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Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie Carus-Wilson papers, 1840-1932

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/f58n7

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Carus-Wilson, Ashley, Mrs., -1935.
Title: Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie Carus-Wilson papers, 1840-1932
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 018
Extent: 1.25 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Abstract:Contains correspondence, journals, copybooks and literary works detailing the literary life and thought of an English Christian woman in the field of missions and mission work.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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[after identification of item(s)], Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie Carus-Wilson Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Anita K. Delaries, July 2, 1984.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie (birthdate unknown) was born in Yorktown, Surrey, England, to Colonel Martin Petrie and his wife Eleanora Grant Macdowall Petrie. She was educated and received her B.A. from University College in London. Sometime in the late 19th century she founded and edited a magazine entitled The College by Post in addition to publishing numerous articles in a variety of popular, Christian and women's journals and newspapers. During her career she published nine books on missionary activity and Bible study and delivered several hundred lectures and speeches. One of her books, Irene Petrie: Missionary to Kashmir (1900) is a biography of her only sister who died while on a missionary journey. Mary Petrie married Charles Ashley Carus-Wilson, a professor in Montreal, in 1892. Thereafter she used the name Mrs. C. Ashley Carus-Wilson on all her publications with the exception of one. In a series she did in The Sunday at Home, she used the name Helen Macdowall. Macdowall was the name of her mother's family. Charles and Mary Carus-Wilson had three children, Louis, Martin, and Eleanora of which only Martin and Eleanora survived her death. Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie Carus-Wilson died on November 19, 1935 leaving the home in Kensington she inherited from her father, to her children.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie Carus-Wilson (1840-1932) consists of six series: Correspondence, Addresses and Journals, Copybooks, Literary Works, Memorabilia and Miscellaneous Material. The first series, Correspondence, consists of a few letters and short notes regarding speaking engagements, 1890-1914. The second series, Addresses and journals, contains a list of visitors to her home in Hampstead, 1899; address books, 1901 and 1911; and an account of expenses incurred on a tour of the continent, 1885. Series three, Copybooks, 1867-1900, contains notes on and excerpts from various works. The most substantive series is Literary Works. In this series are several of Carus-Wilson's published works from journals, 1887-1920; a few pamphlets and broadsides, 1894-1909; and lists of all the speeches, lectures and writings she accomplished from 1882-1932. Memorabilia from several members of her family are contained in series five including works by her father Martin Petrie, 1859 and 1861; her mother, E.G. Macdowall, 1840; her sister Irene Petrie, ca. 1890; and her sons, Martin Carus-Wilson, 1909; and Louis Carnus-Wilson; 1920. In the final series is a calling card of her husband, n.d. and a note, signed by herself, leaving her home in Kensington to her son Martin and daughter Eleanora, undated.

The papers offer the researcher an in depth look at the literary life and thought of a prolific and influential English Christian woman whose expertise in the field of missions and mission work were acknowledged by many of her time. Furthermore, Carus-Wilson deals with subjects such as education, the study of the Bible and women in the English empire, all of which would be useful to a theologian, sociologist or student of English church and social history. What the collection lacks, however, is information on the personal life of the English author.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 6 series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Addresses and journals, (3) Copybooks, (4) Literary works, (5) Memorabilia, and (6) Miscellaneous.

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