Melvin, Helen E.,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0607
Agency History/Biographical note:
Helen Eliza Melvin was born on May 10, 1857 and graduated from Mount
Holyoke in 1879. She taught at a variety of schools before returning
to Mount Holyoke in 1882, where she taught rhetoric and the U.S.
Constitution until 1883. She then sailed for Turkey to work as a
missionary. She taught at the Girls College in Istanbul until 1891.
She returned to the United States very ill, and could not return to
Turkey. From 1895-97 she did social work in Manchester, New
Hampshire. She died on December 12, 1936 in Chester, New Hampshire.
Scope and Content:
The Helen Eliza Melvin Correspondence contains a journal of letters
written by Helen E. Melvin from August-September of 1883; two letters
written by Helen's parents; and a few photographs. The letters
describe her journey to Turkey, and her plans to work as a school
Cite as: Helen E. Melvin Correspondence, Mount Holyoke
College, Archives and Special Collections, South
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted