The collection seems to have come from Elsie Thomas Culver to the Center for Women and Religion at the GTU ca. 1979. In 1992,
the collection was transferred from CWR to the GTU Archives still in its original boxes and containers. It had not been touched
in the intervening years. Since there was no conclusive documentation on the collection, Culver's daughter was located. She
formally donated the collection to the GTU Archives. The collection consists mainly of photographs taken on Culver's two major
trips in 1945 to Europe and in 1948-49 around the world. Culver numbered and put captions or other identification on the majority
of the photographs. Her order has been maintained.
Elsie Thomas Culver (January 3, 1898 - August 21, 1988) was born in Connecticut to Dudley and Orie (Streeter) Thomas, and
raised in Oakland, CA. She received an A.B. in political science (with honors) from the University of California, Berkeley.
She married and had a daughter, Helen. While raising her family, she did part-time commercial journalistic and promotional
work to 1935. She then began studies at the Pacific School of Religion (M.A. 1941, B.D. 1942). During her time at PSR, she
continued to work: on the school's publicity, publicity for the 1939 World's Fair, and assignments for various religious papers.
She was widowed sometime in the 1930's.
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