papers

Identifier: PP-C11

Content Description

The collection consists of memorabilia from Connecticut College’s class of 1935 including commencement publications, a news article, Koine yearbook and a 50th reunion photo badge. There is also correspondence between the Parent’s Committee of Connecticut College, college administrators and parents of students for the years 1970-1971.


  • 1935
  • 1970-1971
  • 1985



This collection is open to researchers.

About Merion Ferris Ritter

Merion Ferris Ritter was a member of the class of 1935 at Connecticut College. She majored in chemistry, was a member of the science club and was managing editor of Press board, the college publicity organization.

While Mrs. Ritter’s daughter, Ruth Ritter Ladd ‘72 was a student at Connecticut College in the early 1970s, Mrs. Ritter was a member of the Parent’s Committee of Connecticut College. The Parent’s Committee was formed in the late spring of 1970 by a group of parents from the New England area in response to their concerns around the events of Parents Weekend (May, 1970) and the Connecticut College Student/Faculty “Strike” the following week, parietal rules, and administrative responsibility. The committee obtained a Connecticut College Student Directory to create a mailing list and in June of 1970 sent out a questionnaire regarding their concerns to all parents of currently enrolled students. This committee was not sanctioned by Connecticut College.

Reference:The Hartford Daily, 1935.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Connecticut College class of 1935 memorabilia. Correspondence between the Parent’s Committee of Connecticut College, college administrators and parents of students from 1970-1971.


This collection is organized into two series.

  • Class of 1935 Memorabilia
  • Parent's Committee of Connecticut College Correspondence
The correspondence in Series II is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Collection was received in April 2016 from Skip Wilson on behalf of Ruth Ladd ‘72. Ruth Ladd is the daughter of Merion Ferris Ritter ‘35.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Lori Looney in 2018.

Guide to the Merion Ferris Ritter Papers
Lori Looney
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Finding aid revised by Deborah Kloiber, Lear Center staff

Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave
New London CT 06320 United States