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Blanche Sell Papers, circa 1900-2001 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Title: Blanche Sell Papers, circa 1900-2001Add to your cart.

ID: HM1/183

Primary Creator: Sell, Blanche

Other Creators: Shenk, Doris Sell (1921-2004), Shenk, Elizabeth

Extent: 3.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Date Acquired: 00/00/1958. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Dhamtari Christian Hospital (Dhamtari, India), Mennonite nurses, Mennonites - India, Mennonites - Missions, Missionaries - India, Missions - India

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Photographs

Languages: English, Hindi

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous materials associated with Blanche Sell's 35 years of missionary service in India with the Mennonite Board of Missions.  While outgoing correspondence relating the daily work and spiritual life of Mennonite missionaries in Dhamtari will be of most interest to researchers, this collection also holds substantial incoming correspondence from Sell's mother, Elizabeth Sell, and sister, Doris Shenk.  Most of the photographs are snapshots with fair to excellent captioning.  They include images of Indian spiritual and medical leaders, including P. J. Malagar and Dr. Martin.  Miscellaneous materials include a Mennonite Board of Missions India calendar (1952), texts of missionary messages Sell delivered to various Mennonite congregations in the 1980s, and autograph books.

Subject/Index Terms

Dhamtari Christian Hospital (Dhamtari, India)
Mennonite nurses
Mennonites - India
Mennonites - Missions
Missionaries - India
Missions - India

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Accruals: 5/7/2014, Dan Shenk, Acc. 2014-036.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 archives boxes, 1 half archives box, and 1 oversize folder

Access Restrictions: These materials are open to public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Acquisition Source: Walter Oswald, Acc. 849.

Preferred Citation: Blanche Sell Correspondence, 1900-2001.  HM1-183.  Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen.  Goshen, Indiana.

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[Box 1: Correspondence, 1950-2000],
[Box 2],
[Box 3: Photographs, circa 1900-2000],
[Folder 4 OV: Photographs and Certificate, circa 1930-1990],

Folder 4 OV: Photographs and Certificate, circa 1930-1990Add to your cart.
Includes photographs of the Mennonite Young People's Institute (1940), Blanche Sell's nursing class, and William and Clarence Sell.  Certificate is in Hindi is presumably one of gratitude from colleagues at the Dhamtari Christian Hospital and School of Nursing.

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