Hillegonda van der Smissen Papers, 1880-1949
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Brief Description:

Box 1: speeches, talks, poetry, birthday greetings for 100th birthday, correspondence, clippings, printed matter, books

Box 2: autograph book (whose? not hers), printed matter, correspondence, books, clippings

Held at:
Bethel College Mennonite Library and Archives
Bethel College-Mennonite Library and Archives
300 East 27th St
North Newton, KS 67117 531
Phone: 316-284-5304
Fax: 316-284-5843
Email: mla [at] bethelks.edu
Record Series Number: 00/MS.244
Created by: van der Smissen, Hillegonda (1848-1949)
Volume: 0.45 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 11/04/1981.

Additional donation from Viola H. Andreas, 13 July 1987.

Some materials were also pulled from MS.84B

Arrangement: unprocessed
Biographical Note for van der Smissen, Hillegonda (1848-1949) :

Born 30 June 1848, Friedrichstadt, Germany. Parents Carl Justus van der Smissen and Sarah Cornelia van der Smissen.

Moved to the United States with her parents in 1868, to Wadsworth, Ohio.

Moved with parents in 1878 to Hayesville, Ohio. Her father died in 1890 and in 1891 her mother moved to Summerfield, Illinois. She went with her mother to provide care. Her mother died in 1901.

Traveled to Germany in 1885 and again in 1930s(?).

Became supervisor of food service at Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, Kansas, in 1909. Joined the deaconess sisterhood there.

Died 29 September 1949.

Author of:

<em>Das richtige Verhalten im Krankenzimmer von Seiten der Pflegenden und der Besucher</em> (1916)

<em>Unsere Arbeit in den Missionsvereinen</em> (1929)

<em>History of Our Missionary Societies</em> (1929)

<em>Bilder aus meinem Leben</em> (1934)

<em>Sketches from My Life</em> (1934)

Access Restrictions: open for research use
Subject Index
Bethel Deaconess Hospital (Newton, Kan.)
Deaconesses - Kansas - Newton
Mennonites - Germany
Mennonites - Kansas
Genres/Forms of Material
Acquisition Notes: Andreas, Frieda van der Smissen  Donation
Related Materials: MS.84B, Deaconess Papers, may have additional Hillegonda van der Smissen papers in it. Also MS.84A, Frieda Kaufman Papers.