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|The Ruth Rouse papers, 1897-1957 (Record Group 313), consist of Rouse’s personal accounts of her international work with the Student Volunteer Movement (SVM), World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), as well as her research files on the history of global ecumenism. Of particular interest are Rouse’s journals and travel reports, which describe her experiences in each of the nearly seventy countries she visited with SVM, WSCF, and YWCA. They contain candid accounts of the lives of students in each of the nearly seventy countries Rouse visited during her career. For example, she discusses political and cultural relationships between Finland and Russia, contrasts in life in the Czech Republic and Slovakia before and after World War I, and relationships between Christians and Muslims in Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire. Because Rouse often re-visited countries over the span of a number of years—for instance, she spent a total of six months in Russia over six visits in twenty years—her reports often offer opportunities for comparisons of how life for young people, especially young women, changed over the course of the first half of the twentieth century.|
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This exhibit draws on the holdings of the Divinity Library’s Day Missions Collection to illustrate methods of spreading the Christian message through evangelization, educational work, medical work, public health activities, relief work, translation, literature distribution, and so forth. On view until August 30, 2019.