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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 168

Bowen, Georgene E. Papers, 1925-1984.

Papers of Georgene E. Bowen (1898-1984), Universalist missionary to Japan and founder of organzations for the aged, including letters written from Japan, 1925-1936; additional letters by Bowen, 1961-1965; memoirs, articles, and scrapbook of visit to Japan in 1964-1965.


  • 1925-1984.


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2 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Georgene E. Bowen (1898-1984) was born in South Charlestown, New Hampshire, and moved to Bellows Fall, Vermont, in 1902. She attended the Northeastern Conservatory of Music in Boston. Bowen served as a Universalist missionary to Japan from 1925 to 1937. Upon her return to the United States, she served as an assistant head of Jane Addams's Hull House in Chicago. She was later appointed head of a settlement house in New York City. Bowen became very active in the establishment of clubs for the aged, and established her first club in Philadelphia in 1946. In 1963 she returned to Boston after having established 148 clubs. She was then invited back to Japan to train workers, and this training resulted in the establishment of many more clubs for the elderly.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Writings
  2. Series II. Letters written by Bowen from Japan to her family and friends, 1925-1936
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous
  4. Series IV. Biography
Bowen, Georgene E., 1898-1984. Papers, 1925-1984: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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