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Register of the Ruth A. Parmelee papers, 1865-1974 (bulk 1922-1953)
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Descriptive Summary

Box: 1

Correspondence, 1895-1969

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Parmelee's family and friends, primarily dating from her work in Turkey and Greece from 1919-1953. Correspondence directly related to Parmelee's work is found in the Work files series.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Letters from Julius, 1895-1896

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Correspondence and selected reports, 1919-1922

Box/Folder: 1 : 3-5

Personal correspondence, 1923-1969

Box/Folder: 1 : 6-8

Letters to family, 1943-1954

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box: 1-2

Diaries, 1913-1946

Scope and Content Note

Includes diaries describing Dr. Parmelee's daily life and work. Contains accounts medical treatment, training nurses and midwives, and soliciting funds for work. Also depicts conditions in Greece during World War II.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.
Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Line a Day, 1913-1916, 1919, 1927, 1939-1941

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Five Year Diary, 1934-1938

Box/Folder: 2 : 1-3

Calendar, typescript, 1935-1940

Box/Folder: 2 : 3-4

Current events, typescript, 1939 July 11-1941 July 19

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Journal, 1941 July- November, 1943 March-December

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Calendar, typescript, 1941 December-1943 March

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Notes on Nuseirat and Cairo, 1943-1944

Box/Folder: 2 : 8-10

Handwritten notebooks, 1945 February-1946 November

Box: 2-5

Work files, 1863-1974 Bulk, 1922-1953

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, reports, clippings, printed matter, and official documents reflecting Dr. Parmelee's work in Greece, Turkey, and Palestine. This series illustrates Parmelee's role in establishing nursing schools in Greece, promoting access to quality medical care among the poor, and caring for refugees displaced by the Armenian massacres, Greco-Turkish war, and two World Wars. The material also reflects the career of Parmelee's friend and colleague Emilie Willms, and the involvement of several relief organizations, including the American Women's Hospital, the Near East Foundation, and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

Arrangement

Arranged in three subseries: General, 1863-1969; Turkey, 1873-1974; and Greece, 1922-1973. Material relating to Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Palestine is filed in the Greece subseries, since the refugees involved were Greek.
 

General, 1863-1969

Scope and Content Note

Contains writings, official documents, notes, and clippings dealing with the entire course of Dr. Parmelee's career and upbringing.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order
Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Clippings from Parmelee scrapbooks, 1863-1895

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Clippings, 1892-1970

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Work permits and travel documents, 1896-1952

Box/Folder: 3 : 3-4

Writings, 1897-1967

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Refugee stories, Armenian and Greek, 1917-1954

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Notes, 1941-1944

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Outline of work, 1960, 1969

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Vester, Bertha Spofford (Jerusalem), 1964

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Notes on Greek and Kurdish lessons, undated

 

Turkey, 1873-1974

Scope and Content Note

Depicts Dr. Parmelee's upbringing in Trabzon and her early work setting up a medical practice in Harpoot which specialized in obstetrics, care of war orphans, and training nurses.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order
Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Turkey, 1873-1974

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

Harpoot, Turkey, 1922, 1966

 

Greece, 1922-1973

Scope and Content Note

Reports, correspondence, clippings, and notes regarding Parmelee's work in Greece and Palestine. Depicts Parmelee's work establishing and reforming hospitals, establishing nursing schools, and caring for refugees. In addition to work that took place in Greece, this subseries includes material on Camp Nuseirat near Gaza, where Dr. Parmelee took charge of a camp of Greek refugees.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order
Box/Folder: 3 : 12

American Women's Hospital, Salonica, 1922-1932

Box/Folder: 3 : 13-15

American Women's Hospital, general, 1923-1952

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Nursing in Greece, 1923-1935

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Nursing in Greece as related to Emilie Willms and Ruth Parmelee, 1923-1960

Box/Folder: 4 : 2-3

American Women's Hospital, Kokkinia, Greece, 1929-1952

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 4 : 4

State School of Nursing (Greece), 1932-1937

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

Pierce College, 1932-1964

Box/Folder: 4 : 6-7

PIKPA School of Nursing, 1934-1948

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

Nea Ionia hospital 1935

Box/Folder: 4 : 9

World War II and occupation of Greece, 1940-1947

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

World War II, Greece, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

War relief, committee meetings, 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

Relief work, 1941-1955

Box/Folder: 4 : 13-14

War relief, clippings, 1941-1973

Box/Folder: 5 : 2

Near East Foundation, Athens, 1942-1947

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Near East Foundation annual reports, 1941-1947

Box/Folder: 5 : 4-5

Near East Foundation, 1943-1948

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Nuseirat refugee camp, Palestine 1943-1953

Box/Folder: 5 : 6-7

Cyclades Islands, 1944-1955

Box/Folder: 5-7

Photographs, 1899-1957

Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographic prints and negatives depicting Parmelee's work, including hospitals, staff, refugees. Includes images of Turkey, Greece, and Palestine.

Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order
Envelope: mA

Panoramic views of Erzroom and Trebizond, Turkey, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Portraits: Tsaldaris, Kondylis, and Plastiras, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

Bethlehem, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 10

Jerusalem, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 11

Egypt, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 12

Jericho, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 13

Komotini, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 14

Monastery orphanage and Voudritsa, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 15

Pierce College, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 16

Turkey, undated

Box: 7

Album of views of Trebizond, Egypt, Constantinople, and relief work in Trebizond, 1895-1904

Box/Folder: 5 : 17

Kindergarten - Trebizond, 1899-1900

Box/Folder: 5 : 18

Trebizond to Erzroom, circa 1900

Box/Folder: 5 : 19

Trebizond and the road to Erzroom, 1901

Box/Folder: 5 : 20-21

Trebizond, 1901

Box/Folder: 6 : 1-3

Harpoot, Turkey, 1906-1922

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

Camp Lembet, Salonica, 1922

Box/Folder: 6 : 5-7

Salonica, 1922-1923

Box/Folder: 6 : 8

Refugees, 1922-1924

Box/Folder: 6 : 9

American Women's Hospital, Salonica and Kokkinia, 1924-1932

Box/Folder: 6 : 10-13

American Women's Hospital, Kokkinia, 1927-1957

Box/Folder: 6 : 14

American Women's Hospital, Kokkinia, and School of Nursing, 1925-1934

Box/Folder: 6 : 15

American Women's Hospital Clinic at Moschato, 1929

Box/Folder: 6 : 16

Kokkinia, 1930

Box/Folder: 6 : 17

Ierissos ruins, 1932

Box/Folder: 6 : 18

Children's Hospitals, St. Sophia and Kokkinia, 1932-1940

Box/Folder: 6 : 19

Princess Irene of Greece, 1938

Box/Folder: 6 : 20

P.I.K.P.A. School, 1938-1939

Box/Folder: 7 : 1

War snapshots, 1938-1947

Box/Folder: 7 : 2

Emilie Willms, 1938-1956

Box/Folder: 7 : 3

Greek veterans, 1940-1941

Box/Folder: 7 : 4

Athens, 1941

Box/Folder: 7 : 5

Near East Foundation, 1941-1946

Box/Folder: 7 : 6

Nuseirat Refugee Camp, Palestine, 1944

Box/Folder: 7 : 7-9

Cyclades Islands, 1945

Box/Folder: 7 : 10

Cyclades Islands, Syros, 1945

Box/Folder: 7 : 11

Cyclades Islands, Milos, 1945

Box/Folder: 7 : 12

Cyclades Islands, Tinos, 1945 August 15

Box/Folder: 7 : 13

School of Physical Therapy, Athens, 1946

Box/Folder: 7 : 14

St. Sophia Children's Hospital, 1947 August

Box/Folder: 7 : 15

Naples and Gibraltar, 1948

Box/Folder: 7 : 16

Pierce College garden party for veterans (old campus), 1949 June 4

Box/Folder: 7 : 17

Rehabilitation Center, 1951

Box/Folder: 7 : 18

Ekaterini, Sevasti, and Khora, 1951-1952