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Title Oral History of Alan and Ruth Barnett
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content After meeting in New York City and marrying in 1955, Alan and Ruth Barnett took a long time to find the perfect place to live. Alan had grown up in Chicago and Ruth in Germany and Czechoslovakia. It was a job as secretary to Grace Morley, the first woman director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, that brought Ruth to the Bay Area. Alan served in the National Guard and wound up working for the military in the public information sector. He would later take on teaching positions at San Francisco State University and San Jose State. The beauty of Mill Valley called to the Barnetts, and in 1963, with three children in tow, they became Mill Valley residents. In this oral history, the Barnetts discuss life during World War II and their experiences living in different countries based on took a long time to find the perfect place to live. Alan had grown up in Chicago and Ruth in Germany and Czechoslovakia. It was a job as secretary to Grace Morley, the first woman director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, that brought Ruth to the Bay Area. Alan served in the National Guard and wound up working for the military in the public information sector. He would later take on teaching positions at San Francisco State University and San Jose State. The beauty of Mill Valley called to the Barnetts, and in 1963, with three children in tow, they became Mill Valley residents. Alan’s Army assignments. Ruth and Alan recount daily life in Mill Valley, school politics, local residents and businesses, celebrations, and disasters. Both Alan and Ruth became politically active, advocating for a number of causes, such as withdrawal from Vietnam, opposition of the Gulf War, raising environmental awareness, an end to local racism, and declaring Mill Valley a nuclear free zone.
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Dates of Creation 2008-01-29
Narrator's name Barnett, Ruth and Alan
Interviewer Devlin, Bill
Extent and Medium Transcript: 44pp
Recording: 02:08:30
Search Terms Allen, Sarah
Andresen, Bob
Bartlett, Jack
Boxer, Barbara
Brown's Hall
Cascade Reservoir
Decker, Eleanor
Depot
Ellsberg, Daniel
Environmental protection
Groves, Joyce
Gulf War
Hayakawa, S.I.
Hughes, Dorothy
Hunter, Don
Lytton Square
Marin Peace and Justice Coalition
Martinez, David
Military life
Mill Valley City Council
Mill Valley Community Center
Morley, Grace
National guards & reserves
Old Mill School
Peace
Politics & government
Praszker, Flora
Protests
Racism
Tamalpais High School
Thomas, Gary
Travel
Vesey, Mary
Vietnam War
Woolsey, Lynn
World War II
Object ID 2016.084.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2008. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.