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Sarah Tinsley Rees Papers, 1875-1929 (Bulk: 1911-1919)
6 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 235

Abstract:
Missionary and Red Cross worker. Rees worked as a missionary in Japan and Russia, and as a nurse's aid during World War I. Correspondence includes her many letters from Japan and Siberia, plus letters from her family in the U.S. to Rees. Other materials include memorabilia and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Sarah Pinney owns copyright to the papers of Sarah Tinsley Rees. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
1882Born, Macon, GA, October 30
1897Moved to Hartford, CT
1901Graduated from Hartford High School
1905Graduated from Smith College
1911Graduated from New York Training School for Deaconesses
1911-18Served as missionary to Japan under the auspices of the Protestant Episcopal Church
1918-19Served as nurse's aide, Vladivostok, Red Cross Commission to Siberia
1919Served as nurse's aide aboard Red Cross transport ship
1919-29Taught English at Hartford High School and served as its first dean and first woman vice principal
1925Received teacher's certificate
1929Died July 30
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Sarah Tinsley Rees and her "Tuesday Bible Class,"
Kanazawa, Japan, 1914

Sarah Tinsley Rees and her "Tuesday Bible Class,"
Kanazawa, Japan, 1914

The Sarah Tinsley Rees Papers consist of two linear feet of correspondence (which forms the bulk of the papers), printed material, memorabilia, and photographs. The inclusive dates are 1875 to 1929, but the major portion of the material dates from 1911 to 1919.

The CORRESPONDENCE series consists of three sections: Sarah T. Rees, Family, and Miscellaneous. The first section contains outgoing letters to her family from Japan and Vladivostok (1911-1919) and incoming letters from family, friends, and others (1894- 1922). The Japan and Russia letters form the bulk of this section. There are approximately 450 letters that describe Rees's experiences in Japan. They relate mostly to her daily activities, replies to news from home, and housing arrangements, rather than her actual work experiences as a missionary. There are also letters regarding her work both in Siberia and on the Red Cross transport ship en route to England. The incoming letters are from her parents, Fanny H. and Henry Reese, and her siblings, Mary Addison, Harry, and Frances (1894-1918). There are also two folders of letters to Rees from friends (1904-1920), which include postcards from Japanese colleagues and students, and one folder of business letters from the missionary society of the Protestant Episcopal Church, the Bishop of Kyoto, and the Red Cross Commission to Siberia. Finally there is one folder of miscellaneous letters to and from family members in the U.S., especially between Mary, Harry, and Frances and their mother. These include some to the family from others.

The BIOGRAPHY AND MEMORABILIA series consists of a small amount of biographical clippings and memorabilia from Hartford High School, Smith College, Columbia University, Japan, and the Red Cross.

The PHOTOGRAPHS consist of a dismantled album of snapshots and postcards from Japan; twenty-six snapshots from Vladivostok of hospital personnel and patients, Russian scenes, and the transport ship; and six of Egypt which were taken on the way home from the Far East. The album was photocopied and dismantled so that the postcards with messages could be placed with the correspondence.

This collection is organized into three series:


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

The papers are open for research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Sarah Pinney owns copyright to the papers of Sarah Tinsley Rees. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Sarah Tinsley Rees Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Sarah Tinsley Rees Papers were a gift of her niece, Sarah S. Pinney, in July 1984.

Processing Information

Processed 1990.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES I. CORRESPONDENCE



Outgoing to family



Japan,
1911-18

Box 1-2: folder 1-21
Vladivostok,
1918-19

Box 3: folder 22
Incoming



Family



Fanny H. Rees (mother),
1894-18

Box 3: folder 23-26
Henry Rees (father),
1892-1918

Box 3: folder 27
Mary Addison Rees (sister),
1901-18

Box 3: folder 28
Harry Rees (brother),
1901-18

Box 3: folder 29
Frances Rees (sister),
1904-18

Box 4: folder 30
Miscellaneous,
1875-1918

Box 4: folder 31
Friends,
1904-28, n.d.

Box 4: folder 32-33
Business,
1911-22

Box 4: folder 34
Miscellaneous,
1906-29, n.d.

Box 4: folder 35
SERIES II. BIOGRAPHY AND MEMORABILIA



Biographical clippings,
1911, 1929, n.d.

Box 4: folder 36
Memorabilia



Hartford High School: printed material,

[See also Oversize Materials]

1919-29

Box 4: folder 37
Smith College and Columbia University: records, printed material,

[See also Oversize Materials]

1901-05

Box 4: folder 38
New York Training School for Deaconesses: records, printed material,
1911

Box 4: folder 39
Note:
Japan: "Keepsake" book, expenditures, postcards,
1911-18

Box 4: folder 40
Red Cross: notebooks, printed material,
1918-19

Box 4: folder 41
Miscellaneous,
1912-19, n.d.

Box 4: folder 42
SERIES III. PHOTOGRAPHS



Japan: album contests including postcards and snapshots, 3 miscellaneous,
1911-18

Box 5: folder 43-45
Vladivostok (Red Cross): personnel, patients, Russian scenes, transport ship (26),
1918-19

Box 5: folder 46
Egypt (6),
1919

Box 5: folder 47
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Hartford High School: diploma,
1901

Box 6
Smith College: diploma,
1905

Box 6
New York Training School for Deaconesses: certificate,
1911

Box 6

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Japan--description and travel--Sources
  • Missionaries--Japan--History--Sources
  • Rees, Sarah Tinsley, 1882-1929
  • United States--History--1865-1921--Sources
  • Vladivostok (Russia)--Description and travel--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Russia--Personal narratives, American
  • World War, 1914-1918--War work--Russia--Red Cross


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