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Melvin Correspondence, 1883.
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Collection number: MS 0607 (LD 7092.8 Melvin)

Melvin, Helen Eliza, 1857-1936; missionary and teacher. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1879. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary teacher, 1882-1883. Papers consist of correspondence and photographs; principally documenting her journey to Turkey to become a missionary and her teaching plans.

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Biographical Note

Helen Eliza Melvin was born on May 10, 1857 and graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1879. She taught at a variety of schools before returning to Mount Holyoke in 1882, where she taught rhetoric and the U.S. Constitution until 1883. She then sailed for Turkey to work as a missionary. She taught at the Girls College in Istanbul until 1891. She returned to the United States very ill, and could not return to Turkey. From 1895-97 she did social work in Manchester, New Hampshire. She died on December 12, 1936 in Chester, New Hampshire.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Helen Eliza Melvin Correspondence contains a journal of letters written by Helen E. Melvin from August-September of 1883; two letters written by Helen's parents; and a few photographs. The letters describe her journey to Turkey, and her plans to work as a school teacher there.

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Helen E. Melvin Correspondence, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

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  • Melvin, Helen E., 1857-1936.
  • Istanbul (Turkey) - Description and travel.
  • London (England) - Description and travel.
  • Marseille (France) - Description and travel.
  • Missionaries - Turkey - Correspondence.
  • Missions - Turkey.
  • Paris (France) - Description and travel.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Women missionaries - Turkey - Correspondence.

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  • Letters

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