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Bartlett Family papers

Identifier: C-70
Donated by Charles H. and Doris Wolff Bartlett, both of the class of 1941, the collection contains their papers and correspondence while missionaries, a large portion of which consist of sermons and prayers from the 1940s until 1984. The collection also includes the papers of their 19th century ancestors Needham Drury and Needham Bartlett, including Prohibition literature, newspaper clippings of religious gatherings, and original compositions of hymns.


  • circa 1940-1984


Language of Materials


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Open for research without restrictions.

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16 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

Charles Bartlett (1919-2013) was born in Berea, Kentucky, to Earnest H. and Ruby Couser Bartlett. Bartlett graduated from Bennington High School in 1937, and from Middlebury College in 1941. While at Middlebury, he met his wife, Doris Wolff. Bartlett worked as a chemist in Louisville, Kentucky for Dupont during World War II, and for Raymond Laboratories in St. Paul, Minnesota after the War. He then entered McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, after which he served churches in Illinois and New York. He served as Correctional Counselor for the Illinois State Prison in Peoria. After retiring, the Bartlett's served as Volunteers in Mission at Lees College in eastern Kentucky, before moving to Lake Winnott in Hawthorne, Florida. The Bartletts had five daughters and two foster sons.

Doris Wolff Bartlett (1918-2010) was born in New Jersey. She graduated from Middlebury College in 1941, and earned her Master's degree in French from Syracuse University. Bartlett also worked toward a PhD at Northwestern University. She taught public school in Syracuse, NY, French at Elmhurst College and Judson College in Chicago, and taught at Central Community College in Peoria, IL. Bartlett was chair of the Peoria IL Refugee Committee.


Collection is arranged into three series: Early family papers, Correspondence, and Sermons and prayers. Collection is primarily arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated in 2009 by Charles H. and Doris Wolff Bartlett, both of the Middlebury College class of 1941.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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