Dora E. Giffen papers (MS-0309)
This digital collection features select correspondence and visual materials from the Dora Giffen papers (MS-0309) and documents the experiences of Giffen - a young 23 year-old female Presbyterian missionary in British-held Egypt between 1920 and 1926. As such, they shed light on the role of women in a working situation as educators; the prejudices and biases of Christian Americans against the religion, culture, and educational practices of those amongst whom they are living; and the changing political landscape within Egypt, as viewed through the eyes of an outsider.
Significant portions of the collection remain undigitized. The items represented here as well as the remainder of the collection are available for access at the Center for Archival Collections
This project was supported in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of IMLS or the State Library of Ohio, and no official endorsement by either agency should be inferred.
Postcard depicting Kom Ombo, Les grandes Colonades; circa 1925
Kam Ombo. Les grandes Colonnades. / Temple of Kom Ombo
Postcard depicting Melon-sellers on the Nile; circa 1925
Melon-sellers on the Nile. These melon merchants do a thriving trade in their green-rinded red-fleshed fruit of the finest flavour, for Egypt was famous as a land of fresh vegetables of old, and is so still. The children of Israel wept to remember "we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers and the…
Group photo of some of the students outside of the Fayoum Girls' School; 1925
Dora E. Giffen. Some of the pupils of the Fayoum Girls' School - 1925
Group of women and Assis Samuel; circa 1921
This was taken in the walk in front of our house. Assis Samuel of Shoubra is the only man in the picture. The Bible Woman just in front of him is Sitt Buchteeya who does a little work down in Khroonfish.
Esther Wilson and Dora Giffen on donkeys in the Hills above the Valley of the Kings; circa 1922
Esther Wilson (first donkey) and I (second donkey) on our steeds on one of the hills above the Tombs of the Kings. Don't I look like a caricatured tourist, though. Taken with Mr. Pollock's camera.
Pairs of people running a three-legged race at the American Mission at Sidi Bishr; circa 1925
Three legged race!
Sheikh Mustapha and family; 1922
At one of our at home days I took this picture of our teacher, Sheikh Mustapha, his wife, son, and daughter. It was almost too dark for a good picture when this was taken.
Sara Adair and Dora Giffen, and others, after a picnic lunch and tennis; circa 1921
Sara Adair and Dora Giffen were visiting in Mansourah (standing in center) After a picnic lunch and tennis we had a sail on the Nile R.