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Myra Scovel Manuscripts

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Oct 1987

Biographical History

Myra Scovel (1905-1994) was an American nurse and missionary for the United Presbyterian Church for more than thirty years. She and her husband, Dr. Frederick Gilman Scovel, were assigned to missions in China (1930-1951) and India (1953-1961). She was also a writer and poet.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Myra Scovel Manuscripts consists of undated typescript draft and final draft with revisions of The Chinese Ginger Jars, her autobiographical work on her experiences during her missionary life in China.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

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.

Related Material

For other personal accounts of missionary life, see the Frederick Harding Manuscript (Garo mission in Assam, India), the Ralph E. Dodge Papers (Zimbabwe), and the Marion Kingsley letters (Korea).

Subject Headings


Scovel, Myra.

Corporate Bodies

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- Board of Foreign Missions.
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations.

Associated Titles

The Chinese ginger jars.


Missions -- Asia.

Genres and Forms

Autobiographies (literary works)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Myra Scovel Manuscripts,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Myra Scovel, 1962.

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