The Ruth Harwood papers (1911-1973) contains correspondence, writings, artwork, poetry, notes, pamphlets, programs, news articles, and certificates. Although most of the materials are by or about Ruth Harwood, the collection also contains materials Ruth collected herself concerning her family, friends, and other writers and artists.
The Madge Tomsic collection (1888-2000) is composed of material collected by Madge Tomsic relating to Ruth Harwood (1896-1959), a Utah poet and artist who became best known for her works that described and symbolized the striving of the human soul. The collection holds correspondence from friends and family to Ruth Harwood, with large amount from Ruth's father, James T. Harwood (1860-1940), and Ruth's friend, Ruth St. Denis (1844-1968); letters of affection from Ruth Harwood's friends and admirers; and artwork and poetry of Ruth Harwood, including painted stationery, a calendar, pamphlets, and a family history. Also present is correspondence between James T. Harwood and Ruth Harwood's mother, Harriet (Hattie), that document their pre-engagement courtship during the time James was studying in Paris and Hattie remained in Salt Lake City, and correspondence between Ruth St. Denis, a pioneer of American modern dance, and Ruth Harwood. James T. Harwood was Madge Tomsic's great uncle.