Collection MS-2-281 - Charlotte Geddie Harrington Collection

Photograph of Rev. J. Copeland and family at mission house in Futuna, New Hebrides

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Charlotte Geddie Harrington Collection

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  • Textual record
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  • 1850-1957 (Creation)
    Harrington, Charlotte Geddie

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10 cm of textual records and other materials

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Biographical history

Charlotte Geddie Harrington (1840-1906) was a Presbyterian church worker and editor. She was born in 1840 in Prince Edward Island. Her parents were John Geddie and Charlotte Lenora Harrington MacDonald. She married William Harris Harrington on Sept. 21 1865, and they had two daughters and a son. She died in Halifax on March 7 ,1906.

Charlotte Geddie Harrington's early life involved accompanying her parents to the New Hebrides (Aneityum) where the family moved to pursue missionary work. She was sent to England for education for eight years, after which she returned to the New Hebrides and assisted her parents' missionary work in 1856. She returned to Halifax in 1859, where she settled to marry and raise a family.

Custodial history

Collection was donated by Charlotte Geddie Harrington's granddaughter, Hope McHale, in 1977 and 1979.

Scope and content

Collection includes correspondence between Charlotte Geddie Harrington and her parents, John and Charlotte Geddie, her sisters, Lucrecia Nielson and Ula Geddie and her brother John Williams Geddie. Correspondence was written between 1853 and 1902. Collection also contains photographs of the Geddie family and missionary activities in the New Hebrides (now the nation of Vanuatu), as well as miscellaneous newspaper clippings on John Geddie and the Geddie family, 1867-1957.

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Photographs are processed but the textual records are unprocessed.

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  • English

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Photographs are in the public domain.

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Collection is unprocessed with the exception of the photographs.

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  • English

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