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mssHM 46989-47019, HM 47840  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Indexing: Subjects

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Ida May Pope Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1891-1932
    Collection Number: mssHM 46989-47019, HM 47840
    Creator: Pope, Ida May.
    Extent: 55 items; 1 box.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists chiefly of correspondence between Ida May Pope (1862-1914), her sister Anne, and fellow Hawaiians, missionaries and teachers. Subjects included in this collection chiefly consist of education and teachers in Hawaii (and Kosrae), and Hawaiian history and social customs.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Ida May Pope Papers., The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Mrs. Herbert D. Ivey, August 31, 1979, and April 6, 1981 (HM 47840).

    Biographical Note

    Ida May Pope was born in Crestline, Ohio, July 30, 1862. She was the third child among seven. In 1890 she obtained a "temporary" teaching assignment at Kawaiaha'o Seminary for girls and she sailed for Hawaii. Pope stayed in Hawaii, and in 1894 she became the first principal of Kamehameha Girls' School in Honolulu. Her sisters Anne and Katherine followed her to Hawaii and also became teachers. Pope never married and died July 14, 1914, in Chicago.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of correspondence between Ida May Pope, her sister Anne, and fellow Hawaiians, missionaries and teachers. Some of the letters are written from the island Kosrae (Kusaie), Micronesia. Many of the letters include newspaper clippings or notes including obituaries for Ida May Pope. There are also two receipts. There is also an article about Anne Pope (after her death in 1932). Also included is a copy of Ida May Pope's Last Will & Testament. Subjects included in this collection include: education and teachers in Hawaii (and Kosrae); Hawaiian history and social customs; King David Kalakaua; Kamehameha Girls' School; Queen Liliuokalani; and the leper colony on Molokai.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Kalakaua, David, King of Hawaii, 1836-1891.
    Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917.
    Pope, Ida May.
    Kamehameha Schools.
    Education -- Hawaii.
    Single women -- Hawaii.
    Teachers -- Hawaii.
    Women -- Hawaii -- Correspondence.
    Women -- Hawaii -- Diaries.
    Hawaii -- History -- 1850-1950 -- Sources.
    Hawaii -- History -- 1893-1900 -- Sources.
    Hawaii -- History -- To 1893 -- Sources.
    Hawaii -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
    Kosrae (Micronesia)
    Molokai (Hawaii)


    Clippings (information artifacts) -- 20th century.
    Diaries -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- Hawaii -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- Hawaii -- 20th century.
    Wills -- Hawaii -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Hoppin, Jessie R.
    Pope, Anne.
    American Board Commisioners for Foreign Missions.
    Woman's Board of Missions.
    Hawaiian Trust Company, Ltd.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Kalakaua, David, King of Hawaii, 1836-1891
    • Subject in Ida May Pope letter (1891, Feb. 2) to Lois Pope Prosser et al. HM 47012.
    Kamehameha Schools
    • Subject in Anne Pope letter (1898, May 19) to ----- Cross. HM 47840.
    • Subject in Woman’s Board of Missions receipt (1908, Dec. 23). HM 47018.
    • Subject in Jessie R. Hoppin letter (1908, Dec. 31) to Ida May Pope. HM 47000.
    • Subject in Anne Pope article “To the students at Kamehameha Girls’ School:” clipping ([1914], July 17). HM 47006.
    • Subject in Frances A. Lemmon letter (1914, July 18) to Lois Pope Prosser (clippings with letter). HM 47003.
    Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917
    • Subject in Ida May Pope letter (1891, Feb. 2) to Lois Pope Prosser et al. HM 47012.
    Molokai (Hawaii)
    • Subject in Ida May Pope letter (1891, May 3) to Lois Pope Prosser. HM 47008.