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The Resource Autograph letter signed : Alexandretta, Syria [i.e. İskenderun, Turkey], to Mrs. Edwin B. (Marion) Parker, Crockett, Calif.

Autograph letter signed : Alexandretta, Syria [i.e. İskenderun, Turkey], to Mrs. Edwin B. (Marion) Parker, Crockett, Calif.

Label
Autograph letter signed : Alexandretta, Syria [i.e. İskenderun, Turkey], to Mrs. Edwin B. (Marion) Parker, Crockett, Calif., 1921 Oct. 1
Title
Autograph letter signed
Title remainder
Alexandretta, Syria [i.e. İskenderun, Turkey], to Mrs. Edwin B. (Marion) Parker, Crockett, Calif.
Inclusive dates
1921 Oct. 1
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letter, dated Oct. 1, 1921 in Alexandretta, Syria (now İskenderun, Turkey) by Jessie E. Martin ("still Martin") to her friend Marion Parker, newly-married to Edwin B. Parker, and living in Crockett, California, describing her travels through Turkey during the summer and fall of 1921.
Cataloging source
CLU
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Summary expansion
Jessie Martin was a young missionary teacher for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions at the Adana Girls School, appointed in 1920; her parents, John C. and Mary C. Martin, had been missionaries and educators for the Aintab mission since 1890. Jessie left Constantinople on July 19 and traveled by boat to Beirut, where she met a party of 25 American tourists going to Palestine, one of whom had been a college classmate of hers at Oberlin College (class of 1915). From Beirut, Jessie traveled with a missionary lady and a nurse to Aintab to spend a month with her parents there. While waiting in Aleppo for the convoy to Aintab, Jessie met other young people, including "5 young unattached men," with whom she socializes, stays up late because of the intense heat, attends an Arab play, and visits Luna Park "where French people furnished the music and we drank concoctions flavored with rosewater." The journey to Aintab by convoy, consisting of two armored cars and three or four hundred soldiers, is slow and arduous, but necessary, due to the "chetehs" or highway robbers along the way. Although Jessie is happy to see her parents in Aintab, she notes that the people there are poor and desperate for work, and that the city "has been shot to pieces and looks quite desolate." The Turks in the nearby town of Marash are deporting all of the Armenians living there. Jessie plays tennis in Aintab with other Americans and several French officers, and resolves to learn French, which is necessary for getting along in Turkey. She describes how, before leaving for a picnic in the countryside outside of Aintab, troops had to be sent out ahead to make sure the area was safe, and stood on guard the whole time. Between the World Wars, Aintab was part of an autonomous Syrian-Turkish "republic" controlled by the French military until 1937, when it became Turkish territory over the violent objections of the Syrians. Jessie Martin continued working for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions throughout her life, in Constantinople, Marash, Adana, Merzifon, and Scutari, and died June 30, 1980 in Claremont, California
Label
Autograph letter signed : Alexandretta, Syria [i.e. İskenderun, Turkey], to Mrs. Edwin B. (Marion) Parker, Crockett, Calif.
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Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Text in English
  • Text on first six pages; last two pages are blank
  • Accompanying faded blue paper envelope, addressed to Mrs. Edwin B. Parker, Crockett, California, is stamped with a French stamp and postmarked Oct. 10 in Alexandretta, and Nov. 3 in Campbell, California. Return address is Jessie Martin, American Girls' School, Adana, Cilicia [once an Armenian principality, now part of Anatolian Turkey]
  • Forms part of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection (Collection 100) of UCLA Library Special Collections. To page this item, use the collection record; to find the collection record, search the title: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. Item is in Box 289, Folder 20. Letter and envelope in mylar sleeve
Accompanying material
1 stamped postmarked envelope (12 cm x 16 cm)
Dimensions
20 x 13 cm folded to 10 x 13 cm +
Extent
2 folded sheets ([8] pages)]
Immediate source of acquisition
Purchase, Denning House, 2014.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)877203936
  • ucoclc877203936
Terms governing use
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Label
Autograph letter signed : Alexandretta, Syria [i.e. İskenderun, Turkey], to Mrs. Edwin B. (Marion) Parker, Crockett, Calif.
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Text in English
  • Text on first six pages; last two pages are blank
  • Accompanying faded blue paper envelope, addressed to Mrs. Edwin B. Parker, Crockett, California, is stamped with a French stamp and postmarked Oct. 10 in Alexandretta, and Nov. 3 in Campbell, California. Return address is Jessie Martin, American Girls' School, Adana, Cilicia [once an Armenian principality, now part of Anatolian Turkey]
  • Forms part of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection (Collection 100) of UCLA Library Special Collections. To page this item, use the collection record; to find the collection record, search the title: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. Item is in Box 289, Folder 20. Letter and envelope in mylar sleeve
Accompanying material
1 stamped postmarked envelope (12 cm x 16 cm)
Dimensions
20 x 13 cm folded to 10 x 13 cm +
Extent
2 folded sheets ([8] pages)]
Immediate source of acquisition
Purchase, Denning House, 2014.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)877203936
  • ucoclc877203936
Terms governing use
Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

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