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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Ralph and Jennie Eastman papers
    creator: Eastman, Amos Ralph, 1874-1936
    creator: Eastman, Jennie Martha Topping, 1879-1958
    Identifier/Call Number: M2349
    Physical Description: 4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1936
    Abstract: Correspondence and other material related to American educators working in the Philippines in the early 20th century.

    Biographical / Historical

    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.

    Scope and Contents

    Primarily written correspondence between Ralph and Jennie Eastman and their families. Sympathy notes upon Ralph’s death. Photographs, drawings, ephemera. Jointly kept manuscript diary kept in the Philippines, classroom notebooks, attendance roll books, geography notes, one issue of on-board ship newspaper published by the teachers.

    Processing Information

    Collection preserves order given by seller, arranged by date and correspondent and separated into Philippine and non-Philippine material.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
    Education -- Philippines -- History
    Teachers -- Philippines
    Eastman, Amos Ralph, 1874-1936
    Eastman, Jennie Martha Topping, 1879-1958