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Evelyn and Viola Wolfe photograph albums

Identifier: MSS 15547

Scope and Contents Note

Evelyn and Viola Wolfe photograph albums (1920-1923; 1 cubic foot) consist of photographs of the sisters' three year trip around the world, two and a half years of which were spent in Japan. The photographs are beautifully arranged and labeled in albums that have a design of Japanese figures on the cloth covers. The photographs show the two sisters engaging with communities abroad and exploring historical sites, war memorials, and major tourist locations from Japan, China, Egypt, Israel,Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Monte Carlo, England, Scotland, and Canada. Included is an American flag at half-mast for the death of President Harding. Some of the photographs in the albums have images of Great Britain's Royal Family including the Prince of Wales in 1922. There are also post cards, an obituary for Evelyn Wolfe, and a few letters.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1923

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Note

Evelyn Maud Wolfe and her sister, Viola Wolfe were Methodists missionaries from Ohio County, Short Creek, West Virginia. Evelyn was a graduate of Fairmont State College and West Virginia Wesleyan. She was also a social worker at Bethany House, St. Clair, Village, Pittsburgh. She was a methodist missionary for 34 years in Japan and 12 years in Pittsburgh. She and her sister travelled around the world several times and lived in Japan.


1 Cubic Feet (3 volumes and 1 folder) : photograph albums, obituary

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Accession 2019-0075 Donated by Beth DeBow, 20 September 2012.

Evelyn and Viola Wolfe photograph albums
Ellen Welch
11 March 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States