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Letter from Kamala Cornelius Printed in the June 1938 Alumnae Recorder

A letter from Kamala (Cornelius) Asirvantham, PCW `18 to Chatham University (then Pennsylvania College for Women) alumnae dated in March 1938 describing her life since leaving college. She describes her work as a teacher in Madras, her marriage to Dr. Eddy Asirvatham, and her work in Lucknow to provide education and activities for working adults and poor children. She also describes Christmas celebrations with students, her activities with women's clubs in her city, and her service with the United Provinces Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition.

In page two Ms. Asirvantham describes a children's club she organized in Lucknow that has members from many different religious communities and that succeeded in organizing a children's library, a playground, and regular lectures by prominent women. She describes her planned move to Madras due to a professorship position her husband accepted and her work managing university women's housing in Lucknow before the relocation.

In page three Ms. Asirvantham describes her travels through Burma, including a visit to the Shivedagon (Shwedagon ) Pagoda and the Reclining Buddha at the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple in Yangon. Ms. Asirvantham also describes her three daughters and an image of Ms. Asirvantham and her daughters is printed on the page.

In the closing Ms. Asirvantham recalls her college days and closes with her wish to bring glory to her Alma Mater.

Early Women Students

Date: March 24, 1938
Type: Text
Source: Chatham University Archives & Special Collections
Creator: Kamala Cornelius

Collection: Kamala Cornelius (Mrs. E.) Asirvatham Materials
Item History: 2021-02-26 (created); 2021-02-26 (modified)

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