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Pearce Family Papers, 1880-1962
3 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 119

Abstract:
The papers represent the extended Pearce/Brown family involved in education in rural United States and missionary and education work at the Sidon Female Seminary in Syria and elswhere in the Middle East, circa 1880s-1930s. Also represented are Eleanor I. Burns, founder of the American College for Girls in Istanbul; Mary Mills Patrick, founder of Constantinople Women's College; and Alice Lloyd, founder of Caney Junior College in Kentucky.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Primary family members represented in papers include Charlotte Hays Brown (1862- 1951), who served in Syria under the auspices of the Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church from 1885-1931. For much of that time she was principal of the Sidon Female Seminary. She later lived in Lebanon. Her sister, Rebecca McClure (Brown) Pearce (1860-1911) was also a missionary in Syria from 1885-92. Rebecca's daughter, Katherine Standish Pearce (1895- 1990) graduated Smith College, 1915; taught languages and was librarian at Constantinople Women's College, Turkey, 1925-31, and was cataloger at the Princeton University Library, 1931-61. Katherine's sister, Charlotte Crosby Pearce (1894-1919), also graduated Smith College 1915.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Pearce Family Papers represent the extended Pearce/Brown family involved in education in under served areas in the rural United States and missionary and education work in the Middle East, circa 1880s-1930s. Also represented are Eleanor I. Burns, founder of the American College for Girls in Istanbul; Mary Mills Patrick, founder of Constantinople Women's College; and Alice Lloyd, founder of Caney Junior College in Kentucky. The collection includes biographical and genealogical information; correspondence (1892-1962); photographs; scrapbook; travel diary from European trip (1953); and writings (1911-53). Pamphlets and reports relating to the Sidon Female Seminary are of particular interest.


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

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

Restrictions on use:

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" 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:

Pearce Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


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



Biography and memorabilia


Box
Brown Family tree


Box 1: folder 1
Charlotte Hays Brown


Box 1
Clippings, articles, miscellaneous biographical material,
1936-52

Box 1: folder 2
Passports,
1925, 1932

Box 1: folder 3
Arthur J. Brown: clippings,
1951-62

Box 1: folder 4
Eleanor I. Burns: clippings and articles,
1950-52

Box 1: folder 5
Alice Lloyd: clippings and articles,
1961-62, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Mary Mills Patrick: clippings and articles,
1927-64

Box 1: folder 7
Charlotte Crosby Pearce: obituary,
1919

Box 1: folder 8
Katharine Standish Pearce



Teaching contracts,
1919

Box 1: folder 9
Constantinople Women's College: library lists,
1927-30

Box 1: folder 10
"Green Pyne Leaf" (Princeton University Library staff publication,)
1951-61

Box 1: folder 11
Rebecca Brown Pearce



Small book given to her on her birthday,
1874

Box 1: folder 12
Sidon Seminary, Syria: reports, notes and printed material,
1880-92

Box 1: folder 13
Miscellaneous memorabilia,
1888-1929, n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
Writings: Katharine Standish Pearce



Trip to Europe,
1953

Box 2: folder 1
Miscellaneous,
1911-53

Box 2: folder 2
Correspondence



From Katharine Standish Pearce


Box 2
Family,
1920-28

Box 2: folder 3-10
Margaret Storrs Grierson,
1950-66

Box 2: folder 11
To Katharine Standish Pearce



Annie E. Brown,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Arthur J. Brown,
1946

Box 2: folder 13
Eleanor Lyons Brown,
1929

Box 2: folder 14
Frederick W. Brown,
1921, 1953

Box 2: folder 15
Wilma Brown,
1923?

Box 2: folder 16
Elsa Kimball,
1955-62, n.d.

Box 2: folder 17
Henry Leiper,
1962

Box 2: folder 18
Alice Lloyd,
1921-23

Box 2: folder 19
Mary Mills Patrick,
1921-28, 1955

Box 2: folder 20
Charlotte C. Pearce,
1919

Box 2: folder 21
Miscellaneous,
1924-52, n.d.

Box 2: folder 22
Business letters,
1920

Box 2: folder 23
From Charlotte Hays Brown


Box 2
Family,
1892-1931

Box 2: folder 24
"My Dear People" (from Syria),
1929-34

Box 2: folder 25
Frederick T. Brown to Rebecca Brown Pearce and Mary L. Brown,
1873-88

Box 2: folder 26
Frederick Leiper, letters to him,
1911-13

Box 2: folder 27
Edgar Pearce to Cohen Pearce,
1882

Box 2: folder 28
Irving Pearce to Cohen Pearce,
1882

Box 2: folder 29
To Rebecca Brown Pearce,
1884-98

Box 2: folder 30
Lois Wilson to Mary Brown Leiper,
1951

Box 2: folder 31
Letters to Miss Adams,
1950-53

Box 2: folder 32
Miscellaneous,
1904, 1951, n.d.

Box 2: folder 34
Photographs



Rebecca Brown Pearce,
1888, 1955, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Charlotte Hays Brown,
1885-1955

Box 3: folder 2
Mary Mills Patrick,
1940-43, n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Lebanon, Syria, and Europe,
1910, 1923-26, n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Miscellaneous, mostly groups,
1895-34, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Sidon Seminary, Syria,
1887-1931, n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Sketches by Charlotte H. Brown


Box 3: folder 7
Scrapbook of Mary Brown Leiper,
circa 1930s

Box 3

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • American College for Girls (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Brown family
  • Brown, Charlotte Hays, 1862-1951
  • Education--Turkey--History--Sources
  • Missionaries--Middle East--Biography--Sources
  • Patrick, Mary Mills, 1850-1940
  • Pearce family
  • Pearce, Charlotte Crosby, 1894-1919
  • Pearce, Katherine Standish, 1895-1990
  • Pearce, Rebecca McClure Brown, 1860-1911
  • Sidon Female Seminary
  • Syria--History--Sources
  • Turkey--History--1918-1960--Sources
  • Women missionaries--Middle East--Biography--Sources


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