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Anna Melissa Graves Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCPC-DG-015
The papers of Graves consist mostly of correspondence from friends around the world. The letters, approximately half of which are from women, touch on family life in Syria, work and family conditions in China from the 1920s through the 1950s, and educational life in South America. Many of the letters describe war time and post war conditions in France and Germany. The issues of race and educational aspirations also are topics of many letters. Some of the better known correspondents include Henri Barbusse, Camille Drevet, Barthelemy (Bart) de Ligt, Carlo Sforza, Gertrude Baer, Angelica Balabanoff, Victor Gollancz, B.W. Huebsch, Hans Kohn, Rosika Schwimmer, Henrietta Szold, Frank Tannenbaum, Bertram Wolfe, Gabriela Mistral, Marie Rolland, and Bertrand Russell. Part of this correspondence has been published in four volumes: Benvenuto Cellini had no Prejudice Against Bronze; Both Deeper Than and Above the Melee; But the Twain Do Meet; and The Far East is Not Very Far. A box of correspondence was received in 2013 and added to the end of the collection.

Dates

  • 1919-1953

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Access is provided through microfilm.

The originals in this collection are stored off-site. Please contact the Curator at peacecollection@swarthmore.edu to discuss special need to see original material. Any retrieval of off-site materials must be ordered at least two weeks in advance of a visit to the Peace Collection.

Copyright and Rights Information

None.

Extent

8.5 Linear Feet (8.5 linear ft.)

Abstract

Anna Melissa Graves was a writer, teacher, world traveler, and internationalist. From the 1920s to the 1940s Graves traveled through Africa, Central and South America, China, Europe, and the Middle East. She taught school in many of these places and maintained a voluminous correspondence with the teachers, acquaintances, and former students she met on her travels.

Biographical note

Anna Melissa Graves (1875-1964), was a writer, teacher, world traveler, and internationalist. From the 1920s to the 1940s Graves traveled through Africa, Central and South America, China, Europe, and the Middle East. She taught school in many of these places and maintained a voluminous correspondence with the teachers, acquaintances, and former students she met on her travels. Graves was an active member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. While living in Geneva she acted as a consultative member for the WILPF on the League of Nations Liberia Commission. This Commission attempted to settle the dispute between the Liberian government and the Firestone Rubber Company. Interested in promoting understanding between peoples of different countries, Graves published four collections of the correspondence she received from all over the world. The issue of racial and ethnic prejudice was an important one for Graves and her books reflect this concern.

Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anna Melissa Graves, 1942-1945, 1953; accession 2013-065.

Existence and Location of Copies

Also available on microfilm (14 reels; microfilm reels 74.1 - 74.14). Available on interlibrary loan from the Swarthmore College.

Separated Materials

Books removed to the Book Collection

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 32.


Guide to Sources on Women in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, p. 12.

Legal Status

Copyright may have been transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection or may have been retained by the creators/authors (or their descendents), in this collection, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Please contact the SCPC Curator for further information.

Processing Information

Processed by SCPC staff; finding aid updated by Wendy E. Chmielewski, July 2012; edited by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, March 2016.

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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017.

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