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Preliminary Guide to the Muriel Henderson Papers, 1900-2009

Abstract

Muriel Henderson (1920-2009) and her husband, Lawrence (Larry), were originally from Tacoma, Washington. They served as missionaries to Angola from 1947 to 1969 and eventually retired to Durham in the 1990s.

The bulk of the papers relate Muriel Henderson's personal and family history (for the Woods and Henderson families). She lived with her husband Lawrence (Larry) Henderson in Angola doing missionary work from 1947 to 1969 and the collection includes many materials from this time (including journals and letters). Henderson kept in touch with people from Angola throughout the remainder of her life. The collection also includes many materials documenting her family's life in the early 20th century in the Pacific Northwest (mostly in or around Tacoma, Washington), including photographs, diaries, children's drawings and letters, school report cards, diplomas, letters, recollections (many typed) from family members, and ledgers of household expenses. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Henderson, Muriel, 1920-2009.
Title
Muriel Henderson papers 1900-2009
Language of Material
English
Extent
18 Linear Feet, 13500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The bulk of the papers relate to Muriel Henderson's personal and family history (for the Woods and Henderson families). She lived with her husband Lawrence (Larry) Henderson in Angola doing missionary work from 1947 to 1969. The collection includes many materials from this time (including journals and letters), and she kept in touch with people from Angola throughout the remainder of her life. The collection also includes many materials documenting her and her family's life in the early 20th century in the Pacific Northwest (mostly in or around Tacoma, Washington), including photographs, diaries, children's drawings and letters, school report cards, diplomas, letters, recollections (many typed) from family members, and ledgers of household expenses.

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Contents of the Collection

Accession (2009-0227)

(12 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

The bulk of the papers relate to her personal and family history (for the Woods and Henderson families). She lived with her husband Lawrence (Larry) Henderson in Angola doing missionary work from 1947 to 1969; the collection includes many materials from this time (including journals and letters), and she kept in touch with people from Angola throughout the remainder of her life. The collection also includes many materials documenting her and her family's life in the early 20th century in the Pacific Northwest (mostly in or around Tacoma, Washington), including photographs, diaries, children's drawings and letters, school report cards, diplomas, letters, recollections (many typed) from family members, and ledgers of household expenses.

Personal correspondence
Box 1
Diaries
Box 1
Ledger books
Box 1
Diplomas
Box 1
Memory box with letters, early 20th-century photograph, statue, and wood/metal harmonica
Box 1
Court proceedings for a case between her parents and the hospital where their infant son was burned when he rolled into a radiator
Box 1
Personal correspondence
Box 2
Newspapers
Box 2
Binders of family items, including letters, announcements, clippings, children's artwork, etc. (4)
Box 2
Angola mission work
Box 2
Family photographs
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
Calendars
Box 3
Personal notes
Box 3
Family letters box, 1922
Box 3
Other early letters, 1900s-1920s
Box 3
Ralph Woods memorial book
Box 3
Yearbook
Box 4
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 4
Family photographs
Box 4
Memories folders
Box 4
Newspaper clippings
Box 4
Old passports
Box 4
Notebooks with personal notes and records of letters sent/received
Box 4
Correspondence
Box 4
Newspaper clippings
Box 4
Family photographs
Box 4
Personal correspondence
Box 6
Scrapbook
Box 6
Personal correspondence
Box 7
Address books
Box 7
Newspaper clippings
Box 7
Personal correspondence
Box 8
Newsletters
Box 8
Newspaper clippings
Box 8
Christmas cards
Box 9
Address book
Box 9
Photographs, 1940s
Box 9
Report cards
Box 9
Personal correspondence
Box 9
Personal correspondence
Box 10
News clippings
Box 10
Photographs
Box 10
Autograph books, early 20th century
Box 11
Address books
Box 11
Muriel Henderson's baby book
Box 11
Tintype photograph of male relatives
Box 11
Books and diaries (some books discuss family members; most diaries belong to Muriel)
Box 12
Memorial service materials (including a DVD), 2009
Box 12
Scrapbook pages
Oversize Item 1

Historical Note

Muriel W. Henderson was born on June 20, 1920 in Tacoma, Washington, and died on June 9, 2009 in Chapel Hill, NC. Her family and friends knew her as Ki. She lived a full and active life with a wonderful will to experience as much as possible. She spent 22 years as a missionary in Angola with her husband Larry, leaving there in 1969 when the colonial war for independence made it hard to continue the work. She and Larry moved to New Jersey where he worked for the mission board in New York and she worked in social services. She loved working with African students at the Africa-America Institute. Ki and Larry finished their careers in Florida, first in Leisure City and then at Sun City Center. From 1985 to 1991 they lived in Portugal, where they had first gone in 1947 to learn Portuguese for their work in Angola. Ki helped Larry research in Portuguese archives for his book on the church in Angola. While there, they reconnected with many old friends from Angola. In 1991 they moved to Durham, NC and became active in the life of Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Ki was a life-long letter writer and corresponded with friends and colleagues all over the world.

Biographical sketch taken from Muriel's obituary, available at: http://www.cremationsocietync.com/sitemaker/sites/Cremat2/obit.cgi?user=murial-henderson.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Muriel Henderson Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Muriel Henderson Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Angela Diveglia and Meghan Lyon, October 2009

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2009

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.