Ruth Schell Overholser (1918-2020) earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1961. Overholser was a vocalist, elementary school teacher, an active member of the Washington Alumnae chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) International Music Fraternity, and a donor to the University of Maryland School of Music. Overholser's personal papers and memorabilia.
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This collection contains the personal papers of Ruth S. Overholser. Her papers include diplomas, teacher certifications, graduation paraphenalia, yearbooks, personal and professional correspondence, a scrapbook, recital recording and photographs, and class photos of her students.
Ruth S. Overholser (1918-2020) was born and raised in North Dakota. After graduating high school in 1931, she received various teaching certifications in North Dakota, as well as Minnesota, before moving to Maryland to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. Overholser graduated from the Music Education program in 1961 and proceeded to teach elementary school music in the Prince George's County area until her retirement. During her years at the University of Maryland, Overholser became a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) International Music Fraternity and remained an active member in the District of Columbia alumnae chapter after her graduation. The Overholser family is a donor of the University of Maryland School of Music. Ruth Overholser and her husband have a chamber music ensemble room in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center named after them - the J. Spencer and Ruth S. Overholser Ensemble Room, as well as a vocal scholoarship available to graduate students entitled the Ruth Schell Overholser Graduate Scholarship.
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