Fonds SCA429-GA500 - Angolan missionary letters.

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Angolan missionary letters.

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1 cm of textual records

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(November 6, 1863-May 31, 1952)

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Marion Webster nee Murchie (1863-1952) was born to Charles and Marian Murchie (nee Hamilton) in Walton, Grey County, Ontario in 1863. By 1880 she was living in Grafton, North Dakota and working as a servant. She married Ardell Webster (September 21, 1858-June 1889). The two traveled to Angola in 1887 as missionaries with The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and settled in Bailundo. Ardell died in June of 1889, and Marion stayed on in Angola until her retirement in May 1933. She later worked at the Dondi mission in Catchiungo, and the Webster Memorial school there was named for her. In 1933 she returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles with her sister Margaret. She died in Los Angeles on May 31, 1952.

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Three letters written by Marion Webster during her time as a missionary in Angola for the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola. Her letters detail the history and geography of Angola, as well as activities undertaken by her. Also includes 5 envelopes from Marion Webster that do not correspondence with the letters.

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Donated in 2022 by Dona Massel.


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  • English

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Public domain.

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The description of Angolan people throughout the fonds is racist and reflects the Colonial views of the time. These views and descriptions are no longer used or appropriate today.

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Created JB 2023.

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  • English

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