The Belle Sparr Luckett Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Luckett, Letitia Belle Sparr, 1858-1918
Dates: 1913-1916
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English, Korean
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Scope and Content

This collection includes 22 lengthy letters written in 1913 by Letitia Belle Sparr Luckett. These describe her first year in Korea as a missionary and school teacher at the Pyongyang Foreign School. Each letter is written on a special Asian paper, several yards in length. Because of the difficulty involved in reading such letters, a photocopy of each has been filed with the originals in the collection. The collection also contains several photographs, a set of Bible-verse illustration cards in Korean, a dinner invitation to the Japanese Governor's home, farewell letters to Mrs. Luckett from 1916, and several other significant items.



Luckett, Letitia Belle Sparr, 1858-1918--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was given to the Seminary Libraries in July of 1992 by the Rev. Charles F. Luckett, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of East Rochester, at the encouragement of Professor Emeritus Samuel H. Moffett. Rev. Luckett is the paternal grandson of Belle Sparr Luckett. The collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in July of 1996 by Raymond D. Cannata under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. Additional materials were found in archival storage and added to in August of 2008.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the regular rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Belle Sparr Luckett Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding aid and correspondence relating to the collection.
Letters from Belle Sparr Luckett to family in America (with photocopies of each filed with originals)
1:2 July 14, 1913
1:3 July 15, 1913
1:4 July 21, 1913
1:5 July 26 and 30, 1913.
1:6 August 17, 1913
1:7 August 23, 1913
1:8 August 26, 1913
1:9 September 4, 1913
1:10 September 12, 1913
1:11 September 21, 1913
1:12 September 22, 1913
1:13 October 3, 1913
1:14 October 6, 1913
1:15 October 13, 1913
1:16 October 17, 1913
1:17 October 28, 1913
1:18 November 13, 1913
1:19 November 15, 1913
1:20 November 22, 1913
1:21 December 3, 1913
1:22 December 10, 1913
1:23 December 28, 1913
Other items (with photocopies of each enclosed)
1:24 Farewell letter to Belle Sparr Luckett, July 1916.
1:25 Bible-verse illustration cards in Korean.
1:26 Dinner invitations to Japanese Governor's home.
1:27 Photographs from Korea.
1:28 Miscellany.
1:29 Addendum. Purple velvet box containing the following: August 6, 2008
-Pin engraved: "Souvenir. From Japanese Wishers. Pyeng Yang.  July 1916.
-Red Cross Medal of Regular Membership.  
-Certificate of conferment of the Red Cross Medal of Regular Membership to "Mrs. S. D. Luckett,"  1914 October 5.
-Newspaper clipping In re Mrs. S.D. Luckett's departure from Pyengyang,  undated.


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