Skip to main content

Melvin correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: MS 0607

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.

Dates

  • 1883

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Biographical Note

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.

Extent

2 folders (Faculty/Staff)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

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.
Title
Melvin Correspondence, 1883.
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Status
Edited Full Draft
Date
© 2003
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
50 College Street
8 Dwight Hall
South Hadley MA 01075-6425 USA
413-538-3079