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Marion Kingsley Letters

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Kingsley, Marion.
Title: Marion Kingsley Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1955-1990
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Letters from Marion Kingsley describing her work at the Methodist Mission in Kangneung (Kangnŭng-si) in South Korea.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Little is known of Marion Kingsley beyond the information given in the letters. She was evidently unmarried ("Miss Kingsley") and went to Korea in 1954 to work at the Methodist Mission in Kangneung (Kangnŭng-si) in South Korea. Her work included setting up schools, hospitals and clinics. She was likely a nurse, as she mentions teaching nursing courses locally and at Yonsei University and Seoul National University.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Marion Kingsley Letters consists of about a dozen letters from Marion Kingsley to "Dear Friends," concerning her work at the Methodist Mission in Kangneung (Kangnŭng-si), South Korea. She descibes setting up clinics and schools, her experiences teaching nursing, and church activities, as well as the family life, customs, education, and other characteristics of the Koreans with whom she was working.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Letters are arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Kingsley, Marion.

Corporate Bodies

United Methodist Church (U.S.). -- Board of Global Ministries.
United Methodist Church (U.S.). -- Board of Missions.


Methodist Church -- Missions -- Korea (South)
Missions, American -- Korea (South) -- History.
Women missionaries -- Korea (South)


Kangnŭng-si (Korea) -- Social life and customs.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Marion Kingsley Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Marion Kingsley, 1969, 1971, 1984, 1990.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 27 May 2010
Revision history:

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SC 502 Korea letters 1955-1966, 1984, 1990

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