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I Always Wore My Topi-The Burma Letters of Ethel Mabuce, 1916- 1921

Prepared by Myong Shin Jeon, Student Assistant and Kristen Turner, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History, Madison, New Jersey


Overview of Records

Record Creator: Mabuce, Ethel L.
Title: I Always Wore My Topi-The Burma Letters of Ethel Mabuce, 1916-1921
Dates: 1972
Extent: 0.45 cu. feet
Resource ID: gcah. ms. 738

Biographical Note

Ethel Lindy Mabuce (1886- n.d.) was a Methodist Episcopal Church missionary to Burma. She attended Mayfield College (Missouri) and taught in the county schools of Missouri prior to becoming a missionary. Mabuce graduated from Chicago Evangelistic Institute in 1911 and from Taylor University (Indiana) in 1916. She worked as an assistant registrar there. Later that year she was appointed by the Des Moines Branch of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society and began work in Rangoon, Burma. In 1921 she was furloughed but did not return to the mission field because of ill health and her 1923 marriage to Reverend Christopher J. Soelberg.

Scope Note

This collection contains a photocopy of a manuscript entitled I Always Wore My Topi- The Burma Letters of Ethel Mabuce, 1916- 1921. It was edited by Lucille Griffith in 1972 from letters written by Ethel Mabuce and entered for consideration of the Jesse Lee Prize. This manuscript recounts Mabuce's experiences as a missionary to Burma. It is 704 pages in length and was published by the University of Alabama Press in 1974.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

Page order of manuscript.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Ethel L. Mabuce Manuscript, 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.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection.

Restrictions on Use

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.

Subject Terms

Additonal Creators - Personal
:Griffith, Lucille, ed..
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Subject Geographic

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1305-3-6: 1 Manuscript, p. 1-152 Undated
1305-3-6: 2 Manuscript, p. 153-301 Undated
1305-3-6: 3 Manuscript, p. 302-451 Undated
1305-3-6: 4 Manuscript, p. 452-600 Undated
1305-3-6: 5 Manuscript, p. 601-704 Undated