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Ivy Myers Collection

Jordan Aussicker, Student Assistant and Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church


Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Myers, Ivy
Title: Ivy Myers Collection
Title: Myers Collection
Date Span: 1922-1964
Abstract: Ms. Ivy Myers (?-?) was a graduate of Hamline University (1928), and graduate (1922, 1925) and teacher (1928-1934) at the Chicago Training School in Illinois. A considerable amount of information within the documents pertains to life and death of the founder of the Chicago Training School, Lucy Rider Meyer. Ivy Myers herself was a member of the Methodist Deaconess Association (1928-1961) as well as the Northwest Indiana Annual Conference, and was employed as a Literature Counselor to interpret and promote church school literature in Chicago and Nashville (1945-1961). Ms. Myers was also a prominent member of various Methodist committees and administrative boards, and continued within these organizations after her retirement in 1961.
Extent: 0.45 cubic feet
dbtext 4215

Biographical Note

Ivy Myers (?-?) was a Methodist Episcopal Church Deaconess in the Northwest Indiana Conference from 1928 to 1961. She was born on May 2 in Tioga, Illinois, where she was raised on a farm along with her two sisters and three brothers. Following grade and high school, she attended the Chicago Training School for Missions in Illinois and graduated in 1922. Also in 1922, Myers became a probationary member of the Methodist Deaconess Association as a Deaconess, listed in records as being on a “leave of absence”. She later returned to the Chicago Training School and graduated in 1925 as a preparatory senior from the same institution. Afterwards she received her A.B. degree in Sociology from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1928. Myers also received a Master's Degree in Christian Education from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Upon graduating from Hamline University in 1928, Ms. Meyers returned to the Chicago Training School as a teacher of History and Latin, where she stayed for six years. In 1928, she was also accepted as a full member of the Methodist Deaconess Association (Serial No. 645). She served as a Deaconess for thirty-seven years, teaching in schools for children from broken homes, the Deaconess School at Helena, Montana and Monnett School for Girls at Renesselaer, Indiana. Other opportunities of service included directorship of Christian Education at First Church, Madison and at Euclid Avenue Church, Oak Park, Illinois. Meyers was hired in 1945 by former Publishing Agent Fred D. Stone as Literature Counselor to do the work of interpreting and promoting church school literature in both Chicago and Nashville for sixteen years. She was an Alumni Representative on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Training School from 1954 to 1956. Ms. Myers never married, nor had children, and retired from all work in 1961.

Upon retirement, the Broadway Methodist Church elected her to the Committee on Good Literature, the Commission on Education, and Administrative Board. After retiring, she continued her interest and activities in the Northwest Indiana Annual Conference Deaconess Board, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the American Friends Service Committee.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains information pertaining to the educational and professional life, as well as the home life of Deaconess Ivy Myers, while also exploring topics within the Methodist Deaconess and Missionary organizations as a whole. These documents encompass Chicago Training School (CTS) class and faculty information, images and history between the years 1922, 1925-1927, 1929-1930, and 1933. The most prominent subject within the collection pertains to Lucy Rider Meyer, the founder of CTS, particularly information surrounding her death and accounts by acquaintances regarding Meyer's character and professional experience. The collection accommodates obituaries of other significant members of the Chicago Training School, as well as written correspondence to Ivy from various persons. The publications contain information on both Deaconess and missionary work. Photographs depict CTS faculty and students, as well as Ms. Myers life outside of her education and profession.


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Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Ivy Myers Collection, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the item's call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

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There are no restrictions for this collection.

Use Access

Detailed use restrictions relating to our collections can be requested from the office of the archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History. Photocopying is handled by the staff and may be limited in certain instances. Before using any material for publication from this collection a formal request for permission to publish is expected and required.

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Index Terms

Subject Terms
Education, Higher
Missions-Latin America
Geographic Terms
United States
Subject Names - Person
Belle L. James
Josiah Shelley Meyer
Lesemann, Louis Frederick William, 1869-1941
Subject Names - Corporate Bodies
Methodist Episcopal Church
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Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1583-5-6: 1 Correspondence 1928-1930
1583-5-6: 2 Chicago Training School 1992-1946
1583-5-6: 3 Deaconess, October - February 1928-1963
1583-5-6: 4 Deaconess Reports 1908-1936
1583-5-6: 5 Lucy Rider Meyer, March - June 1922
1583-5-6: 6 Obituaries/Bulletins, September - October 1926-1954
1583-5-6: 7 Photographs 1925-1964
1583-5-6: 8 El Evangelista Cubano 1920-1930
1583-5-6: 9 Kansas City Deaconess - May 1925
1583-5-6: 10 Yearbooks 1922-1930