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Lorena Kelly Manuscript

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0054

Scope and Contents

Original manuscript of Kelly's book I Saw It Happen, published in 1977. The book gives a short history of the development of the United Methodist Church among the Tetela people (also known as the Atetelo or Otetela people). Particular emphasis is given to the lives of girls and women.

Dates

  • 1977

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Lorena Kelly (1903-) was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, graduated from Woman's College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1925 and recieved her master's degree from Scarritt College in Nashville, Tenessee. She taught school and worked as a secretary for several years before becoming an education missionary in Zaire in 1935.

As a missionary, Kelly opened and directed a home economics school, organized a junior high school for girls, and served as Dean of the Home Economics Department of the Congo Polytechnique for two years. She remained a missionary for 33 years, and wrote two books in the Otetela langauge: Good Housekeeping, a textbook, and Teach Your Child the Bible.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Lorena Kelly graduated from Woman's College (now UNCG) in 1925 and eventually became an educational missionary in Zaire. This collection contains the original manuscript of Kelly's book I Saw It Happen, a short history of the development of the United Methodist Church among the Tetela people.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of the author, January 1978.

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Processing Information

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Title
Lorena Kelly Manuscript
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Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Revision Statements

  • April 20, 2021: This finding aid underwent changes in Spring 2021 after a reparative archives review. The following link leads to the legacy version of this finding aid: http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/legacyFA/04.MSS054.legacy.pdf

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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