Anne Bassett Kelley (class of 1907), known as Nan, became a missionary teacher in China. Her great niece donated an extensive collection of Kelley's correspondence from China during 1919-1923 as well as letters from her adopted daughter in China to Kelley and other family members, dating from the 1940s through the 1990s, altogether amounting to hundreds of letters. Along with the correspondence, we received numerous photographs and memorabilia from Kelley's stay in China. Kelley's letters, written by hand or typed on very thin paper, are marvelously descriptive of her daily life as well as including her more contemplative thoughts and reactions. This digital collection currently includes Kelley's 1919-1923 letters.
For more information about Anne Bassett Kelley and the collection, visit the Archives page on the topic or read Archivist Fred Burwell's article about Kelley.
Special thanks to library student assistants Liz Levy, David Kovarik, Kelly Hayes, and Philip Erikson for their contributions to this digital collection.