Maria Layng Gibson Collection

 Collection — Container: Box 1
Identifier: 2017.009

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection dates from 1880-1931. It includes letters, notebooks, photographs, diaries, teaching lessons, commencement addresses, alumnae correspondence and lists, and memorabilia.


  • Majority of material found within 1890 - 1933

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting the collection should contact the Virginia Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more informationn contact: The Virginia Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Ireland in 1845, Gibson immigrated to the United States in 1849 and eventually became a member on the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. After graduating with an M. A. degree from Weslyan Female College in the late 1860's, she stayed on at the college to teach Latin. She joined the Women's Missionary Society in 1878, and eventually she became the President of the Women's Board of Foreign Missions and the Women's Missionary Council. After she became the Principal of the Scarritt Bible and Training School, she began training young women as missionaries and deconesses at the Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Louisville, KY. She attended two Women's World Missionary Conferences in Brazil (1913) and Edinburgh (1920. She died in 1927 fter preparing women for foreign missionary service for mor than 40 years.


13 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Tis arrangement is arranged in three parts. The first section is compromised of bound volumes including a Holy Bible, diaries, notebooks, and ten copies of a book written by Gibson called "Memories if Scarritt." The second part contains correspondences, pesonalized hymnal covers, and writings regarding devotional messages, immigration, missons, and teaching. The third part contains documents regarding the Scarritt Bible and Training School, preparation of women to be deconesses and foreign missionaries, Korea, the World Missionary Conference in 1910, photographs, memorabilia, and Gibson's memorial service.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is the property of The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tn

Maria Layng Gibson Collection
Jim Evilsizer
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Repository Details

Part of the Scarritt Bennett Center - Laskey Library and Archives Repository

Virginia Davis Laskey Library and Archives
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37212


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