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This collection primarily documents Marcia Myers’ research into female Presbyterian missionaries in Appalachia, particularly West Virginia. Significant in the collection is the correspondence of Helen Desbrow, stationed in Raleigh Co., West Virginia, to her family in New Jersey, regarding her work in the Home Mission between 1922 and 1935, central to Myers’ thesis on female Presbyterian missionaries in Appalachia submitted for her M.Div at Princeton University. Correspondence by Hugh J. May and Frances H. Pindar are directly in response to Myers’ request for information on the same topic, and the Helen Disbrow correspondence was gifted possibly from Disbrow herself. Other collection items include several dozen photographs from the 1920s-1940s, possibly from the Clear Fork Parish in Colcord, West Virginia, where Myers’ husband served as pastor, secondary printed materials such as journal and magazine articles related to Myers’ thesis, and typescript narratives written by female missionaries as well as reports on missionary activities such as social work and setting up bible schools.


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
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Span Date: 1895-1993