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COLLECTION Identifier: 78-M124

Papers of Dorothy Van Ess, 1905-1975


Correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts of articles, speeches, etc., of Dorothy Van Ess, missionary in the Middle East.


  • 1905-1975

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Dorothy Van Ess is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 linear feet (1 carton)

The collection includes correspondence; manuscript and typescript drafts of articles, talks, and books; journals; photographs; and notes on Islamic culture and tradition.


Dorothy Firman Van Ess: Missionary

Born July 30, 1885, Wakefield, Massachusetts. B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1906; M.A. Wellesley College, 1908. Married John Van Ess, 1911; two children, Alice and John.

Missionary to the Middle East for the Reformed Church in America, 1909-1955. Founded school for Arab girls in Basrah, Iraq, 1912. Extensive travel in Kuwait, India, Persia, Lebanon, and Cyprus, 1955-1957. Publications include Fatima and Her Sisters, 1960, and Pioneers in the Arab World, 1974. Died September 1, 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 78-M124

These papers of Dorothy Firman Van Ess were given to the Schlesinger Library by her daughter, Mrs. William D. Brewer, in July 1978.


  1. Box 1: 1-39

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: June 1980

By: Sharon M. Vardamis

Van Ess, Dorothy. Papers of Dorothy Van Ess, 1905-1975: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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