Includes diaries, notes, correspondence, reports, clippings, printed matter, and photographs, relating to the life and work
of Dr. Ruth A. Parmelee. Parmelee was born and brought up in Turkey by her missionary parents. After her education in the
United States, she began a long career in establishing reliable medical service in the Near East. Working in Turkey, Greece,
and Palestine, Parmelee specialized in obstetrics, training nurses, caring for war orphans, and in refugee relief work.
Ruth A. Parmelee was born in Trebizond (now called Trabzon), Turkey on April 3, 1885. She studied with her missionary parents,
Dr. and Mrs. M.P. Parmelee, until the family returned to the United States when she was eleven years old. Parmelee received
her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1907 and her M.D. from the University of Illinois in 1912. She completed her internship at
Philadelphia Women's Hospital.