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Herbert Adams Gibbons Papers

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Gibbons, Helen Davenport, 1882-1960

Helen Davenport Gibbons (1882-1960) wrote The Red Rugs of Tarsus (1917) after witnessing the massacre of Armenian Christians in Adana and Tarsus in 1909. She wrote Paris Vistas (1919) and The Little Grey House (1919) about her experiences in wartime France. While in France, she founded the organization Sauvons Les Bebes, providing clothing for children. Helen Davenport Gibbons also worked as a translator from French to English of such works as "The Radiant Story of Jesus." Gibbons and her husband had four children.

Gibbons, Herbert Adams, 1880-1934

Herbert Adams Gibbons was a journalist and foreign correspondent. Gibbons received a masters degree in history from Princeton University in 1907, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1908. Newly married to Helen Davenport Gibbons, Herbert Gibbons first went to Turkey as a missionary, but soon began writing dispatches as a foreign correspondent. Helen and Herbert Gibbons witnessed parts of the massacre of Armenian Christians in 1909 in Adana and Tarsus, where their first daughter Christine was born. Both of them wrote about the experience later.

Between 1910 and 1913, Herbert Gibbons taught at Robert College in Istanbul. In 1914, Gibbons received his Ph.D from Princeton University. He and Helen lived in Paris beginning in 1914, and stayed there for the remainder of World War I. He traveled widely as a foreign correspondent during the 1920s. He published many books and articles between 1914 and his death in 1934.

Consists of papers of Gibbons from the periods when he was a foreign correspondent (1909-1916) in Greece, Spain, Turkey and other Near Eastern countries, a serviceman with the American Expeditionary Forces in France (1917-1918), and a correspondent (1920-1931) for various American magazines in Europe, the Orient, and Africa. Included are articles, dispatches, proofs for PARIS REBORN (1915), and interviews and reports concerned with World War I, U.S. foreign policy, French civilian relief, and European relations with the Near and Far East. Also included are material about Richard E. Byrd's transatlantic flight in 1927, photographs of France and Morocco, book reviews, pamphlet files, maps, documents, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Correspondence includes letters from John G. Hibben, J. J. Jusserand, Alexander Souter, John J. Pershing, Margaret Deland, and Rodman and John Wanamaker.

Some papers of author and journalist Helen Davenport Gibbons, who married Herbert Gibbons in 1908, are also included here. Helen Davenport Gibbons' papers include correspondence, proofs for PARIS VISTAS (1919), documents, photographs, and memorabilia.

Publications: Paris Reborn (New York: Century Co., 1915) by Herbert Adams Gibbons and Paris Vistas (New York: Century Co., 1919) by Helen Davenport Gibbons.

Papers of Herbert Adams Gibbons and Helen Davenport Gibbons were donated by Hope Gibbons, Mila Gibbons, and Mrs. Alpheus T. Mason in 1971, 1972, and 1991.

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Information about the original processing of the papers is not known. December, 2018 additions were found in the archives and added to the finding aid by Helene van Rossum (ML.2018.022). Correspondence of Helen Davenport Gibbons was described in September, 2019 by Phoebe Nobles.

Information on what has been separated from the papers is not available. It appears that books by Helen Davenport Gibbons have been removed from the papers.

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Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2007
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9 boxes

Interviews & Confidential Reports, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Balkans & Central Europe, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Philippines & Misc., dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Russia, Japan & China, dates not examined. 2 boxes.
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2 boxes

U.S. Foreign Policy, Oil, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Unsorted, dates not examined. 2 boxes.
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2 boxes

Page Proofs for "Introduction to World Politics", 1923. 1 box.
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1 box

Page Proofs for "The New Map of Asia", 1919. 1 box.
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1 box

The Little Children of Luxembourg, 1916. 1 box.
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1 box

The Blackest Page of Modern History, 1916. 1 box.
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1 box

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5 boxes

U.S. Foreign Policy, Oil, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

The Great War & its Aftermath, International Affairs, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Philippines, Guidebooks, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

International Affairs, Financial Historical, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Zionism, French Colonies, the Near East, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

A.E.F.: Tchad, Ouban Gui-Chari, Moyen-Congo, Mayombe, Pointe-Noire, Gabon, circa 1930. 1 box.
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Morocco, circa 1930. 1 box.
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1 box

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Vietnam, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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3 boxes

RE: Spain 1909-1910 & Paris 1915, 1909-1910. 1 box.
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Re: Civil Rights 1921 & Kahn Foundation Reports 1930, 1921. 1 box.
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1 box

Printed Articles & Bound Copies, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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Maps, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Printers Proofs for Paris Reborn, 1915. 1 box.
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Some War Lectures in France, circa 1918. 1 box.
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Correspondence from Alexander Souter to Herbert Gibbons, 1916-1922. 1 box.
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Correspondence from Alexander Souter to Herbert and Helen Gibbons, 1923-1937. 1 box.
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Herbert and Helen Gibbons' Correspondence to Alexander Souter, 1928-1935. 1 box.
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Various Correspondence, 1915-1932. 1 box.
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1 box

Articles, proofs, printed matter, correspondence, photographs & documents, dates not examined. 1 box.
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H.A.G. 15, dates not examined. 1 folders.
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1 box

Dispatches, clippings, postcards, pipe, scrapbook, French medals, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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3 boxes

Scrapbooks, dates not examined. 2 boxes.
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Helen Davenport Gibbons and Herbert Gibbons Scrapbook, 1917-1919. 1 box.
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Helen Davenport Gibbons Scrapbook of Clippings on "Paris Vistas", 1919-1920. 1 box.
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Essai D'Atlas Statistique de L'Indochine Francaise, 1914. 1 box.
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Herbert Gibbons Scrapbook with title page "Paris Reborn", 1915-1919. 1 box.
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Helen Davenport Gibbons Scrapbook on "The Little Grey House", 1917-1919. 1 box.
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1 box

Loose Clippings of Engravings, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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Scrapbooks of Helen Davenport Gibbons are present in the Scrapbooks series, and more material that relates to her may be present in other parts of these papers.

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1 box

Clippings, 1915-1925. 1 box.
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Clippings on Armenian Massacres at Adana and Tarsus, 1909-1912. 1 box.
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Clippings, 1919, 1934. 1 box.
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Correspondence--Tarsus, 1908. 1 box.
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Correspondence--Tarsus and Paris, 1909. 1 box.
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Correspondence--Paris, Turkey, Bulgaria, 1910-1912. 1 box.
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Correspondence--Paris and Brittany, 1913-1917. 1 box.
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Elizabeth Wallace letter to Helen Gibbons, 1918. 1 box.
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Correspondence, Photographs, Etc., circa 1915-1919. 1 box.
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Correspondence between Helen Gibbons and her mother, as well as letters from American soldiers, letters from women in France, and letters that accompanied donations of baby clothes for Helen Gibbons' organization Sauvons Les Bebes. The folder also contains a partial typescript of a memoir (1916) and two photographs of Helen Davenport Gibbons (circa 1914 and 1927), as well as postcards of Helen Gibbons at work in France, and a postcard of Chateau du Loyier, "The Little Grey House" in Prinquiau.

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1 box

Correspondence, 1912-1951. 1 box.
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Correspondence between Helen Gibbons and her mother; between Helen and Herbert Gibbons; as well as letters from Margaret Deland, General Pershing, and Jean Jules Jusserand; from other friends; and letters from American soldiers.

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1 box

American Flag flown at The Little Grey House, 1918. 1 box.
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Identification Documents and Permits, circa 1915-1919. 1 box.
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A passport, wartime permits and Laisser-Passer. Also contains an inventory of a house in Prinquiau and a certificate from the YMCA.

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1 box

Portrait Photographs of Helen Davenport Gibbons, 1920s. 1 box.
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Folder labeled "Unsortable", 1918-1939. 1 box.
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Financial Documents--German Bonds and Coupon Sheets, 1936. 1 box.
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1 box

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Correspondence, 1919-1927. 1 box.
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One folder of correspondence with Otto Merkel (1919-1921) and one of various correspondence.

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1 box

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American Expeditionary Force, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Belgium in the Congo, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Bolshevism, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Broadsides, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Czechoslovakia, dates not examined. 1 box.
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China, dates not examined. 1 box.
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College des Etats Unis, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Egypt, dates not examined. 1 box.
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France, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Housing, dates not examined. 1 box.
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How the War Was Won, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Hungary, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Index to Gibbons Library, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Influence of Armistices upon Peace Negotiations, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Japan, dates not examined. 1 box.
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League of Nations, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Lithuania, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Lloyd George's Role, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Luxembourg, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Near East, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Radio Telegraphs de Propagande, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Relief Work, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Reviews of Books on World War I, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Sudan, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Versailles, Treaty of, dates not examined. 1 box.
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Washington Conference, dates not examined. 1 box.
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World Court, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Typescripts, clippings, and correspondence concerning Turkey, Greece. and the Near East, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Publications by Herbert Adams Gibbons, dates not examined. 1 box.
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