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Pearce family papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00119

Scope and Contents

The Pearce Family Papers represent the extended Pearce/Brown family involved in education in under served areas in the rural United States and missionary and education work in the Middle East, circa 1880s-1930s. Also represented are Eleanor I. Burns, founder of the American College for Girls in Istanbul; Mary Mills Patrick, founder of Constantinople Women's College; and Alice Lloyd, founder of Caney Junior College in Kentucky. The collection includes biographical and genealogical information; correspondence (1892-1962); photographs; scrapbook; travel diary from European trip (1953); and writings (1911-53). Pamphlets and reports relating to the Sidon Female Seminary are of particular interest.

Dates

  • 1880-1962

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Primary family members represented in papers include Charlotte Hays Brown (1862- 1951), who served in Syria under the auspices of the Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church from 1885-1931. For much of that time she was principal of the Sidon Female Seminary. She later lived in Lebanon. Her sister, Rebecca McClure (Brown) Pearce (1860-1911) was also a missionary in Syria from 1885-92. Rebecca's daughter, Katherine Standish Pearce (1895- 1990) graduated Smith College, 1915; taught languages and was librarian at Constantinople Women's College, Turkey, 1925-31, and was cataloger at the Princeton University Library, 1931-61. Katherine's sister, Charlotte Crosby Pearce (1894-1919), also graduated Smith College 1915.

Extent

3 boxes (1 linear feet)

Overview

The papers represent the extended Pearce/Brown family involved in education in rural United States and missionary and education work at the Sidon Female Seminary in Syria and elswhere in the Middle East, circa 1880s-1930s. Also represented are Eleanor I. Burns, founder of the American College for Girls in Istanbul; Mary Mills Patrick, founder of Constantinople Women's College; and Alice Lloyd, founder of Caney Junior College in Kentucky.

Related Material

Brown Family Papers are located at Princeton University.

Additional material on Charlotte and Katherine Pearce is located in the Student files of the Smith College Archives.
Title
Pearce family papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
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