Scope and Contents
The Helen Eliza Melvin Correspondence contains a journal of letters written by Helen E. Melvin from August-September of 1883; two letters written by Helen's parents; and a few photographs. The letters describe her journey to Turkey, and her plans to work as a school teacher there.
- Creation: 1883
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Helen Eliza Melvin was born on May 10, 1857 and graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1879. She taught at a variety of schools before returning to Mount Holyoke in 1882, where she taught rhetoric and the U.S. Constitution until 1883. She then sailed for Turkey to work as a missionary. She taught at the Girls College in Istanbul until 1891. She returned to the United States very ill, and could not return to Turkey. From 1895-97 she did social work in Manchester, New Hampshire. She died on December 12, 1936 in Chester, New Hampshire.
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Melvin, Helen Eliza, 1857-1936; missionary and teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1879. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1882-1883. Papers consist of correspondence and photographs; principally documenting her journey to Turkey to become a missionary and her teaching plans.
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- Istanbul (Turkey) -- Description and travel
- London (England) -- Description and travel
- Marseille (France) -- Description and travel
- Paris (France) -- Description and travel
- Melvin Correspondence, 1883.
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- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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