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Phyllis Nelson Yuhas Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG6-R3-003

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters, 1940-1944, from Phyllis Ann Nelson, a student at Swarthmore College, to her family in Iowa. She wrote weekly letters, detailing her daily activities and concerns. Also includes two day books, 1940-1940, and 1943-1944 and snapshots of Phyllis and her classmates, most not identified. Nelson was a conscientious student, involved in many activities such as women’s athletics, Gwimp, Mortar Board, Outing Club, and student government, and her letters provide insight to campus life at Swarthmore College.

Dates

  • 1940-1944

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research. One week delay to view materials.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Phyllis Nelson Yuhas was an emeritus professor of history and one of the founders of international education at Ball State University, Indiana. Phyllis Ann Nelson was born in November 17, 1922, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Gladys Shand Nelson and Edward L. Nelson. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1944 and received a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.. She taught history at Ball State University, Indiana, from 1952 to her retirement in 1988. In 1974, she became the director of International Studies at Ball State and was instrumental in establishing Ball State a charter member of ISEP (International Student Exchange Program). Phyllis Ann Nelson married Theodore Frank Yuhas who predeceased her..

Her father was a manufacturer, and her mother was a teacher, Iowa legislator, and president of the Iowa League of Women Voters. Gladys Nelson was an avid traveler and after her husband’s death, she and Phyllis traveled widely. Gladys Nelson died in 1995 and established an endowment at Ball State to honor her daughter’s work in international education, the Phyllis Ann Yuhas International Scholarship Fund. Phyllis Yuhas died February 21, 2006.

Extent

5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Overview

Phyllis Nelson Yuhas (1922-2006) was an emeritus professor of history and one of the founders of international education at Ball State University, Indiana. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1944 and received a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.. The collection contains letters, 1940-1944, from Phyllis Ann Nelson, a student at Swarthmore College, to her family in Iowa. She wrote weekly letters, detailing her daily activities and concerns. Also includes two day books, 1940-1940, and 1943-1944 and snapshots of Phyllis and her classmates, most not identified.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into three series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Daybooks
  3. Photographs

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Eric R. Nelson

Date: 2007

Accession number: 2007-009

The collection was given by Eric R. Nelson, nephew of Phyllis Yuhas and graduate of Swarthmore College, 1967.

Separated Materials

The following materials are related:
  1. RG6 Swarthmore College Archives
  2. Gladys Nelson Papers in Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Libraries

Processing Information

Collection was described and organized as received from donor. Photographs retained with collection.
Title
Phyllis Nelson Yuhas Papers, 1940-1944
Author
Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

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