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Letter from Katharine McBride, Bryn Mawr College President, to MBS acknowledging and congratulating her on her recent appointment to Headmistress of the Shipley School.
Decade: 1940s
 
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A photograph of Emma Doll Bailey and friend, Abby S. Brayton, Bryn Mawr class of 1894 (married names Emma Bailey Speer and Abby Brayton Durfee) at tea in Denbigh. Taken in 1892. From the photo album of Margaret Bailey Speer (daughter of Emma Doll Bailey), Bryn Mawr College class of 1922.
Decade: 1890s
 
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MBS with the Bryn Mawr members of the YWCA at a retreat at Silver Bay in 1919. MBS is third from the right, middle row.
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS's annual Personal Report, written in June of 1927, summarizing the atmosphere at Yenching despite the political situation and rumors of war, listing her courses, and discussing her efforts to increase contact with students.
Decade: 1920s
 
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This document is a rough draft of the position of the Women's College faculty in the first stage of the debate about whether or not to merge the Yenching Women's College and the Men's College into a single financial entity in exchange for a large cash gift. Their opinion is not favorable. The draft…
Decade: 1920s
 
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A letter from MBS to her mother, further explicating the tensions around the proposed Boyd gift of $90,000 for a new women's gymnasium and the condition that the schools merge their administrative departments. She also urges her mother, who was on the Yenching College Committee at home, to inform…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her parents and mentions a suicide at the men's college that has the campus upset, a conference she recently attended on Public Worship, her plans to return to the US the following summer to study (perhaps at Columbia). Also includes, in response to a book she recently received in the…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS considers options for her future, and whether there will be a place for the foreigner in mission education in China in the new future. She does not doubt that there is a place for her in administration (possibly even as the next Dean of the Women's College, which she feels ambivalent about), but…
Decade: 1920s
 
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In this letter to her parents, MBS writes a very detailed description of the political tensions brewing in China. She focuses on war (fighting between Feng and Li Chin-lin) and on the growth of the Anti-Christian movement. The second page features a particularly insightful paragraph about the…
Decade: 1920s
 
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MBS writes to her mother, giving an update on the YWCA women. She critically considers the status of Chinese servants and their quality of life, which she regards as rather inhumane and wonders if it is really "Christian" to give them so little time off and hold such high expectations for constant…
Decade: 1920s