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Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Papers ("The Franck Papers"), ca. 1850-1980
18 Linear feet: 15 record storage boxes, 2 archives boxes, 1 half-archives box, and 1 oversize flat box
Collection number: MA.00313

Abstract:
The Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers (the Franck Papers) include correspondence, photographs, juvenilia, memorabilia, manuscripts, teaching materials, and publications relating to several generations of missionaries, educators, public servants, and artists. In addition to describing the lives of multiple members of the family, subjects include missionary work in Turkey in the late 19th century into the 20th century; World War I and Armenian history in the period as reported by missionaries and educators in Turkey; life at the American University of Beirut from about 1920-1935; religious and intellectual life in the first half of the 20th century, and many other topics. The collection also includes a section devoted to the life and career of dancer Mary-Averett Seelye. The material dates from about 1850-1988, with the bulk of the material dating from about 1890-1940.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Introduction

The Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers ("the Franck Papers") represent the activities of an extended family beginning with William Frederic Williams (1818-1871) and his wife Sarah Pond Williams (1823-1854) through their great-grandchildren, especially the children of Kate and Laurens Seelye. The following biographical sketches describe family members most represented or referred to in the Franck Papers.

The earliest figure to appear in the Franck Papers is William Frederic Williams -- known as Frederic -- who was the son of William and Sophia Wells Williams, of Utica, New York. One of sixteen children (by his father's two wives), Frederic was born on January 11, 1818. He entered Yale College in 1837 but had to leave on account of illness in the summer of 1838. Frederic worked, including as an engineer, until autumn of 1844, when he entered the Auburn Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1847, but by that time he had already been corresponding with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions about becoming a missionary. In order to obtain some preaching experience, he served temporarily at the First Presbyterian Church in Rome, New York. There, probably in late 1847, he met Sarah Amelia Pond, a teacher and the daughter of Julius and Ann Crary Pond. They were engaged by May of 1848 and married in August of that year.

Sarah and Frederick sailed for the Syria Mission in January, 1849. They located first in Beirut, then briefly outside Beirut, and in early 1851, after the birth of their daughter Cornelia, the couple moved to Mosul. Frederic worked in Mosul until 1859, when he was sent to the station at Mardin. By this time his first two wives – Sarah and Harriet – had died, Sarah in 1854, and Harriet in 1856. Frederic Williams remained a member of the mission station in Mardin until his death in 1871, but he also spent time at the station in Harpoot, a few hundred miles from Mardin. It was there that he met his fourth wife, Clarissa Celinda (known as Kate) Pond, a distant cousin of his first wife. A Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, Kate was a teacher at the girls' school in Harpoot.

The bulk of papers specifically by or about Frederic and Sarah Williams are in the earlier gift of the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Papers. The Franck Papers contain only a few papers and photographs specifically related to them, but as the foundational figures for the family they're important to the context of the Frank Papers. In large measure, the history of the family as told in the collections turns on that 1849 voyage to Syria.

Frederic and Sarah had three children, all born in the Middle East: Talcott, born on July 20, 1849; Cornelia Pond, born on December 3, 1850, and Henry Dwight, born in February 1854. Talcott, who was reading Shakespeare as well as the Koran in Arabic at age 10, became a prominent journalist and educator; his papers are found in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Papers as well as in his own Talcott Williams (AC 1873) Papers.

Henry Dwight Williams – known as Dwight – was taken by his widowed father to live with his aunt Sophia Williams Gardner, who subsequently adopted Dwight against his father's wishes. Dwight died while studying at Harvard University. There is no information directly about him in the Franck Papers, and what little documentation exists is in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Papers and the Blaisdell Papers.

After the deaths of their mother and the first two (Harriet and Caroline) of three stepmothers, Cornelia and Talcott traveled to the United States for schooling in the spring of 1866. Cornelia attended Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary, graduating in 1872. In 1879 she returned to Turkey to join stepmother Kate Pond Williams in teaching at the Home School in Scutari. In 1884, she married William Nesbitt Chambers (usually known as Nesbitt or W. Nesbitt Chambers), a young widower who was a missionary at Erzerum. The couple worked in Erzerum until 1899, and all four of their children were born there. In 1899 they were posted in Adana, where they remained until 1916. The bulk of information about Cornelia and Nesbitt Chambers is located in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers and the Blaisdell Papers; in the Franck Papers they are represented in the first series with a modest number of documents and photographs.

The chief strength of the Franck Papers lies in the documents relating to the family life of Frederic and Sarah's granddaughter, and Cornelia and Nesbitt's daughter, Kate Ethel Chambers, and her husband, Laurens Hickok Seelye (AC 1911).

Kate Ethel Chambers (1889-1973) was one of four children of Cornelia Pond Williams and William Nesbitt Chambers, and one of two who survived to adulthood. Her brothers Ralph and Talcott both died early, Ralph shortly before his third birthday and Talcott in a fall in the Swiss Alps when he was 15. Kate and her sister Dorothea Nesbitt Chambers attended Bryn Mawr, Kate graduating in 1911 and Dorothea in 1919, and both attended Columbia University, Kate receiving her Ph.D. in 1919 and Dorothea an M.A. in 1920. The bulk of Dorothea's papers are in the Blaisdell Papers and the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers.

Laurens H. Seelye was born in Ohio in 1899. The Franck Papers include a step sideways to the Seelye and Clark lines of his family, including photographs and correspondence to, from, and about his father William James Seelye (AC 1879) (a professor of German and Greek, and later a clergyman); his mother Mary Alice Clarke (known as Alice) and her Clarke and Brown parents; and many of the cousins on both sides. A key relationship in this group is that of Laurens Seelye and his cousin Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916): the two were close all their lives, and cousin Julius no doubt took the place in Laurens' heart of his younger brother Julius, who had died while at military training during World War I. Additional papers about the Seelye and Bixler familes may be found in the Julius Hawley Seelye (AC 1849) Family Papers, the William James (1797-1868) Family Papers and Sermons, and the Laurens Perseus Hickok Papers, as well as in biographical files for the many Amherst College graduates from these families.

Laurens Seelye graduated from Columbia University in 1915, and his first work was as a pastor in the Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham, New Jersey. He married Kate Seelye in the fall of 1915. During World War I, Laurens served briefly in the Army Y.M.C.A. and then as chaplain at Fort Greble in Rhode Island. In March 1919 the Seelyes sailed to Beirut where Laurens took up a position teaching philosophy and psychology at the Syrian Protestant College, later renamed the American University of Beirut. Kate was on the faculty of the American Junior College for Girls in Beirut. In the 1920s the family built a home they called Bushy Rock, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. There are a few photographs of the home in the Franck Papers. The elderly Chambers couple eventually moved in with them.

Kate and Laurens left Beirut in 1933 and Laurens took temporary faculty positions at Smith College and Bennington College. From 1935-1940 he served as President of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. In 1942 the Seelyes returned to the Middle East for a 14-year residence, this time in Istanbul, where Laurens taught philosophy at Robert College and the American College for Girls, while Kate taught American literature and English at the latter institution. They returned to the United States permanently in 1957. Laurens continued to teach in retirement but illness caught up with him in 1959. He died in August 1960. Kate survived him by a dozen years, during which time she remained active in work she loved and continued to be the matriarch of a family now containing several grandchildren.

Kate and Laurens had five children: Dorothea (1917-1988); Mary-Averett (1919-2013); Talcott (1922-2006), Muriel (1925-2009), and Katherine (1930-1934). The Franck Papers contain personal and professional material for all the children except Katherine, who died in childhood.

Eldest daughter Dorothea Chambers Seelye (m. Franck) was born in Chatham, New Jersey, but she spent most of her formative years in Beirut. Following in her mother and aunt's steps, she graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. During World War II she served in Egypt in the Office of Strategic Services, where she used her language skills to translate for the Allies. The focus of her life's work was to promote understanding of the Middle East, and to that end she coordinated cultural exchange programs for the Department of State; worked for the Washington, D.C. offices of the American Friends of the Middle East; helped organize the Middle East Network in Syracuse, New York, and later edited the Americans for Justice in the Middle East News (AJME News). She was also a writer and editor, including for the "Christian Science Monitor." Her manuscript "Yankees from New York to the Garden of Eden" (a copy is in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Papers) is a valuable resource for her family's history in the Middle East as it both transcribes early family letters and describes them in the context of time and place. In addition, Franck wrote two children's books, "The Cat Who Loved Bach" and "Mother Adz." She was also a peace activist and was on the board of the Dunbar Center in Syracuse, New York.

Dorothea married Professor Peter Goswyn Franck in June, 1940. They had two daughters, Karen and Marianne.

Peter Franck was born in Berlin in 1913. He earned law degrees from the University of Berlin (1936) and the University of Basel (1938). In 1954, responding to a shift in his interests and professional positions, he earned an Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He then worked as a consultant for private and government entities in Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. He was a professor of economics at Robert College between 1956 and 1965. In 1966 he joined the faculty of Syracuse University where he taught international trade and investment. He also served as Director of the Business Research Center there. After his retirement in 1980, he taught at the American University of Beirut and then at the University of Sfax in Tunisia. He was an expert in Islamic banking and a United Nations adviser in Syria. Peter Franck died at his home in Virginia in 1989.

Mary-Averett, the second child of Laurens and Kate Seelye, was also born in New Jersey, but the family moved to Beirut (then in Syria) when she was only a few months old. She attended the American Community School in Beirut and then – because her family had moved back to the United States -- the Mary Burnham School in Northampton, Massachusetts. Mary-Averett graduated from Bennington College in Vermont in 1940. By this time it was clear that theater and dance would be her career. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she took an M.A. in 1944. Her long career is well documented in Series 8, and a post for the Consecrated Eminence blog features photographs from various stages of her life: https://consecratedeminence.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/a-dancer-in-the-family-mary-averett-seelye/ . Seelye died in 2013 at the age of 94.

Laurens and Kate's son Talcott Williams Seelye was born in Beirut. His first schooling was in the American Community School, followed by Canton High School in New York and Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He entered Amherst College as a member of the Class of 1944 but interrupted college to serve in the army. He returned to Amherst and graduated in 1947, taught at Deerfield Academy for a year and then, in 1948, entered the Foreign Service. He was a career diplomat, serving in Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Syria. His long career and his many additional activities were detailed in his obituary (he died June, 2006) in the October 2006 issue of the "Foreign Service Journal" – a copy of the obituary is in his Archives and Special Collections biographical file. In 1950 Seelye married Joan Hazeltine; the couple had four children: Lauren, Ammanda, Talcott (AC 1978), and Kate (AC 1984). The bulk of material about Talcott Seelye is in the Talcott W. Seelye (AC 1944) Family Papers.

Muriel Clarke Seelye (m. Heineman) was born in Beirut in 1925. Muriel's early school years were spent at the American Community School in Beirut. She was a 1947 Bennington College graduate with a degree in drama. After World War II, Heineman worked with refugee children in France and Spain as well as with the American Friends Service Committee. In 1957 she earned an M.A. at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and then taught English at the Mount Vernon Seminary and the University of Maryland, College Park. She also worked for the United States Information Agency and the National Geographic Society. Heineman performed with the Theatre Lobby, the group her sister Mary-Averett had co-founded; Muriel is visible in some of the photographs in Series 8. She married architect Paul T. Heineman in 1961 and the couple moved to Baltimore, where they raised two sons. From 1971 to 2004 Muriel taught literature and drama at Villa Julie College (Stevenson University). She died in 2009.

Additional materials about the Seelyes of this generation may be found in the Williams-Chambers Seelye Family Papers and the Talcott Williams (AC 1944) Family Papers.

Scope and Contents

As described in the introduction, Reverend William Frederic Williams and his wife Sarah Pond Williams started the missionary enterprise that their descendants inherited and altered to suit their own times. The bulk of papers specifically by or about Frederic and Sarah Williams are in the earlier gift of the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Papers. The Franck Papers contain only a few papers and photographs specifically related to Frederic, and only references to Sarah. These few items are at the beginning of the collection.

The Franck Papers contain some correspondence from Frederic's fourth wife, Kate Pond Williams (1831-1895) and her two children with Frederic, Sophia (known as Sonia) (1870-[1946?]), and Frederic (1871-1944), especially from the period late in Kate's career and into her retirement. These papers show Kate's role as an advisor to Cornelia, as well as the younger Frederic's support role, especially in managing family finances for his half-sister Cornelia and her husband while they were living in the Middle East and he was in the United States.

The Franck Papers also contain documentation relating to Frederic and Sarah's daughter Cornelia Pond Williams and her husband, Canadian William Nesbitt Chambers (Princeton Class of 1876). A more extensive group of papers relating to the Chambers couple may be found in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family papers and the Blaisdell Papers.

The most substantial group of documents in the Franck Papers is that pertaining to the lives of Kate and Laurens Seelye. The Franck Papers contain correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and other documentation from both Laurens and Kate's lives before and after their marriage. It includes (but is not limited to):

• Papers relating to Kate's schoolwork, including scrapbooks

• Correspondence between Kate and Laurens before and after their marriage

• Correspondence to and from Kate's large network of colleagues and friends

• Photographs of Kate and Laurens before and after their marriage

• Papers relating to Laurens' schoolwork, starting as far back as his grade-school years, with a good selection from his college and graduate school work

• Notes and finished sermons and chapel talks that reveal much about Lauren's philosophies of religion and life, and that comment on topics of the day

• Correspondence to and from Laurens' colleagues in Beirut and in the United States

• Personal and professional correspondence related to the charity work Laurens organized to benefit some of the many Armenian orphans who streamed into Beirut during and after World War I

• Family letters: the Seelyes wrote decades of correspondence, often typed, which they sent as general family letters and which frequently appear here in multiple copies, many of these with individualized comments added. These letters are useful and interesting both for a history of the Seelye family as well as for accounts of world events, especially in the Middle East and the United States.

The Franck Papers also contain sections focused on the personal and professional lives of the Seelye children: Dorothea Chambers Seelye Franck; Mary-Averett Seelye; Talcott W. Seelye, and Muriel Clarke Seelye Heineman. In particular, these sections contain correspondence among family, friends, and colleagues.

Another strength of the Franck Papers are the five linear feet of materials related to the theatre and dance career of Mary-Averett Seelye, including many photographs from performances. A selection of these images may be seen in the Consecrated Eminence blog post, "A Dancer in the Family: Mary-Averett Seelye."

Talcott W. Seelye '44 has a separate collection that contains much more information about his life, especially his diplomatic career. That collection – the Talcott Williams (AC 1944) Papers – has a general list and is accessible but is not yet fully processed as of this writing.

The Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers are organized into eleven series, organized primarily by family groups and individuals.

  1. WILLIAMS-CHAMBERS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS, ca. 1850-1930
  2. WILLIAM JAMES SEELYE (AC 1879) FAMILY MATERIALS, ca. 1865-1935
  3. SEELYE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS, ca. 1870-1960
  4. KATE ETHEL CHAMBERS SEELYE, 1897-1973
  5. LAURENS HICKOK SEELYE (AC 1911), 1895-1960
  6. KATE ETHEL CHAMBERS AND LAURENS HICKOK SEELYE: CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER SHARED MATERIALS, 1914-1973
  7. DOROTHEA CHAMBERS SEELYE FRANCK AND PETER GOSWYN FRANCK, ca. 1924-1988
  8. MARY-AVERETT SEELYE, ca. 1925-2006
  9. TALCOTT WILLIAMS SEELYE (AC 1944) AND JOAN HAZELTINE SEELYE, 1929-2000
  10. MURIEL CLARKE SEELYE HEINEMAN AND PAUL TURNER HEINEMAN, ca. 1930-2000
  11. WILLIAMS-CHAMBERS-SEELYE FRANCK: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, ca. 1860-1939

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers, Box [#], Folder [#], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

The Williams-Chambers family group has had a long history of saving family papers and of giving them to Amherst College. The gifts have arrived over decades, beginning with gifts of the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers and the Talcott Williams (AC 1873) Papers from Dorothea S. Franck and Mary-Averett Seelye in the 1970s and 1980s. The Talcott Williams (AC 1944) Family Papers arrived in the 2000s. The Franck Papers and the Blaisdell Papers were gifts from Karen Franck and Ann Irvine respectively in the 2010s, and Nesbitt Chambers Blaisdell (AC 1951) gave some of his personal papers and a collection of theater-related items in 2014.

Each gift was given by descendants of Frederic and Sarah Williams who inherited certain portions of the papers and created others, and who desired to see them housed together at Amherst College. All the collections include information from some or all of the families related to the Williams family through marriage, including in particular the Ponds, Chambers, James, Seelye, Franck, and Blaisdell families.

Processing Information

Processed and listed by Margaret R. Dakin, Archives and Special Collections Specialist, with assistance from Ann Irvine, Sylvia Hickman '14, An Hoang '18, and Rosemary Frehe '17.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The correspondence files contain many delicate carbon copies that would easily tear under heavy use. Archivists should consider making PDF or paper copies of files that might be used for a class.


Additional Information
Contact Information
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PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

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Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Related Materials

The Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck Family Papers represent one gift of several from the family. Depending on research interests, related material (such as the other half of a set of correspondence) might be found in the following collections, each of which has a finding aid or general list:

The Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers

The Talcott Williams (AC 1873) Papers

The Williams-Chambers-Blaisdell Family Papers

The Talcott Williams Seelye (AC 1944) Family Papers

The Nesbitt Chambers Blaisdell (AC 1951) Papers

The Julius Hawley Seelye Family Papers

The Reverend William James Family Papers

The Laurens Perseus Hickok Papers.

Related Materials at Other Institutions

Samuel Wells Williams family papers, MS 547, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University (http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0547)

For additional information about William Frederic Williams: Miscellaneous Personal Papers Collection, Record Group 30, Yale Divinity Library, Yale University (http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.030)

Peter G. Franck Papers, 1974-1976, Syracuse University (http://archives.syr.edu/collections/fac_staff/sua_franck_pg.htm)

Contents List
Series 1: Williams-Chambers Family Photographs and Documents
ca. 1850-1930

Box 1

Series 1, WILLIAMS-CHAMBERS FAMLY PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS, ca. 1850-1930, contains photographs of the Chambers family; a journal written in 1872-1873 by Cornelia P. Williams while at Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary; correspondence from Kate P. Williams to step-daughter Cornelia P. Williams (Chambers) (i.e., before and after her marriage to William Nesbitt Chambers); letters from Nesbitt Chambers to his brother Jack, including descriptions of the situation in Turkey, and letters among Williams-Chambers family members especially regarding the economic situation of the Chambers family.

Sub-series 1-A: Williams-Chambers Family Photographs
(bulk ca. 1850-1930)

Box 1
Williams family photographs
ca. 1850-1900

Box 1: folder 1
Description

Photographs of: William Frederic Williams; Cornelia P. W. Chambers; Sarah B. Hammond [Sarah P. Williams' niece]; Sophia Wells Royce (wife of Talcott Williams); Rev. Alpheus Newell Andrus, missionary in Turkey from 1868-1917 (photo ca. 1870) – Andrus was a friend and fellow missionary. There are a few letters from him to Talcott Williams in the Talcott Williams (AC 1873) Papers.

Chambers family photographs
ca. 1875-1910

Box 1: folder 2
Description

Group photograph of Chambers family of Kennebec, Ontario, Canada [enlargement from earlier photograph?]: William Nesbitt Chambers and his parents and siblings; Dorothea N. Chambers; [Wells Bliss?]

Chambers family children
ca. 1885-1905

Box 1: folder 3
Description

Kate Ethel, Talcott Williams, and Dorothea Nesbitt Chambers as children.

Alternative formats available:

See the Williams-Chambers-Blaisdell papers donated by Ann Irvine for additional photographs of these children, including young Ralph Chambers, who died as a toddler.

Actress Julia Marlowe Sothern
ca. 1890

Box 1: folder 4
Description

Three photographs of Julia Marlowe Sothern, including one inscribed to Talcott and Sophia W. R. Williams.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye
ca. 1903-1914

Box 1: folder 5
Description

Photographs of Kate E. Chambers as a girl.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: college-era photographs
ca. 1907-1911; 1961

Box 1: folder 6
Description

Photographs of Kate E. Chambers during her undergraduate years at Bryn Mawr College (Class of 1911), including a few "dramatic activities" photographs; 50th reunion photograph

Missionaries: photographs
1909-1910

Box 1: folder 7
Description

"Adana. Xmas Day 1909." (William N. Chambers, second from left; Cornelia P.W. Chambers, fourth from left, Dorothea Chambers at right.) "Group of Americans summering at Gozneh, 1910" (missionaries from the ABCFM; postcard-photograph).

Chambers-Blaisdell family
ca. 1909-1930

Box 1: folder 8
Description

Dorothea Chambers Blaisdell; Donald Blaisdell; Nesbitt Chambers Blaisdell (AC 1950)

Photographs of Seljuk tomb and hospice in Erzerum, Turkey
ca. 1915

Box 1: folder 9

Black and white photographs pieced together of tomb and hospice (etcetera?) in Erzerum, Turkey. Digital copies available.

Sub-series 1-B: Williams-Chambers Documents
1876-1980

Box 1
Cornelia Pond Williams: journal written while at Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary
1872-1873

Box 1: folder 10
Description

Journal about friends, family, school, with a few miscellaneous later entries; pressed ferns between pages moved to Box OS-1.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Constantinople to Cornelia Pond Williams
1876

Box 1: folder 11
Description

Outgoing correspondence to step-daughter Cornelia P. Williams. Kate P. Williams was the fourth wife of William Frederic Williams, Cornelia's father.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Constantinople to step-children Cornelia and Talcott Williams (the bulk to Cornelia)
1877

Box 1: folder 12
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Cornelia Pond Williams, with one or two to "children," i.e., including Talcott Williams.

William Frederic Williams (b.1871): sketchbook
(bulk ca. 1882-1894)

Box 1: folder 13
Description

Contains signature of William Frederic Williams (1871-1944; son of WFW and fourth wife Kate Pond Williams; Harvard Class of 1894); pencil sketches of a chicken coop; churches at Interlaken and Lucerne; the schoolhouse at Interlaken; half-brother Talcott's parlour; Harvard building (watercolor), and other untitled sketches.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Auburndale, Mass., to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers
1884

Box 1: folder 14
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers from KPW's retirement in Auburndale.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Auburndale, Mass., to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers
1885

Box 1: folder 15
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Andover, Mass., to Ralph Chambers
1887 Feb

Box 1: folder 16
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Ralph Chambers (son of Cornelia and William Chambers) on his second birthday.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Auburndale, Mass., to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers
1892

Box 1: folder 17
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Auburndale, Mass., to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers
1893

Box 1: folder 18
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers.

Kate Pond Williams: correspondence from Auburndale, Mass., to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers
1894

Box 1: folder 19
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Cornelia P. Williams Chambers.

Talcott Williams Chambers (1886-1902): British passport
1901 Aug

Box 1: folder 20
William Nesbitt Chambers to brother Jack Chambers re situation in Turkey
1915 Nov 5-27

Box 1: folder 21
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Chambers family in Canada, including: "All the Armenians were being deported en masse towards the Syrian desert. Scores of thousands of them from the west Cple [Constantinople], Bardezag, Konia, Angora, Caesarea, Marsovan [etc.] were driven across the Adana plain. Their properties were being confiscated [and] there was little or no hope of relief. Few of them at this rate will remain by spring. It was [and] is most horrible. Germany might do something to relieve the situation, but they say that as they are allies of the Turks they cannot interfere with the internal administration of the country."

Search Terms
Armenian -- Turkey -- History.

Armenian genocide, 1915

Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.

Armenian question -- Archival resources.

James L. Barton to William Nesbitt Chambers in Turkey
1916 May

Box 1: folder 22
Description

Letter from James L. Barton (Secretary of the Foreign Department, ABCFM) to W. Nesbitt Chambers re both the latter's stay in the U.S. and a possible return to Erzroom via "New Russia," including: "It may be you will have to get into Turkey by way of Erzroom. We want to get a pretty strong hold on that country before the final settlement comes so that when the decision is made with reference to missionary work under the Russian flag, we will be on the ground with our work well in hand, and if Russia does not want us there, it will be her move, not ours. The fact is, the Russian officials are most cordial to our missionaries and we believe it is a good strategic move to work in there now."

Search Terms
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions-- policy

Eastern Turkey Mission

World War, 1914-1918--Middle East.

World War, 1914-1918--Russia

World War, 1914-1918--Territorial questions--Russia.

Cornelia Pond Williams Chambers: Birthday greeting
ca. 1925-1933

Box 1: folder 23
Description

A birthday greeting from son-in-law Laurens and granddaughter Dorothea C. Seelye, apparently before Cornelia retired to the United States from the Middle East, where the two Chambers seniors lived with Kate and Laurens in Beirut during their later years.

Williams-Chambers family: correspondence about fiscal matters
1929-1930

Box 1: folder 24
Description

Letter from William Frederic Williams (b. 1871) to half-sister Cornelia about her account balances and how the money is handled (1929); copy of letter from Jack Chambers in Woodstock, Canada, to his brother W. Nesbitt Chambers about the conditions of the family farm in Canada (1930); copy of letter from [W. Nesbitt Chambers] to [his brother John Chambers] about financial help for the family farm (1930); copy of letter from WNC to his brother-in-law William Frederic Williams re arrangements made to help family farm, etc. (in this period WFW was handling Nesbitt and Cornelia's finances for them while they were in Turkey). Contents of this file written shortly before the stock market crash in October, 1929, when the market had already begun to decline.

Memorial service for Dr. William Nesbitt Chambers (d. 1970)
1970 May

Box 1: folder 25
Description

Typescript of memorial service for Dr. William Nesbitt Chambers, grandson of Robert Chambers, who was the brother of Rev. William Nesbitt Chambers. Dr. Chambers was Kate Seelye's first cousin once removed.

Marjorie Chambers: correspondence to her Chambers cousins
1980 May

Box 1: folder 26
Description

Marjorie Chambers (WNC's niece; daughter of Jack Chambers): lively letter to her Chambers-Seelye cousins, including memories of the flu in 1919; life on the farm in Kennebec, Canada; her teaching duties, etc.

Search Terms
Series 2: William James Seelye (AC 1879) Family Materials
ca. 1865-1935

Box 2

Series 2, WILLIAM JAMES SEELYE (AC 1879) FAMILY MATERIALS, ca. 1865-1935, contains miscellaneous materials such as a notebook belonging to William James Seelye that includes notes from his classes, including some at Amherst College; a section of a journal WJS kept during a trip to Europe, apparently just after his marriage; a phrenological report for WJS from 1894, and a similar "vocational chart" for Laurens H. Seelye (son of WJS) from the Psycograph Company, dating from around 1931. The series also contains correspondence among Seelye and Clarke family members that elucidates something of their relationships and their activities during the period, and a modest number of documents relating to the work of Katharine E. Seelye (later Mrs. Benjamin Bruce Wallace) as a teacher in China.

Manuscript poem "Bonar," written at "Prospect Hill"
1865 Oct

Box 2: folder 1
William James Seelye (AC 1879) notebook, including notes and mathematical and scientific sketches from lectures by his professors (Crowell, Root, et al.)
[1875-79]

Box 2: folder 2
Description

"Topics for future use -- hints and references" with initials "H.L." (?), begun at Amherst College, written upside and downside, and possibly used later by someone else

Postcards
ca. 1883-1885

Box 2: folder 3
Description

Postcards, most to the William James Seelye family while in Wooster, Ohio.

[Julia Brown Clarke] and Minnie Clarke Budlong to Alice Clarke Seelye
ca. 1887-1892

Box 2: folder 4
Description

Alice C. Seelye from her sister Minnie and her mother, Julia, the latter especially re advice about being a mother.

[William James Seelye], journal of a trip to [Europe]
[1887 or later]

Box 2: folder 5
Scope and content:

Section of journal beginning in June of 1887 or later; Seelye is traveling with his wife, Alice (m. 1886 Sep).

Related material:

See the Julius Hawley Seelye Papers for additional correspondence to and from William James Seelye (son of JHS).

Julius Hawley Seelye: 2 outgoing letters
1893, 1895

Box 2: folder 6
Description

Two letters to son William James Seelye (see Julius Hawley Seelye Papers for many more); news clipping re unveiling of mural painting in Congregational Church [Bethel, Conn.?] (n.d.).

"Phrenological Character of Wm. James Seelye" (Fowler Wells); "Psycograph" chart for [Laurens H. Seelye?]
1894 Jul; ca. 1931

Box 2: folder 7
Description

Lengthy, typed phrenological report for William James Seelye (1894); Psycograph Company's "vocational chart" with with numbers pencilled in, perhaps by Laurens H. Seelye (ca. 1931). See also "Phrenology is not a Science" (Box 7, Folder 56) a later paper by LHS that mentions the 1894 visit to a phrenologist.

Search Terms
Phrenology

William J. and Alice C. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1895 Dec

Box 2: folder 8
Description

Two thank-you letters to the Seelye sisters [W.J's sisters Anna, Mabel, and Elizabeth] for Christmas gifts.

Alice C. Seelye: Letter to Anna [Seelye], her sister-in-law; letter to "dear sisters" [Anna, Mabel, and Elizabeth Seelye?]
1895; ca. 1895

Box 2: folder 9

Letter to Anna includes description of son Laurens' sensitivity to the misfortunes of others. Dress sample enclosed.

Laurens H. Seelye to "Auntie" [Elizabeth Seelye Bixler]
ca. 1895; 1898

Box 2: folder 10
Description

Two letters from LHS to his "Auntie," the earlier one in his mother's hand and almost certainly to Elizabeth Seelye Bixler, the mother of cousin Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916), to whom Laurens was close.

Katharine E. Seelye Wallace: Correspondence to "auntie" and miscellaneous material, including newspaper clipping about her wedding
1896-1898; 1929

Box 2: folder 11
Miscellaneous school documents relating to the Seelye children
ca. 1904-1907

Box 2: folder 12
Description

Laurens H. Seelye report card for 1904 from Dr. Holbrook's school in Ossining, N.Y.; handwritten "horoscopes" in Wooster, Ohio examination book ("blue book") for Julius, Katharine, Laurens, Alice, and William Seelye (incl. note that Katharine will "have many little successes, even after marriage").

Julius Franklin Seelye: 2 watercolors
ca. 1910

Box OS 1: folder 2
Description

Two watercolors with birch bark borders by Julius Franklin Seelye (1899-1918).

Katharine E. Seelye Wallace: Miscellaneous materials related to her work in China
ca. 1915

Box 2: folder 13
Description

Notes on a speech by [Mr. Brockman] to Tsing Hua College students; grade sheet for her students at Tsing Hua College; 3 photographs from China.

William J. and Alice C. Seelye: Incoming correspondence
ca. 1919-1931

Box 2: folder 14
Description

Incoming correspondence from: uncle Laurenus Clark Seelye; a copy (presumably) of a letter of recommendation for WJS to Senator F. B. Willis from Professor Jonas O. Notestein, College of Wooster, with additional comments about the 18th amendment; nephew Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916) re a visit with Laurens and Kate in Beirut: see also LHS to JSB's father James Wilson Bixler re same visit, in LHS correspondence); Anna Seelye Emerson (William's sister).

William J. Seelye: Shorthand notes
ca. 1930

Box 2: folder 15
Series 3: Seelye Family Photographs
ca. 1870-1960

Box 3

Series 3, SEELYE FAMLY PHOTOGRAPHS, ca. 1870-1960, includes photographs of the young family of William and Alice Seelye, the parents of Laurens, Elizabeth, and Julius. It also documents Alice's Clarke and Brown family lines, as well as some of the Bixler cousins of the Seelye family.

Sub-series 3A: Seelye Family Photographs: Early
ca. 1870-1935

Box 3
Family of Julius H. and Elizabeth T. J. Seelye
ca. 1870-1900

Box 3: folder 1
Description

Photographs of Julius Hawley Seelye (father of William James Seelye); Samuel Seelye (brother of Julius); Elizabeth Tillman James Seelye (Mrs. Julius H. Seelye); "Mrs. Isaac Edwards [Anna McBride James] and children, Albany NY"; tintype of [William James Seelye and his sisters and friends](digital copy available); CDV of [3 daughters of J.H. and E.J. Seelye). One original of JHS at desk moved to Box OS-1.

Laurens Perseus Hickok
ca. 1870

Box 3: folder 2
Description

Laurens P. Hickok photograph. Hickok was Julius Hawley Seelye's "uncle-in-law" through Hickok's marriage to Elizabeth Taylor, the sister of Julius H. Seelye's mother, Abigail Taylor Seelye.

Family of (Mary) Alice Clarke Seelye
ca. 1870-1930

Box 3: folder 3
Description

Family and relatives of Charles Franklin Clarke and Julia Brown Clarke, Alice Seelye's parents. Includes two photographs of Minnie Clarke Budlong [Alice's sister], mother of Julia Budlong; 2 photographs of Mae Clarke [Jensen?], Alice C. Seelye's niece (?).

Search Terms
Budlong, Minnie Clarke, 1863-

William James Seelye (AC 1879)
ca. 1874-1900

Box 3: folder 4

Cabinet cards, carte de visites and other portrait photographs of William James Seelye. Includes a mounted photograph of an unnamed sports team ca. 1880 (not Amherst College) with all members identified by last names, incl. "Seelye," and a photograph ca. 1900 of a group of men in a field with [W.J. Seelye] in center, profile (digital copy available).

(Mary) Alice Clarke Seelye
ca. 1875-1920

Box 3: folder 5
Description

Photographs from youth to old age.

Anna Hawley Seelye Emerson and Elizabeth James Seelye Bixler
ca. 1875-1920

Box 3: folder 6
Description

Childhood photos. Includes Emerson children ca. 1905.

William J. and Alice C. Seelye family (1 of 2)
ca. 1890-1900

Box 3: folder 7
Description

Photographs of children Laurens, Katharine, and Julius as infants and toddlers (1 of 2 folders)

William J. and Alice C. Seelye family (2 of 2)
ca. 1890-1900

Box 3: folder 8
Description

Photographs of children Laurens, Katharine, and Julius as infants and young children, including one of Laurens and his cousin Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916), ca. 1900. (2 of 2 folders)

Katharine Elizabeth Seelye Wallace and Benjamin Bruce Wallace
ca. 1891-1935

Box 3: folder 9
Description

Laurens H. Seelye's sister and her husband. Includes an advertisement for Katharine Wallace's services as a piano teacher, including a summary of her career and a photograph.

William J. and Alice C. Seelye family
ca. 1894-1915

Box 3: folder 10
Laurens, Katharine, and Julius Seelye
ca. 1895-1900

Box 3: folder 11
Description

Loose cyanotypes.

Julius Franklin Seelye
ca. 1899-1918

Box 3: folder 12
Description

Photographs of Julius Franklin Seelye. One original multi-photograph of toddler JFS moved to Box OS-1.

Laurens, Katharine, and Julius Seelye
ca. 1900

Box 3: folder 13
Description

Cyanotype album of Seelye children.

Laurens H. Seelye, early photographs
ca. 1900-1910

Box 3: folder 14
William J. and Alice C. Seelye family, including photographs from Wooster, Ohio
ca. 1900-1930

Box 3: folder 15
Laurens H. Seelye: college-era photographs
ca. 1907-1925

Box 3: folder 16
Description

Photographs from college and graduate school era, including an 8x10 of a group of students in striped coats and turbans, with a sign overhead reading "1911/Oasis" and a WWI-era photograph in uniform. One of LHS with his fraternity in Box OS-1.

William J. and Alice C. Seelye family: miscellaneous unidentified photographs
ca. 1910s

Box 3: folder 17
Julius Franklin Seelye
ca. 1910-1918

Box 3: folder 18
Description

Photograph album, "Photographs of People, Places, Pastimes memorable to Julius F. Seelye," perhaps taken with him when he left for military training. File includes a small notebook that he seems to have owned ca. 1915 and taken with him to military training.

Sub-series 3B: Kate Ethel Chambers and Laurens Hickok Seelye Family Photographs
ca. 1915-1960

Box 3
Kate E. Chambers: wedding photographs
1915

Box 3: folder 19
Description

Wedding photographs (photocopies; 3 originals moved to Box OS-1); one with Laurens from about this time.

Kate E. Chambers
ca. 1915-1945

Box 3: folder 20
Description

Miscellaneous photographs. One proof original moved to Box OS-1.

Laurens H. Seelye
ca. 1920-1955

Box 3: folder 21
Description

Portrait photographs.

Laurens H. and Kate C. Seelye family (1 of 2)
ca. 1920-1939

Box 3: folder 22
Description

Family photographs, children younger (1 of 2 folders).

Laurens H. and Kate C. Seelye family (2 of 2)
ca. 1920-1939

Box 3: folder 23
Description

Family photographs, children younger (2 of 2 folders).

Photograph of [S. I. Huing] with inscription to Dr. and Mrs. Seelye
ca. 1930

Box 3: folder 24

[Bromide] print (6 1/4" x 8 3/8") of Seelye acquaintance [S. I. Huing] by Frank Arthur Swaine (d. 1952), a commercial photographer active in London, England, circa 1919-1938.

"Beirut pictures belonging to LHS" (Seelye family and friends)
ca. 1930-1959

Box 3: folder 25
Laurens H. and Kate C. Seelye family
ca. 1934-1959

Box 3: folder 26
Description

Family photographs, children older.

Laurens H. and Kate C. Seelye family: vacation photographs
ca. 1940-1959

Box 3: folder 27
Description

Family vacation photographs, including from Petra; England and Paris; Bursa; Germany; Istanbul (negatives), etc.

Laurens H. and Kate C. Seelye
ca. 1945-1960

Box 3: folder 28
Description

Later photographs, including passport photographs.

Dorothea Chambers Seelye (Franck)
ca. 1918-1940

Box 3: folder 29
Mary-Averett Seelye
ca. 1940-1949

Box 3: folder 30
Talcott W. Seelye (AC 1944) and Joan Hazeltine Seelye
ca. 1930-1959

Box 3: folder 31
Description

Includes a wedding photograph.

Muriel Clarke Seelye Heineman
ca. 1940-1959

Box 3: folder 32
Seelye family residence in Canton, New York
ca. 1935-1940

Box 3: folder 33
Description

The Seelye family residence from the period when Laurens was President of St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.

Seelye family and friends
ca. 1940-1959

Box 3: folder 34
Description

From a group of photographs that may have belonged to Muriel C. Seelye.

Seelye family friends
ca. 1940-1959

Box 3: folder 35
Series 4: Kate Ethel Chambers Seelye
1897-1973

Box 4-5

Series 4, KATE ETHEL CHAMBERS SEELYE, ca. 1897-1973, consists especially of Kate's incoming and outgoing correspondence from family members, friends, and colleagues. There is also a generous sub-series of miscellaneous materials that includes dietary advice for young Kate; a report she wrote in 1897 about her trip back to Turkey from Montreal, where she had been staying with Chambers relatives; scrapbooks from her school years up to and including college; items related to some of her work experience and travel, and notes for a planned book based on family experiences in the Middle East.

Sub-series 4A: Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming Correspondence
ca. 1906-1980

Box 4
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1906; 1910s

Box 4: folder 1
Description

Congratulatory letter from Aunt Pidgie; letters from 1910-1919: Margaret Whitecross Paton, a thank-you letter; [S.D.J.?] re congratulations for school results; Ooloolah Burner re YWCA conference in Philadelphia; Serpoohi Berberian to Kate in the U.S. (see also incoming to LHS, 1928); Morris Jastrow, Jr. (Univ of Penn.) to Prof. Ignaz Goldziher, letter introducing Rev. Mr. Chambers (Kate's father) and mentioning Kate as translator of Goldziher's lectures on Islam; "Uncle Frederick" [Frederick Wells Williams, son of Samuel Wells Williams], a thank-you letter; Florence Wilhoite from the New York State Prison Council asking Kate to lecture at Sing Sing Prison; Esther M. Brink, re a baby gift (see also Brink's letters to Laurens).

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1920-1929

Box 4: folder 2
Description

[C. Snow...?] writing from Leiden to Talcott Williams re Kate Seelye's thesis ("Moslem Schisms and Sects," a translation of al-Baghdadi); A. V. Williams Jackson of Columbia Univ. re thesis; James A. Montgomery re thesis; [J. J.] Bliss [from Yale] re thesis, etc.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1930-1939

Box 4: folder 3
Description

Blanche Carstens of Camp Allegro in New Hampshire re 15-year-old Mary Averett's camp activities; Elmas Rosa [Dicranouhi], season's greetings); Dr. Elias Margolis, family update; Joan Howson.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1940-1949

Box 4: folder 4
Description

Mary [?] re Dorothea Seelye's upcoming wedding (June, 1940) and Laurens' plans after leaving St. Lawrence Univ.; Eliza Woolston Downs Williams (1885-1951; Mrs. William Frederic Williams) to Kate re Williams family matters and forthcoming wedding of Dorothea Seelye; an exchange with representatives of the Istanbul Woman's College re Kate Seelye's position there in 1943 and later arrangements in 1946; Belma Uluman welcoming Kate back to Istanbul with a verse.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1950-1959

Box 4: folder 5
Description

Incoming correspondence from friends and acquaintances, including Marousya Ksido (died [in car accident] ca. 1960; aka "Mousya" or "Mous" and found elsewhere in collection); Alice [Lusuzine]; brief get-well notes from members of the Hisar Women's League.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from Dorothea Chambers Blaisdell
1953-1965

Box 4: folder 6
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Miscellaneous incoming poems (anniversary, birthday, etc.)
ca. 1955-1970

Box 4: folder 7
Description

Including poem to the Seelyes on their 40th anniversary (1955); a New Years poem to Kate; and a toast to Kate's hospitality.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1960s

Box 4: folder 8
Description

Incoming general correspondence from: Melahat [Tlabor]; Marjorie L. McKillop; Emile and Marguerite Dalliere; [Josselin]; Sarah and [Fadhel] Jamali; Mrs. Joly (of Cheltenham, England); Levon M. Shahanian (see also his to LHS); "Barbara" writing from Lagos, Nigeria; Serpoohie [Berberian?] (see her reminiscences in LHS section); Irmalyn and Rik Fowles; Yervant Ketenjian (a member of the Armenian Students Cooperative Club); Edma Beyouth, Exec. Dir of the YWCA of Lebanon; Paolo Alberto Rossi, writing from Rome; Robert [Havlena?]; Elizabeth [Nasir?]; Michel A. Saad of the Women's League, Beirut and Kate's draft response; [?] from the "Club-Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut"; card from "The Clines"; note from Ruth Bradley including typescript of reminiscences of the Seelyes from Mrs. Mannig Ksido (Bursar at Robert College and mother of Mousya Ksido); Andrew Peters of St. Lawrence University Library on being mistaken for an authority on rhesus monkeys by a mutual acquaintance; "Dave" [David W. Mize] writing from Jordan (see also "Incoming-1970s" for letters from Iran); Sylvan Schendler re whether Kate would sell the Eakins portrait of Talcott Williams; Mathilde Keeley (Mrs. James W. Keeley) writing from Italy; etc. Includes snapshot of Ismail and Leyla Veznedaroglu of Quebec, Canada.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from young grandchildren
ca. 1960s

Box 4: folder 9
Description

Early letters from the children of Talcott W. and Joan H. Seelye, and Dorothea S. and Peter Franck.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: early artwork by grandchildren
1960s

Box 4: folder 10
Description

Artwork by Kate's Seelye and Franck grandchildren.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from or about family members
1960s-1970s

Box 4: folder 11
Description

Incoming correspondence mostly from or about family members. Includes two letters from Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916): letter of Nov. 8, 1967 regarding gifts to Amherst College of letters from the family of William James Seelye, incl. JSB's comments on Kitty James Prince; letter of Jul 19, 1970 re enclosed letters from Norris E. Dibble and associated letter from Laurens to Dibble's grandmother Mrs. Fitzgerald ca. 1912 re the evolution of his religious beliefs; Mary Bixler (Mrs. J.S. Bixler) re last illness of Laurens (Feb, 1960).

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from [Marie-Louise] Bianquis
1962-1970

Box 4: folder 12
Description

Letters from Marie-Louise Bianquis (1903-1992).

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from Margaret Jo Roach
1964-1972

Box 4: folder 13
Description

Letters from Margaret Jo Roach (1919-2002) writing from Okinawa, Saigon, and Oregon.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from Alice and Edmond Rivet
ca. 1968-1972

Box 4: folder 14
Description

Letters in French from Alice and Edmond Rivet (most are from Alice), writing from Lyon, France. Edmond was a professor of French. See also the note from Alice Rivet in Kate's obituary file (1973 Jun-Jul).

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Miscellaneous regarding her 80th birthday
1969 Apr

Box 4: folder 15
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence
1970s

Box 4: folder 16
Description

"Suggested program" for "1970 Beirut Reunion at Sky Lake Camp." Incoming correspondence from Azniv [Kundurajian or Koundourajian]; Krikorian Dicranouhie; Paul Yehisian; Helen (Mrs. T. Cuyler) Young; David and Helen [Mize?], writing from Iran in 1970 and 1971 (see also David's note from Jordan in 1966 in "Incoming-1960s"); [Till ?], writing from Sussex, England (apparently a friend from Kate's youth in Turkey); [Marieh?], possibly a Russian friend from Turkey; Jeanny Vorys Canby of the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, MD) re a cuneiform fragment ("a Sennacherib inscription"), with photographic fragment (scanned) that may be the item described.

Search Terms
Iran Description and travel

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Incoming correspondence from the Berberian-Hale family
1971-1972

Box 4: folder 17
Description

Letters from the family of Dicran Berberian, a friend from Turkey in the 1920s who subsequently moved to the United States. Letters from family located in New York, Texas, and Nepal.

Sub-series 4B: Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing Correspondence, Especially to Family
ca. 1908-1980

Box 4
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family from Bryn Mawr
1908

Box 4: folder 18
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1909

Box 4: folder 19
Description

Outgoing correspondence to family from Bryn Mawr, including a few from April-May, 1909, during the Adana massacre in Turkey, when the fate of Kate's parents was uncertain. Includes a few apparently associated letters from others.

Search Terms
Adana (Turkey)--Massacre, 1909.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to "Mary"
1914 Aug

Box 4: folder 20
Description

Account of a trip out west, including Yellowstone. Unclear whether "Mary" is friend or family.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family and friends
1920-1929

Box 4: folder 21
Description

Includes January 8, 1920 letter to "Misses Mulligan and Stevenson" describing the Seelyes' early days in Beirut. Mentions seeing the [Edwin St. John] Ward family.

Dorothea Chambers to Aunt Sophie Williams re evacuation of Cilicia, with forwarding note from Kate E. Chambers Seelye to Alice C. Seelye
1922 Jan

Box 4: folder 22

Dorothea Chambers' detailed letter to her Aunt Sophie Williams (Sophia Wells Royce Williams/Mrs. Talcott Williams) regarding the evacuation of Cilicia by the Armenians in anticipation of the French leaving the area and the Kemalists taking it. Kate's note to her mother-in-law advises "Nothing of this should get into print." Typescript. PDF file available.

Search Terms
Cilicia--History--20th century.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1930

Box 4: folder 23
Description

Including detailed letter about family and work written from the Seelye family home "Bushy Rocks," in Ainab, Lebanon.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1931

Box 4: folder 24
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1932

Box 4: folder 25
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1933-1934

Box 4: folder 26
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1935-1937

Box 4: folder 27
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1938-1939

Box 4: folder 28
Description

Includes letter ca. early August 1938 re last illness of Katharine Seelye Wallace, sister of Laurens H. Seelye.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1940

Box 4: folder 29
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1941

Box 4: folder 30
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1942

Box 4: folder 31
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1945

Box 4: folder 32
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1946

Box 4: folder 33
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1947

Box 4: folder 34
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1948

Box 4: folder 35
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1949

Box 4: folder 36
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1950

Box 4: folder 37
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1951

Box 4: folder 38
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1952

Box 4: folder 39
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1953-1954

Box 4: folder 40
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1955

Box 4: folder 41
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1956-1957

Box 4: folder 42
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1958

Box 4: folder 43
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1959

Box 4: folder 44
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Correspondence (incoming and outgoing) re Laurens Seelye's death
1960 Feb-Dec

Box 4: folder 45
Description

Correspondence to and from Kate Seelye, especially regarding Laurens H. Seelye's final illness and death.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1961

Box 4: folder 46
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1962

Box 4: folder 47
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1963

Box 4: folder 48
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1964

Box 4: folder 49
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1965

Box 4: folder 50
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1966

Box 4: folder 51
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1967

Box 4: folder 52
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1968

Box 4: folder 53
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1969

Box 4: folder 54
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1970s

Box 4: folder 55
Kate E. Chambers Seelye and Laurens Seelye: Outgoing annual letters to friends
1953-1973

Box 4: folder 56
Description

Annual typescript letters to friends written by Kate and Laurens, with hers continuing after his death in 1960 until her last one in mid-May, 1973. Contain updates on family doings.

Sub-series 4C: Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Miscellaneous Materials
1897-1973

Box 5
"Dietary for Miss Kate Chambers"
1897

Box 5: folder 1
Description

Doctor's advice about foods that should or shouldn't be given to 8-year-old Kate Chambers.

"A Trip from Montreal to Trip to Erzroom," by Kate Ethel Chambers
1897

Box 5: folder 2
Description

Kate's account (aged about 8) of a trip home to Turkey from a visit to the Chambers family in Canada. The trip covers her sea voyage to London, train travel to Dresden and then Constantinople, and by steamer to Trebizond, and then by horse and "station carriage," "forgoon"(wagon), and "pitone" home to Erzerum. Illustrates the challenge of travel in that period.

Kate E. Chambers: Scrapbook
ca. 1903 - 1908

Box 5
Scope and content:

Scrapbook embossed "Kate Ethel Chambers" covering her experiences in the U.S. and the Middle East. Includes ephemera (such as programs, menus, passenger lists, and charts of ships she sailed on); newspaper clippings; athletic event programs (such as Army-Navy Football game of Nov. 28, 1903: program, photograph of crowds, etc.); guide to Madame Tussaud's Exhibition; British passport; [passport?] in Arabic; dance card and pencil, etc.

Physical characteristics:

Bulky and fragile with many items unattached.

Kate E. Chambers: gift book, "The Seasons"
1904

Box 5

"The Seasons," by James Thomson (London, James Nisbet and Co., Berners Street, 1859): book with presentation plate to Kate Chambers, sister of William Nesbitt Chambers, from the "High School" (no other name at that time?) in Whitby, Ontario on the occasion of the midsummer examinations in 1878, with signatures from the administration. Later presented to Kate Chambers' namesake, Kate Ethel Chambers, by her father in 1904. Volume contains inserted name card from WNC, including his name in Arabic, with the inscription "Happy Birthday, Ap 26, '04."

Kate E. Chambers: Advertising packet for "the American Sight-Seeing Car and Coach Co."
ca. 1905

Box 5: folder 3

Envelope containing a photograph of a car full of women with advertising for the American Sight-Seeing Car and Coach Co.. Includes 10 photographs of Philadelphia sights: City Hall, Girard College, the U.S. Mint, Christ Church, the University of Pennsylvania, North Broad Street, Carpenters' Hall, Washington Statue and Fountain, Lemon Hill, and Independence Hall. Each image has descriptive text and advertising on the reverse. Also includes Hotel Farlington advertising card and brochure for "Seeing Philadelphia Observation Automobiles" ("Warm plush robes provided during the cold weather").

Kate E. Chambers: fencing championship materials
1906 Apr

Box 5: folder 4
Description

Newspaper clippings re fencing championship (PDF file available).

Kate E. Chambers: Scrapbook (1 of 3)
ca. 1907-1911

Box 5: folder 5
Description

Scrapbook from Kate's years at Bryn Mawr (Folder 1 of 3).

Kate E. Chambers: Scrapbook (2 of 3)
ca. 1907-1911

Box 5: folder 6
Description

Scrapbook ca. 1907-1911, from Kate's years at Bryn Mawr (Folder 2 of 3).

Kate E. Chambers: Scrapbook (3 of 3)
ca. 1907-1911

Box 5: folder 7
Description

Scrapbook ca. 1907-1911, from Kate's years at Bryn Mawr (Folder 3 of 3).

Kate E. Chambers: Composition and dictation notebook
ca. 1910

Box 5: folder 8
Description

Composition notebook belonging to Kate E. Chambers. Contents include dictation exercises for spelling and orthography featuring extracts from famous authors, as well as a few personal compositions, e.g. "A Row on the Bosphorus."

Kate E. Chambers: "Student Life in Turkey": article in "The Association Monthly"
1911 Apr

Box 5: folder 9
Description

Article by Kate in "the Association Monthly," "the Official Organ of the Young Women's Christian Association," Vol. V, No. 3.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: diary from engagement through trip to Beirut (irregular entries)
1915 Jan - 1919 Sep

Box 5: folder 10
Kate E. Chambers: Notes for a talk on childhood development
ca. 1920-1929

Box 5: folder 11
"Blue Triangle News"
1931 May

Vol. Catalogued
Description

One issue of the Young Women's Christian Association publication "Blue Triangle News" for Beirut, Lebanon. Removed for cataloguing.

Material about Margaret Doolittle, founder of the Tripoli Girls School
1932

Box 5: folder 12
Description

Typescript of Kate E. Chambers Seelye's article (perhaps for Bryn Mawr alumnae magazine) about the services in Syria for Margaret Doolittle. Includes typescript English version of eulogy by Kaiser Jeha (original was in Arabic and is not included here).

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Program for AUB production of Sutton Vane's "Outward Bound"
ca. 1932-1935

Box 5: folder 13
Description

Program with list of actors from staff of AUB and brief description of play. Front cover is woodcut by [Lorne E. Tarbell?].

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: travel diary
ca. 1943-1945

Box 5: folder 14
Description

Looseleaf sheets from a small travel diary: [1943] to the Azores, Lisbon, Tangiers; [1945] through Turkey and other countries.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Certificate from the Military Service Division from the War Department [probably for translation] between February and August, 1943
1946 Jan

Box 5: folder 15
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Passports (3)
1950-1969

Box 5: folder 16
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: "Blue Book of Telephone Numbers" (2) and "Personal Telephone Directory," showing names and addresses of Seelye's friends, colleagues, and acquaintances
1950-1979

Box 5: folder 17
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Recollections
ca. 1969

Box 5: folder 18
Description

"Kate's Teaching Experiences"; "Documentary Tapes on History of a Family" (starting with William Frederic Williams of Utica in the early 19th-c to the present day); "KCS: Part 1, Erzeroom Childhood; Part 2, 'Return of the Native' (her return to Syria with Laurens in 1919 through her later work at the American College for Girls); "Beginnings of ACG and family relation to it."

Folder useful for chronology, and for topics associated with the family and their work in the Middle East.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Family history notes and records
ca. 1969

Box 5: folder 19
Description

Early notes (Kate's and/or Dorothea Franck's) for what became Dorothea's manuscript "Yankees in the Garden of Eden." Includes a useful chronology of members of the Williams-Chambers-Seelye-Franck family from the late 18th century through the 20th; notes about Williams and Chambers families. Also includes typed extracts from the journal of Kate Pond Williams, fourth wife of Kate Seelye's grandfather William Frederic Williams -- KPW became the head of the "Constantinople Home," later the "American School for Girls." Also, transcript of Kate Pond Williams' advice to her step-daughter Neelie (Cornelia Pond Williams, Kate Seelye's mother) on marrying William Chambers, excerpts from KPW's 1884 letters (originals in Dorothea Seelye Franck's gift of the 1980s).

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Subject notes for a book about the Williams-Chambers family
ca. 1969

Box 5: folder 20
Description

"From memoirs of Rev. Wm. Goodell -- reports of first schools for girls"; "History of Missions in Turkey"; "The Sick Man of Europe." Although these materials were mixed with Kate's, they are probably part of the research material for Dorothea Franck's manuscript "Yankees in the Garden of Eden," copies of which are in the original collection, the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers.

Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Address book
n.d.

Box 5: folder 21
Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Obituaries, Condolence Letters
1973

Box 5
Letters of condolence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye's family
1973 Jun-Dec

Box 5: folder 22
Obituaries for Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1973 Jun-Jul

Box 5: folder 23
Memorial service for Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1973 Oct

Box 5: folder 24
Description

Plans, programmes, notes, etc.

Series 5: Laurens Hickok Seelye (AC 1944)
1895-1960

Box 6-9

Series 5, LAURENS HICKOK SEELYE (AC 1944), contains a wide variety of personal and professional materials documenting the life and work of Professor Seelye. It contains three main sub-series, 5A, 5B,and 5C, each of which is described in the finding aid at the position corresponding to its content:

  1. Sub-series 5A: LAURENS H. SEELYE: EDUCATIONAL/PROFESSIONAL MATERIALS, 1895-1960, in two parts
  2. Sub-series 5B: LAURENS H. SEELYE: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE, CA. 1920-1970, itself divided into four sub-series:
  3. b-series 5-B-1: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY ARMENIAN STUDENTS, CA. 1922-1928
  4. b. Sub-series 5-B-2: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: CORRESPONDENCE WITH SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS, 1922-1930
  5. c. Sub-series 5-B-3: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: INCOMING GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1920-1960
  6. d. Sub-series 5-B-4: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: OUTGOING GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1920-1960
  7. Sub-series 5C: LAURENS H. SEELYE: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1909-1960
Sub-series 5A: Laurens H. Seelye: Educational/Professional Materials
1895-1960

Box 6-7

Sub-series 5A: LAURENS H. SEELYE; EDUCATIONAL/PROFESSIONAL MATERIALS, includes a wide variety of papers associated with Seelye's work, including correspondence, articles (finished and in draft form), and many notes for sermons, lectures and speeches. The notes are useful both for a specific history of Seelye's talks and for a sense -- in outline form -- of the way he thought, the flexibility of his mind, and what he sought to teach his students, e.g., "Ponder on Personality," ; "Wisdom of the Heart"; The Spirit of the Artist"; "Football and Life"; "What to do with Power"; "Sex Education" (talk to men at Teacher's Institute, Sukhul Gharb, 1931), etc.

Laurens H. Seelye: Educational/Professional Materials, Part 1 of 2
1895-1917

Box 6
"Public school drawing book"
ca. 1895

Box 6: folder 1
Description

Drawing book signed "Laurens Seelye" on cover and containing pencil drawings of tools, kites, signs, vegetables, bugs, flowers, houses, etc.

University of Wooster Students' Hand-Book, 1907-1908" (LHS was Class of 1910)
1907-1908

Box 6: folder 2
Laurens H. Seelye diary begun at Amherst College; senior hop programme
1908-1918; 1915

Box 6: folder 3
Notes of "Niagra Student Conference"
1909 Jun

Box 6: folder 4
Amherst College Papers (1/3)
1910-1911

Box 6: folder 5
Description

First of three folders containing papers and quizzes from LHS's Amherst College years: "Questions in Philosophy 7," 11/10/1910; ["Questions in Philosophy 7"], 10/26/1910; "Miscellaneous quizzes"; "Review Test III"; "Philosophy 7.," 1/19/1911; "Philosophy 7.," 1/12/1911; "Mallock: Outline"; handwritten notes on a postulate regarding the mind-body problem; "Outline for Problem "To Determine the Limitations of Our Knowledge"; "A Brief Investigation of the Problem of Duality in Ancient Philosophy"; "The Loan Shark."

Amherst College Papers (2/3)
1910-1911

Box 6: folder 6
Description

Second of three folders containing papers from Seelye's time at Amherst College: "Finding the Modern College Range"; "The Modern Religious Education Ideal in the College"; "The Rediscovery of Christianity"; "Current Questions Which Christianity Must Answer"; "Coeducation"; "Report on Chicago."

Amherst College Papers (3/3)
1910-1911

Box 6: folder 7
Description

Third of three folders containing papers from Seelye's time at Amherst College: "Miscellaneous Notes"; "The Joy of the Children"; "The Spirit of Tomorrow"; "The Spirit of Today"; "The Test of Religion"; "The Life and Character of John Ruskin"; "Caricature as a Political Weapon"; "The Evolution of International Arbitration"; "Statesmanship vs. Battleship"; "The New Apologetic"; "The College and the Modern Movement in Religious Education."

Notes on talks ("addresses") given or planned
1910-1913

Box 6: folder 8
Description

"Talk on Symbols"; "Phillips Talk"; "What Theology means to me"; "Y.M.C.A. speech – Wooster"; "The Rationality of Faith"; "Honor in small things"; "Reality of the invisible."

Union Theological Seminary and other papers (1/2)
1912-1915

Box 6: folder 9
Description

LHS course papers, Union Theological Seminary, 1912-15: "Outline of a proposed course for college juniors in the study of religious experience"; "Preparation outline: Kent-Smith's 'Work and Teachings of the Earlier Prophets"; "Outline of a course in the problems of the Christian life"; "Moral and religious discussions…for use of student groups in the University of Pennsylvania, by Joel H. Hildebrand"; miscellaneous notes.

Union Theological Seminary and other papers (2/2)
1912-1915

Box 6: folder 10
Description

[Brief Sermons class?]: sermon, "He saved others; himself he cannot save"; sermon on Matt. 22:27; sermon (no title); sermon, "Samson"; sermon on Luke 17:21; sermon on Luke 23:5 ("He stirreth up the people"); miscellaneous notes re writing sermons.

Two published articles
1912-1925

Box 6: folder 11
Description

"The Coming Revolution" and "Contemporary Oriental Light on the Oriental Jesus."

Papers for class on "Systematic Theology 1-2," Union Theological Seminary
1913-1914

Box 6: folder 12
Description

"Paper on Calvinism"; "Christianity;" "What is Christianity"; "Authority, God, and the World"; "The Trinity, Freedom, Immortality, and Sin"; "Final Paper: Salvation, Definitions, Deity of Christ, Grounds for Believing in the Christian God."

"Statement of Religious Experience"
1914

Box 6: folder 13
Description

An outline of the development of LHS's faith.

Sermons: Matthew 25:29; Matthew 27:42
[1915 Aug]

Box 6: folder 14
Sermon notes (1/2)
1915

Box 6: folder 15
Sermon notes (2/2)
1915

Box 6: folder 16
Columbia University work
1915

Box 6: folder 17
Description

"The Philosophy of Haeckel in Relation to Religion," 5/1915; "The Philosophy of Naturalism in Relation to Religion"; "Summary of the Course "The Relation of Contemporary Philosophy to the Christian Idea of God"; "Calendar"; "The Idea of God as Found in Contemporary Psychologists of Religion"; "The Pragmatism of William James and his idea of God"; "M. Bergson's Philosophy and the Idea of God"; "The Idea of God of Prof. Hocking"; "Realism and its Idea of God."

Compositions, articles, papers about religion
1915

Box 6: folder 18
Description

"Confession of Faith"; "Relationship of the Christian Social Ideal and the Political Program of Socialism"; "An Outline of the History of the Congregational Church and Statement of the Outstanding Principles of its Polity"; "An Exegesis of Philippians 2:5-11"; "Original Sermon from the text, John 12:32"; "Christian Missions and an International Will"; "If Religion is Life, What is the 'Sabbath'?"(submitted to The Atlantic Monthly); "What is a Christian" (2 copies); "Philosophy and the Police"; "Explanation of Symbols."

Sermons
1916 Feb-Apr

Box 6: folder 19

"How to Make Religion a Personal Possession"; "Religion as a Personal Possession"; "Is Jesus a Myth?"; "The Christian Church and a World Point of View," and "Unselfish Christians in a Self-Centered Church."

Sermons
1916 Jul-Sep

Box 6: folder 20

"A Christian's View of Nationalism"; "the Super Love of Christ"; "And lead us not into temptation..."; "Sliding out of Responsibility," and "Galatians 1:14...Being more exceedingly jealous for the traditions of my fathers."

Sermons
1916 Sep - Dec

Box 6: folder 21

"Examine Yourselves" (II Corinthians); "The Modern Religious Education"; "John Robinson, Pilgrim Pastor," and "Utopia of Hell!"

Sermon notes (1/2)
1916

Box 6: folder 22
Sermon notes (2/2)
1916

Box 6: folder 23
"Report of Pastor of the Stanley Congregational Church, Apr. 11-Jan 10" and "Pastor's Report for the year 1916" (Seelye's reports to his congregation in Chatham, New Jersey)
[1916 Jan], 1917 Jan

Box 6: folder 24
Teaching materials for a course on "Miracle in Religion" (taught with Kate Seelye; includes papers by participants) (1/2)
1916-1917

Box 6: folder 25
Description

Syllabus for "Sysematic Theology 91-2: Seminar on Miracle"; "Historical Problem of Miracles"[outline]; "The Metaphysical Question" [abstract]; "Miracle in Primitive Religion" [abstract (2), bibliography (2), paper]; "Miracle in Buddhism" [outline, bibliography]; "Minutes of the Seminar on 'The Permanent Significance of Miracle for Religion' [for Buddhism paper]"; "Miracle in the Religions of Greece and Rome" [abstract, outline, bibliography]; "The Miracles of The Old Testament" [outline, bibliography]; "The Miracles of The New Testament" [outline, bibliography]; "Miracles of Early Christianity" [outline]; "Miracle in Scholastic Theology [outline, bibliography]; "Modern Catholicism" [outline (2), bibliography (2)]; "Modern Catholicism: Introduction"; "Modern Catholicism: Section I: The Miracle-heritage of Modern Catholicism"; "Modern Catholicism: Section II: The Development of the Miracle-belief in Modern Catholicism"; "Modern Catholicism: Section III: Mir. [Miracle] and Seminar's Standards"; "Modern Catholicism: Section IV: Miracle in Modern Catholicism and the Seminar's Purpose" (2); "Modern Catholicism: Section V: Concluding Observations"

Teaching materials for a course on "Miracle in Religion" (taught with Kate Seelye; includes papers by participants) (2/2)
1916-1917

Box 6: folder 26
Description

"Miracle in Dogmatic Potestantism [outline, bibliography]; "Historical and Philosophical Attacks on Miracles" [outline]; "Mediating Theories of Miracle" [bibliography]; "The Practical Treatment of Miracle" [outline, bibliography, minutes]; "Miracles in Christian Science" [outline, notes]; "Miracle and Prayer" [outline, bibliography]; "Miracle in Contemporary Science [outline (2), bibliography, paper]; "Summary and Conclusions in the Course on the Permanent Significance of Miracle in Religion"; "Personal Reaction to the Seminar on 'Miracle'"; "Miscellaneous Notes"

Sermons and lecture notes (1/2)
1917

Box 6: folder 27
Sermons and lecture notes (2/2)
1917

Box 6: folder 28
Work as chaplain in Rhode Island and New Jersey during World War I
1917-1919

Box 6: folder 29
Description

A variety of materials -- photographs, correspondence, clippings, certificates -- relating to LHS's work as a chaplain during World War I. Includes essay about his work for the YMCA and the associated conference at Silver Bay in 1919.

Laurens H. Seelye: Educational/Professional Materials: Part 2 of 2
1918-1960

Box 7
Sermons and lecture notes
1918

Box 7: folder 1
Sermons and miscellaneous writings
1918 Jan-Nov

Box 7: folder 2
Description

"Proposed Federation of Congregational and Episcopal Churches"; "Luke 22:13: 'This Do in Remembrance of Me'"; "Deuteronomy 10:10: 'And I stayed in the mount...'"; "Remarks in Connection with...the Ordination of Carl Brenton Bare"; "Jonah, the Whale, and Christianity"; "On the Roulette Wheel of the Nations," and "A Tercentenary Idea in Missionary Education"; "A Non-Christian's Missionary."

Sermon and lecture notes
1919

Box 7: folder 3
Postcard announcing Laurens and Kate Seelye's departure for Beirut
1919 Jul

Box 7: folder 4
Description

Typescript postcard sent widely to friends, family, and acquaintances announcing their impending departure for work in Beirut.

Anecdotes from [AUB] students
1919-1933

Box 7: folder 5
Description

Anecdotes, extracts, sayings, notes, especially from students

Assembly outlines
1919-1933

Box 7: folder 6
Description

Notes for Seelye's talks at AUB assemblies (e.g., "God and the Self"; "The College Man and the People"; "Because the Foolishness of God is Wiser than Man," etc.

Ephemera relating to the American University of Beirut
1919-1933

Box 7: folder 7
Description

Programmes, clippings, flyers, and other material, including "Program for pageant 'History of Syria'" in West Hall, a benefit for the Maternity Center Hospital.

Miscellaneous writing at AUB
1919-1933

Box 7: folder 8
Description

"Arabic Scientific Terminology"; "Influence of 'Varieties of Religious Experience' Upon Students, 1929-1930"; "To Thinking Youth!"; "The Coming Revolution"; "Music - The Language of Many Tongues"; "Philosophy of Haeckel in Relation to Religion"; note re "Progress in Bagdad" and a women's club.

"Personal Opinion Survey"; Summary results of a questionnaire; "Scurrilous anonymous letter in re Arabic speaking contest at AUB" (in Arabic)
ca. 1919-1933

Box 7: folder 9

2 copies of a personal opinion survey for AUB students including questions such as "The most important questions now troubling the orient are the political ones," "The League of Nations has done more harm than good to the orient," "Nationalism is sure to bring a great deal of good to the world," etc., with answer options ranging in intensity of belief or disbelief; summary of results for a survey of what students thought were important points in LHS's speech on "Cigaret Effendi"; printed copy of letter in Arabic with note at top in English: "Scurrilous, anonymous letter in re Arabic speaking contest at AUB May (?) 1929."

Student papers
1919-1933

Box 7: folder 10
Description

"The Story of Bulgaroff" (several versions); "The Catholic Community Church"; The History and Evolution of My Religious Belief"; "The Philosophy of Haeckel in Relation to Religion," etc.

Teaching notes, outlines, anecdotes
1919-1933

Box 7: folder 11
Description

"Advantages in the Near East for the Theological Student and Pastor (not exhaustive)"; "Syrian Question in General Faculty"; "How Shall I Teach Zoology" [by H. T. Z.?]; "Problem: If a man is socially idealistic, why should he be religious?"; Incomplete typescript about teaching zoology, apparently by W. T. Van Dyck; Incomplete typescript re the mission of the West Hall Brotherhood, etc.

Sermon and lecture notes
1920

Box 7: folder 12
Notes about the "Nusuli Incident" at AUB
1920 Jan

Box 7: folder 13
Description

Notes -- some LHS's, some not, regarding the visit of General Gouraud to AUB and controversial remarks made by student Nusuli during the visit.

"Report of interview between Laurens H. Seelye...and vice-consul [Frederick O.] Bird re the passport of Kaloust Kouyoumdjian, August 16th [1920?]"
1920 Aug

Box 7: folder 14
Description

An account or deposition of a meeting regarding the passport of an Armenian desiring to go to the US; the vice-consul's argument against approving it and LHS's argument for approving it, including LHS's analysis of immigration policy of the period.

"The Essential Part of Religion in Education" (typescript)
n.d. [early 1920-1929?]

Box 7: folder 15
Miscellaneous documents
ca. 1920-1960

Box 7: folder 16

Miscellaneous documents, mostly humorous, by, for, and collected by LHS (showing his sense of humor, his politics, and something about his religious feeling).

Newspapers clippings and other ephemera
ca. 1920-1959

Box 7: folder 17
Description

Newspaper clippings, especially re Seelye's career. Also, ca. 1940 typescript copy of "Jingles for Democracy," incl. poems such as "Discussion Group," "Legislative Hearing," "Election Day," "Letter to a Congressman," "Civic Committee," "Trial by Jury," and "After Lewis Carrol, Prophet" (poem about Hitler and Mussolini).

Sermon and lecture notes
1921

Box 7: folder 18
Sermon and lecture notes
1922

Box 7: folder 19
"American University of Beirut Handbook and University Song Book, Vol. XIX"
1922-1923

Box 7: folder 20
"Harm which the church does" (Sophomore Ethics exam): Excerpts from student papers
1923 Feb

Box 7: folder 21
Description

Brief selection of student views on the ethics exam, e.g., "Many persons go to church regarding it as a public place where they can see their friends and chat with them," etc.

Sermon notes
1923

Box 7: folder 22
One anti-Armenian article or notice and one anti-YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) article
1923

Box 7: folder 23
Description

Two typescript sheets, probably translated and typed by LHS: one (incomplete) sheet warning against Armenian workers and businesses, signed "Faithful Warner"; one article from "Tevhid Efkiar" (a Turkish newspaper) "They are trying to turn our girls Christian" and warning against the YWCA (February 24, 1923).

"The Contrasts between God and Man": article submitted for publication and associated correspondence
1924 Feb

Box 7: folder 24
Sermon and lecture notes
1924

Box 7: folder 25
Lectures or articles: "Undeveloped Methods in Missionary Work in Syria"; "Amherst and the American University of Beirut"; "The Experimental Approach to Missions"
1924; n.d.

Box 7: folder 26
"Can Mohammedans Teach Christians Anything?" (typescript draft) and miscellaneous sermon and lecture notes
1925

Box 7: folder 27
"Material gathered by Religious Education 44, February-May, 1926," a manuscript source book containing questions or topics and references to books and articles about them
1925-1926

Box 7: folder 28
"Experimental [Missions] with Youth of the Near East"; "Educational Situation at [AUB] in the Light of Recent Educational Interests"
1925-1926

Box 7: folder 29
Description

A thesis or article [for the Department of Foreign Service] disussing "a reappraisal of missions in the Moslem Near East" [by LHS] (typescript; a paper for the Foreign Service 32 examination on the interest in: "mind-sets"; the "Encouragement of Individual Choice'; "Learning through Experience rather than through Concepts"; and "Educational Interests Less Developed at the University."

"War Story of Abdul Mejjid Huss, ex-Student at the American University of Beirut"
ca. 1925-1926

Box 7: folder 30
Description

10-page typed transcript "translated from his diary in Arabic" of the experiences of Abdul Mejid Huss during WWI. [Translator unidentified; typed transcript probably by LHS during his leave in New York, 1925-26].

Undated miscellaneous writings
[ca. 1925-26]

Box 7: folder 31

"The Concept of Social Progress" (outline); "The Function of Concepts in [Reflection] upon Moral Problems"; "...resources available in the Near East to the students of religion" (incomplete; notes with other authors); "An Analysis of the Method for Vindicating the Proposition 'God is Love'."

Sermon and lecture notes
1926

Box 7: folder 32
"A French Summer Conference" (article)
1926 Jun

Box 7: folder 33
Description

Article by LHS in "The Intercollegian" re the summer conference on the island of Oleran near La Rochelle.

Article draft: "My Impressions"/"Recent Developments in College Education in the United States"
ca. 1926 Nov

Box 7: folder 34
Sermon and lecture notes
1927

Box 7: folder 35
"A Criticism of the Democratic Notion in Modern Education" (draft of speech to the Education Club)
1927 Mar

Box 7: folder 36
"The Modern Missionary and His Money": Article submitted for publication and associated correspondence
1927 Sep

Box 7: folder 37
Sermon and lecture notes
1928

Box 7: folder 38
Social Science seminar papers: "Cooperation"
1928

Box 7: folder 39
2 articles: "Inter-Religion Fellowship -- Ten Years Later" and "Talcott Williams"
1928

Box 7: folder 40
Flyer for Kralichek Soboleff trip
ca. 1928-1930

Box 7: folder 41
Description

Flyer in Arabic, English, and French regarding the visit of Kralichek Soboleff, a Lieutenant in the White Russian army and a political refugee, who was on a 43,000 mile round-the-world trip. The flyer shows a souvenir photo of Soboleff in Teheran, posed with Persian soldiers, and indicates that he will be on his way to Iraq and Syria next.

Sermon and lecture notes
1929

Box 7: folder 42
Miscellaneous articles
1929 [Jul-Nov]

Box 7: folder 43

"Statement on Adjustment to Different Social Customs" and "Where Politicians Dream Dreams" (the latter about the view of the League of Nations in the Near East).

Articles with Middle-East content
1929 [Oct-Nov]

Box 7: folder 44

"A Young Moslem's State of Mind" and "Human Nature in Palestine": 2 articles written by Laurens H. Seelye under the pen name "Al Ghazzali." "Human Nature in Palestine" was published in the Christian Century issue of November 27, 1929. Includes Seelye's letter to Devere Allen of the World Tomorrow explaining his use of the name "Al Ghazzali."

Sermons and lecture notes
1930

Box 7: folder 45
Sermon and lecture notes
1931

Box 7: folder 46
Sermon and lecture notes
1932

Box 7: folder 47
Plans for a trip with students to Palestine and Petra
1932 Mar-Apr

Box 7: folder 48
Description

Detailed plans for trip to Palestine and Petra, including very specific supply list, correspondence with inns, advice regarding route, etc.

Sermon and lecture notes
1933

Box 7: folder 49
"The Open Door" and "Horizons from an Open Door," newsletters for The Chicago Theological Seminary, and materials for LHS course there on "Missions in the Modern World"
1934 Dec - 1935 Feb

Box 7: folder 50
Material for a "source book for study of religion and civilization" (Smith College course material)
ca. 1934-1935

Box 7: folder 51
Description

Including a few student contributions.

St. Lawrence University: announcement of Laurens H. Seelye's presidency
1935

Box 7: folder 52
Description

Board of Trustees Chairman Millard H. Jencks writing to alumni of St. Lawrence University regarding Seelye's new presidency, including biographical materials.

St. Lawrence University: material regarding the Banks and Lightbody cases
1937, 1942

Box 7: folder 53
Description

LHS journal notes regarding discontent over reorganization at St. Lawrence University (1937); "Regarding Charles W. Lightbody," printed statements for alumni and friends by President Millard H. Jencks (who succeeded LHS at St. Lawrence) and the Board of Trustees (1942).

Notes for sermons, especially at the "Dutch Chapel" in Istanbul
ca. 1940-1952

Box 7: folder 54
Description

From the period when Laurens and Kate Seelye were at the American College for Girls and Robert College.

Articles, addresses, and notes from Robert College period
ca. 1942-1957

Box 7: folder 55
Description

"Occasional memo to ECADFS" [DFS -Displaced Foreign Service?]; "Three Streams Flowed Up This Hill" (address on occasion of Charter Day, March 20, 1943, at the American College for Girls); copy of article "The Race Issue and Victory"; notes for an article "A Letter to Americans about Turkey"; incomplete notes about "the charges against Berkes" (ca. 1951) [Niyazi Berkes, Turkish sociologist, 1908-1988?]; "Memo on the use of terms 'unconscious' and 'inapparent'."

Brief articles or speeches
ca. 1942-1957

Box 7: folder 56
Description

"The Art of Saying 'Yes' or 'No' Wisely"; "Phrenology is not a Science"; "'Leftism' at the University of Ankara"; "The Stoic Window on Human Brotherhood"; "Visit to the Arifiye Village Institute"; "UNESCO's National Textbook Problem."

Notes and outlines for classroom lectures and assemblies
ca. 1942-1957

Box 7: folder 57
Description

Outlines for subjects such as "Frustration and Faith"; "Experiments in Business"; "World Culture"; "Likes and Dislikes," etc.

Notes for assemblies at Robert College
ca. 1942-1957

Box 7: folder 58
Description

Some overlap with previous folder.

Articles, proposals, plans for "the teacher, aged 65"
ca. 1948-1955

Box 7: folder 59
Description

LHS's articles "For the Teacher Aged 65 -- What?"; "Vitamins for the Veteran Teacher" and materials for his projects: "Memorandum on a proposed 'Continuation of Service for Teachers'"; "Is It time to Re-Tire Our Vehicle of Retirement?"; "A Project in Retirement Orientation of College and University Teachers," and "A Proposed Introduction Service for Retired College Teachers."

Laurens H. Seelye: passport and vaccination certificate
1950-1959

Box 7: folder 60
Lecture notes for "How the Middle East Got This Way"
1952 October

Box 7: folder 61
List of books wanted [for AUB?], especially oriented toward Turkish studies
ca. 1958-1960

Box 7: folder 62
Description

List of books primarily in Turkish, perhaps a list sent to potential donors. The list includes books from the Redhouse Press, the successor to the American Board's "Turkey Mission Publication Department."

Course materials, [Rollins College]
ca. 1960

Box 7: folder 63
Description

Materials for courses LHS taught at Rollins College, including "Comparative Religion" (Philosophy 213).

Sub-series 5B: Laurens H. Seelye: Professional Correspondence
ca. 1920-1970

Box 8
Scope and content:

Sub-series 5B: LAURENS H. SEELYE, PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE, contains materials documenting Seelye's correspondence with both close colleagues -- colleagues with whom he worked on day-to-day problems -- and colleagues at a distance, such as the people with whom he worked to institute financial aid for Armenian refugees. Included in this sub-series is correspondence with people Laurens knew through other aspects of his career, such as people working in other parts of the Middle East, doing both similar work or an entirely different kind of work.

Arrangement:

Researchers should note that there is some overlap in Laurens H. Seelye's's general professional correspondence and the correspondence to/from Armenian (and other) students, especially where a student is writing from a later or different position, or where someone who has sponsored a student writes to Laurens about that student and other matters. A student like Mihrtad Panossian wrote many letters over a period of time and so his letters appear in more than one file or even sub-series; in the same way, a student's sponsor or a general colleague or friend may appear in more than one place. Therefore, if a researcher is looking for a particular individual, multiple areas should be checked.

In addition, occasionally there are groups of correspondence where incoming and outgoing appear together in one folder. In these cases, the material and/or subject matter is usually closely related (e.g., the letters from James Anton).

Sub-Series 5-B-1: Professional Correspondence: Correspondence re scholarship students, especially Armenian students
ca. 1922-1928

Box 8

Sub-Series 5-B-1: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY ARMENIAN STUDENTS, is comprised primarily of correspondence among Laurens H. Seelye and his colleagues at the American University of Beirut, staff of the Near East Relief, and students (Armenian orphans in particular, but also Syrians, Bulgarians, Egyptians, Persians and others). The correspondence is related mostly to Seelye's efforts to obtain funding from the Near East Relief and private citizens to further the education of a group of boys. Seelye describes his project in a letter of August 6, 1923, to Clarence Young: "Here [at AUB] we have a tremendous educational enterprise bringing together all the races and religions of the Near East... Into an instutition which breathes this atmosphere I would increasingly bring the future leaders of the Near East." Seelye had arranged with the Near East Relief to provide additional schooling for the boys at a reduced rate of $200 a year (instead of $350), including books, tuition, and clothing. Seelye raised funds to cover the cost from people he knew in the United States and among his colleagues in the Middle East.

In a letter to Emily Crosby Wheeler of the National Armenia and India Relief Assocation, Seelye writes of his work: "Whether a boy receives a scholarship from the University [AUB] or through me he is expected to work for it. The University scholarship boys work for the University. The ones whom I am responsible for work either at special temporary jobs in the University, such as magazine classification in the Library, re-writing a music book for West Hall (the students building) or for members of the community... As you probably know from the papers, Beirut is becoming the center for an enormous number of Armenian orphans. They are being sent out of Turkey, and the only settled place just now seems to be Syria... Most of them will go into the Preparatory School, but some are sure to develop into candidates for higher education in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Commerce, Dentistry, Pharmacy, or Medicine." (Letter of Dec 28, 1922 in file "Correspondence with Emily Crosby Wheeler")

Note that the Seelyes were on leave in New York during part of 1925-26 and don't seem to have brought in new students during that time.

Correspondence and reports about scholarship students
ca. 1922-1928

Box 8: folder 1
Description

Correspondence and reports regarding specific students, including assessments by teachers and hosts, especially staff of the Near East Relief. Includes Azad Ketchian's report of a trip to the Armenian community in Damascus by a West Hall deputation comprised of Garabed Tilian, Atam Manuelian, and Azad Ketchian, with the particular goal of teaching indoor and outdoor athletic games (PDF file available of this 2-page typescript).

Correspondence and reports about scholarship students
ca. 1923-1927

Box 8: folder 2
Description

General correspondence, especially among colleagues in the Middle East, about students at AUB, especially students from the Near East Relief, including the Jubeil Orphanage. Includes lists of students and general descriptions of their backgrounds and the plans for the students' careers.

Correspondence among colleagues and sponsors regarding scholarship students, especially regarding jobs and their classwork
ca. 1923-1928

Box 8: folder 3
Description

Includes Seelye's questionnaire to families who boarded students in exchange for odd jobs, as well as some responses to his questionnaire.

Correspondence among colleagues, sponsors, family of Berdj Berberian, and student himself, regarding his employment
1928

Box 8: folder 4

Correspondence between Dr. Merrill and Mr. Will Stolfzfus about possibility of Berdj Berberian's employment and, later, assessment of that employment. Correspondence between Mr. and Mrs. Berberian about Berdj's employment, his unsatisfactory performance at place of work, and next steps. Outgoing letter to Berdj about work performance and next steps. Account of Mrs. Berberian's efforts to provide for Berdj. See also Box 8, Folder 5 for his "autobiography."

Scholarship student autobiographies
ca. 1923-1924

Box 8: folder 5
Description

Brief autobiographies written for potential donors. Includes letter to Clarence Young describing the project. Student autobiographies in this file are:

Bachadjian, Garabed

Bedigian, Garabed H.

Darakjian, Zakar

Demirdjian, Lofet (or Lafet) A.

Ebberian, Sarkis

Ghazerian, Arthur

Hanusian, Haroutoun

Keshishian, Stephan

Kizirian, M. K.

Kondakjian, Puzant – in English and Armenian

Manouelian, Atam – with photograph

Muggerdichian, Garabed

Nalbantian, Bedros S. in English and Armenian

Sahagian, Khachadour

Seropian, Hovannes

Zerounian, Vahan H.

[Zulumian?], Housep Bedros

Scholarship student autobiographies
ca. 1927-1928

Box 8: folder 6
Description

Brief autobiographies for potential donors. Student autobiographies in this file are:

Bardizbanian, Kourken – with photograph

Berberian, Berdj – (see also separate file with correspondence from his mother Serpoohi Berberian)

Danesh, Naser Khan – with photograph; a Persian from Isphahan

Demerdjian, Lofet A. –with photograph

Fried, Moses –with photographs (3); a Jewish refugee from Russia

Koundakjian, Albert D., son of Rev. Dicran [H.] Koundakjian of Hasan-Beyli - letter and autobiography

Manougian, Antranig Samuel – with photograph (PDF file available)

[Mitalian?] [Hitalian?], [?]

Nasr, Badia S.

Panossian, Mihrtad

Safie, Edward – born in Ohio in 1906 but returned to Beirut with his parents after WWI

Solatian, Dicran – with photograph

Tilkian, Garabed S.

Unidentified photograph: is likely one of those above without photographs, i.e., Berberian, Nasr, Panosian, Mitalian, Safie, or Tilkian

"Armenian Student Cooperative Club" Records
1923-1928

Box 8: folder 7
Description

Correspondence, photographs, and other documents regarding the Armenian Students Cooperative Club, a group of mostly Armenian students who lived together and shared cooking, rental, and other living expenses. Includes annual reports for 1923-24, 1924-25, and 1926-27 (PDF files available). Also includes Seelye's letters to Dicran Berberian and Eleazar Shirajian offering advice for the club, including his advice regarding: the useful and dangerous aspects of "tradition"; the advantages to opening the club to non-Armenian students; and the importance of avoiding tribalism, e.g. "Make use of your opportunities to mix with students of other races and religions. Try to understand them. The world doesn't need Armenians, Syrians, or Americans as much as it needs Human Beings, men whose loyalty is as much to other human beings as it is to a national group." (PDF files available).

Related material:

See also the blog post about LHS and the Armenian Student Cooperative Club: https://consecratedeminence.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/laurens-h-seelye-and-the-armenian-student-cooperative-club/

Correspondence with Allan Hunter
1923-1927

Box 8: folder 8
Description

Correspondence with Rev. Allan [Armstrong] Hunter, who sponsored two Syrian boys, Hany Kupty and Butrus Hlais, over a period of several years.

Correspondence with Emily Crosby Wheeler, a Director of the National Armenia and India Relief Association
1922-1928

Box 8: folder 9
Description

Correspondence regarding boys sponsored through the National Armenia and India Relief Association over several years. Includes list of boys aided, with amount of funding provided. Provides detailed information about the kind of work performed by the NAIRA.

Miscellaneous receipts for scholarship students
1923-1924

Box 8: folder 10
Correspondence with D. A. Dikijian of the Armenian Educational Fund
1926-1928

Box 8: folder 11
Description

Correspondence to and from D.A.Dikijian, the Secretary of the AEF. The fund sponsored several Armenian boys for several years.

Sub-Series 5-B-2: Professional Correspondence: Correspondence with scholarship students
1922-1930

Box 8

Sub-Series 5-B-2: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: CORRESPONDENCE WITH SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS, includes incoming and outgoing correspondence with scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors regarding sponsorships, usually at either the application stage or later, when reporting on progress.

Related letters (such as additional letters about a given student from his sponsor or from Seelye) may also be found in Seelye's sub-series "General Correspondence," both incoming and outgoing.

Outgoing correspondence to scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1923

Box 8: folder 12
Description

Students in this file are:

Aivazian, Harotun

Amiralian, Solamon (excellent letter for showing LHS's resolve)

Avokian, Avok

Bulbulian, Theodore

Djanian, [?] (Dr.), re Solamon Amiralian (see his mother's letter in 1922)

Galt, [?] re [an unnamed student, perhaps Samuel Nakashian]

Harris, Elizabeth, re Harotun Aginian

Hlais, Boutrus

Malik, Abdul, re Jurjus Habib Saliba (see also general incoming correspondence, 1933 for letter from Saliba)

[Malik?], Charles

[Mikaelian?], Mikael (or Mikail)

Nakashian, A., re his son Samuel Nakashian

Salibian, [?], re her son Solomon

Samaha, [?], re Vosgen K. Vosgenian

[Senebdjian, Archak], to Kate Seelye re sons

Travis, [?], re Mihrtad Panossian

Vosgenian, Vosgen K.

Outgoing correspondence to scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1924

Box 8: folder 13
Description

Students in this file are:

Aivazian, Antronig

Beach, J. W., to Miss C. C. Richmond re Herant Muncherian

Bedigian, Garabed

Derdirian, Karnig

Garabedian, Aram

Garabedian, Nazar, re Aram Garabedian

Gulessarian, V.D., re her son Puzant

Harris, Elizabeth, re Harotun Aginian

Keondjian, Ardashes

Kizirian, Manuel

Knudsen, [?], re Karnig Derderian

Markarian, Yervant

Martin, [?] (Mrs.) re Yervant Ketenjian

Mikaelian, Mikael

Nashalian, Harotun, re Souren Nashalian

Nersessarian, [?] re Mr. Nersessarian's son

Nokhudian, Bodvelli, re Yerchanig Sahagian

Reynolds, Kenneth, re Hany Kupty

Sahagian, Khachadour

Weir, William W., re Ardashes Keondjian

Outgoing correspondence to scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1925-1929

Box 8: folder 14
Description

Students in this file are:

Woolworth, William S., re Herant Mucherian

Hulais, Butrus

[Seligman?], Eustace, re Mihrtad Panossian (photographs encl of Panossian and the Armenian Students Cooperative Club; detailed letter)

Huckins, Joseph Jr., re Dicran Berberian

Berberian, Dicran

Oliver, Daniel, re Badia Nasr

AUB Eye Clinic, re Jurji Saleeby

[Fried?], Moses

Haidostian, [Lutfy?], re [?] Barkev

Levine, Abraham

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1922

Box 8: folder 15
Description

Students in this file are:

Aiwakian, Haroutune

Amiralian, [Ossanna] ("Solomon's Mother")

Krikorian, Vahan G. -- calling card only

Pafazian, [Irpenig?] M.

Salibian, Ardashes

Yardumian, Hrant

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1923

Box 8: folder 16
Description

Students in this file are:

[Amiralian, Solomon]

Aivazian, Haroutune

Aredjian, Nazaret Y.

Beach, J.W. (letter of introduction for Garabed Ghazerian)

Bulbulian, Theodore H.

Demerjian, Lofet A.

Galt, Russell

Hlais (or Hulais), Butrus (or Boutrus) [Judih]

Hovsepian, H.

Kalayjian, Aghavne

Ketenjian, Garabed M.

[Looloomian, Housep B.]

Malik, Charles H.

Mikaelian, Mikael S. (also Mikayel S. Mikajelian

Nakashian, Dr. A. (father of Samuel)

Nokhoodian, H. H., re Bedros Nalbandian

Osganian, Osgan. K., writing from work in Buenos Aires; brother of Vartan, whom LHS helped go to school

Panossian, Mihrtad (see also LHS's general correspondence for many Panossian letters)

Reynolds, Kenneth

Saatjian, Y.

Salibian, Ardashes

Salibian, Arika N.

[Semirjian], Samuel

Slavaykoff, Paul

Solakian, Maisrob

Sulamian, Hosep B.

Vosgenian, Vosgan K.

Yardumian, H.

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1924

Box 8: folder 17
Description

Students in this file are:

Aivazian, Antranig H.

Bacon, Edith M., re. Bedros Nalbantian

Bedigian, Garabed H.

Berberian, Dicran

Chambers, William Nesbitt, re a letter from [Arsen] Hovhannasian concerning his nephew Goren

Derderian, Karnig (see also incoming general correspondence, 1928, Blatchford re Derderian's death)

Garabedian, [Nazar]

Haroutounian, Garabed

Hovhannasian, Der Arsen, in Armenian, to W. N. Chambers re his nephew (see "Chambers," above, for WNC's translated excerpt to LHS)

Keondjian, Ardash (Ardashes) H.

Keondjian, Zabella, re her brother Ardashes H. Keondjian (letter written to Dr. WN Chambers, an acquaintance from the latter's days in Adana)

Ketenjian, Yervant G.

Kizirian, Manuel

Knudsen, J. H., re Nazar and Aram Garabedian

Markarian, Yervant

Mikaelian, M. [Mikail] S.

Nashalian, Haroutune S., re her son Souren Nashalian

Panossian, Mihrtad A.

Reynolds, Kenneth, re [H…?] Hlais [Butros J. Hlais?]

Sahagian, Khachadour

Semirjian, Samuel

Tilkian, Garabed

Weir, William Wilbur, re Ardashes Keondjian

Yeretsian, Khoren

Zerounian, Vahan

Zerounian, Yervant

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1925

Box 8: folder 18
Description

Students in this file are:

Aivazian, Antranig H.

Berberian, Dicran (see esp re Jubeil Orphanage closing; see also Panossian)

Booth, Maynard, re Mirhan Geokichian

Chambers, W.N., re Mirhan Geokichian

Fowle, L.R., re Herant Muncherian

Garabedian, H.

Geokichian, Mirhan

Haroutunian, Garabed

Jerejian, Misak

Jihanian, Vartan H., a thank-you and farewell

Ketenjian, Yervant G.

Khoren, Yeretsian

Kizirian, Manuel

Kupty, Hany

Muncherian, Hrant (or Herant or Hrand]

Panikian, Stephen

Panossian, M. A. [Mirtad A.] (see esp re Jubeil Orphanage closing; see also Berberian)

Tannus (or Tannous), Afif

Tilkian, Garabed

Wheeler, Emily Crosby, re Garabed Sukias Bedrosian

Woolworth, William S., re Herant Muncherian

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1926

Box 8: folder 19
Description

Students in this file are:

Bagchajian (or Baghchadjian), Garabed

Berberian, Dicran, including three small photographs of groups (PDF files available of letter and photos

Coint, Gertrude, re Nubar Tashjian

Demerjian, Lofet A.

Derhagopian (or Der Hagopian), [Hamparsoun or Hampartzoum]

[Diu, M. Alamiad]

Hanussian, Hartun

Jerejian, Missak

Kupty, Hany

Melkonian, [Albert] H.

Munla, S., and Adra, Samih, et al. of the "FFFA of Beirut" [a Christian organization?]

Panossian, Mirtad A.

Tilkian, Garabed S.

Torossian, Hrant

Yeretsian, Khoren

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1927

Box 8: folder 20
Description

Students in this file are:

Baghchajian, Garabed

Berberian, Dicran, re Bedros Najjarian

Blatchford, Edward W., re Karnig Dungoian

Kouyoumdjian, Hagop

Munla, S., and Adra, Samih, et al. of the "FFFA of Beirut" [a Christian organization?]

Oliver, Daniel, re Bedia (or Badia/Badea) [Nasr]

Oliver, Daniel, re Edward Safi (or Safie)

Saatjian, Yervant

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1928

Box 8: folder 21
Description

Students in this file are:

Berberian, Berdj

Demerjian, Lofet A.

Derhagopian (or Der Hagopian), [Hamparsoun or Hampartzoum]

Haidostian, H. H.

Haroutunian, Garabed

Mufarrij, S. (incomplete)

Shahanian, Levon (see also Folder containing 1950s incoming correspondence)

Steiger, Edna F., re [Hoohannes der Barsannian]

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members or sponsors
1929

Box 8: folder 22
Description

Students in this file are:

Haidostian, H. H., re his sons Barkev and Lutfi (or Lutfy), incl. photograph of Lutfi

Demerjian, Lofet A.

Incoming correspondence from scholarship students and/or their family members and sponsors
n.d. [ca. 1923-30]

Box 8: folder 23
Description

Students in this file are:

Gulessarian, Husant

Hlais, Butrus

Kizirian, Serpouhi, re her son Manuel Kizirian

Krikorian Vaban G., calling card

Melkonian, Albert H.

Nokhoodian, H. H. re [his son Manoog]

Oliver, Daniel, re Edward [ Safi, or Safie?] (no last name mentioned)

Safi, Edward

Saleeby, Jurji

[Shepard], Malik [S.]

Torossian, Hrant

Sub-Series 5-B-3: Professional Correspondence: Incoming general correspondence
1920-1960

Box 8

Sub-series 5-B-3: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: INCOMING GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, has a wide range of Laurens Seelye's incoming general correspondence and is important both for the picture it provides of Seelye's day-to-day work as well as for documentation of lives and events in the region. It contains riveting material such as Seelye's exchange with John L. Hatt about studying philosophy and the real nature of "mission work," and Archibald S. Crawford's letters from Palestine regarding the political situation and the presence of French soldiers in the area, and Stuart C. Dodd's observations about the relative situations in Iraq and Syria in the late 1930s. It also contains the mundane, such as an exchange with the Frances Fox Hair Institute, or a letter from a New York realty company regarding the bedbugs the Seelyes encountered in their New York apartment during their sabbatical. This sub-series also contains correspondence from well-known figures such as Edward F. Nickoley and Charles H. Malik.

Incoming general correspondence
1921-22

Box 8: folder 24
Description

Hall, Thomas C., writing from Gottingen

[Hozny, Alid El Hamid]

Lamprecht, Sterling P.

Michel, G.

[Arslanian], Verginia

Shikiarides, B.

Incoming general correspondence
1923

Box 8: folder 25
Description

Receipt for 100 Syrian piasters [lent to someone by LHS during or for a train trip (?); in French]

Agard, Walter ("Doc")

Campbell, William

Douglas, Dorothy (Mrs. Paul Douglas)

Greenberg, Bernard

Haroutunian, Joseph

[Kipp/Kiff], Dorothea

[Mair Michel]

Malik, Charles

Manougian, [Minas] (Dr.)—re Cilicia refugees attempting to land in Palestine

Merkouchova, Marie – looking for work in Paris

Nakashian, A.

Nickoley, Edward

Powell, C. L.

Shepard, Lorin A.

Wolf, Frederick E., YMCA

Incoming general correspondence
1924

Box 8: folder 26
Description

Agard, Walter R.

Aginian, Harotoun, and K. Yeramian

Aswad, Allam – "application for a cold bath every morning"

Beckwith, Carleton B.

[Chambers, William Nesbitt], on verso of Naval message re social event

Cold, Edith, re Armen Poladian

Djanian, Hagopdian, family of, re his funeral

Hadidian, Yenovk H.

Khabbaz, Tawfik H., writing from Homs Native College

Knabenshue, P. re trial of Austine for attempted murder of H.C. Sheppard of S. S. Egremont (see also James Anton letter 1924 Jul re this case)

Koutsoff, Andre – inscribed postcard-photograph

Krieger, A., re his son Roland

Mavviage, Elizabeth

Nakashian, A.

Osganian, Osgan K., writing from Buenos Aires about his situation and the difficulty in repaying his debt; see related letters from LHS and J. W. Beach of Near East Relief in "Correspondence re Armenian Students, 1923-27)

Powell, Chilton Latham (AC 1907)

Reed, Cass Arthur

Salibian, [H. V.], Dr. – copy of appeal re the clinic in the Hassan Baily camp

Staudt, C. K.[Calvin K.], re working in Baghdad and supporting students there in two schools he and his wife (Ida Donges Staudt) opened

Underwood, John Thomas, of the Underwood Typewriter Company

Yeramian, K., and Aginian, [Harotoun]

Incoming general correspondence from James Anton
1924-1925

Box 8: folder 27
Description

A series of letters from a young friend of Laurens H. Seelye who reports both from his work in the [Navy] and from the U.S.

Incoming general correspondence
1925

Box 8: folder 28
Description

Barton, [James L., of the ABCFM?], to Fleming – extracts re "presenting Christianity" in Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey

Boys' Service Club, AUB: announcement of first open meeting

Christie, [Carmalite] B.

Clark, A. G., writing from the English College, Jerusalem, re the "Christian Union" there and the "evils of religious division"

Crawford, Archie S. (Archibald Stuart, 1899-1983), writing from Palestine re political situation in Syria and Beirut; French soldiers in Mudaya, etc. (PDF file available)

Dallieres, [Emile?], re the "Chevaliers de la Paix" pacifistic movement (see Bach, 1926 incoming)

Darakjian, Zakar, writing from France

Dodge, Bayard, esp re Druze and Arab fighting; conflict in region; AUB matters

Gould, Mary Paine, re check for Daniel Kouyoumdjian

[Khouri, Ilia Shebl], re use of West Hall (AUB), with LHS's reply

Krieger, A. re his son Roland

Nakashian, A.

Nickoley, Edward

Panossian, Mihrtad

Quackenbush, Ernest [Seelye's lawyer?]

Reade Realty Company re bedbugs

Second Congregational Church – Board of Trustees

Shinajian, E.

[Smith], Byron

Stumpf, Charles A., American Surety Company re bond for Nejla Naoum Betmann

Travis, Ray P., re troubles at Jubeil Orphanage

Vartan, J. H., writing from the Howard Karagheusian Home in France

Incoming general correspondence
1926

Box 8: folder 29
Description

Agard, Walter R. ("Doc")

Anderson, William K., re a tour of Palestine

Bach, Etienne, re an offer to send a copy of "Goodwill," with a description of the "Chevaliers de la Paix" pacifistic movement (see also LHS outgoing 1927 to Bach)

Batman [or Betmann], Najla

Brady, Mary Beattie, for the Harmon Foundation

Chow, George C., an engineering student in Massachusetts re advice for living

Crawford, Archie S., re AUB; French in Syria (Druse Revolt); "Dray Affair" (murder of Dr. Dray, the dentist)

Darakjian, Zakar, writing from France

Dillaway, Newton, a philosophical letter about religious and racial tolerance; visit to Smith College and Prof. S. Ralph Harlow

Dodd, Stuart Carter

Dodge, Bayard, re AUB matters; Druse Revolt

Frances Fox Institute, re "Scientific Care of the Hair" – advice on use of their products

Galloway, B.T., U.S. Dept of Agriculture re plants and trees for Syria

Huckins, Joseph, on his hotel chain stationery re supporting Dicran Berberian

Huckins, Olive (Mrs. Joseph Huckins)

Ladd, William Sargent

Nickoley, Edward

Panossian, Mihrtad

Pearson, Paul M., of the Swarthmore Chautauqua Assoc.

Perry, Chesley R., of Rotary International, re starting a Rotary club in Beirut

Presbyterian Ministers Fund

Quackenbush, Ernest, with LHS's reply

Seligman, Eustace, re support for Mihrtad Panossian

Shavick, Emanual, re Njla Batman

Slavaykoff, Paul, re his education, esp medical work (a beginning "medical missionary"); re Dr. Ward [Edwin St. John Ward]

Stevenson, John A., U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, sending seeds to Syria

Tabet, Constantine N., re Ain Zhalta property

The Summit Trust Company

Torossian, Herant

Vartan, J. H. [same as Vartan H. Jihanian? – see correspondence with Armenian students), writing from the Howard Karagheusian Home in France

Wilder, Iris W., re subscription to the Journal of Philosophy

Wilson, Bob, re support for Lofet Demirjian

Yeiser, Frederick

Meiklejohn, Alexander, Incoming general correspondence
1927

Box 8: folder 30
Description

[Ansara], James

Fleming, Daniel J., Union Theological Seminary, esp re "idea of Christianizing Islam"

Haroutunian, Joseph, writing from Union Theological Seminary; philosophy of religion

Hartog, Alfred – Columbia University Press Bookstore

Hatt, John H., writing from Wesleyan; how studying philosophy changed his life; whether to work in the Middle East (see also his 1928 letters)

Kudriavtzeff, Basil

Meiklejohn, Alexander, writing from the University of Wisconsin: "I fear you and I have an affinity for minorities."

Muggerditchian, Stepan (Dr), re difficulty of establishing dental practice

Naish, C. G., writing from the "Missionary Study Center" on teaching Arabic, especially classical vs colloquial

Nizha, Gabriel, re not to send chickens by Edward Jebra (on postcard of Lloyd Sabaudo Steamship Line)

Nokhoudian, H. H., writing from Williamsport, Penn.

Panossian, Mihrtad

Quackenbush, Ernest L.

Seligman, Eustace, re check for Mihrtad Panossian

Shahin, Constantin, response to his letter re Abraham Jacob

Shannon, Winifred, Beirut station of the American Mission re their Reading Room

Slavaykoff, Paul, especially re difficulty of starting practice as physician (list of reasons relative to the culture of the region); emigration to Australia (PDF file available)

Wakelee, Lou, Amherst news incl. resignation of President Olds and whether LHS might succeed him

Wilson, Bob, re financial support for Lofet Demirjian

Incoming general correspondence
1928

Box 8: folder 31
Description

Armenian Boys' Evangelical High School re a play to raise funds

Berberian, Dicran

Blatchford, Edward, re death of Karnig [Derderian], incl. copies of letters re same to Dicran Berberian and Sarkis Ganimian (see this re Antilyas Orphanage); Armenian Educational Foundation, incl. copy of letter to Murad Manougian re same

Charlton, Zeeneb

Condon, Mollie, re subscription to "The Survey"

Cushman, Ruth, re "Children: the Magazine for Parents"

Davis, Frank E., Jeweler and Optician, Northampton, Mass

Dittmer, A. H., Auditor, Columbia Univ Press Bookstore

Dodd, Stuart Carter (sociologist, b. Talas, Turkey, 1900; m. Cairns, Elizabeth M.) writing from New York re his wedding; West Hall business; status of National Research [Council] appropriation; social sciences at AUB

Erdman, Paul, American Mission Treasurer, re account of Esther Akkawi

Glockler, H. [Henry] W., of the American Press, Beyrout, Syria

Goodsell, Fred Field, Turkey Mission of the American Board, re Brousa court trial

Haroutunian, G.

Hartog, Alfred

Hatt, John L., writing from Wesleyan; re studying philosophy; his plans; incl. LHS's reply (PDF file available) and description of AUB work, incl. "It is not at all "mission work" in the accepted usage of the word "missions" in American denominational life. We are not here to convert the non-Christians and lead them to change their loyalties from a non-Christian community to a Christian one. We are here to help Moslems become better Moslems, Jews become better Jews, and Christians become better Christians." An excellent exchange.

Hekininan, H., of the Antilyas Orphanage

Kotschnig, Walter [Maria], esp re possibility of placing a "South African Negro student" at AUB for a medical course in order to provide native doctors in South Africa; description of situation for South Africans

Lawton, T. A., for Playground Equipment Company, re LHS's inquiry about "Junglegym," the greatest invention since trees" (on company letterhead showing junglegym), incl. LHS to Mrs. Bliss [Mrs. Howard Bliss; Amy Bliss?] forwarding the Junglegym literature to her for consideration for the Community School

[Mythene?], writing from Alexandretta, Syria, re his "stage" [theater?]

Nickoley, Edward, re work of West Hall (at AUB); AUB administration

Nute, William L., writing from the American Hospital in Adana re medical work

Panossian, Mihrtad

Perrine, Charles, re supporting Toros Shamlian; his high regard for Puzant Shamlian

Quackenbush, Ernest L.

[Salaam, Saib S.], writing from England

Shamlian, Puzant, a cousin of Dicran Berberian, writing from San Francisco re his son Toros Shamlian at the Aleppo Boys' School (see also Perrine letter)

Smith, Rank [Randolph], writing from Teachers College, Columbia Univ., incl. re "evangelism vs. religious education"

Stolzfus, Will, writing from American School of Aleppo; re AUB deputation visit, etc.

Wakelee, Lou E., re support for Tannous

Ward, [Edwin St. John], re Nute letter

Whicher, George, re article on Talcott Williams; new president (Pease) at Amherst College; re "aristocracy of intellect"

Wilson, Pearl Rockfellow

Incoming general correspondence
1929

Box 8: folder 32
Description

Graves, Anna [Melissa, 1875-1964], esp re Jews of Palestine, incl. LHS's reply re her visit

Imes, Bill, writing from Talladega College re LHS and his "breadth of vision for the student world, not limited by religion or race" and how they might work together to further medical education for a South African student at AUB; includes LHS's reply

International General Electric Company, re LHS's vacuum: a customer service reply

Dodd, Stuart Carter, 1900-1975, Incoming general correspondence
1930-1939

Box 8: folder 33
Description

[?], Charlie, writing from St. Andrews [Episcopal Church?], Tennessee (1930)

[Rawdah?], A., writing from AUB for help with his "sportive club" in Ras Beirut -- would like to have a cinema night in West Hall (n.d. )

Conklin, Elizabeth W. (1931 Nov, Dec)

Dodd, Stuart Carter, re the situation in Iraq and the instability of the regime; the "more cheerful" situation in Syria with its better organized government and private initiative; Arab nationalism versus a federated state, American Neutrality Law, etc. (1937 Feb; 1939 Dec)

[?] Fatma re a plot of land for sale in Beirut (1931)

Saliba, Jurji, with philosophy questions (1933)

[?], in Arabic, on letterhead of Universal College in Aley, Lebanon ([1930-1939?])

Williams, Wilbur L., Office of the Dean, Scranton-Keystone Junior College, re thanks for a visit of the Keystone delegation to St. Lawrence University.

Dodd, Stuart Carter, 1900-1975, Incoming general correspondence
1940-1959

Box 8: folder 34
Description

Cornwell, Grant H., re visit to SLU, with reminiscence about earlier visit (1940)

Dodd, Stuart Carter, writing from [Beirut], family update including story of medical student Mahfuz Ibrahim from Hama, Syria (1941)

Ksido, [Mannig] (mother of Marousya Ksido, see 1960 incoming) writing about the reorganization plans for the American College for Girls and Robert College, and the conflict between Drs. Hooker and Ballantine (two letters) (1958 Mar)

Carman, Harry J., et al., re LHS's appt as Visiting Professor to Rollins College, incl. a reply from LHS (1959 Mar)

Dural, Zeliha re her kindergarten "Yuvam Ana Okulu" in Istanbul(1958 Sep)

Shahanian, Levon and Beatrice (1959 Jan, Feb, Dec)

West, Dennis, of "West's Library" in Steyning, Sussex 1952 Jun)

Winetrout, Ken, re the Seelyes work at the 1952 Summer Workshop of the American International College in Springfield, Mass. (1952 Aug)

Incoming general correspondence
1960

Box 8: folder 35
Description

"Mous" [Marousya Ksido] writing from [the American College for Girls in Istanbul], including an eyewitness report about the "coup of May 27"

Saadat, M.

[Young?], [Dessamine and Ezra?]

Incoming general correspondence
n.d. [1920-1929?]

Box 8: folder 36
Description

Hopkins, [Ernest, Martin?] (President), re Donald C. Blaisdell [after July, 1928]

Laubach, Frank Charles, re visit to Beirut

Saliba, G., requesting advice about religion

2 sheets in Arabic

Sub-Series 5-B-4: Professional Correspondence: Outgoing general correspondence
1920-1960

Box 8

Sub-Series 5-B-4: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE: OUTGOING GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, matches the content in the previous sub-series of incoming general correspondence (5-B-3) but from Seelye's point of view. It provides significant insight into Seelye's thoughts, beliefs, and activities, especially in letters he wrote to the same people over a period of years, such as the letters to friends Dorothy and Paul Douglas, who provided money ("the Dotsy fund") for Seelye's charity work. The series also contains letters Seelye wrote to students who had received money from the fund and who kept in touch with Seelye in subsequent years.

Laurens H. Seelye and Dorothea C. Seelye: "Their Struggles" (booklet appealing to AUB for relief for impoverished faculty)
1920-1929

Box 8: folder 37

Copy of a booklet for the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut appealing to them for help for wives of faculty, showing photographs of "consecrated womanhood face to face with struggle for existence." The women are named, e.g., woman number 10 is Kate Seelye; woman number 12 is Mrs. Edward Nicoley, etc.

Outgoing general correspondence
1920

Box 8: folder 38
Description

Shredded Wheat Biscuit Company, suggesting they wrap foreign shipments better

Thomas, Helen, YWCA

Outgoing general correspondence
1921

Box 8: folder 39
Description

Beckwith, Carleton Burwell (AC 1911) a summary of LHS's career provided for tenth reunion (PDF file available)

Douglas, Paul and Dorothy ("Dotsy"), a descriptive letter describing some of the ways in which LHS put their monetary contribution to use, including assisting the Tibsherani family; George Khayyat; the Salibian family; a school in Adana; and a Bulgarian student Paul Slavaykoff (PDF file available)

Outgoing general correspondence
1922

Box 8: folder 40
Description

Bacon, [?] (Mr. and Mrs.), re financial support of Hagop [Kouyoumdjian?]

Wolff, [?] (Mrs.), re her financial support of Kalmann Lipschitz, "an ardent Zionist"

Outgoing general correspondence
1923

Box 8: folder 41
Description

[?], Esther, [a classmate from Wooster], re a brief summary of LHS's career so far, his view of AUB and the work there

Douglas, Dorothy (Dotsy), 2 letters, incl. an extraordinary account (March 19) of the kind of projects and "experiments" in social work that the Seelyes did (PDF file available)

Douglas, Paul (2 letters)

Campbell, William, Columbia University, re the political conditions and freedom of speech

Johnson, F. E. [of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America], copy to Johnson of a letter from [Walter Agard] re his "analysis of the Amherst situation" involving President Alexander Meiklejohn (PDF file available)

Shepard, Lorin A., re Joseph Harotunian and his exceptional abilities; advice to help him get to US; Beirut "becoming quite a refugee center, etc. [Harotunian subsequently Columbia College (1926), Union Seminary (1930), and Columbia University (Ph.D, 1932)]

Patton, Carl S. of Los Angeles re an attempt to help the family of Joseph H. Harb, whose family has lost track of him in America

Powell, Chilton L. of the "Amherst Graduates Quarterly" re a proposed article on the work of Amherst in AUB (published in May, 1925 as "Amherst in Syria")

Outgoing general correspondence
1924

Box 8: folder 42
Description

Beckwith, Carleton Burwell ("Beck"; AC 1911)

Bixler, James Wilson, re whether he can send more funding for students; determination of Armenians to get an education: "Kate and I remarked on the fact that two years ago when the Armenian exodus from Turkey first began many people who were eating only bread and sleeping under the precarious shelter of the outside eaves of a house would ask us where they could send their children to school"; the Armenian Students Cooperative Club

Dodge, Bayard

Douglas, Dorothy, report on the "Dotsy Fund" and who it helped, incl. Zakar Darakjian; Theophrastus Pavlides; Dr. Salibian (for whom the fund buys medicine); an Armenian woman named Rodopia who supports a family of 3; H. H. Nokhudian; Boghos Jinbeyukian (carriage driver); Sahak Alaakian (shoemaker); the Armenian Students Cooperative Club

Douglas, Paul, re his memories of Amherst and family there; state of Amherst College ("a little stodgy"); philosophy of what a liberal education should be; how things work at AUB (PDF available)

Khabbaz, Tawfik H., re purchase of silk; building house; death of Tawfik Daud; their friend Lutfi's attempt to get to U.S.

Osgenian, Osgen, advice on how to repay his debt; learning Spanish; preserving his health (O.O. has left AUB)

Powell, Chilton L., re article for the "Amherst Graduates Quarterly" (i.e., "Amherst in Syria," AGQ, May 1925, PDF file available) incl. comments on the photographs used

Reed, Cass Arthur, re how students pay for their education at AUB; how the Armenian Students Cooperative Club helped

[Union Theological Seminary classmates, "Bunch"], re how the U.S. looks from the Middle East: "Seems at a distance like an old maid trying to go to sleep, but being in a constant state of anxiety, first at the thought of the front door being unlocked (immigration), second the thought of a man under the bed (bolshevism), third, worry as to whether the maid has retired or is entertaining the coachman with Welches Grape Juice diluted with hair tonic (flapperism), and fourth, the rumor that the farmer who brings fresh eggs announced he was going to vote the Socialist ticket unless the price of oyster shell came down (promiscuous radicalism)"; ways in which the Middle East is at once different and the same ("differences of climate and culture rather than of protoplasm"); on the importance of the universal in a college education (PDF available)

Wagener, [?], re whether he will support a student whose father died in one of the massacres

Outgoing general correspondence
1925

Box 8: folder 43
Description

McGiffert, A. C., Union Seminary, re donations to a fund for Union Seminary; what Union Seminary means to LHS

Muggerditchian, Stepan (Dr)

Panossian, Mihrtad, re arrangements for the Seelyes' year in the U.S.; news of Vartan Jihanian and Zakar Darakjian in France; Jubeil Orphanage

Quackenbush, Ernest, re Najla Betman

Reid, [?] (Miss), re her interest in financing the educations of Hrant Lambadjian and Minas Santourian; how the scholarships work (in general, two years)

Sabbak, Naim (Mr. and Mrs.), re Najla Betman (see related letters to Ernest Quackenbush and the US Bureau of Immigration)

Tolman, [?], Mr., U.S. Bureau of Immigration, re Najla Betman (see also Quackenbush and Sabbak)

Travis, [Ray P.?], (Mr.), re Near East Relief policy on boys they sponsor; Garabed Kasparian's misbehavior but good promise

Union Seminary Building and Endowment Fund, list of donations (checks) for the campaign for Syria and Palestine

Outgoing general correspondence
1926

Box 8: folder 44
Description

[Dodge, Bayard?], second page of a letter from LHS, dated March 16

Atterbury, [B.], re desperate year for Butrus [Hlais]

Babbott, Frank, re whether he would like to support Harotune Aivazian; the Armenian Students Cooperative Club and how it works

Betman, Najla, re her account with the Seelyes

Chamberlin, Roy, re ideas for an introductory course at AUB on the study of religion; re chimes for chapel; different varieties of vespers for use in teaching religion

Close, Harold, re AUB and specifically West Hall plans; plans for time remaining in U.S.

Crawford, Archie

Darakjian, Zakar, encouragement to proceed with his education

Davis, Frank E.

Dodge, Bayard, several letters, re accounts of LHS's activities during his sabbatical; proposals for AUB; "house party" (of a religious nature) for Williams men; West Hall plans, esp re media equipment ("the taking of moving pictures by amateurs is now not at all uncommon in the USA" [Jul 17]); possibility of Smith students spending their junior year at AUB; Stuart Dodd's "international mental tests of the non-verbal sort," etc.

Faulks, Emory

Galloway, B.T. (US Dept of Agriculture), re plants to grow in Syria

Hartog, Alfred, of the Columbia University Press Bookstore

Huckins, Joseph and Olive (Mr. and Mrs.), extensive letter re Dicran Berberian, asking the Huckins family to support him; Armenian Students Cooperative Club

Journal of Philosophy

Nickoley, Edward, 2 letters re ideas for psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history of religion courses for AUB; West Hall plans

Panossian, Mihrtad, incl. "It is, as you say, a difficult time for the Armenians in Syria. The only thing to do is to keep your heads and smile. If any of you lose your heads in discussions with Syrians or others, you are what the American slang calls "a goner."

Perry, Chesley R., of Rotary International, re establishing a Rotary Club in Syria

Psychological Review

Quackenbush, Ernest

Seligman, Eustace, re cooperative clubs at AUB; whether Seligman will support Mihrtad Panossian

Shavick, Emanuel, re Najla Betman

Smith, Byron, re LHS's studies during the year, incl. Union Theological Seminary course in teaching the study of religion, "without propaganda, and turn them out either as believers or as intelligent atheists"; seminar for "returned missionaries," tutorial hours with Foakes Jackson on "all kinds of subjects from homosexuality to the mission of Jesus in human society"; book store for AUB

Stevenson, John A., U.S. Dept of Agriculture, re plants for Syria

Tabet, Constantine N., copy of a letter to Bayard Dodge re a property in Ain Zhalta and whether AUB will use it for a hostel

Torossian, Herant, re difficult days and how to face them; whether he should go to the U.S.

Tryon, H. H. (Prof.), of the Joint Committee, re credit for doctorate

Velay, Jeanne, re Chevaliers de la Paix

Wilson, Bob, re Lofet Demerjian's situation and LHS's plans for him

Yeiser, Fred, re Chambers-Blaisdell wedding; forgery of Dr. Mustafa Khalidy's name on an anti-French document; Armenian students Atam Manuelian and Garabed Muggerditchian

Outgoing general correspondence
1927

Box 8: folder 45
Description

Aginian, Harotun, in Australia, updating him on AUB news (PDF available)

Anderson, Bill, re how to conduct a tourist party to the Middle East

Bach, Etienne, re the "Chevaliers de la Paix" movement; re pacifism and LHS's view on the subject; re "persistent problems of reconciliation [of] the Christian-Moslem question; compare with Thayer and Cowdery letters

Cowdery, [?; friend of family], re a multi-faith Bible-study group (missing page 2); compare with Thayer, Bach, and Bixler letters (here and in personal correspondence)

Director of the Veterans Bureau, Insurance Division

Douglas, Paul and Dorothy

Fleming, Daniel J., re West Hall Brotherhood; request by Moslem students to have a mosque on the AUB campus

Frances Fox Institute, "for the Scientific Care of the Hair": an order and an invoice

Hartog, Alfred, incl. identification of subjects in photograph of the "cabinet conference of West Hall Brotherhood" (3 rows of students with Lebanon mountains in background) (see also online LHS article in the Journal of Religion, vol 2, no. 3, May, 1922, "An Experiment in Religious Association)

Huckins, Joseph and Olive (Mr. and Mrs.), re their protégé Dicran Berberian (status report); re visit to Nabotieh

Hunter, Allan, re Butrus [Hlais]

Jihanian, Vartan, re Dray Affair; Jihanian's teaching in France; changes in West Hall (missing page 2; PDF available)

Journal of Philosophy

New Process Stove Company, order for wicks

Newall, S. A. and Sons of Scotland (order for fabric)

Nokhudian, H. H., re a debt; the first cooperative club ["Students International Cooperative Club"; see Panossian letter] in its new house at AUB

Panossian, Mihrtad, advice re Panossian's life in Baghdad; Dengue fever

Psychological Review

Quackenbush, Ernest, re Paul Slavaykoff and Badia Nasr; James Wilson Bixler; West Hall Brotherhood; visit to Shiite Moslem village of Nabotieh (compare with Yeiser letter in this folder); Dec letter re Edward Safie, etc.

Shahin, Constantin, response to his letter re Abraham Jacob

Shannon, Winifred

Slavaykoff, Paul, re his return to Bulgaria and the difficulty of getting his wife to Sofia (the Serbians not permitting passage); career advice ("remember you are an AUB man with an international mind")

Stewart,, George B. Jr., Treasurer, AUB

Tead, Ordle [Ordway, AC 1912], re AUB news; prohibition (missing page 2)

Thayer, [?; friend of family], re a multi-faith Bible-study group; racial prejudice of a visitor (missing page 2)

Wakelee, Louis Elmer (AC 1911), letter 1 re Afif Tannus; Alexander Meiklejohn's "Experimental College" ("I know of few enterprises for the success of which I hope more earnestly" and "Meiklejohn was a prophet in the field of education tied to a priest's job"); re Afif and his success in translating games into Arabic for the use of Armenian and Syrian children; their use by Moslem women teachers; letter 2 re weather in Lebanon; "Cabinet of Brotherhood" (multi-denominational) (missing page 2)

Wilson, Bob, re status of Lofet Demerjian

Yeiser, Fred, re Atam Manuelian; West Hall Brotherhood; visit to the Shiite Moselm village of Nabotieh (compare with Quackenbush, Thayer, and Cowdery letters)

Outgoing general correspondence
1928

Box 8: folder 46
Description

[Bachjian/Baghjian, Osanna], re sending a check for $10; includes a letter in Armenian from Bachjian

Berberian, Dicran

[?], Bill

Bixler, Elizabeth, re a job at AUB as a nurse

Bixler, Wilson

Boural, Edmond, re Hany Kupty

Burrows, Miller, re possiblity of job at AUB when J. S. Crawford retires

Cavert, Sam, re pastorates at AUB in order to become familiar with leaders of Eastern churches

Chapin, Chester and Lynn, re Naser Khan Danesh; re marriage in the Middle East

Children – The Magazine for Parents, re copies distributed to "Mother's Club of Beirut"

Douglas, Dotsy, re the work the "Dotsy Fund" does (lengthy correspondence with many brief anecdotes incl. re Charles Malik; Berdj Berberian; Afif Tannus, Sami Mufarrij, Levon Shaninian, et al.; PDF files available)

Emerson, Henry, re teaching job for him at AUB

Frances Fox Institute

Glockler, Henry, re loan made to Students International Cooperative Club

Harotunian, Joseph, re whether he might help list books from the Talcott Williams estate in Philadelphia

Hartog, Alfred, of the Columbia University Press Bookstore, an order for books

Hatt, John L., re the idea of Hatt teaching in one of the Near East Colleges (see Hatt's letters to LHS in incoming correspondence and LHS's 1928 letter to Staub re Hatt)

Hooke, J. W., of the Wooster Building and Loan Associations

Jamali, Fahdil, appointing him as "official agent for the purchase of dates"; Jamali's paper about a visit to the Nuseiriyah mountains; career advice

Klein, Bill, re Danesh (a student); opening of school year

Levant Trade Previews

"Living Age" magazine editors, re an idea to teach

[Nickoley, Edward], a draft to AUB re Randolph Smith as a possible director of West Hall

Mufarrij, Sami, re arrangements for his school year and the work he will do to earn his tuition

Nute, William L, in answer to Nute's about job prospects

Quackenbush, Ernest L., re planning for ELQ's trip to the Near East; Edward Safie's tuition; refugee problem

"R.Rs." [a round-robin letter to Union Theological Seminary classmates], re his class in psychology of religion with married Egyptian Moslem woman [perhaps the one pictured in his 1925 "Amherst Graduates Quarterly" article) and his observations about the "emotional religious life" of pious Moslem and Christian girls; where "liberalism" turns into "conservatism" (through life's disappointments); philosophy; ethics; "doctrine of 'existence'"

Rockwood, Alan, re radio reception in Beirut, esp "short-wave receivers," difficulties of broadcasting; the "development of the wireless telephone": "Will we be able to telephone from Beirut or Constantinople to the USA one of these days?"

Seligman, Eustace, re how Seligman's contribution helped Mihrtad Panossian and will next help Dicran Berberian (with descriptions of what the students are doing); how to overcome sectarian divisions in the Middle East

Shakir, [?], Mrs. [possibly the Egyptian female student LHS refers to elsewhere], re a paper on religion she handed in: LHS's questions for her and his suggestions for the paper's improvement

Staub, A. W., recommending John Hatt to him for a position at AUB

Stewart, G. B.

Torossian, Hrant, re his life in the U.S. working for General Motors: "I hope you will continue to read and study by yourself, so that you will continue to grow mentally"; description of LHS's family life in Aley and Beirut

Wakelee, Lou, re Afif Tannous: dreams for Afif's future; discussion with Afif, detailed description of what LHS would like Wakelee to underwrite for Afif; file includes a photocopy of a 1994 interview with Tannous indicating what he accomplished (PDF files available)

Whicher, George F., re an article on Talcott Williams (AC 1873) for the "Amherst Graduates Quarterly": LHS criticizes Whicher for his presumed editorial in AGQ ("When I read what I took to be the product of your youthful and fresh reflections sounding like the lucubrations of "Crock" Thompson at the age of seventy, I felt miserable. Why not put a few of our teachers to studying those "even resources of modern psychology" to see what they could do to their stodgy courses instead of anesthetizing them with the opiate of 'Be a learned man in a lovely white New England house under the spreading elms…'" (PDF file available; see also LHS to Seligman, 1928 for his critique of Whicher's editorial)

Wilson, Pearl [Mrs. Robert Wilson?], re her check for Lofet Demirjian's education; description of difference between "American system" and "European system" of school organization

Wolff, [Dorothy?] (Mrs)., re whether she will fund Moses Fried; Seelye family life and mutual friends

Yeiser, Fred, re Atam Manuelian; re group visits to local communities; West Hall Symphony Orchestra

Outgoing general correspondence
1929

Box 8: folder 47
Description

Boggs, Anita, of the Bureau of Commercial Economics, re acquiring "moving picture programs to suit the taste of an institution which stands on a platform in between Louisa Alcott and D.H. Lawrence"

Cavert, Sam, re books to enrich public worship; promoting exchange fellowships; social science and the need of "more social science teachers who have felt the significance of social problems and situations in other corners of the earth because they have for a time lived and functioned in them" as opposed to just reading about them

Hall, William H., re Boghos [Jinbeyukian?], who is studying medicine

[Glueck?], Nelson, re Dicran (or Dikran) Sarrafian, expert on antiquities for his family's business who wishes to get into archaeological work (see enclosed articles about Sarrafian's role in the Euphronios (Sarpedon) krater formerly at the Metropolitan Museum); updates about AUB faculty ("Seelye oscillates between West and College Halls and pauses long enough to attend faculty meetings which he and Smith disturb with ribaldry…Close envisions a new chemistry building in the 'chicken yard'…")

McCann, Carl, re Arkadie Kouguell, "refugee from the Bolsheviks," now director of the new symphony orchestra at AUB, etc.

Perrine, Charles, re his support of Toros Shamlian; Arkadia Kougell's background and current work at AUB (see also LHS to McCann, 129

Outgoing general correspondence
1940-1959

Box 8: folder 48
Description

Clary, Phoebe – re pledge to Robert College "Service Center" (1943 Jun)

Hughes, Stuart – re an essay by Hughes (1953 Aug)

Sub-series 5C: Laurens H. Seelye: Personal Correspondence
1909-1960

Box 8

Sub-series 5C: LAURENS H. SEELYE: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, contains incoming and outgoing correspondence with family and friends.

Sub-series 5-C-1: Laurens H. Seelye: Incoming Personal Correspondence


Box 8

Sub-series 5-C-1: LAURENS H. SEELYE: INCOMING PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, contains correspondence from family members such as James Wilson Bixler (AC 1882), Seelye's uncle on his father's side, and Julia Budlong, a woman minister and a cousin on his mother's side. Friend Dorothea LeBaron Robbins provides a description of encountering anti-Semitism while on a trip abroad, and Seelye's sister Katharine writes from Shanghai, where she was teaching English, to describe a camping trip to the "Island of Pootoo" (Mount Putuo, near Shanghai).

Incoming correspondence from Edward "Doc" Hitchcock (AC 1849)
1909 Sep

Box 8: folder 49
Description

Welcoming Seelye's decision to transfer from Wooster College to Amherst College for his last two years and description of "'49 Scholarship," which Hitchcock assures Seelye he will receive.

Incoming correspondence from Julius Franklin Seelye
1914; [1918]

Box 8: folder 50
Description

Two letters from brother Julius Franklin Seelye, who died during military training in 1919.

Incoming correspondence from family and friends
1914-1927

Box 8: folder 51
Description

Anderson, William K., re pacifism, YMCA work, congratulations re birth of Dorothea Seelye, etc. (1917 Jun)

"Auntie" [Anna Hawley Seelye Emerson; See LHS's Jul 1924 letter to Paul Douglas for description of family in Amherst] re LHS's mysterious girlfriend; Bixler, Seeye, Emerson news ("being Emersons [we] were a little late")[1914 Oct]

Brink, Esther M. (Mrs. Roscoe William Brink [AC 1909]), updating the Seelyes on the Brinks's careers in writing and the theater.

[Cummings?], Stan, a classmate from Union Theological Seminary, re "impressions of a young minister" and his work during the war (1915 Jul; 1917 May)

Diefenthaler, Adaline, re community service in Chatham (1917 Aug)

Fairbank, Allan M. (Rev.), two letters from 1920 including one discussing capitalism.

Lum, Lynda [Phillips], a friend from WWI-era when Seelyes lived in Chatham, N.J., re family update.

Seelye, Katharine (sister), re war work (1917 Oct)

Seelye, Laurenus Clark (LHS's great-uncle and President of Smith College) re thanks for a visit (1916 May)

Williams, Talcott (AC 1873), re state of the world (WWI, the Middle East, Russia, and the YMCA) and advice to LHS (1917, Sep, Nov)

Young, N. Clarence ("Uncle Clarence") to Laurens, especially re President Woodrow Wilson and Young's opinion of his government.

[Unidentified friend or relative], May 2, 1927, re Amherst College news, including gossip that Laurens might be asked to be president after George Olds: "If they should [ask] and you should think at all of accepting I hope you will be inspired to write such a letter as your grandfather did when he was asked! How I wish that letter were in existence! He certainly told them what he thought of them; i.e., he made it clear that if he accepted the position he would run the college in his own way and not in any way be subservient to the trustees." [Ref. to President Julius Hawley Seelye]

Search Terms
Brink, Roscoe W., 1888-1957 (AC 1909)

Incoming correspondence from Dorothea Robbins Landon
1917-1953

Box 8: folder 52
Description

Letters from Dorothea LeBaron Robbins Landon (b 1889), daughter of Mrs. Francis L. Robbins (letter of Nov 8, 1923 is on her mother's stationery). Personal and political content, including encountering anti-Semitism during a trip to England and France (1923). Includes photograph/Xmas card.

Birthday poem from [Katharine Seelye?]
1919 Jul

Box 8: folder 53
Description

A birthday poem on Seelye's 30th birthday, shortly before his departure for Syria.

Incoming holiday and birthday cards
ca. 1920-1949

Box 8: folder 54
Correspondence with (to and from) Uncle James Wilson Bixler (AC 1882)
1923-1929

Box 8: folder 55
Description

Correspondence with James Wilson Bixler, Laurens' uncle by Bixler's marriage to two daughters (Elizabeth and Mabel) of Julius Hawley Seelye. Bixler was the father of cousins Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916) and James Wilson Bixler (AC 1925). Two of the letters in this file document the near-drowning of the younger James Bixler while visiting the Seelyes in Beirut in 1928.

Correspondence with (to and from) cousin Julia Budlong
1924, 1928

Box 8: folder 56
Description

Correspondence with Julia N. Budlong, a cousin on LHS's mother's Clarke side), writing about the possibility of a position at AUB; difficulties of being a woman minister in the reactionary, Red-menace-obsessed U.S., including: "The wait for a Pulpit is discouraging indeed. The United States is in the throes of the most terrible reactionary wave you can imagine occurring in the twentieth century, and we have dropped down into the most reactionary corner in the country. The 'Red' menace is only a sample. Anti-feminism is rampant; anti-prohibition; anti-reform of every kind rules the day. I have no money to go about looking for a pulpit, and no one will consider a woman minister sight-unseen." (Budlong, April 27, 1928) PDF available.

Incoming correspondence from Mary Alice Clark Seelye (mother) and Katharine Seelye Wallace (sister)
1930 Jun - Sep

Box 8: folder 57
Description

Two letters to Seelye from his mother and one family letter from sister Katharine writing from Shanghai, where she taught English. The latter is a descriptive, multi-page, typed document about Katharine's camping trip to the Island of Pootoo, etc. (PDF file available).

Incoming correspondence from James Wallace
1934 Dec

Box 8: folder 58
Description

Laurens H. Seelye, incoming correspondence from James Wallace (1849-1939; Macalester College president 1900-1906 and probably a family friend through LHS's father and their days in Wooster, Ohio), especially re advice to Dorothea Seelye not to smoke cigarettes.

"Ode to 'Our Father'": poem by Dorothea C. Seelye Franck for her father, and "Laurens Amca" (in [Turkish]) by "M M" Mary Averett and Muriel?]
[1957] Mar; n.d.

Box 8: folder 59
Description

"Ode to "Our Father'" by daughter Dorothea Chambers Seelye Franck.

Sub-series 5-C-2: Laurens H. Seelye: Outgoing Personal Correspondence


Box 8

Sub-series 5-C-2: LAURENS H. SEELYE: OUTGOING PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, includes Seelye's correspondence to family and friends. The sub-series contains the earliest examples of Seelye's letters to his cousin Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916), to whom Seelye was deeply attached all his life and with whom he exchanged lively letters. Letters to his parents and others describe the situation in the Middle East in the 1920s, including the dangers and joys. This sub-series also contains correspondence from Seelye's life in subsequent decades. Includes a description of a trip to Israel with his son Talcott in 1953.

Outgoing correspondence to Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916)
1896 Feb 22

Box 8: folder 60
Description

Laurens (age 6 1/2) writing to his cousin Julius Seelye Bixler (aged 2) to thank him for a top. Mentions books he's reading.

Outgoing correspondence, esp. regarding brother Julius Franklin Seelye
1913-1916

Box 8: folder 61
Description

Outgoing correspondence to Mary Alice Clarke Seelye (his mother) re teaching Sunday School; to her re education of brother Julius, with letter to Laurens from Alfred E. Stearns of Andover re admitting Julius to Andover. Letter announcing Kate's pregnancy.

Outgoing correspondence to Dorothea Chambers ("sister-to-be")
1915 Apr 15

Box 8: folder 62
Description

Lively letter from Laurens to his fiancee Kate's sister, Dorothea Chambers. Recounts meeting some of the extended Williams-Chambers family and recalls his first meeting with the Chambers sisters.

Outgoing correspondence to James Wilson Bixler (AC 1882)
ca. 1916

Box 8: folder 63
Description

Written from Chatham, New Jersey, to "Uncle Wilson."

Correspondence with (to and from) Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916)
1920-1925

Box 8: folder 64
Description

Letters to and from cousin Julius Seelye Bixler detailing the lives of their respective families. The [1924] Jul 27 letter to JSB is full of in-jokes between cousins who were steeped in the study of philosophy and religion; letter of [1924] Jul 29 describes the Seelye family's purchase of land for a house in Syria.

Outgoing correspondence to William J. and Alice C. Seelye
1921 Jul, Dec; 1929 Sep

Box 8: folder 65
Description

3 lively letters to his parents: one recounts the birth of cousin Julius Seelye Bixler's daughter Mary while they were in Beirut; describes the children ("Mary Averett has only ten teeth...she goes to the date box and stuffs herself with dates or steals marmalade with the aid of her fat, crooked forefinger sneaking up over the edge of table"); also describes the Bulgarian student [Paul Slavykoff?] boarding with them. Second letter describes the dangerious situation in the Middle East: "The world out here is in a terrible muddle. All Armenians and Greeks have fled from Adana..." (PDF file available); third letter re a visit with Julius Seelye Bixler '16 family in Beirut; contemporary politics; "achievement of the Graf-Zeppelin," incl. "I hope before I die to cross the Atlantic by air."

Outgoing correspondence to family
1925-1940

Box 8: folder 66
Description

Christmas card (ca. 1932, with tale of "A Cat, Christmas, and the Connecticut Valley) and several letters to family, ranging from the Seelyes' time in Beirut to their work at Bennington College. 1927 letter describes home life in Beirut as well as vignettes about students, including traveling to other schools in the area to teach games (using games as a way to make contact and personal relationships); description of the area, incl.: "I wish you could see Syria in springtime...The ground which in summer is a dusty brown without verdure is now covered with red poppies and yellow and white flowers growing in uncultivated profusion. The highest mountains are covered thickly with snow. Palms and pines are green. The mountain rocks area dark rich brown. The tiled roofs are red. The Mediterranean stretches away in varying shades of cavernous blue. Over it all floods an incomparable sunshine." (PDF file available). [1935] letter describes a visit to Helen Barton Stillwell, sister of Bruce Barton (AC 1907) and Charles Barton (AC 1912) ("the Alpha Delt Bartons").

Outgoing correspondence to relatives and friends
1926-1928

Box 8: folder 67
Description

Chambers, Bertha (Kate C. Seelye's aunt)

[Emerson, Anna Hawley Seelye], "Auntie" – shortly after the Seelyes returned to Beirut from their year in the US. Good letter for details of daily living as well as of the Seelye family's "mild bohemianism," including their collection of white rats and other pets.

"Livy" [a cousin?], including an account of danger in Damascus: "The French have run big streets through the main part of town... They instituted a house-to-house search for rebels, and it seems sure that some hundreds of people were shot in the process. It is the Armenian and Circassian mercenaries that are given the free hand, and anybody who is shot is declared to be a rebel escaping...there has been formal complaint to the French authorities...the rebels have said that they have not engaged in reprisals, but that if it is not stopped, they will not be responsible for what happens to the Christian people in those outside quarters, particularly Armenians."

Robbins, Dorry, re philosophizing about life, incl.: "You can guess from the above that I'm feeling both reminiscent and sentimental this morning. Perhaps that's one result of nearing forty. They say it is a parlous time in life. The difference between three and four sets of tennis at this juncture may enable one's wife to cash in on husband's life insurance earlier or later. With that diminution of muscular vigor probably comes lack of emotional control, a tendency to rehearse the past, the recital of childhood exploits, and finally a senescent doddering"; compares Amherst and AUB: "The Trustees [at AUB] are so far away they don't monkey with the internal affairs of the institution...we never wonder whether the Trustees will favor such or such a policy: we decide that on the merits of the situation"; life at AUB, incl.: "They tolerate benignly my outlandish checked knickers, my poetry-reading where petitionary prayers were the custom, my dinner-table allusions to companionate marriage, my ribaldry at serious moments in Faculty deliberations, my parlor championship of pecularities, and my generally annoying philsophy of preferring differences to similarities. I don't expect or want everyone to be alike, least of all like us. So we get along famously, poking jibes at one another, and each one respecting the other's efforts to meet the situation"; suicide of a favorite maid.

Outgoing correspondence to daughter Dorothea Chambers Seelye
ca. 1934-1942

Box 8: folder 68
Description

Letters to daughter Dorothea during the periods in which Laurens taught at Bennington College (1934-1935) and was president of St. Lawrence University (1935-1940) and up to his departure to teach at the American College for Girls and Robert College 1942-1957). Includes a letter written the day after Pearl Harbor in which he recounts a dinner conversation with an anti-Semite; also a letter written on the voyage to Turkey in which he describes books he's reading (Freuchen's "My Life in the Frozen North," an autobiography of Beatrice Webb, etc.)

Outgoing correspondence to family
1941-1946

Box 8: folder 69
Description

Correspondence from Laurens to his family, especially his now-grown children, from the period in which he taught at the American College for Girls and Robert University.

Outgoing correspondence to family
1947-1949

Box 8: folder 70
Description

Correspondence from Laurens to his family, especially his now-grown children, from the periods in which he taught at the American College for Girls and Robert University. The folder includes the second page of a list of family letters and initials for family members who received them, providing a sense of the way the far-flung Seelyes organized a project in which they all participated.

Outgoing correspondence to family
1950-1955

Box 8: folder 71
Description

Outgoing correspondence to family, especially from Turkey

Outgoing correspondence to family
1950-1955


Description

Correspondence to family from later period of Laurens and Kate Seelye's work in Turkey.

Correspondence to and from Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916)
1950-1960

Box 8: folder 72
Description

Laurens Seelye's correspondence with a close cousin. This file contains both outgoing and incoming correspondence.

Outgoing correspondence regarding a family trip to Israel
1953 Dec 27

Box 8: folder 73
Description

Detailed 5-page typed letter describing a trip to Israel undertaken by Laurens and son Talcott in August, 1953. Includes discussion of historical/political context. PDF file available.

Outgoing correspondence to family
1956-1959

Box 8: folder 74
Description

Correspondence from Laurens from Turkey, New York, and Florida during the last five years of his life.

Outgoing correspondence to family
1960 Mar-May

Box 8: folder 75
Description

Letters to family from the last months of Laurens Seelye's life.

Series 6: Kate Ethel Chambers and Laurens Hickok Seelye: Correspondence and Other Shared Materials
1914-1973

Box 9-10

Series 6, KATE ETHEL CHAMBERS AND LAURENS HICKOK SEELYE: CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER SHARED MATERIALS, contains correspondence between Kate and Laurens, especially from the time of their engagement through their early married life, i.e., from 1914 through the 1920s. There is some later correspondence as well, up to the time of Laurens' death in 1960. This correspondence is specifically theirs – one to the other – as opposed to the family group letters they also shared (for which see especially sub-series 4B and 5-C-2). Series 6 also contains materials related to their wedding (newspaper clippings, invitations, guest list, etc.) and mixed personal and professional materials for the couple.

Sub-series 6A: Kate E. Chambers Seelye: Outgoing Correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1914 [May] - 1959

Box 9

Sub-series 6A: KATE E. CHAMBERS SEELYE: OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE TO LAURENS H. SEELYE, contains letters specifically from Kate to Laurens (i.e., not group letters to family), dating from the period of their engagement and through times they were in different locations during marriage, especially in the first few decades of their life together.

Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1914 [May]-Aug

Box 9: folder 1
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1914 Sep-Dec

Box 9: folder 2
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1915 Jan-May

Box 9: folder 3
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1915 Jun

Box 9: folder 4
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1915 Jul

Box 9: folder 5
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1915 Aug

Box 9: folder 6
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1915 Sep-Dec

Box 9: folder 7
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1916 [Jan-Apr]

Box 9: folder 8
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1916 [May-Aug]

Box 9: folder 9
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1916 [Sep-Dec]

Box 9: folder 10
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1917 [Jan-Apr]

Box 9: folder 11
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1917 [May-Aug]

Box 9: folder 12
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1917 Sep

Box 9: folder 13
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1917 Oct

Box 9: folder 14
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1917 Nov-Dec

Box 9: folder 15
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1918

Box 9: folder 16
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1919 [Sep-Dec]

Box 9: folder 17
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1920 [May-Aug]

Box 9: folder 18
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1920 [Sep-Dec]

Box 9: folder 19
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1921 [May-Aug]

Box 9: folder 20
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1921 [Sep-Dec]

Box 9: folder 21
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1922 [Jan-Aug]

Box 9: folder 22
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1922 [Sep-Dec]

Box 9: folder 23
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1924 [Jan-Dec]

Box 9: folder 24
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1925 [May-Dec]

Box 9: folder 25
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1926 [Mar-Jul]

Box 9: folder 26
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1926 [Aug-Dec]

Box 9: folder 27
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1927 [Jan-Dec]

Box 9: folder 28
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1928 [Jan-Dec]

Box 9: folder 29
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1929 [Jan-Dec]

Box 9: folder 30
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1932 Jul

Box 9: folder 31
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
1952 May

Box 9: folder 32
Outgoing correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye
n.d.

Box 9: folder 33
Sub-series 6B: Laurens H. Seelye: Outgoing Correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1914-1958

Box 9

Sub-series 6B: LAURENS H. SEELYE: OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE TO KATE E. CHAMBERS SEELYE, is the partner to Sub-series 6A, i.e., it is comprised of Laurens' letters to Kate from the period of their engagement through their married life together.

Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers
1914 [May-Oct]

Box 9: folder 34
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers
1915 Jan

Box 9: folder 35
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1915 Feb, Dec

Box 9: folder 36
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1916 Aug

Box 9: folder 37
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1917 Sep

Box 9: folder 38
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1917 Oct

Box 9: folder 39
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1917 Nov

Box 9: folder 40
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1917 Dec

Box 9: folder 41
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1925-1926

Box 9: folder 42

Includes photograph of "French Student Camp, Ile d'Oleron, visited by LHS" and letters written from there in 1925.

Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1930-1939

Box 9: folder 43
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1940-1949

Box 9: folder 44
Outgoing correspondence to Kate E. Chambers Seelye
1950-1959

Box 9: folder 45
Sub-series 6C: Kate E. Chambers and Laurens H. Seelye: Engagement and Wedding Materials
1914-1973

Box 10

Sub-series 6C: KATE E. CHAMBERS AND LAURENS H. SEELYE: ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING MATERIALS, contains correspondence, clippings, and other documentation of the engagement and wedding of Kate Chambers and Laurens Seelye.

Kate E. Chambers: Incoming correspondence from family regarding her engagement
1914 Nov

Box 10: folder 1
Description

Includes a "known unknowns" postcard of William Nesbitt Chambers to Kate: "We all know that all know what each one knows of the quesion which so few people know..." (niece Ann Irvine suggested this postcard was about Kate's engagement announcement, but WNC seems to be aware of the possibility of outsiders reading it and avoids specifics).

Laurens H. Seelye: Incoming correspondence from William Nesbitt Chambers regarding Seelye's engagement
1914 Nov

Box 10: folder 2
Kate E. Chambers: Incoming correspondence regarding her engagement (1 of 2)
1915 Feb

Box 10: folder 3
Kate E. Chambers: Incoming correspondence regarding her engagement (2 of 2)
1915 Feb

Box 10: folder 4
Laurens H. Seelye: Incoming correspondence regarding his engagement (1 of 2)
1915 Feb

Box 10: folder 5
Laurens H. Seelye: Incoming correspondence regarding his engagement (2 of 2)
1915 Feb-Apr

Box 10: folder 6
Wedding materials
1915 Feb-Oct

Box 10: folder 7
Description

Invitation, newspaper clippings, plans, etc., including two notes from Laurenus Clark Seelye, who officiated at the wedding.

Laurens H. Seelye: Thoughts on the eve of his wedding
1915 Oct

Box 10: folder 8
Description

Journal-style composition.

Incoming correspondence from invitees who were unable to attend the wedding
1915

Box 10: folder 9
Julius Seelye Bixler's reminiscence of the Chambers-Seelye wedding
1973 Oct

Box 10: folder 10
Description

Reflections by Laurens Seelye's cousin Julius (AC 1916) of the October 1915 wedding of Kate and Laurens Seelye. Probably written for a family gathering to remember Kate and Laurens -- Kate had died in May, 1973.

Sub-series 6D: Kate E. Chambers and Laurens H. Seelye: Miscellaneous Materials
ca. 1920-1980

Box 10

Sub-series 6D: KATE E. CHAMBERS AND LAURENS H. SEELYE: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, contains Laurens Seelye's diaries, notes, and address books; miscellaneous ephemera that belonged to one or both Seelyes; a lock of hair belonging to toddler Katharine Laurens Seelye, and miscellaneous publications.

Laurens H. Seelye: Diary notes and address book (in envelopes)
1919-1960

Box 10

3 volumes and multiple packets of loose notes with personal and professional content; some notes in shorthand.

Miscellaneous ephemera
ca. 1920-1973

Box 10: folder 11

Brochure for the American University of Beirut (1964-1965 school year)

"Yuvam Ana Mektebi" (a preschool daily program flyer)

"A Strange Situation,": reprinted letter or editorial from the "Boston Post," April 10, 1936, regarding Communist infilatration of the WPA

Page from "Fiat Lux" (Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y.) with brief article about a talk to be given by Laurens Seelye (1926 Apr 13)

Pages from "Civil Liberties" (with Robert Berger cover); and "Whole Earth Newsletter" (both ca. 1973)

3 postcards: 2 from "Au Petit trou" restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, and 1 from "La Tour d'Argent," "the oldest restaurant in Paris" (holiday card: "the number of your duck is...")

"Home Missionary Contributions to Education," by Sherrod Soule
ca. 1926

Box 10: folder 12
Description

Article from [the Congregationalist] by Sherrod Soule summarizing contributions of college presidents to the missionary enterprise in the United States. Useful summary includes Amherst presidents and alumni. PDF available.

Katharine Laurens Seelye (1930-1934): locks of hair in an envelope marked "K.L.S."
ca. 1930

Box 10: folder 13
Miscellaneous publications, some including articles by Kate and/or Laurens Seelye
1932-1964

Box 10: folder 14
Description

Yeni bilgi: bilgi yolu ile birlik (1950 Mar 1)

Bilgi - aylik fikir sanat ve meslek mecmuasi - sayi: 72 (1953 Mar 1954)

Newsletter of the Middle East Institute, Vol. I, No. 7, includes article by the Seelyes on "Arifye Village Institute" (1949 Mar 30)

Istanbul American Colleges, Alumni Bulletin, (Fall, 1964)

"Jerusalem at Worship, Part One: Holy Week and Easter," by Charles Thorley Bridgeman (1932, Syrian Orphanage Press): catalogued

Promissory note from Sh. Mohammed of Shimlan to the Seelyes
1933

Box 10: folder 15
Laurens H. Seelye: Football scrapbook (Amherst and other institutions)
(bulk ca. 1935-1938)

Box 10: folder 15A
Scope and content:

Scrapbook comprised primarily of newspaper clippings and entitled: "Amherst: Snapshots of Amherst College Football, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Baseball, Track and Tennis and Outside College Football and Track...Farther on Major League Baseball."

Physical characteristics:

Items partially and loosely attached.

Julius S. Bixler (AC 1916) to grandchildren of Laurens and Kate re genealogy
1974 Jul 25

Box 10: folder 16

Good document for general Seelye family information and for character and history of Laurens H. Seelye. PDF file available.

Sub-series 6E: Final Illness and Death of Laurens H. Seelye
1960-1961

Box 10

Sub-series 6E: FINAL ILLNESS AND DEATH OF LAURENS H. SEELYE, 1960-1961, consists of obituaries, a reminiscence by cousin Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916), and incoming sympathy cards and notes to Kate.

Obituaries for Laurens H. Seelye
1960 Aug-Sep

Box 10: folder 17
Description

Obituaries for Laurens H. Seelye, who died on August 21, 1960

Julius Seelye Bixler (AC 1916) re Laurens H. Seelye
1960 Aug-Sep

Box 10: folder 18

Laurens Seelye's cousin Julius Seelye Bixler: letter to Dorothea S. Franck regarding her father; copy of Bixler's "Resume of talk by J. Seelye Bixler at Memorial Service for Laurens H. Seelye": biographical content, reminiscences.

Search Terms
Bixler, Julius Seelye, 1894-1985

Incoming correspondence re Laurens H. Seelye's death
1960 Aug

Box 10: folder 19
Incoming correspondence re Laurens H. Seelye's death
1960 Sep-Dec

Box 10: folder 20
Incoming correspondence re Laurens H. Seelye's death
[1960], 1961

Box 10: folder 21

Sympathy letters to Kate, including one from Charles Habib Malik, prominent Lebanese diplomat.

Search Terms
Malik, Charles Habib

Series 7: Dorothea Chambers Seelye Franck and Peter Goswyn Franck
ca. 1924-1988

Box 11-12

Series 7, DOROTHEA CHAMBERS SEELYE FRANCK AND PETER GOSWYN FRANCK, ca. 1924-1980, provides a solid outline of the kind of wide-ranging professional and charitable work that both Francks performed. A May 1980 group letter from the couple to friends describes their "geo-marital" record and the consequent geographical setting for much of the content of Series 7: "...our geo-marital record: 1945-56 -- Washington, D.C.; 1956-65 -- Robert College, Istanbul; 1966-80 -- Syracuse University, with a semester in Amsterdam and two years in Zaire" and "for 1980-81 P [Peter] will be visiting prof in the new School of Business at the American University of Beirut." (Box 11 F20).

The series also contains a modest selection of material from Dorothea Franck's youth as well as multiple folders of outgoing correspondence to family and friends, much of it highly descriptive of the political events of a given period and of how the Francks viewed the events.

Sub-series 7D contains manuscript drafts for Dorothea Franck's young readers book "Kate to Kuwait," based on her family's experiences in the Middle East.

[Dorothea C. Seelye]: Artwork for her mother
ca. 1924

Box 11: folder 1

2 sheets and an envelope: what seems to be a "route" for Dotty on one sheet and a "route" for "Mummy" on the other (perhaps showing their Beirut neighborhood). In red and blue pencil.

Dorothea C. Seelye: Grade 11 report card from the American Community School in Beirut
1932-1933

Box 11: folder 2
Sub-series 7A: Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming Correspondence
1930-1971


Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming correspondence
1930-1935

Box 11: folder 3
Description

Letters from friends, including several from writer Edward Everett Fenton (AC 1937); Dorothea C. Blaisdell (aunt) and Ann Lang Blaisdell (niece, aged about 5); handdrawn "puzzle" by siblings Talcott and Muriel with Valentine card to Dorothea at Bryn Mawr.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming correspondence
1936-1939

Box 11: folder 4
Description

Letters from friends and family, including Aunt Dorothea C. Blaisdell; Margaret Dodge Garrett (before and after her marriage); Doudou Danelian, a family friend from Turkey; Stuart Carter Dodd (see also his 1920s correspondence to Laurens H. Seelye); Afif I.Tannous, one of Laurens H. Seelye's former students, answering at length to Dorothea's inquiries about relations in the Middle East between Arab and Jewish students; and grandmother Alice Clarke Seelye.

Search Terms
Dodd, Stuart Carter, 1900-1975

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming correspondence
1940-1949

Box 11: folder 5
Description

Letter from [Mary Alice Clarke Seelye], Dorothea's paternal grandmother; telegram from D. [Donald] V. McGranahan directing Seelye to report to work to the "Analysis Division." McGranahan was a social psychologist and German analyst in the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service. In addition to her work with McGranahan, Seelye also worked for the Office of Strategic Services in Egypt during WWII. In addition: letter from Muriel and Mary Averett Seelye writing from Aintayne, the family's home in Plainfield, Mass.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming correspondence
1950-1959

Box 11: folder 6

Letter from Dorothea N. Chambers Blaisdell to Dorothea re the loss of a friend [Alicia].

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming letter from friend in Beirut, esp re the American Community School in Beirut
1964 Oct

Box 11: folder 7
Description

Description of the American Community School, "an island of Americanism," and whether it would be appropriate for the Franck's daughter Karen.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Incoming correspondence
1970s

Box 11: folder 8

Isma'il R. A. al Faruqi re mutual acquaintances from Jordan and Palestinians who might speak at a forthcoming program "America and the Near East." Verso contains draft for a forthcoming memorial about Kate Seelye.

Sub-series 7B: Dorothea C. S. and Peter G. Franck: Outgoing Correspondence
1930-1988


Dorothea C. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family and friends
1930-1939

Box 11: folder 9
Description

Includes envelope with draft doggerel; multiple letters to friends and family, incl. Aug 7, 1937 describing visit to New York City's "Syrian quarters just off the Battery" and the Nicholas Abaid Confectioners, with brochure of the establishment.

Dorothea C. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family and friends
1940-1949

Box 11: folder 10
[Dorothea C. Seelye Franck]: Birthday and commemorative verses for the family
ca. 1942-1973

Box 11: folder 11

Samples of the family's tradition of writing verses for each other on special occasions. Includes a typescript copy [from LHS?] of "A Dabkeh Song" ("Arab folk circle dance" per Wikipedia).

Dorothea and Peter Franck: Wedding announcement
1944 Dec

Box 11: folder 12
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family
1950-1959

Box 11: folder 13
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Round-robin letters to friends
1957-1961

Box 11: folder 14
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family
1960-1969

Box 11: folder 15
Dorothea and Peter Franck: 25th wedding anniversary materials
1969 Dec

Box 11: folder 16
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family and friends
1970-1979

Box 11: folder 17
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family, commencing with the beginning of their years in Beirut
1980

Box 11: folder 18
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family and friends, including "vignettes" of places in the Middle East
1981

Box 11: folder 19

Correspondence from the Francks' in Beirut, including "vignettes" of: Belmont Abbey above Tripoli, Lebanon; Aleppo, Syria; the village of Freike, Lebanon; Tyre, Lebanon and other places in Lebanon.

Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family, including "vignettes" of places in the Middle East
1982-1983

Box 11: folder 20

Outgoing correspondence to family members, including firsthand accounts of warfare in the Middle East in 1982 and a vignette (Nov, 1983) from the Sabra-Shatila refugee camps on the outskirts of West Beirut (PDF file available)

Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family
1984

Box 11: folder 21
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family
1985

Box 11: folder 22
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to famly
1986

Box 11: folder 23
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Outgoing correspondence to family
1987-1988

Box 11: folder 24
Sub-series 7C: Dorothea C. S. and Peter G. Franck: Professional Materials
ca. 1937-1988


Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Miscellaneous writings
(bulk ca. 1937-1985)

Box 11: folder 25

Miscellaneous articles, manuscripts, drafts, including: "Camp Gaylord White" (published in "The Laurentian," 1937); "Doolittle, Bourguiba and Me" re Hooker Doolittle and Habib Bourguiba; "UTAIM -- for the Mentally Handicapped" re Tunisian group; "Fighting Over a 'Front Seat in Paradise'" re living in Lebanon during a dangerous time; "Dorothy Thompson, AFME and Me -- Memories over the Decades" re Thompson and her connection with the American Friends of the Middle East; "The Liberation of Zaire's Mothers: Part and Parcel of Mobutu's Popular Revolutionary Movement"; "Zaire Zig-Zags into Its Rough Economic Future"; "To Stay or Not to Stay: Back Home in Central Africa"; "Community Action with INTER-ACTION: Maine's Ed Berman Sparks London's Innter Cities"

Peter G. Franck: Miscellaneous materials, including correspondence
1950-1959

Box 11: folder 26

Photographic brochure for "Geographic School Bulletins of the National Geographic Society"; letter of recommendation for Muriel C. Seelye to Stanford University.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Materials from the "International Seminar on 'Cultural Diversity, Racial Tensions and Human Rights'" in Kahlenberg, Austria
1960 Aug

Box 11: folder 27
Turkish American Women's Group: Activity schedules, newsletters, financial statements
1960-1962

Box 11: folder 28

Includes flyer "Excerpts from the Proposed Rules and Regulations"

Dorothea and Peter Franck: Seminar materials
[1960]-1963

Box 11: folder 29

Programs, participant lists, reports for two seminars: "The Role of Europe in Building a Peaceful World" (Austria, 1961) and "Community Development Problems" (Izmir, Turkey, 1963). The file includes six 8"x10" black and white photographs that seem to belong with the Izmir conference.

Miscellaneous publications from Turkey
1961-1964

Box 11: folder 30

"Campus News" (American College for Girls/Robert College), Issue 2 (1961 Nov 24); "Istanbul American Colleges: Alumni Bulletin" (1962 Nov and 1963 Jun); "Turkey News" (American College for Girls/Robert College; 1964 Jun); "Campus Chronicle" (American College for Girls; 1964 Nov 16); "The College Times" (Robert College 1964 Dec 8); "Turkish-American Women's Group Handbook 1963-1964"; 2 brochures from the "Turkish-American University Association": general flyer and calendar of events (1964 Jan).

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Mission to Syria" (about early missionaries) and "Cyrus Hamlin's Centennial"
ca. 1962

Box 11: folder 31
Dorothea S. Franck: "Aliye Berger -- Innovator in Etching"
ca. 1962-1963

Box 11: folder 32

File includes article by Godfrey Goodwin of Robert College, "Art in Turkey: Aliye Berger-Boronai"

Turkish American Women's Group: Activity schedules, newsletters, financial statements, handbook
1963-1965

Box 11: folder 33

Includes "Turkish-American Women's Group Handbook, 1963-64."

Dorothea and Peter Franck: Documents re a community development program in Kisirkaya, Turkey
1963-1965

Box 11: folder 34
Related material:

Papers relating to community development programs for Turkey, with the village of Kisirkaya as a sample project. See also "Further Development of a Program...," August, 1977.

Dorothea S. Franck: "International Workcamping in Turkey" (Work Camps Promotion Association of Turkey)
ca. 1964

Box 11: folder 35

Dorothea Franck's promotional literature for workcamping in Turkey: "UNESCO defines a work camp as a 'group of people living and learning together in simple conditions and working together voluntarily, especially by manual labor, for the benefit of the community." File includes draft for DSF's proposed story, "The Bundle of Twigs," based on her "experience in Turkish villages and with international work camp projects and participants."

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: drafts for letters re Arab-Israeli conflict, etc.; published editorial "Israel's Rejection"
ca. 1965; ca. 1982

Box 11: folder 36
Description

One letter to the editor of the "Morningsider," her local paper: a response to an article by Congressman [Leo Joseph?] Ryan re the U.S. relationship with Nasser's Egypt and Israel; draft letter to Peter Riccio re the St. Lawrence Univ. Kalon-Kixioc circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Die Geschichte vom musikalischen Kater Tobias" (Franck's children's book "The Cat Who Loved Bach" in German, Eberhard Binder, Illus.)
1966

Box 11: folder 37
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Sketches of Mardin neighborhood of William Frederic Williams and hand-drawn maps of Ottoman Empire and Middle East
[1970]

Box 11: folder 38
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Photographs and postcards from Turkey
ca. 1970s

Box 11: folder 39

Eleven 3 1/2" x 5" photographs of street scenes in [Turkey] and four postcards of Diyarbakir and Silvan in Turkey.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Outline for proposed book "Yankees from New York to the Garden of Eden"
1970s

Box 11: folder 40
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: notes for articles about brother Talcott W. Seelye, with reference to Hooker Doolittle
ca. 1972

Box 11: folder 41
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Documents re Middle Eastern artifacts (seals and bas reliefs) from her great-grandfather William Frederic Williams
(bulk 1974-1985)

Box 11: folder 42
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Report with Recommendations on the Further Development of a Program to Stimulate the Production and Marketing of Turkish Handicrafts"
1977 Aug

Box 11: folder 43
Related material:

See also "Documents re a community development program in Kisirkaya, Turkey," 1963-1965

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Speeches and articles for the Plainfield Congregational Church (Plainfield, Mass.), especially re interpretating the Middle East
1979-1987

Box 11: folder 44
Dorothea Franck: "Finger crochet" articles, photographs, instructions
ca. 1979-1989

Box 11: folder 45

Materials relating to Franck's development of the "finger crochet" technique and her publication "Finger Crochet, or How to Make String Things with No Things But String."

Dorothea S. Franck: "Altan and Bahri Produce Chickens for Turkey," paper regarding a program of the Development Foundation of Turkey
1979 Sep

Box 11: folder 46
Dorothea S. Franck: "The Story of DFT" [Development Foundation of Turkey], a report on Turkish agriculture
ca. 1980-1984

Box 11: folder 47
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Articles about the Francks
ca. 1980-1989

Box 11: folder 48
Dorothea and Peter Franck: Photographs from a family reunion in Beirut
1981

Box 11: folder 49

Snapshots from a family reunion in Beirut that included Talcott and Joan Seelye; Dorothea and Peter Franck; Ann Irvine, and Mary Averett Seelye. See also Folder in Box 11 containing photographs of Mary Averett Seelye on the same trip.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: 2 issues of "AJME News"
1982 Jan-Mar

Box 11: folder 50

Two issues of "Americans for Justice in the Middle East," for which Dorothea Franck was editor.

Dorothea and Peter Franck: Writings about Israel
1982-1984

Box 11: folder 51

Three articles: "Effects of Israel's Occupation on Lebanon" (1982); "Israel's Pyrrhic Victory: Financial Crisis Follows Lebanon Campaign" (1983) and "Persecution in Exile" [1983-1984].

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Material about Malcolm Kerr, President of the American University of Beirut
1984-1985

Box 11: folder 52

Includes photocopy of a letter from Kerr to Mary-Averett Seelye written 8 days before he was assassinated on January 18, 1984; "A family's love affair with the Middle East," a newspaper article by Dorothea Franck written two days after Kerr died; "A Tribute to Malcolm Kerr and Our Shared Roots," article by Dorothea Franck written the week after Kerr's death. File includes associated articles about the situation in Beirut in the mid-1980s.

Peter G. Franck: Materials relating to Development Foundation of Turkey (DFT) work, especially re poultry production
1984-1988

Box 11: folder 53

Includes Peter Franck's summary, "Are DFT's Social Goals in Danger?" re "social and economic integration of the underprivileged, low-income villager in Eastern Turkey into modernizing, urban-oriented society without his abandoning village life."

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Back Home to Beirut, 1980-1984, a Memoir" (manuscript draft)
1985 Feb

Box 11: folder 54

Manuscript (first draft) by Dorothea S. Franck and dedicated to Ambassador Malcolm Kerr, who was assassinated in 1984. "Most of this memoir is written from the perspective of June, 1984, before the Francks left Beirut. The concluding chapters are written from the perspective of February, 1985, in Tunisia."

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Letters to and articles for newspapers and journals, especially re Middle East topics
1985-1987

Box 11: folder 55

Includes typescript (article?) about a visit to the "Church of Saint Sarkis" (Surp Sarkis) in Diyarbakir (n.d., ca. 1980s).

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Plage Chaffar -- Unspoiled, Uninhabited, but not Unadorned": manuscript about "Plage Beach" in Tunisia with illustrations by and article about cousin Robert Blaisdell
1986

Box 11: folder 56
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Notes from a trip to Wiesbaden, Germany
1986

Box 11: folder 57
Peter G. Franck: Articles (including drafts and correspondence) re his work on Islamic banking
1988-1989

Box 11: folder 58

Articles and papers relating to "Islamic Banks: Competitive Coexistence with Conventional Banks" (presented at the Middle East Studies Association of American workshop, 1988); "Islamic Banking: Concept and Experience" (published by the newsletter of Intercap Investments, 1989).

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: Obituaries
1988

Box 11: folder 59
Peter G. Franck: Obituaries and related material
1989

Box 11: folder 60
Sub-series 7D: Dorothea Franck: Manuscript Drafts for Her Young Readers Book "Kate to Kuwait"
ca. 1959

Box 12

An early reader described Dorothea Franck's story "Kate to Kuwait" as a "vehicle to describe Beirut." Dorothea Franck herself wrote that the story was "based on our summer visit to Kuwait from our home in Turkey...to introduce Kuwait and its Arab neighbors to you."

The manuscript is in at least two versions, and the folders are loosely divided among parts, including some parts Franck intended to cut.

Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 1: outline and chapter sketches; one reader response
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 1
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 2: Introduction and draft 1, part 1
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 2
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 2a: draft 1, part 2
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 3
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 3: draft 1, part 3
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 4
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 4: alternate section a
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 5
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 5: alternate section b
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 6
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 6: draft 2 part 1
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 7
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 7: draft 2, part 2
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 8
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 8: draft 2, part 3
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 9
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 9: draft 2, part 4
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 10
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 10: draft 2, part 5
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 11
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 11: sections to be cut
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 12
Dorothea C. Seelye Franck: "Kate to Kuwait," manuscript draft, Folder 12: sections to be cut, continued
ca. 1959

Box 12: folder 13
Series 8: Mary-Averett Seelye
ca. 1925-2006

Box 13-17

Series 8, MARY-AVERETT SEELYE, ca. 1926-2006, contains personal and professional materials relating to the second oldest child of Kate and Laurens Seelye, whose early interests in the arts led to a career in the theater and as a dancer. The series contains Mary-Averett's outgoing correspondence to family members (typically in the form of group letters) dating from her school and college years through her adulthood, with the bulk of the material falling between approximately 1955 and 1970. There is a smaller amount of incoming personal correspondence.

The series also includes a small section of miscellaneous early schoolwork suggesting the influence of her youth in the Middle East as well as her early interest in the arts.

Mary-Averett Seelye's professional papers comprise the largest section of series 8, documenting her early work in theater, her career producing works for the Theatre Lobby in Washington, D.C., and her subsequent long solo career. This section contains a wide variety of material, including correspondence with others in her field, publicity materials, reviews, photographs of her performances, paperwork for grants, etc. The material is encompassing enough for a researcher to follow her career from her college years to her last performances in the late 2000s. A subsequent gift of a three-DVD set of late performances and interviews produced by Vin Grabill is also available.

A Consecrated Eminence blog post about Mary-Averett Seeye featuring several photographs was published in December 2016 under the title "A Dancer in the Family: Mary-Averett Seelye": https://consecratedeminence.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/a-dancer-in-the-family-mary-averett-seelye/

Sub-series 8A: Mary-Averett Seelye: Family Correspondence
1930-1989

Box 13
Incoming birthday greetings (including poems) for Seelye's [16th] birthday
1935; n.d.

Box 13: folder 1
Mary-Averett Seelye: Incoming correspondence
ca. 1945-1970

Box 13: folder 2
Incoming birthday greetings (including poems)
ca. 1999-2001

Box 13: folder 3
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1930-1939

Box 13: folder 4
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1940-1943; 1949

Box 13: folder 5
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1950-1954

Box 13: folder 6
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1955-1957

Box 13: folder 7
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1958

Box 13: folder 8
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1959

Box 13: folder 9
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1960

Box 13: folder 10
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1961

Box 13: folder 11
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1962

Box 13: folder 12
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1963

Box 13: folder 13
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1964

Box 13: folder 14
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1965

Box 13: folder 15
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1966

Box 13: folder 16
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1967

Box 13: folder 17
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1968-1969

Box 13: folder 18
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1970-1979

Box 13: folder 19
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1980-1989

Box 13: folder 20
Mary-Averett Seelye: Outgoing correspondence
1990-1999

Box 13: folder 21
Sub-series 8B: Mary-Averett Seelye: Miscellaneous Personal Papers
ca. 1925-1999

Box 13
Mary-Averett Seelye: Schoolwork drawings
ca. 1925-1934

Box 13: folder 22
Mary-Averett Seelye: Journal
1929 Apr-May

Box 13: folder 23
Mary-Averett Seelye: Schoolwork compositions and exercises
ca. 1929-1935

Box 13: folder 24
Mary-Averett Seelye: Illustrated compositions
ca. 1930-1934

Box 13: folder 25
Mary-Averett Seelye: "Scientia," publication of the American Community School of Beirut
1932 Jun

Box 13: folder 26
Description

Student publication (mimeograph copy) of the American Community School of Beirut includes work by Dorothea, Mary Averett, and Talcott Seelye; Margaret and David Dodge; Edward Nichol; Daniel Leavitt; Ruth Riggs, and other children of staff at AUB.

Mary-Averett Seelye:"Collection of leaves for science"
ca. 1932

Box 13: folder 27
Description

"Jeanne d'Arc"-brand notebook with approximately 20 identified leaves taped in place.

Mary-Averett Seelye:"Adventures in Transjordan" (composition with photographs)
ca. 1933

Box 13: folder 28
Mary-Averett Seelye: Yearbook, "Burnham Pudding," from Mary A. Burnham School (Northampton, Mass.)
1935

Box 13: folder 29
Mary-Averett Seelye: "Phillips Brooks"-brand calendars, including appointments
1935, 1942, 1943, 1945

Box 13: folder 30
Correspondence re Thomas Eakins' painting "The Swimming Hole"
(bulk 1994)

Box 13: folder 31
Genealogical materials (1 of 3)
(bulk ca. 1990-1999)

Box 13: folder 32
Genealogical materials (2 of 3)
(bulk ca. 1990-1999)

Box 13: folder 33
Genealogical materials (3 of 3)
(bulk ca. 1990-1999)

Box 13: folder 34
Sub-series 8C: Mary-Averett Seelye: Professional Papers
ca. 1935-2006

Box Boxes 14-17
Early career
ca. 1935-1972

Box 14
Resumes and other biographical documents
n.d.

Box 14: folder 1
Notes from a Bennington College dance class with Martha Hill
1935-1936

Box 14: folder 2
"Mrs. Jurji's Husband Breaks Through" (story)
[ca. 1935-1942]

Box 14: folder 2A
"Kind Lady" performances by the Community Players of Canton, New York
1939

Box 14: folder 3
Post- Bennington College work
1939-1949

Box 14: folder 4
Program for American Red Cross benefit: St. Joan
1940 Mar

Box 14: folder 5

Includes letter to Seelye from the producer, Erwin Piscator, and autograph from Tom Doremus, who played "the Dauphin's page." Seelye was "Assistant to Mr. Piscator," listed on the credits page.

Music score: "Abstraction is Liberation" by Zoi Williams; choreography by Seelye
1940 May

Box 14: folder 6
Miscellaneous writings: "Where to, 'Carousel'?" (1945); "Performance Emotion: To Be, or Not to Be" (n.d.), etc.
(bulk ca. 1942-1975)

Box 14: folder 6A
Class notes from University of North Carolina graduate work; newspaper clipping about Seelye
ca. 1943

Box 14: folder 7
Early theater-related ephemera from performances Seelye attended
1940-1949

Box 14: folder 8
Trio Theatre programmes
ca. 1940-1942

Box 14: folder 9
Papers relating to work with the Trio Theatre
ca. 1940-1947

Box 14: folder 10
Trio Theatre interview with NBC (transcript)
1942 Feb

Box 14: folder 11
"Words and dance as an integrated medium" (article in "Dance Observer")
1942 Oct

Box 14: folder 12
Seelye's play "Fleas and Figs" (play; photocopy)
ca. 1943

Box 14: folder 13
Miscellaneous work
ca. 1943-1959

Box 14: folder 14
Graduate thesis for University of North Carolina
1944

Box 14: folder 15
"Program in Drama Therapy" for Veteran's Administration Facility, Northampton, Mass.
1945 Jun-Sep

Box 14: folder 16
Permissions correspondence (MAS requesting permission to use poems in her work)
1947

Box 14: folder 17

Letter from John [McCullough] re his work "The World is Round," with his publisher's permission in a separate letter.

Typed letter from Wallace Stevens re "The Mechanical Optimist" on "Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company" letterhead.

Typed letter from Bob Lax, at one time the agent for writer Thomas Merton.

Two typed letters from Alan C. Collins of Curtis Brown, Ltd. re use of "Missing" by A. A. Milne.

Performance with Eleanor King in New York
1947 Dec

Box 14: folder 18
Washington Workshop Production Group materials: correspondence, flyers, programmes, etc.
ca. 1949

Box 14: folder 18A
Correspondence with poet Frances Fergusson (1904-1986)
1952-1977

Box 14: folder 19
Correspondence with poet Kimon Friar (1911-1993)
1958-1967

Box 14: folder 20
Miscellaneous papers re her work with the American Association of University Women
ca. 1950-1969

Box 14: folder 21
Notes for her performances
ca. 1950-1979

Box 14: folder 22
Press releases
1960-1969

Box 14: folder 23
Participation sessions sponsored by Smithsonian
1960-1979

Box 14: folder 24
Poetry in Dance (pre-Kinesis) press releases
1960-1972

Box 14: folder 25
Articles by Mary-Averett Seelye
1960-1989

Box 14: folder 26
Papers related to Poetry in Dance performances
1967

Box 14: folder 27
Interview with Rudd Manning and Evelyn de la Tour
1968

Box 14: folder 28
Papers related to Poetry in Dance performances in Green Bay, Wisc.
1970-1971

Box 14: folder 29
Documents re the "Environmental Curriculum Cooperative"
1970

Box 14: folder 30
Work with Theatre Lobby, Washington, D.C.
ca. 1949-2006

Box 14
Mary Goldwater: photographs
1950-1959; ca. 1980

Box 14: folder 31
Theatre Lobby programmes
ca. 1950-1970

Box 14: folder 32
Theatre Lobby: photographs from various performances (1 of 3)
ca. 1951-1959

Box 14: folder 32A

Includes a few photographs by Gretchen Van Tassell (1918-2011).

Theatre Lobby: photographs from various performances (2 of 3)
ca. 1951-1959

Box 14: folder 32B
Theatre Lobby: photographs from various performances (3 of 3)
ca. 1951-1959

Box 14: folder 32C
Articles about Theatre Lobby
1951-2006

Box 14: folder 33
"A Message to Theatre Lobby"
1959 Jan

Box 14: folder 34
Mary Goldwater memorial service materials
1985

Box 14: folder 35
Theatre Lobby Trust Fund papers (re establishment of)
ca. 1986

Box 14: folder 36
Theatre Lobby Goldwater Awards -- general information, including lists of recipients
1987-2004

Box 14: folder 37
Theatre Lobby Goldwater Awards -- certificates
1987-1994

Box 14: folder 38
Theatre Lobby Goldwater Awards -- certificates
1995-2003

Box 14: folder 39
Theatre Lobby: general information, including biographical information about its members
ca. 2000-2006

Box 14: folder 40
Theatre Lobby: play scripts
1956-1960

Box 14
Programme, sketches, and annotated script for Chekhov's "Three sisters"
1956

Box 14: folder 41
Script, photographs, reviews, and congratulatory letters re Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
1958

Box 14: folder 42

Includes handwritten note from Samuel Beckett congratulating Seelye on the performance of his play. Transcript in file.

Notes, photographs, sheet music, and set illustration for Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 43
Photographs and sheet music for Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 44
Script for Jean Anouilh's "Antigone"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 45
Script, production notes, and photographs for Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 46
Script for Moliere's "Intellectual Ladies"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 47
Script for Eugene Labiche and Marc Michel's "A Leghorn Hat"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 48
Script for Jean Anouilh's "Ring Around the Moon"
[1955-1959]

Box 14: folder 49
Untitled script [by Mary Averett Seelye] about plight of Armenians in World War I
n.d.

Box 14: folder 50
Later career: Poetry-in-Dance and Kinesis
(bulk ca. 1970-2006)

Box 15
Papers relating to grants
(bulk ca. 1970-1989)

Box 15: folder 1
Kinesis: Early request for grant funding
(bulk 1972-1974)

Box 15: folder 2
Press releases
(bulk ca. 1972-1990)

Box 15: folder 3
"Poetry-in-Dance" contract with Lafayette College
(bulk 1973)

Box 15: folder 4
Letters re permission to use poems
(bulk 1973; 1992)

Box 15: folder 5
Kinesis: Early notes and budget materials
(bulk 1973-1990)

Box 15: folder 6
Papers related to the "Poetry-in-Dance" performance at the University of Idaho
(bulk 1974)

Box 15: folder 7
Notes about set design, especially that of Betty Klavun
(bulk ca. 1976-1977)

Box 15: folder 8
Papers related to Artucopia performance, Marvin Center Theater, George Washington University
(bulk 1977)

Box 15: folder 9
"Poetry-in-Dance" performance at New York's "Theater of the Open Eye"
(bulk 1977 Nov-1978 Jan)

Box 15: folder 10
Papers related to Corcoran proposal and performances
(bulk 1978-1979)

Box 15: folder 11
Interview with Theresa Bowers for the "Bennington Summer School of the Dance Project" (transcript and correspondence)
(bulk 1979)

Box 15: folder 12
Letters of recommendation for or interest in Seelye's work
(bulk 1979-1995)

Box 15: folder 13
Kinesis: Proposal to construct and run a theater
(bulk ca. 1980-1989)

Box 15: folder 14
Fund-raising samples
(bulk ca. 1980-1999)

Box 15: folder 15
Performance in Beirut
(bulk 1981)

Box 15: folder 16
Kinesis: Audience feedback questionnaires
(bulk 1981)

Box 15: folder 17
"YWCA's Y-Arts" performances
(bulk 1982 Oct-1983 Mar)

Box 15: folder 18
Workshop notes
(bulk ca. 1983)

Box 15: folder 19
"YWCA's Y-Arts" performances
(bulk 1984 Mar-Apr)

Box 15: folder 20
"Dance Arts Moving Arts" and "Dance Exchange" performances
(bulk 1984 Sep-1985 Jun)

Box 15: folder 21
Interview with Libby Hughes (incomplete)
(bulk ca. 1984)

Box 15: folder 22
Correspondence with Richard Wilbur and James Merrill
(bulk 1985-1994)

Box 15: folder 23
"Dance Arts Moving Arts" performances
(bulk 1986 Mar-Oct)

Box 15: folder 24
Mt. Vernon college performance
(bulk 1986 Jun-1987 Jan)

Box 15: folder 25
Kinesis workshop notes
(bulk 1987 Mar)

Box 15: folder 26
Thesis about Seelye's work by Nisa M. Gatesman, George Washington University
(bulk 1987)

Box 15: folder 27
"Radishes and Flowers: A Wallace Stevens Feast" :planning materials for performances
(bulk 1987-1989)

Box 15: folder 28
"Radishes and Flowers": promotional materials, reviews
(bulk 1987-1989)

Box 15: folder 29
"Kinesis Presents": promotional materials package (a compilation of materials from her career)
(bulk ca. 1990)

Box 15: folder 30
Kinesis grant paperwork for public school program
(bulk ca. 1990-1998)

Box 15: folder 31
Correspondence with poet Josephine Jacobsen, including interview with her and related materials
(bulk ca. 1991-1998)

Box 15: folder 32
Ellipse Arts Center performances (includes photographs)
(bulk 1992 Jan-Apr)

Box 15: folder 33
Gunston Arts Center performances
(bulk 1993 Jun-1994 Jun)

Box 15: folder 34
Correspondence with Corey R. Powers re set design
(bulk 1995 Sep-Oct)

Box 15: folder 35
Performances in Plainfield, Mass.
(bulk 1996-1997)

Box 15: folder 36
Ridgehaven Art Institute performances
(bulk 1997)

Box 15: folder 37
Barnes Noble performances
(bulk 1998 Feb-Apr)

Box 15: folder 38
Creighton Center performance
(bulk 1998 Sep)

Box 15: folder 39
Thank-you notes from children
(bulk 1998)

Box 15: folder 40
Kinesis program questionnaire
(bulk 1998)

Box 15: folder 42
Papers related to late performances
(bulk 1998-1999)

Box 15: folder 42
Correspondence to, from, and about Turkish poet Bulent Ecevit
(bulk 1999-2000)

Box 15: folder 43
"Archives project": papers relating to video project
(bulk 2000-2004)

Box 15: folder 44
Copies of poems used in or considered for Seelye's performances
(bulk n.d.)

Box 15: folder 45
Copies of poems used in or considered for Seelye's performances, with her notes
(bulk n.d.)

Box 15: folder 46
Interview with "MAN" (incomplete)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 47
General correspondence: incoming and outgoing
(bulk 1945-2007)

Box 16
General correspondence
1945-1959

Box 16: folder 1

Includes letters from Martha Hill (Bennington College); artist Irene Rice Pereira; writer and activist Lillian Eugenia Smith (writing from the Laurel Falls Camp for Girls in Clayton, Georgia); psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann; poet Christopher Fry; historian Gerald Edward Alymer; English theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie, et al.

Incoming correspondence from [Captain] Leif Staff
1952-1958

Box 16: folder 2

Personal letters from Leif Staff, [Captain] of the S. S. Nyco.

General correspondence
1960-1969

Box 16: folder 3
General correspondence
1970-1979

Box 16: folder 4
General correspondence
1980-1989

Box 16: folder 5

Includes thank-you letter from Julia Child to Seelye, who sent Child a copy of "The Art of Eating" by Edward Behr, and a copy of Child's note to Edward Behr praising the publication.

General correspondence
1990-1999

Box 16: folder 6
General correspondence
2000-2007

Box 16: folder 7
General correspondence
n.d.

Box 16: folder 8

Includes Christmas card and note from Azniv, a family friend who appears elsewhere in the collection.

Programs, flyers, and posters
ca. 1960-2005

Box 16
Programs, flyers, and posters
1960-1969

Box 16: folder 9
Programs, flyers, and posters
1970-1979

Box 16: folder 10
Programs, flyers, and posters
1980-1989

Box 16: folder 11
Programs, flyers, and posters
1990-1999

Box 16: folder 12
Programs, flyers, and posters
2000-2005

Box 16: folder 13
Programs, flyers, and posters
n.d.

Box 16: folder 14
Reviews of Seelye's work
(bulk ca. 1948-1999)

Box 16
Reviews
1948-1969

Box 16: folder 15
Reviews
1970-1979

Box 16: folder 16
Reviews
1980-1989

Box 16: folder 17
Reviews
1990-1999

Box 16: folder 18
Kinesis administrative materials
ca. 1970-2007

Box 16
Kinesis Board materials
(bulk 1970-1979)

Box 16: folder 19
"Explications on Kinesis"
(bulk 1970-1989)

Box 16: folder 20
Kinesis articles of incorporation and by-laws
(bulk ca. 1972-1978)

Box 16: folder 21
Kinesis Board materials
(bulk 1980-1989)

Box 16: folder 22
Correspondence with Leslie Weinberger, Kinesis producer
(bulk 1981-1990)

Box 16: folder 23
Kinesis Board materials
(bulk 1990-1999)

Box 16: folder 24
Kinesis Board materials
(bulk 2000-2001)

Box 16: folder 25
Film projects
ca. 1970-2005

Box 16
Films of Seelye's work (production of, related correspondence, etc.)
(bulk 1970-1979)

Box 16: folder 26
Films of Seelye's work (production of, related correspondence, etc.)
(bulk 1980-1989)

Box 16: folder 27
Films of Seelye's work (production of, related correspondence, etc.)
(bulk 1990-1999)

Box 16: folder 28
Video project draft
(bulk 1993)

Box 16: folder 29
Films of Seelye's work (production of, related correspondence, etc.)
(bulk 2000-2004)

Box 16: folder 30
Sub-series 8D: Mary Averett Seelye: Photographs of Her Performances
ca. 1940-2006

Box 17
Photographs: [Trio Theatre]
(bulk ca. 1940-1947)

Box 17: folder 1
Photographs: [Trio Theatre] at Forest Theatre, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
(bulk 1943)

Box 17: folder 2
Photographs: Early career
(bulk ca. 1950-1959)

Box 17: folder 3
Mary Averett Seelye: Magnetic Tape Recording of "Electra," as performed by Theatre Lobby (1 of 2)
1957

Box 17: folder 4
Mary Averett Seelye: Magnetic Tape Recording of "Electra," as performed by Theatre Lobby (2 of 2)
1957

Box 17: folder 5
Mary Averett Seelye: Tape Recordings and Slides
(bulk ca. 1957-2006)

Box 17: folder 15-16 (Magnetic Tape Recordings) Box Artifact Box (slides): folder 15-16 (Magnetic Tape Recordings)

Four boxes of slides containing the text from poems Seelye used in some of her performances; 1 box of slides containing documentation by Dennis L. Albrecht of Seelye's set; 1 box containing images from a performance; two magnetic tape recordings of the Theatre Lobby's production of "Electra" (boxes marked "Voice of America").

Photographs: "Poetry in Dance," including photographs by Arnold Eagle
(bulk ca. 1960-1969)

Box 17: folder 6
Photographs: "Poetry in Dance" (pre-"Kinesis")
(bulk ca. 1960-1972)

Box 17: folder 7
Publicity scrapbook, including photographs, programmes, etc.
(bulk ca. 1960-1972)

Box 17: folder 8
Photographs: Contact sheets
(bulk ca. 1960-1979)

Box 17: folder 9
Photographs: Poetry in Dance, including photographs by George de Vincent
(bulk ca. 1965-1972)

Box 17: folder 10
Mary Averett Seelye: Photographic Negatives and Film Reels
(bulk ca. 1972-2006)

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Unidentified negatives from multiple Seelye performances. Many negatives may match prints already in the photograph files. Two reels of film from Seelye's performance, including a label indicating that the films contain Seelye's performance of T.S. Eliot's "East Coker."

Photographs: Trip to Middle East
(bulk ca. 1980)

Box 17: folder 11
Photographs: Contact sheets
(bulk ca. 1980-1989)

Box 17: folder 12
Photographs: Kinesis, including photographs by Dennis Deloria
(bulk ca. 1980-1989)

Box 17: folder 13
Photographs: Kinesis (late)
(bulk ca. 1980-1989)

Box 17: folder 14
Photographs: Kinesis, including photographs by Gineva Portlock
(bulk ca. 1983-1989)

Box 17: folder 15
Photographs: Snapshots from later performances
(bulk ca. 1985-2006)

Box 17
Photographs: Radishes and Flowers performances
(bulk ca. 1987-1989)

Box 17: folder 16
Series 9: Talcott Williams Seelye (AC 1944) and Joan Hazeltine Seelye
1929-2000

Box 18

Series 9, TALCOTT WILLIAMS SEELYE (AC 1944) AND JOAN HAZELTINE SEELYE, 1929-2000, contains primarily outgoing correspondence to family. Talcott Seelye's youth in the Middle East and his early letters from school and the military suggest that the path he would follow as an adult was a natural one.

Series 9 is especially interesting for the dual viewpoints of Talcott and Joan Seelye during their time in the Middle East; a researcher reading the correspondence of one should check for correspondence from the other during the same time period.

The bulk of Talcott and Joan's papers may be found in the Talcott W. Seelye (AC 1944) Family Papers.

Sub-series 9A: Talcott and Joan Seelye: Outgoing Correspondence
1929-1980

Box 18
Talcott W. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1929-1935

Box 18: folder 1
Description

Early letters to family, including his paternal grandmother and aunt. Letters from his childhood in Beirut and (later) Northampton.

Talcott W. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1940-1949

Box 18: folder 2
Description

From Deerfield Academy to Amherst College to service in Iran during WWII and back to Deerfield Academy as a teacher.

Search Terms
World War, 1939-1945 Iran

Talcott W. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1950-1959

Box 18: folder 3
Description

Letters written during Talcott and Joan Seelye's work for the State Department in Germany, Jordan, and Kuwait.

Joan Hazeltine Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1950-1959

Box 18: folder 4
Description

Letters written during Talcott and Joan Seelye's work for the State Department in Germany, Jordan, and Kuwait.

Talcott W. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1960-1969

Box 18: folder 5
Description

Letters written primarily from Jidda, Saudi Arabia. A few earlier ones from Washington, D.C.

Joan Hazeltine Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1961-1965

Box 18: folder 6
Description

Letters written from Washington, D.C. (up to early July) and Jidda, Saudi Arabia, where Talcott was Deputy Chief of Mission (see Joan's May 14, 1965 letter for description of the new position). Her Nov 20, 1963 letter contains a description of John F. Kennedy's funeral. Description of a Saudi wedding Aug 7, 1965.

Joan Hazeltine Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1966-1969

Box 18: folder 7
Description

Letters written from Jidda, Saudi Arabia, Washington, D.C. during Talcott's time as "Country Director" for Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria.

Joan Hazeltine Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1970-1979

Box 18: folder 8
Description

Letters from Washington, D.C. during Talcott's time as Country Director, and from Tunisia, where Talcott began his post as Deputy Chief of Mission (later Ambassador). Topics include Henry Kissinger's November 1974 visit to Tunisia, as well as the hijacking of a British jetliner by the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Talcott W. Seelye: Outgoing correspondence to family
1970-1979

Box 18: folder 9
Description

Letters written from "Foggy Bottom" (US Dept of State in Washington, D.C.), Tunisia, and Syria. Topics include Henry Kissinger's November 1974 visit to Tunisia, as well as the hijacking of a British jetliner by the PLO.

Sub-series 9B: Talcott and Joan Seelye: Miscellaneous Materials
ca. 1943-2000

Box 18
Talcott W. Seelye: Varsity letter, basketball
1943

Box 18: folder 10
Talcott W. Seelye: Two early writings about Israel and the Arab states
1948, 1953

Box 18: folder 11
Talcott W. and Joan H. Seelye: Wedding invitation
1950 Mar

Box 18: folder 12
Talcott W. Seelye: Newspaper clippings about TWS
ca. 1950-1985

Box 18: folder 13
Talcott W. Seelye: Miscellaneous professional correspondence and documents
1960s-1970s

Box 18: folder 14

Letter of reference for TWS to Dean Rusk from Robert S. McNamara, with reply from U. Alexis Johnson (1966); Department of State memorandums re flooding in Tunisia during Seelye's time (1972-1976) as Ambassador to Tunisia (1973).

Talcott W. Seelye: "Memoirs" and "Family Ancestry"
ca. 2000

Box 18: folder 15
Series 10: Muriel Clarke Seelye and Paul Turner Heineman
1930-2009

Box 18

Series 10, MURIEL SEELYE HEINEMAN AND PAUL TURNER HEINEMAN, 1930-2009, contains mostly Muriel's outgoing letters to the family group. Like her sister Mary-Averett, Muriel also had a career in drama. She performed on stage and also taught for many years at Villa Julie College.

Architect Paul T. Heineman is represented in the collection mostly in references, although there is some correspondence from him in Mary-Averett's section of the papers.

There is additional material about the Heinemans in the Williams-Chambers-Seelye Family Papers.

Sub-series 10A: Muriel Clarke Seelye and Paul Turner Heineman: Outgoing Correspondence
1930-2000

Box 18
Outgoing correspondence to family
1930-1939

Box 18: folder 16
Outgoing correspondence to family
1940-1945

Box 18: folder 17
Outgoing correspondence to family
1946-1949

Box 18: folder 18
Outgoing correspondence to family
1950-1957

Box 18: folder 19
Outgoing correspondence to family
1958-1959

Box 18: folder 20
Outgoing correspondence to family, 1960-1963; n.d.


Box 18: folder 21
Outgoing correspondence to family
1964-1966

Box 18: folder 22
Outgoing correspondence to family
1966-1969

Box 18: folder 23
Outgoing correspondence to family
1970-1975

Box 18: folder 24
Outgoing correspondence to family
1980s

Box 18: folder 25
Outgoing correspondence to family
1990s-2000

Box 18: folder 26
Sub-series 10B: Muriel Clarke Seelye and Paul Turner Heineman: Miscellaneous Materials
1940-2009

Box 18
School work (Bennington College?) (1 of 2)
1940-1949

Box 18: folder 27
School work (Bennington College?) (2 of 2)
1940-1949

Box 18: folder 28
Miscellaneous documents
1961; 1991-2009

Box 18: folder 29

Newspaper announcement of her wedding [1961]; statement re Village Julie College President's medal to MCSH; obituary (2009); poem read at her memorial service.

Muriel C. S. Heineman: story draft "We Adopted a Baby Anyway"
ca. 1970s

Box 18: folder 30

Semi-autobiographical account of adopting a baby through private adoption.

Series 11: Williams-Chambers-Seelye: Miscellaneous materials
ca. 1860-1939

Box 19 and OS-1

Series 11: WILLIAMS-CHAMBERS-SEELYE: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, ca. 1860-1939, contains primarily oversize materials and items relating either to the family in general or to a specific individual. Of particular interest are the two watercolors by Julius Franklin Seelye, Lauren's younger brother. Julius died of illness during World War I military training.

"Dala'il al-Khayrat"
ca. 1860

Box 19: folder 1
Description

Book -- collection of prayers for Muhammad

Map: "Operationskarte von Unter-Egypten und dem Sues-Kanal" (Leipzig)
ca. 1882

Box OS-1: folder 1
Physical characteristics:

Brittle paper.

Postcard scrapbook
1905-1910

Box 19: folder 2
Description

Postcard scrapbook from the William James Seelye family. Some cards unmarked, others have correspondence.

Cornelia Pond Williams (Chambers): Ferns removed from journal
n.d.

Box OS-1
Linoleum printing plate
ca. 1930-1939

Box 19: folder 3
Description

Depiction of [minarette], probably used for a card [for Kate and Laurens Seelye's family?]. The file contains a handmade Xmas card from the Seelyes in a similar design, possibly drawn by Dorothea Chambers Seelye Franck.

Diplomas: Kate and Laurens Seelye, from Amherst, Bryn Mawr, and Columbia.
1911-1919

Folder OS-Folder
Physical characteristics:

Diplomas are rolled and partially stuck together from water damage.


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • American University of Beirut--1910-1940.
  • Armenian -- Turkey -- History.
  • Armenian genocide, 1915
  • Armenian massacres, 1915-1923.
  • Beirut (Lebanon) History
  • Blaisdell, Dorothea Chambers
  • Chambers, Cornelia Williams
  • Chambers, William Nesbitt, 1853-1934
  • Franck, Dorothea Seelye, 1917-1988
  • Franck, Peter Goswyn, 1913-1989
  • Heineman, Muriel Seelye, 1925-2009
  • Missionaries -- Turkey
  • Seelye, Joan Hazeltine
  • Seelye, Kate E. (Chambers), 1889-1973
  • Seelye, Laurens Hickok, 1889-1960 (AC 1911)
  • Seelye, Mary-Averett, 1919-2013
  • Seelye, Talcott Williams, 1922-2006 (AC 1944)
  • World War, 1914-1918--Middle East.
  • World War, 1914-1918--Turkey--Cilicia.


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