Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections
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Collection Number:M 54
Copyright © 2006 by Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library
Total Boxes: 1
Linear Feet: 1
Gift of Anne E. W. Kierstead, BMC '43. Mrs. Kierstead has dedicated her papers to her daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Kierstead Dungan.
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The Anne E. W. Kierstead Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.
Anne E. W. Kierstead Papers, Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library.
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Helen Elizabeth Jones Williams (1881 - 1963)
Helen Elizabeth Jones (Williams) graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1906 with high honors in Greek and Latin. In the summer of 1914, she traveled to Europe with her sister, Dorothy May Jones, a member of the Bryn Mawr class of 1908. They witnessed the start of World War I from the Rhine Valley of Germany.
Anne Elizabeth Williams Kierstead (Born 1922)
Anne Williams (Kierstead) followed in the footsteps of her mother, Helen Elizabeth Jones (Williams), graduating from Bryn Mawr in 1943. With the thirty-five dollars that she had earned as a camp swimming counselor, she moved to New York City in hope of becoming a writer. She had earned a private pilot's license in the summer of 1940 under the Civilian Pilot's Training Program and, in 1944, passed exams for the WASPS only to be disqualified when the army raised the height requirement.
When World War II ended, Anne wanted to travel abroad and took a teaching position at the American College for Girls in Istanbul, Turkey. She remained at the school until the summer of 1948, teaching freshman math. While in Turkey she traveled extensively, learning as much as she could about the region's history and culture. She described her experience in frequent letters to her family in the United States.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PAPERS
The Anne E. W. Kierstead Papers are organized into three sections: Travel Accounts of Helen Elizabeth Jones Williams, Travel Accounts of Anne Elizabeth Williams Kierstead, and The History of a Welsh-American Family.
Travel Accounts of Helen Elizabeth Jones Williams contains a postcard diary chronicling the European trip made by Williams and her sister Dorothy May Jones in the summer of 1914. It also includes Williams' short memoir, Experiences in the War Zone, written just after their travels, in which she describes their efforts to leave Germany after the outbreak of World War I.
Travel Accounts of Anne Elizabeth Williams Kierstead consists of materials documenting Kierstead's experience as a teacher in Turkey during the years 1946 - 1948. Arranged chronologically, it includes Kierstead's diaries from the years 1947 and 1948, nineteen pages of shipboard notes written as she crossed the Atlantic, letters she sent to her family, a collection of Turkish Anecdotes written in later life for her children, photographs from her travels, and miscellaneous materials relating to her life both in Turkey and in the United States.
The History of a Welsh-American Family is a genealogical account compiled by A. E. W. Kierstead in 1976 as a gift to her children in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the United States. This account spans the years 1791 - 1976, describing Kierstead's paternal and maternal family lines since they came to America from Wales.
PART II: Box and Folder List
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