Scope and Content Note
The bulk of the George T. Washburn Papers, 1851-1919 comprise correspondence sent and received by George Washburn (GTW) and his wife Eliza (ECW) from 1860 to 1900, a period during which the Washburns served as missionaries in Madura Presidency, India. The Washburns did the majority of their work in Pasumalai, although they also spent time in Madura and Battalagundu. George Washburn concentrated heavily on education and his work eventually led to the founding of Pasumalai College, over which he presided as president from 1881 until his departure in 1900. The Papers consist mainly of letters received from missionary colleagues in India and the U.S., as well as personal letters between the Washburns and their families at home. The collection also contains family papers and materials concerning Indian missions and schools. The Papers are organized into three series: GTW/ECW Correspondence With Friends & Associates, GTW/ECW Correspondence With Family Members, and Miscellaneous Mission & Family Papers.