The Grace Service Papers, 1855-1957, contain correspondence,
diaries, short stories and other writings, along with some family and personal papers, with
the bulk of the collection spanning the years 1905 to 1954.
Grace Josephine Boggs was born to William S. Boggs and Virginia Clarke of Independence,
Iowa on November 26, 1879. The family moved to San Bernardino, California, where Mr. Boggs
became a banker and Grace spent her childhood. She entered the University of California in
1898 and graduated in 1902. Grace was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and several literary
societies, and was active in the campus Y.M.C.A. Before graduation, she became engaged to a
classmate, Robert Roy Service, who was class president, an athlete, a member of Psi Upsilon,
and active in various honor societies and campus affairs. They both joined the Student
Volunteer Movement, declaring their intention to devote their lives to missionary work. Roy
was accepted by the Y.M.C.A. for its foreign work, and sent to the Y.M.C.A. at Purdue
University for training; Grace taught high school Latin. After Roy completed his training,
they were married in Independence, Iowa on June 30, 1904.
Number of containers: 13 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Linear feet: 8.0
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