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Dow, Elsie Storrs.


Biographical Statement

Elsie Storrs Dow was born in Sycamore, Illinois in 1859 to Roswell and Theresa E. Dow. Mr. Dow was a trustee of Wheaton College from 1878 to 1901 and was a well-known educator.

Dow came to study at Wheaton College in 1877 in the Classical program, usually taken by men, and graduated in 1881. After completing her studies at Wheaton she taught at Reed’s Ferry Academy in Manchester, New Hampshire. After four years of teaching she returned to Sycamore and taught for a year. During this time Dow received a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton. Afterward her year of teaching she moved again and became principal of Wasioja Academy in Minnesota until 1889.

In was in 1889 that she returned to her Alma Mater and assumed the Samuel Plumb Professorship of English Literature. She also served as Dean of Women from 1893 to 1901 and also taught courses in classics, history, and mathematics in additional to her English courses. She also served as Registrar for a time. Dow occupied the chair of the English Department for forty-six years and taught three generations of students as her teaching career spanned over five decades. Elsie Dow was known by her colleagues as an authority on Shakespeare and Browning.

At some time she took some graduate courses at Harvard University. She received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Lawrence College in 1922.

Dow died at 85 years of age on October 29, 1944 and was buried at Elmwood cemetery in Sycamore.

Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Collection 187 Papers of Eleanor R. Elliott

Identifier: CN 187
Scope and Contents Family correspondence, prayer letters, brochures, newspaper clippings, prayer cards and letters from other missionaries, photographs, slides, negatives, journals and diaries, and eight interviews concerning Elliott's childhood in China, mission work with China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship) in China and the Philippines, her experiences as an evangelist and teacher, her life in China during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945, and the civil war that followed. Her retirement...
Dates: Created: 1910-1988

Collection 279 Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Evans

Identifier: CN 279
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Elizabeth Morrell Evans (1899-1976) in which she discusses her childhood; education at Wheaton College; work with J. Elwin Wright; her Christian education activities; the development of the New England Fellowship, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the World Evangelical Fellowship; and her work as a missionary in Taiwan. The time period covered by the interviews is 1899-1976.Elizabeth Evans was interviewed by Robert Shuster on October 8,...
Dates: Created: 1984-1985

Collection 284 Oral History Interview with Gladys Wright

Identifier: CN 284
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Gladys Lyle Wright (1902-1994), in which she discusses her work as a teacher in Belgian Congo (now Democratic Republic of Congo). Topics discussed include: Wright's family background, education at Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute, her work as a missionary in the Belgian Congo for the Africa Inland Mission, memories of the Congolese people and culture, and her experiences at Wheaton when she was on the staff of the College after retriring from the mission...
Dates: Created: 1984

Collection 293 Oral History Interview with Melvin D. Suttie

Identifier: CN 293
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Melvin David Suttie (1912-2006) in which he discusses his childhood, Christian growth, education at Wheaton College and Biblical Seminary in New York and Omaha Presbyterian Seminary, missionary work with China Inland Mission (1940-1950), work among university students, persecution, evangelistic work among the Chinese population and Nationalist troops, his wife Mary's work among women, their children, church and state relations in China, the impact of the...
Dates: Created: 1985

Collection 319 Oral History Interview with Jesse W. Hoover

Identifier: CN 319
Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with Jesse Wilbert Hoover (1908-2002) in which he discuesses his pietistic background and beliefs, his education at Messiah and Wheaton Colleges, his involvement in Mennonite relief work in Europe and the Far East and his evangelistic work in Canada. The time period covered by the interviews is 1908-1947.

Jesse W. Hoover was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on October 7, 1985 in Greenfield, Indiana.

Dates: Created: 1985

Collection 363 Papers of Ruth M. Mellis

Identifier: CN 363
Scope and Contents Correspondence, prayer letters, clippings, photographs, oral history interviews and audio tapes of missionary conference relating to the missionary career of Ruth M. Mellis. Materials document her work among orphans and students in Greece, the Greek Bible Institute, the Greek language, and Greater Europe Mission; oral history interviews describe her childhood, attendance at Wheaton College, work with Near East Relief in Siros, teaching public schools in the St. Louis area, teaching at the...
Dates: Created: 1928-1987

Collection 490 Oral History Interview with Joseph C. MacKnight

Identifier: CN 490
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Joseph Charles MacKnight (1921-2003) in which he discusses his education and activities at Wheaton College from which he graduated in 1943, reasons for attending, literary societies, friends and significant staff and faculty (V. Raymond Edman, Russell Mixter, Elsie Storrs Dow, Edith Torrey, Mortimer Lane, James Mack), impact of World War II on the campus, Billy Graham and his role in the Gospel Tabernacle in Wheaton, and his medical career since graduating. The...
Dates: Created: 1993

Elsie Dow Papers

Identifier: SC-084
Scope and Contents

The Dow papers are organized into five series (Biographical, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Publish Material and Secondary). The bulk of the collection relates to Dow’s teaching and speaking career and includes notebooks, speeches and class notes. Another portion of some significance is genealogical files located with the biographical series. The collection contains several folders of correspondence in various series.

Dates: Created: 1827-1944

MSS | Elsie Dow Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2010-0628

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Collection 8
Unprocessed Material 1
Evangelistic work. 6
Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election. 5
Missionaries. 5
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni. 5
Women missionaries. 5
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World War, 1939-1945. 5
Catholic Church. 4
Christian education. 4
Church and state. 4
Conversion. 4
Missionaries -- Training of. 4
Missions -- Educational work. 4
Women 4
Women -- Religious life. 4
Children of missionaries. 3
China -- History -- Civil War, 1945-1949. 3
China -- History. 3
Church and social problems. 3
Church work with refugees. 3
Church work with women. 3
College students. 3
Evangelistic work -- China. 3
Indigenous church administration 3
Language in missionary work. 3
Persecution. 3
Refugees 3
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Faculty. 3
Buddhists. 2
China -- History -- 1937-1945. 2
Christian education -- United States. 2
Church development, New. 2
Church work with children. 2
Church work with military personnel. 2
Church work with refugees -- China. 2
Church work with women -- China. 2
College students -- Religious life. 2
Communism -- China. 2
Communism. 2
Depressions 2
Depressions -- 1929 2
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States. 2
Dow, Elsie Storrs, 1859-1944 -- Manuscripts. 2
Education 2
Evangelicalism. 2
Evangelistic work -- United States. 2
Fund raising. 2
International relief. 2
Medical care 2
Missions -- China. 2
Missions -- Finance. 2
Missions -- India. 2
Missions to Buddhists. 2
Missions, Medical. 2
Orphans 2
Pentecostalism. 2
Persecution -- China. 2
Presbyterian Church -- Missions. 2
Presbyterian Church. 2
Presbyterians. 2
Refugees -- China. 2
Rural churches. 2
Rural missions. 2
Sex role. 2
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945. 2
Tribes. 2
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Religious life and customs. 2
Animism. 1
Armenians. 1
Articles. 1
Baptism. 1
Belgium. 1
Belgium. -- Administration. 1
Belgium. -- Colonies 1
Belgium. -- Colonies -- Africa. 1
Belief and doubt. 1
Bible -- Publication and distribution -- China. 1
Bible -- Publication and distribution. 1
Bible colleges 1
Bible colleges -- Greece. 1
Bible. 1
Boarding schools -- Congo (Democratic Republic) 1
Boarding schools. 1
Buddhists -- China. 1
Buddhists -- Taiwan. 1
Catholic Church -- Evangelicalism. 1
Catholic Church -- Missions. 1
Catholic Church -- Protestant churches. 1
Catholic Church -- Relations 1
Catholic Church -- United States. 1
Catholic Church. -- Congo (Democratic Republic) 1
Catholic Church. -- France. 1
Chaplains, Military 1
Chaplains, Military -- United States. 1
Children -- United States 1
Children -- United States -- Conversion to Christianity. 1
Children -- United States -- Religious life. 1
Children of missionaries -- Education. 1
Children. 1
China -- Description and travel. 1
China -- History -- 1912-1937. 1
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