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Edwin St. John Ward (AC 1900) Papers, 1897-1986 (Bulk: 1915-1918)
1 archives box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence, legal documents, newsclippings, journal articles, one book and one map relating to the professional activities and personal life of Edwin St. John Ward, Amherst College Class of 1900. The bulk of the material falls into the years 1915-1918, when Dr. Ward was in service to the American Red Cross in Turkey, Palestine and France.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Edwin St. John Ward (AC 1900) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Materials from other institutions found in the Edwin St. John Ward Papers may not be duplicated, as indicated. Requests for permission to publish material from collection 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.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Amherst, MA

Biographical Note

Edwin St. John Ward (1880-1951) graduated from Amherst College in 1900. He received his medical degree from Columbia University in 1904. From 1907 through 1911 he was a medical missionary for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Turkey. He was a professor of surgery at the American University in Beirut from 1911-1931, where he served as the acting Dean of the Medical Department from 1920-1921 and as Dean of Medical Faculty from 1924-1931. Dr. Ward was also a member of the American Red Cross Service in Palestine and Turkey from 1915-1916, in France in 1917 and Palestine from 1918-1919. After completing his work abroad, he returned to the United States where he worked as a physician and surgeon in various hospitals in Massachusetts.

In 1907, he married Charlotte Edwards Allen. Together they had six children. Two sons Paul L. Ward (A.C. 1935) and Richard Storer Ward (A.C. 1942) are graduates of Amherst College. Dr. Ward's brother's Mark Ward and William Earl Dodge Ward are both members of the class of 1906.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edwin St. John Ward Papers (A.C. 1900) document the professional activities and some of the personal life of Dr. Ward. The collection spans the years 1897-1986, with the bulk of the material falling into the period of 1915-1918 when Dr. Ward was in service to the American Red Cross in Turkey, Palestine and France.

Professional correspondence includes letters exchanged with officials at the American Red Cross in Washington D.C. in relation to the missions in Turkey and Beirut, as well as legal documents and travel certificates. Also of note is a German map of the Sinai expedition taken by Dr. Ward in 1915, with the route penned by hand. There are newspaper clippings and journal articles, as well as the copy of a book, The Way of this General Practitioner, all which relate to the expeditions undertaken.

Personal correspondence includes letters written to his wife Charlotte, and family, when he was stationed with the Red Cross in Turkey, Beirut and France. Also included is correspondence with his brother, William Earl Dodge Ward (AC 1906), as well as condolences sent to William Earl Dodge and Mark Ward (AC 1906) upon the death of Edwin St. John Ward in 1951.

This collection is organized into one series:


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

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Edwin St. John Ward (AC 1900) Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Materials from other institutions found in the Edwin St. John Ward Papers may not be duplicated, as indicated. Requests for permission to publish material from collection 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 Edwin St. John Ward (AC 1900) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Molly Brown, Intern, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Language
English

Contents List
Correspondence from Edwin St. John Ward to Charlotte Allen Ward from Turkey, France and Palestine; French permit at Salonika, Greece; Cable from American Red Cross in Port Said.
1915-1918

Box 1: folder 1
Sinai Expedition: official passes for Edwin St. John Ward from the United States Consul and Jemal Pasha.
1915

Box 1: folder 2
Sinai Expedition: "Report of the American Red Cross Mission to the Turkish Army in Palestine" by Edwin St. John Ward; "New Work for a Sidon Missionary" by George C. Doolittle; Sister Hanna Meyer letter to her fellow Sisters in the Zoar Orphanage, Beirut; Springfield Union newspaper clipping; Letter from Edwin St. John Ward to Walter Dyer (A.C. 1900) with article "The Modern Crusader in Palestine".
1915

Box 1: folder 3
Sinai Expedition: Worcester Sunday Telegram clipping of interview with Edwin St. John Ward.
1947

Box 1: folder 4
Constantinople: letter from United States Consul in Beirut certifying Edwin St. John Ward as member of Beirut American Red Cross Medical Mission; letter from Istanbul Red Cross to Drs. Wilfrid Post and Edwin St. John Ward; letter from Edwin St. JohnWard to Dr. Samuel M. Brickner with article "The American Red Cross at Work in Turkey".
1915-1916

Box 1: folder 5
Constantinople: Correspondence between Edwin St. John Ward and Dr. Ernest P. Bicknell, Director General, Civilian Relief of the American Red Cross, Washington DC
1916

Box 1: folder 6
Constantinople: American Red Cross appointment of Edwin St. John Ward as Special Agent in Beirut.
1916

Box 1: folder 7
Constantinople: Edwin St. John Ward's "Medical Education in the Near East" lecture presented at the United States Embassy in Constantinople
1916

Box 1: folder 8
Constantinople: letter from the Department of State to Dr. Ernest P. Bicknell assigning ship to carry Edwin St. John Ward party and supplies from Greece to Beirut.
1916

Box 1: folder 9
Red Cross Expedition to Palestine: newspaper clippings on situation in Palestine; permit for Edwin St. John Ward to leave Paris for New York; letter to Edwin St. John Ward from the American Red Cross announcing plans for expedition's departure; confidential list of expedition members accompanying Edwin St. John Ward to Palestine; Edwin St. John Ward's second prize in "Deck Quotes" and song sheet; Edwin St. John Ward letter to Dr. James L. Barton of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Boston; permit for Edwin St. John Ward for shore leave in Capetown. Undated newspaper clippings from Springfield, Massachusetts.
1917-1918

Box 1: folder 10
Red Cross Expedition to Palestine: newspaper clippings from The New York Times announcing expedition with John H. Finley as head; Edwin St. John Ward's permit for shore leave at Durban; newspaper clipping announcing Mayor's reception for expedition at Durban; newspaper clipping of "On the Way to the Holy Land" from the Christian Herald; "Pushing Food Relief in Palestine" from the Christian Herald; State Department cable; Edwin St. John Ward's permit; note from John H. Finley to Edwin St. John Ward upon Finley's arrival at Port Said.
1918

Box 1: folder 11
Red Cross Expedition to Palestine: newspaper clipping from The New York Tribune on United States relations with Turkey regarding Armenians and American Missionaries; address by the Grand Mufti at reception for John H. Finley and three deputy commissioners (including Edwin St. John Ward); newspaper clipping from Egyptian Gazette about American Red Cross expedition; General Order number 30 on living expenses; clipping from Egyptian Gazette on life in Lebanon; letter to John H. Finley to American Red Cross, Washington D.C.; newspaper clipping from Palestine News including map of "Palestine Front, August 1918" and "Map of Lebanon".
1918

Box 1: folder 12
Red Cross Expedition to Palestine: draft of statement by Jews on anniversary of Balfour Declaration; Edwin St. John Ward letter to Henry P. Davidson, Chairman War Council, American Red Cross, Washington D.C. requesting release; response from American Red Cross War Council granting release; rail ticket from Ludd to Haifa; Edwin St. John Ward "Preventive Medicine and Public Hygiene in Syria" with proposed organization under Beirut American Red Cross chapter; letter from Carter Millikin to Edwin St. John Ward; letter from American Consulate in Jerusalem; John H. Finley's "Parting Words to Members of the American Red Cross Commission" upon his resignation; letter from John H. Finley to Edwin St. John Ward; letter from John H. Finley to staff of American Red Cross Commission; letter from John H. Finley to Edwin St. John Ward.
1918-1935

Box 1: folder 13
American Red Cross files from the National Archives in Washington D.C. authorizing Edwin St. John Ward to receive medical supplies - photocopy.
1916

Box 1: folder 14
John H. Finley's Parting Words to Members of the American Red Cross Commission - photocopy.
1919

Box 1: folder 15
Medicus - American University of Beirut magazine, volume 16, number 1, with note "see cornerstone, p. 10"
1986

Box 1: folder 16
American Red Cross Magazine, "With the Turkish Army in the Desert: an American Red Cross Relief Caravan Journeys Across Syria toward Egypt" by George C. Doolittle - photocopy of article
1915

Box 1: folder 17
German Map of Sinai with route of expedition's journey marked in pen [by Edwin St. John Ward]
1915

Box 1: folder 18
"The Forty Days of Musa Dagh" by Franz Werfel - book review
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Obituaries and tributes for Edwin St. John Ward: letter from Khalil G. Wakim, M.D.; Amherst College Biographical Record obituary; "In Memoriam" from American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions annual meeting; Congregational Christian Bureau News obituary.
1951-1952

Box 1: folder 20
Correspondence from Edwin St. John Ward to William Earl Dodge Ward - 25 letters.
1897-1906

Box 1: folder 21
The Way of this General Practitioner by Dr. Harry C. Hurd.
1968

Box 1: folder 22
Condolences to brothers of Edwin St. John Ward upon his death.
1951

Box 1: folder 23

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Subjects
  • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
  • Amherst College -- Students.
  • Missionaries -- Lebanon.
  • Missionaries -- Turkey.
  • Missions, American -- Lebanon.
  • Missions, American -- Turkey.
  • Sinai (Egypt) -- Description and travel.
  • Ward, Edwin St. John, 1880-1951.
  • Ward family.
  • Young Men's Christian Association

Contributors
  • Ward, William Earl Dodge, 1884-1977.


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