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Eastman (Ralph and Jennie) papers
M2349  
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Description
Correspondence and other material related to American educators working in the Philippines in the early 20th century.
Background
Amos Ralph Eastman and Genevieve “Jennie” Martha Topping Eastman were two of a group of about five hundred teachers sent by the United States government to the Philippines in 1901 during the colonial period as part of a project to change the country's social, political, and economic life by way of educational reforms. These so-called “Thomasites," named for the ship they arrived on, were the precursors of today’s Peace Corps volunteers, and are credited with turning the Philippines into the third largest English-speaking nation in the world. Throughout their time in the islands, they kept up a steady correspondence with family in Michigan that provide a look at the early period of American colonialism in the Philippines.
Extent
4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.
Availability
Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.