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Marjorie Davys Letters, 1932-1938.
Bernath Mss 104LOCAL
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Marjorie Davys Letters, 1932-1938


Davys, Marjorie., creator


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From dealer description: Collection of 102 letters written by Marjorie Davys from Peking to her home in England. The letters in this collection are hand written (just one is typed) and are from two to ten pages in length (most are four pages). Almost all the letters have the month and day given but only about a dozen have the year. The letters have been arranged generally chronologically based on the content. The letters begin in December 1932 as Marjorie departs England to teach English as a lay teacher in an Anglican School, St. Faiths, in Peking. All of the letters are written to Marjorie's older sister Nina (40 years old in 1934); a few letters are written to their father (in his 80s) who apparently lived with Nina. She watches the progress of the Japanese invasion of China and follows what is happening around the world by reading any newspapers she can. In December 1937, the Chinese head of St Faiths is arrested, then later released. Only three letters come after Davys recounts this event. The final letter is dated May 29, 1938, from Peking.


1932 (issued)


English teachers -- China
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Beijing (China)
China -- History


Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Marjorie Davys was born in 1904 or 1905, probably in Woodmancote England. Apparently she went to Somerset College.
Purchase, 2004.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.
Cite as: [Identification of item], Marjorie Davys Letters, Bernath Mss 104. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Preliminary finding aid available in the Department of Special Collections.



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.2 linear ft.






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Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.