DR. and MRS. H.G. KRIBS 1920s ORIGINAL SCRAPBOOK OF EDUCATIONAL AND CHRISTIAN OUTREACH BY THE AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN MISSION AS A PENNSYLVANIA DOCTOR OF BIOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY SPENDS 7 YEARS IN INDIA TEACHING
ALLAHABAD INDIA BOMBAY JAMUNA RIVER SANGAM 1920 Good+
On offer is a sensational original scrapbook compiled and owned by Dr. H.G. and Mrs. Kribs of Pennsylvania. The book details their journey to India and their social life and meetings with the upper strata of East Indian society and many, many government leaders with the background of their educational missionary work. That said much of the content shows that they were attempting to bridge the cultural gap between societies as many of the invites reveal 'mixed race' parties and functions. The diary is packed - to the point of the covers bursting and off though present - with invitations, letters to and from, photos, newspaper clippings and much, much more dated through the 1920's. [There are a few photos at the very back in later years.] The Kribs were based in Allahabad, and were very highly connected as evidenced by the invitations. Invites include: Rai Bahadur, Jagmal. Raja, The Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University, Members of the Indian Science Congress, The Chancellor and Members of University of Bombay, His Excellency The Governor and Lady Hailey, The Senate House 8th December 1926, The Staff and Students of Oxford & Cambridge Hostel 1924, etc. Online references flesh out the details of the Kribs' trip and experience in India: 1) Narberth Presbyterian SPEAKER: Dr. H. G. Kribs, University of Pennsylvania. SUBJECT: Some World Problems of Religion." This service will be under the auspices of the H. C. Gara Men's Bible Class. Dr. Kribs is a man of wide experience and will bring a worthwhile message. EVERY MAN is cordially invited to be present. 2) Dr. H. G. Kribs, of the Department of Zoology of the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "Some Problems of Religion. He has had world experience as a teacher, traveler and social worker, only recently returned to this country after seven years residence at Allahabad, India, where he taught Biology in the Christian College. 3) Ewing Christian College (ECC) was established in 1902, as Allahabad Christian College by the American Presbyterian Mission, ECC is one of the oldest colleges established in India. However, this claim is doubtful because the British East India Company was long gone at the time of the college's founding, as the British had taken over the control of India after the first war of Independence in 1857. At the beginning, the college was named Vernacular school. Later, its governance was shifted to the Presbyterian Church. In 1910, it was called Allahabad Christian College. The campus is located on the northern bank of Jamuna River near Sangam on the southern part of Allahabad City. Spread on a sprawling green campus of 42 acres (170,000 m2), the college opened its Agriculture Economics Extension Department on the other side of the river, which soon developed into Allahabad Agriculture Institute (now a deemed university). The college took giant strides in the field of higher education, with Dr. Dudgeon opening a first laboratory course in botany, laying a very strong base for research in the college. In 1903, many undergraduate offerings were initiated. However, in 1922, on the account of a new university act, the school lost its college status. In 1935, it started offering classes in a coeducational setup. In 1950, after the permission of Allahabad University, classes for degree students began and once again it acquired college status. More recently, in 1995, it achieved its autonomous status as institution in India which could offer its own examinations under the affiliation with Allahabad University.