The Carter Children's Literature Collection contains nineteenth and twentieth century volumes of juvenile literature collected by Ruth H. Carter (Class of 1924), and donated by her to the Special Collections in 1967. The collection includes works by Louisa May Alcott, Anna Sewell, Kate Douglas Wiggin, and Mark Twain.
Born in 1903, Ruth Harriet Carter was raised and educated in Massachusetts. She graduated from Framingham State Normal School in 1924. After receiving her B.A. from Boston College, Carter returned to her alma mater where she taught until 1945. In the late 1940s, Carter relocated to Oregon where she continued to teach until her retirement from Oregon State University in 1970. Throughout her long career, Carter was well known for her interest in and knowledge of children's literature and poetry.