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Noss Family Papers, 1912-1924.
1 box (0.42 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0624 (LD 7096.6 1950 Noss)

Noss family. Christopher Noss and Lura Boyer Noss, d. 1907, and Carol Day Noss and 12 children. Papers consist of correspondence between the family while the parents were missionaries in Japan. Principally documenting the education of two of the children, Frederick Boyer Noss, 1901-, and Anna Isabel (Annabelle) Noss Welty, 1899-2000, in addition to family matters, home life, report cards, and academic life. Also includes genealogical and biographical information provided by the donor.

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Christopher Noss was born on Sept. 23, 1869 in Huntington, Indiana. He attended Franklin and Marshall Academy, and received his theology degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. He worked as a missionary in Japan circa 1893-1934. He married his first wife, Lura Boyer, on October 22, 1895. They had six children before her death in 1907. Noss married Carol (Carolyn) Day, a 1905 graduate of Mount Holyoke College, on July 14, 1909. They remained in Japan and had six more children. Christopher died on December 31, 1934. Fredrick Boyer Noss was born in Japan on June 3, 1901. He came to the United States in 1916 to attend Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1919. He graduated from Princeton University in 1923. He worked as a teacher at Massanutten Academy in Woodstock, Virginia 1923-1924. He then attended Harvard and graduated from its Divinity School in 1935. He married Emily Letitia Miller, had two daughters, and was a minister of the South Church in Andover, Mass. Anna Isabel Noss, or Annabelle as she is referred to in the letters, was born in Japan on December 4, 1899. She graduated from Northfield Seminary in Northfield, Mass. in 1917 and from Mount Holyoke College in 1921. She was an English teacher at Ilion High School (Ilion, N.Y.) 1921-1923, then went to the Oberlin College Kindergarten Training School 1923-1924 to prepare for work as a missionary in Japan. She did not go to Japan, however, and in 1925 was an assistant teacher at the Carter School in Princton, N.J. She married Ivan R. Welty in 1926, enrolled in the Oberlin College School of Theology and received her M.A. there in 1928. The Weltys had four children.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Noss family Papers consist primarily of letters written by members of the family of Christopher Noss between 1912 and 1924. The principal correspondent is Noss' son Frederick. In letters to his parents and siblings, Frederick describes his experiences as a student at Mercersburg Academy in in Pennsylvania (1916-1919) and at Princeton University (1919-1923). His letters discuss his schedule, employment, studies, and work on the Academy's literary magazine as well as the 1918 influenza epidemic and the possibility of service in the World War. Several letters from 1923-1924 describe his work as a teacher at the Massanutten Academy in Woodstock, Va. Letters to him by his sister Annabelle (Anna Isabel, later Annabelle Noss Welty) were written when she was a student at Northfield Seminary in 1916 and at Mount Holyoke College 1917-1919. They mention her course work, social activities, and events relating to World War I, including the influenza epidemic and the Armistice Day parade in Holyoke, Mass. Most of the other letters in the collection were written to Frederick by his father, his stepmother Carol Day Noss, his brothers John, George, Theodore, and Henry Noss, his grandfather John George Noss, and his aunt Emma N. Burkholder. The letters chiefly concern family news with occasional references to Christopher Noss' work as a missionary in Japan. The collection also includes transcripts of all but two of the letters, compiled by Frederick's daughter Letitia Noss Mutter, and genealogical and biographical information about the family.

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Contents List
Geneological and Biographical Information,

Geneological and Biographical Information

Box 1: folder 1


Box 1: folder 2

Box 1: folder 3

Box 1: folder 4

Box 1: folder 5

Box 1: folder 6

Box 1: folder 7

Box 1: folder 8
1921-January 21, 1922

Box 1: folder 9

Box 1: folder 10

Box 1: folder 11

Box 1: folder 12
Transcripts of Correspondence,

1912-July 23, 1916

Box 1: folder 13
July 25, 1916-January 22, 1917

Box 1: folder 14
January 23, 1917-December 9, 1917

Box 1: folder 15
December 11, 1917-September 21, 1919

Box 1: folder 16
October 24, 1919-June 26, 1921

Box 1: folder 17
June 3, 1921-April 8, 1923

Box 1: folder 18
July 21, 1923-September 27, 1924

Box 1: folder 19

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.

  • Noss, Christopher, . 1869.
  • College students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • College students - New Jersey - Correspondence.
  • Epidemics - United States.
  • Family - United States - History - Sources.
  • Influenza - United States - History - Sources.
  • Japan - Description and travel.
  • Massanutten Academy - History - Sources.
  • Mercersburg Academy - History - Sources.
  • Missionaries - Japan - Correspondence.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Student life - 1917-1919
  • Mount Holyoke College - Students.
  • Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies - Students.
  • Princeton University - History - Sources.
  • Students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • Students - Pennsylvania - Correspondence.
  • Women college students - Massachusetts - Correspondence.
  • World War, 1914-1918 - Sources.

  • Burkholder, Emma N.
  • Mutter, Letitia Noss, 1929-
  • Noss, Carol Day, 1883-1951.
  • Noss, Christopher, b. 1869.
  • Noss, Frederick B. (Frederick Boyer), 1901-
  • Noss, George S. (George Sherer).
  • Noss, Henry B.
  • Noss, John B. (John Boyer).
  • Noss, John George.
  • Noss, Theodore K.
  • Welty, Annabelle Noss, b. 1899.

Genre terms
  • Letters

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