Hult, Ruby El, 1912-2008

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Freelance author of articles and books about Pacific Northwest history and conservation. Corresponded on a regular basis with a number of other Pacific Northwest women writers. Born 1912 in Belgrove, Idaho and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane.

From the description of Ruby El Hult papers, 1899-1994. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 51240056

Writer and historian, of Seattle, Wash.

From the description of Ruby El Hult correspondence, 1955-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 703880816

Author of historical accounts about the Pacific Northwest and especially about the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.

From the description of Ruby El Hult papers, 1910-2003. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123949236

Ruby El Hult was born Aug. 14, 1912 in Belgrove, Idaho, to John Adolf and Carolina (Pearson) Hult. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane in 1932, and was a student at the University of Washington during 1945-46. After holding various secretarial positions between 1942 and 1949, she served as assistant editor of the Washington State Journal of Nursing in Seattle from 1949 to 1952. During this time, she completed a number of short stories for writing classes she took between 1924 and 1953.

In the early 1950s, Hult began a freelancing writing career that continued for decades, publishing articles and opinion pieces concerning Pacific Northwest historical and conservation issues. She also began to publish a number of books on the Pacific Northwest, beginning with Steamboats in the Timbers in 1952 (a second edition was published in 1968). That was followed by Untamed Olympics in 1954 (a second edition was published in 1971), and Lost Mines and Treasures of the Pacific Northwest in 1957. A sequel to that book, Treasure Hunting Northwest was published in 1971. In 1960, both Northwest Disaster, Avalanche and Fire and Guns of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (an expanded version of the June 6, 1955 article in Guns Magazine, The Arms that Won an Empire ) were published. The second edition of her last book, Herb Crisler in the Olympic Mountain Wilds (originally published in 1977), was published in 1992.

During this time, Hult maintained ties with a small group of Pacific Northwest women writers, historians and book lovers, some of whom she had met in the late 1930s. Up through 1980s and 1990s, Hult regularly corresponded with these women, who were both friends and professional colleagues. These included Hazel Corbeill, Eleanor Garst, Martha Livingston and Eleanor Marion Saunders. In 1980, Hult and Saunders published their correspondence over the years in a compendium called The Cockalorum Chronicles: New Words Between Old Friends: Correspondence of Elizabeth Marion Saunders and Ruby El Hult .

Ruby Hult was married first to S. John Sether, who died in 1959. She married her second husband, Raymond L. McAndrew, in 1961. He died in 1978. Hult, who has resided in Oregon, Southern California and Washington over the years, currently lives in the Seattle area.

From the guide to the Ruby El Hult Papers, 1924-1994, (Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Hult, Ruby El, 1912-2008. Ruby El Hult papers, 1899-1994. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Crisler, Herb. Herb Crisler correspondence, 1952-1984. Jefferson County Historical Society
creatorOf Hult, Ruby El, 1912-2008. Ruby El Hult correspondence, 1955-1978. Jefferson County Historical Society
creatorOf Hult, Ruby El, 1912-2008. Ruby El Hult papers, 1910-2003. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Ruby El Hult Papers, 1924-1994 Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
referencedIn Saunders, Elizabeth Marion, 1916-1989. Papers, 1933-1989. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Hult, Ruby El, 1912-2008. Mahoney and the Miller's daughter : ms. S. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Elizabeth Marion Saunders Papers, 1933-1989 Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
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correspondedWith Crisler, Herb person
correspondedWith Crisler, Herb. person
associatedWith Mahoney, Jay. person
associatedWith Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913. person
associatedWith Miller, Maud. person
correspondedWith Saunders, Elizabeth Marion, 1916-1989. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California
Northwest, Pacific
Fort Sherman (Idaho)
Coeur d'Alene (Lake)
Fort Sherman (Idaho)
Washington (State)
Idaho
Idaho
Washington--Seattle
Washington (State)
Coeur d'Alene Lake (Idaho)
Subject
Theater
Historiography
Historiography
Literature
Logging
Logging
Mines and mineral resources
Mines and mineral resources
Oregon
Pacific Northwest History
Photographs
Steamboats
Steamboats
Washington (State)
Ẁomen authors, American
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Birth 1912

Death 2008

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