Papers of Ruth M. Alexander
Papers, digital files, thesis, dissertation, administrative files related to Alexander's career, administrative positions, creation and development of Public Lands History Center, research for teaching American women's history, American history, American environmental history, the history of sexuality in America, the historiography of modernity, and the history of Mexico. Papers related to work on projects for Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Fort Collins Utilities, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board are also present.
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Ruth Alexander is a professor emeritus on transitional retirement with the Department of History as well as a Principal Investigator in the Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University.
Alexander was born on March 23, 1954, in New York City to Charles K. Alexander and Margaret Kachur Alexander. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1976 from the City University of New York, and her M.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1983, both in History. In 1990, Alexander was awarded a Ph.D. in History from Cornell University. She began her tenure at CSU in 1988 and has published numerous books and articles, including “The ‘Girl Problem’: Female Sexual Delinquency in New York 1900-1930”. In 1989 Alexander was awarded the Judith Lee Ridge Article Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians for “We are Engaged as a Band of Sisters’: Class and Domesticity in the Washingtonian Temperance Movement, 1840-50”. She co-editor with Sharon Block and Mary Beth Norton of Major Problems in American Women's History: Documents and Essays, now in its 5th edition. Dr. Alexander’s current research project is “Reward and Risk at Sublime Heights: A History of Climbers, Nature, and Democracy on Longs Peak.”, which she presented at the Department of History’s annual Furniss Lecture in 2021. She is especially interested in ideas, institutions, experiences, and relationships of power that are associated with modernity, gender, and race and with natural and built environments. Alexander is also involved in the College of Liberal Arts' Community Engagement program at the CSU Center in Todos Santos, Mexico teaching ‘History, Community, and Environment in Mexico in which students learn about the history of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, and Mexico through site visits and by conducting oral history interviews with members of the local community.
The Papers of Ruth M. Alexander consists of papers, digital files, her thesis and dissertation, administrative files related to Alexander's career and administrative positions as well as the creation and development of the Public Lands History Center. Topics include research for teaching American women's history, American history, American environmental history, the history of sexuality in America, the historiography of modernity, and the history of Mexico. Papers related to work on projects for Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Fort Collins Utilities, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board are also present.
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