Scope and Contents
This collection consists primarily of letters written by Merrill Isely to family members and friends in the United States. Regular, detailed letters describe Isely's life and work in Turkey. Writings and reports provide extensive information about the American Board hospital in Gaziantep (Aintab), Turkey. These papers complement the papers of Albert Dewey found in YDSL Record Group No. 161. Dewey was a colleague of the Iselys at the Gaziantep station.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
- I. Correspondence,1919-1961, n.d.
- II. Writings and Reports, 1919-1961, n.d.
- III. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1920-1932, n.d.
4.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Language of Materials
Correspondence to family members and others, dating from 1919 to 1961, provides detailed documentation of Isely's life and work in Turkey. Merrill Isely and his wife Mildred were missionaries serving under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Gaziantep, Turkey for four decades beginning in 1920.
Biographical / Historical
- 1894 Aug 4
- Born in Fairview, Kansas
- B.A., Fairmount College
- Attended Oberlin College
- B.D., Yale Divinity School
- 1920 Jun 14
- Ordained as Congregational minister in Wichita, Kansas
- Missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Gaziantep (Aintab), Turkey; served as business manager of the Azariah Smith Memorial Hospital. His wife, Mildred, served there as dietician. Isely was also involved in a reforestation project, persuading the Turkish government to start a tree-growing project in Gaziantep, as well as in bee-keeping and other agricultural projects.
- Guide to the Merrill Isely Papers
- Compiled by Shelly Rambo and Martha Lund Smalley
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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