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Herron papers, 1849-1886 (Bulk: 1855-1863)
1 box (2.5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0548 (LD 7096.6 x1857 Browning)

Herron, Mary Louise Browning 1834-1863; Missionary and Teacher. Attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, 1855. The papers contain correspondence, family material, biographical material and a published letter. The letters are. The papers primarily document missionary life in India. The collection also includes some family materials written after her death discussing family issues.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Mary Louise Browning was born on July 18, 1834, in Petersham, Massachusetts to Asaph and Lois Hastings Browning. She attended public schools in Springfield, Massachusetts and taught in Chelsea. She attended Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1855 (x1857). She did not graduate, but sailed for India as a missionary in July of 1855. She married David Herron in April of 1857, and they had four children in India. She founded a school which became the United Church of North India Girls High School in Dehra Dun, where she died on November 25, 1863.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary L. Herron Papers contain correspondence, dated 1849-86, family material, biographical material and a published letter. The letters are primarily written by Herron to her family and discuss missionary life in India. Some family letters were written after her death and discuss family issues. The family material includes histories written by John C. Herron, Mary's grandson. The biographical material includes alumnae surveys and a newspaper clipping. The published letter was included in the February 1972 issue of "News Circle," a magazine of the American Women's Club in Delhi.

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Mary L. Herron Correspondence, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Herron, David, 1820-1900.
  • Herron, Mary L. (Mary Louise), 1834-1863.
  • Agra (India) - Description and travel.
  • Death.
  • Dehra Dun (India) - Description and travel.
  • Disease.
  • Family - United States - History - Sources.
  • India - Description and travel.
  • India - Social conditions.
  • Marriage - United States - History - Sources.
  • Missionaries - India - Correspondence.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1855.
  • Mount Holyoke Female Seminary - History - Sources.
  • Spouses of clergy - United States - Biography.
  • Teachers - India - Correspondence.
  • Teachers - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • Transportation and travel.
  • United Church of Northern India. - Girls' High School (Dehra Dun, India) - History - Sources.
  • United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women - United States - Economic conditions - Sources.
  • Women missionaries - India - Correspondence.
  • Women teachers - India - Correspondence.
  • Women teachers - Massachusetts - Correspondence.

  • Browning, Mary L., x-class of 1857.

Genre terms
  • Letters

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