Portrait of Ruth Boynton from 1920.

Ruth Boynton, 1920

Ruth Boynton, who would go on to direct the University of Minnesota Student Health Service from 1936 to 1961.

Boynton, Ruth Evelyn (1896 - 1977)

Ruth Boynton was a physician, researcher, and administrator who spent almost her entire career at the University of Minnesota (U of M). She worked in public health and student health services. At that time there were few women in any of these fields. She was Director of the University Student Health Service from 1936 to 1961. It was renamed the Boynton Health Service in her honor in 1975.

Heart-shaped valentine, labeled "To Miss Sanford"

Valentine given to Maria Sanford, 1913

Valentine given to Maria Sanford by University of Minnesota Students.
Minnesota Historical Society Manuscript Collection, Maria L. Sanford Papers, 1851–1920

"To Miss Sanford
Vivid, buoyant,
Tireless, fluent;
Full of vim,
An occasional whim;
Never a shirk
Not afraid of work,
For mind, or heart, or hand;
A love of beauty,
A sense of duty,
As quick to obey as command;
A brain right clear,
A heart full of cheer,
Eloquent lips touched by altar’s coal;
Still she is, humanly,
Just plain womanly,
With face--index of beautiful soul.
Just as good as she is great,
The best-loved woman of the North Star State.
Feb. 14, 1913"

Sanford Hall, University of Minnesota.

Sanford Hall, University of Minnesota.

Sanford Hall, built in 1910 and named for Maria Sanford, was the first women's dormitory at the University of Minnesota, c.1915.

Statue of Maria Sanford by Evelyn Raymond, to be placed in the U.S. Captiol, Washington D.C.

Statue of Maria Sanford by Evelyn Raymond, to be placed in the U.S. Captiol, Washington D.C.

Statue of Maria Sanford by sculptor Evelyn Raymond, placed in the U. S. Capitol, 1958.

Portrait of Maria Louise Sanford from a program from a convocation in honor of her eightieth birthday

Portrait of Maria Louise Sanford from a program from a convocation in honor of her eightieth birthday

Portrait of Maria Louise Sanford from a program from the convocation honoring her eightieth birthday, 1916.

Maria Louise Sanford

Maria Louise Sanford

Maria Louise Sanford, c. 1880.

Professor Maria Louise Sanford, 1918.

Maria Louise Sanford

Professor Maria Louise Sanford in Minneapolis, 1918.

Sanford, Maria (1836–1920)

One of the first female professors in the United States, Maria Sanford was an English professor at the University of Minnesota for nearly thirty years. Her exceptional teaching, notable public lectures, and active community leadership led many to call her "the best loved woman in Minnesota."

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Moore Anderson

Eugenie Moore Anderson, c.1966.

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