Guide to the Ralph and Jennie Eastman Papers M2349

Alyssa Tou
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

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


Series 1. General correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1-3

Letters from Jennie Topping to Ralph Eastman 1899-1901

Box 1, Folder 4-6, Box 2, Folder 1-5

Letters from Ralph Eastman to Jennie Topping, later Jennie Eastman 1898-1936

Box 2, Folder 6-8, Box 3, Folder 1-3

Letters to Ralph Eastman from various correspondents 1893-1911

Box 3, Folder 4

Letters to Jennie Topping from various correspondents

Box 3, Folder 5-6

Letters from Ralph Eastman to his parents, non-Philippine 1898-1923

Box 3, Folder 7-9

Letters to Ralph and Jennie from Ralph's parents 1902-1904

Box 3, Folder 10, Box 4, Folder 1-4

Letters to Ralph and Jennie from Jennie's mother, Laura Topping 1901-1904

Box 4, Folder 5-6

Letters to Ralph and Jennie from F. Mae Topping, Jennie's sister 1902-1904

Box 5, Folder 1

Letters to F. Mae Topping from various correspondents 1902

Box 5, Folder 2-3

Letters to Laura Topping, Mrs. Orlando Topping from various correspondents

Box 5, Folder 4

Undated and miscellaneous letters

Box 5, Folder 5

Miscellaneous ephemera

half-box 9, Folder 3

Photographs and drawings


Series 2. Philippine materials 1901-1906

Box 6, Folder 1-5

Letters to Ralph Eastman's parents from Ralph and Jennie 1901-1905

Box 6, Folder 6-7, Box 7, Folder 1-5

Letters to Mrs. Orlando Topping, Laura Topping, from Ralph and Jennie 1901-1905

Box 7, Folder 6-7, Box 8, Folder 1-4

Letters to F. Mae Topping from Jennie and Ralph Eastman, Philippines 1901-1905

Box 8, Folder 5

Letters to Ralph and Jennie Eastman from Philippines 1902-1906

Box 8, Folder 6

Manuscript diary kept jointly by Ralph and Jennie Eastman 1902-1904

Box 8, Folder 7

Scrapbook containing printed newspaper clippings of letters by Ralph from the Philippines

Box 8, Folder 8

Manuscript class room notebooks, attendance roll books, kept by Ralph Eastman, Philippines

half-box 9, Folder 1

The Briny Budget published by teachers onboard the transport Thomas, Honolulu 1901-08-01

half-box 9, Folder 2

Ephemera from the Philippines