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Title: Grace E. Swoope papers
Dates: 1920-1931
Accession Number(s): 1992-002]
Extent: 3 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Biographical Note: Mrs. Grace Ellen Swoope resided in Blacksburg, Virginia where she was active in the promotion of Presbyterian educational programs and ministerial relief activities. Throughout her life Mrs. Swoope maintained correspondence with Presbyterian missionaries in Africa, China, and Mexico. Her husband was Mr. Edgar Montgomery Swoope, and she often signed herself with his name.

Scope and Contents: The papers of Grace E. Swoope span the years 1920-1931, and comprise three linear inches of personal correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, printed material, promotional materials, scrapbook materials, and missionary letters. The personal papers record Mrs. Swoope's involvement in and dedication to Presbyterian education and ministerial relief through ministerial training and fund-raising. Included are printed and promotional materials regarding fund-raising efforts for Crossnore School, the Children's Home Society of Virginia, and the Blacksburg Community Federation.

Missionary letters originate from Africa, China, and Mexico. Major correspondents are Francis Price, Medora Askew Murrow, Earl S. King, and Locke White. Subject content of the missionary letters focuses on missionary work and Christianity in the respective countries, and Christian education of the indigenous populations. The Graybill Memorial School in Matamoros, Coahuila, Mexico is covered extensively. Fringe subjects include the Mexican Revolution, Bolshevism, the Mexican presidential elections of the 1920's, and civil war, unrest, and the threat of Communism in China.

Processing Information: Initially processed by Andra Whitworth in May 1992. This collection was formerly known as the Mrs. Edgar M. Swoope papers, but the name was changed in December 2010 to reflect the creator of the collection.

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
King, Earl S., 1900-1962.
Murrow, Medora Askew.
Price, Francis, 1864-1954.
Swoope, Grace E.
White, Locke, 1890-1964.
Crossnore School.
Graybill Memorial School.
Christian education--Africa.
Christian education--China.
Christian education--Mexico.

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Preferred Citation: Grace E. Swoope papers, 1920-1931, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


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B0021Group I: Personal Papers
  Series I: Incoming Correspondence, 1924-1929
  Note: 5 items. Correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and chronologically therein. Subjects covered include Presbyterian literature, Christian education, ministerial relief, Week of Prayer, and ministerial training.
  Incoming correspondence, 1924-1939
 2Series II: Outgoing Correspondence, 1925
  Note: 2 items. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include Christian education and ministerial training.
  Outgoing correspondence, 1925
 3Series III: Legal Documents, 1925
  Note: 1 item. Verification of the birth of Trent Sullivan Swoope.
  Legal documents, 1925
 4Series IV: Financial Documents, 1921-?
  Note: 2 items. Printed statement and a contribution card. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include financial contributions and church expenses.
  Financial documents, 1921-?
 5Series V: Promotional Materials, 1920, 1930-1931
  Note: 19 items. Materials include correspondence, printed pamphlets and brochures, and donation slips. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include solicitation of funds for Crossnore School, the children's Home Society of Virginia, the Blacksburg Community Federation and Christian education in general.
  Promotional materials, 1920, 1930-1931
 6Series VI: Printed Materials, undated
  Note: 6 items. Pamphlets. Subjects include Christian education, ministerial relief, and Day of Prayer.
  Printed materials, undated
 7Series VII: Scrapbook Material, undated
  Note: 1 item. Typescript poem. Subject is motherhood.
  Scrapbook materials, undated
 8Group II: Missionary Letters
  Series I: Allen, Virginia, 1927, 1931
  Note: 2 items. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include missionary work in Africa, women in missionary work, and Christian education in Africa.
  Allen, Virginia, 1927, 1931
 9Series II: King, Earl S. 1924-1926
  Note: 3 items. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Subjects covered include missionary work in Africa and Evangelism.
  King, Earl S., 1924-1926
 10Series III: King, Orcelia, 1929, 1931
  Note: 2 items. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include women in Christianity, women in missionary work, missionary work in Africa, folk medicine, and Evangelism in Africa.
  King, Orcelia, 1929, 1931
 11Series IV: Murrow, Medora Askew, 1920-1927
  Note: 18 items. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include missionary work in Mexico, Christian education in Mexico, the Graybill Memorial School, the Mexican Revolution, Christmas holidays, Sunday school in Mexico, and Bolshevism.
  Murrow, Medora Askew, 1920-1927
 12Series V: Price, Francis, 1928-1931
  Note: 12 items. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include missionary work in China, Christianity in China, Evangelism in China, Communism, civil war in China, and Christian education.
  Price, Francis, 1928-1931
 13Series VI: Ross, L. Barry, 1924
  Note: 1 item. Correspondence. Subjects include missionary work in Mexico, Christian education, Presbyterian education in Mexico, Mexican religious holidays, the Graybill Memorial School, and medical work in Mexico.
  Ross, L. Barry, 1924
 14Series VII: White, Emma Edmunds, 1924
  Note: Series VII: White, Emma Edmunds, 1924
  White, Emma Edmunds, 1924
 15Series VIII: White, Locke, 1922-1927
  Note: 6 items. Correspondence. Arranged chronologically. Subjects include missionary work in China, language assimilation, language school in Nanking, Bible study, and civil strife in China.
  White, Locke, 1922-1927

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