University of Minnesota

Roelofs, Ebertha, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1906-1920
Abstract: Collection consists of photographs, postcards and travel guides pertaining to Ebertha Roelofs' assignment and travels in Europe. Included is also an embroidered cloth.
Quantity: 1 linear ft.
Language: English
Collection ID: IHRC2275


Collection acquired from Helen Verbrugge in 1995.


Ebertha Mary Josephine Roelofs (November 17, 1883, Grand Rapids, Michigan) - December 31, 1970, Pomona, California) graduated from University of Michigan (A.B. in English and Education) in 1908. After serving as school teacher and principal in East Jordan and Grand Rapids, she signed up for war work with the YWCA in 1918. In 1919, she was assigned to war work in Russia, however, permission to enter Russia was not granted. Between July 1919 and November 1920, Ebertha Roelofs traveled to Norway, Sweden and Finland where in Viborg for six months during the first half of 1920 she engaged in YWCA efforts to assist refugees from Russia. Before returning to the United States, she also visited Denmark, France, England and Switzerland. After her return, Ebertha Roelofs continued her service as the YWCA National Town Secretary in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, until 1927. Having resumed teaching after that, she founded Country Day School in Dallas, Texas, where she remained until 1958.



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The Roelofs, Ebertha Papers, General/Multiethnic Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota.

Index Terms

Young Womens Christian Association of the U.S.A.
World War, 1914-1918
Social services


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