Lavinia C. Coombs was a Freewill Baptist missionary who spent many years in India. Born in West Bowdoin, Maine, on November 23, 1849, she attended Litchfield Academy and the Normal School at Farmington, Maine. She taught school for ten years before going to India. Ms. Coombs also edited and financially backed the missionary magazine "Tidings." She died on January 13, 1927.
Nine letters written by Coombs from Midnapore and Balasore, India, to Nellie Whittemore of Bowdoinham, Maine. The letters include discussions of the activities of Freewill Baptist missionary work, as well as discussions of friend and family matters. Included with the collection are transcriptions of the letters.
The letters are in chronological order.
The collection is open for research.
The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.
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Coombs, Lavinia, 1849-1927--Archives
Coombs, Lavinia, 1849-1927--Correspondence
Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911)--Missions--India
India--Description and travel
Gift of Julia King, Winter 1997-1998. Accession No.: 98-004.
Transcripts are available in the Reading Room and online.
Lavinia Coombs letters, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
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