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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Book Reviews, 1937-1985

Speeches and Radio Shows, 1945-1978

Slides and Audio Tapes, 1962, 1983

Personal Documents, 1906-1988

Scrapbook

Southern Methodist University

Ermance Rejebian papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Rejebian, Ermance
Title: Ermance Rejebian papers
Inclusive Dates: 1906-1991
Abstract: Ermance Rejebian (1906-1989) was a respected lecturer, author, and book reviewer. She was born in Bursa, Turkey to Armenian parents and immigrated to the United States at the age of 14. She reviewed hundreds of books (both fiction and non-fiction as well as classics and 20th century bestsellers) and presented these reviews to women's groups called "Rejebian Clubs" in Dallas and the southwest. During these reviews, Rejebian spoke from memory for one hour. She did not take questions and the groups did not focus on discussion of the books. Rather, the emphasis in these clubs was on hearing her summaries and critiques of the books. For seven years, from 1945 to 1952, Rejebian delivered summaries of important news stories of the day on a weekly broadcast on WFAA Radio, Dallas, Texas. Her papers include her book reviews and speeches, essays for live delivery on her radio shows, notes, photographs and correspondence, audio tapes, and newspaper clippings.
Accession No: A2003.0002 and A2003.0002x
Extent: 8 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes (9 linear feet)
Language: Material is predominantly in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Ermance Rejebian (1906-1989) was a respected lecturer and author in the Southwest. She reviewed hundreds of books, and presented them to audiences in Dallas and Houston, mainly to women’s groups called "Rejebian Clubs." During these presentations, Rejebian spoke from memory for one hour. She did not take questions and the groups did not focus on discussion of the books. Rather, the emphasis in these clubs was on hearing Ermance Rejebian’s summaries and critiques of the books. The first of these "Rejebian Clubs" was organized in 1936, and eventually there were forty all together.

In 1906, Ermance Varsaverian was born to an Armenian Christian couple in Bursa, Turkey. She experienced the persecution of the Armenians there until she immigrated to the United States in 1920, at fourteen years of age. Rejebian attended Los Angeles High School and earned an elementary teaching certificate at UCLA. In 1928 she married Vahram Rejebian, who was also an Armenian immigrant from Turkey. The couple eventually had two children, Myron and Mary Rejebian. Vahrem was a successful businessman, selling Oriental rugs. The two remained very involved members of the Highland Park United Methodist Church into their old age.

As she became better known, Rejebian began to give book reviews and news commentaries on local radio. Rejebian provided the "background of the news" in a weekly broadcast for seven years on WFAA Radio, Dallas, Texas. She maintained a schedule of 170 to 300 speaking engagements per year. In 1951, she was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 7 most influential women of the Southwest. Rejebian was also the first recipient of the Americanism Medal awarded by the Jane Douglas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution "in recognition of the many contributions she has made as a naturalized citizen." Additionally, Rejebian wrote two short books describing her immigration to America, her husband's, and their life thereafter, titled Pilgrimage to Freedom and Testament of Faith. She was a devout Christian throughout her life, and eventually her studies on the Bible were published under the title The Book: the Bible Studies of Ermance Rejebian. She also published a book of her letters titled, Abroad with the Rejebians.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ermance Rejebian papers consist of her reviews, photographs, drafts of speeches, essays for live delivery on her radio shows, notes, correspondence, audio recordings, and newspaper clippings related to her life. The collection also contains a scrapbook created for Rejebian by a member of the Libris Book Club.

Rejebian wrote the majority of her reviews about classic literature. However, she also reviewed her own books, and lesser known works. Rejebian spoke at many public events about topics ranging from her travels to the history of Oriental rugs. Copies of these speeches have been preserved for this collection. For seven years, from 1945 to 1952, Rejebian delivered summaries of important news stories of the day on a weekly broadcast on WFAA Radio, Dallas, Texas. These essays are also included in the collection. Expressions of gratitude from the many people who appreciated and enjoyed Rejebian's work are also included in this collection. Eventually, Rejebian made an agreement with a publisher to record some of her reviews on audio tapes for sale. There are 21 of these recordings included in the collection. There are also slides of a celebration held in Rejebian’s honor in 1962 by members of her Book Review Clubs in Dallas.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into five series:
Series 1: Book Reviews, 1937-1985
Series 2: Speeches and Radio Shows, 1945-1978
Series 3: Slides and Audio Tapes, 1962, 1983
Series 4: Personal Documents, 1906-1988
Series 5: Scrapbook

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Rejebian, Ermance.
Rejebian Club.
Women critics--Texas--Dallas.
Armenian Americans--Texas--Dallas.
Literature--Book reviews.
Book clubs (Discussion groups)--Texas--Dallas.

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Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ermance Rejebian papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, Mary Rejebian Northern, 2003, 2006.

Processing Information

The Ermance Rejebian papers were received in no discernable order. During processing, the collection was divided into separate files for book reviews, speeches, personal documents, audio cassettes, and the scrapbook. Folded documents were flattened, and the papers were arranged chronologically by topic, placed in acid-free folders, and stored in acid-free boxes.

In 2006, more than 200 speeches and essays were added, as well as a few audio cassettes and some slides. The materials were grouped by type with speeches and essays separated. The essays were grouped by year and organized in chronological order. The audio cassettes were stored in an original display box. The slides were in a sealed envelope. Paperclips were removed and each speech or essay was placed in a separate acid-free folder and placed in acid-free boxes. The audio cassettes were kept in their original display box and placed inside an acid-free oversize box. The slides were placed into a clear, slide protector sheet and placed inside an acid-free folder.

Processed by

Amanda Coleman, 2005

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2005

Revision Description

14 slides, 22 audio tapes, a second group of speeches, and essays from Rejebian’s radio shows were added to the collection. The new material was processed and encoded by Lara Corazalla in March, 2006.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Book Reviews, 1937-1985
2 boxes

This series contains the numerous book reviews of Ermance Rejebian. Before she spoke to any group, Rejebian would memorize the entire review so that she could speak without notes. In these reviews, Rejebian gives both an assessment of the book's quality and a summary of the events and characters. The reviews are arranged alphabetically by book title and stored in separate folders. The dates following the titles indicate the month and year Rejebian presented these reviews to an audience.
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1 1 "Abraham Lincoln" by Carl Sandburg, Dec 1940/Feb 1949
2 "Act One" by Moss Hart, Jan 1960
3 "The Acts of the Apostles," Feb 1966
4 "Address Unknown" by Kressmann Taylor, Mar 1939
5 "Advice and Consent" by Allen Drury, Oct 1960
6 "After the Fall" by Arthur Miller, May 1964
7 "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone, Oct 1961
8 "Ali and Nino" by Kurban Said, Nov 1971
9 "Amadeus" by Peter Schaffer, Nov 1981
10 "The American" by James Truslow Adams, Nov 1948
11 "America: the Promised Land" by Ermance Rejebian
12 "America and the Americans" by Steinbeck and Adams, Feb 1967
13 "Anastasia" by Marcelle Maurette, Nov 1955
14 "The Angelic Avengers" by Pierre Andrezel, Mar 1947
15 "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy, Feb 1948/Nov 1977
16 "Anne of the Thousand Days" by Maxwell Anderson, May 1949/1971
17 "Apartment in Athens" by Glenway Wescott, May 1949
18 "Apollo and Miss Agnes" by Bob and Alice Banner, Nov 1963
19 "The Apostle" by Sholem Asch, Oct 1943
20 "Arch of Triumph" by Erich Maria Remarque, Mar 1946
21 "Aristotle Onassis" by Fraser, Jacobson, Ottoway, and Chester, Oct 1978
22 "Armageddon" by Leon Uris, Nov 1964
23 "The Authentic Revolution and Its Challenge" by Erwin D. Conham, Jan 1952
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1 24 "Band of Angels" by Robert Penn Warren, Oct 1955
25 "A Bell for Adano" by John Hersey, May 1944
26 "Beloved Friend" by Catherine Drinker Bowen and Barbara Van Meck, Feb 1937/Oct 1958
27 "Ben Franklin in Paris" by Sidney Michaels, Jan 1967
28 "Beyond Desire" by Pierre La Mure, Apr 1957
29 "The Big Fisherman" by Lloyd C. Douglas, Jan 1949
30 "The Book" by Ermance Rejebian, 1955/1976
31 "The Book of Esther," Feb 1970
32 "The Book of Exodus," Feb 1963
33 "The Book of Genesis," Feb 1961/1980
34 "The Book of Hosea," Feb 1968
35 "The Book of Isaiah," Mar 1957
36 "The Book of Job," Mar 1956/Feb 1973
37 "The Book of Psalms," Feb 1959/1977
38 "The Book of Revelation," Feb 1962/1979
39 "The Bright Promise" by Richard Sherman, Nov 1947
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1 40 "Camelot" by Alan Jay Lerner, May 1962
41 "Captain from Castile" by Samuel Shellabarger, Apr 1945
42 "Catherine: Portrait of an Empress" by Gina Kauss, Jan 1944
43 "Catherine of Aragon" by Garrett Mattingly, Jan 1942
44 "Centennial" by James A. Michener, Oct 1975
45 "Children of God" by Vardis Fisher, Oct 1939
46 "Cleopatra: The Story of a Queen" by Emil Ludwig, Mar 1938/1948; Jan 1962
47 "Colonel Burr of Richmond Hill" compiled from Wandell and Sexton, Mar 1941
48 "Communism and the Conscience of the West" by Fulton J. Sheen, Nov 1948
49 "The Covenant" by James Michener, Apr 1981
50 "Crown Matrimonial" by Royce Ryton, Apr 1971
51 "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton, Nov 1950/Apr 1984
52 "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand, May 1951/1960/1985
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1 53 "David the King" by Gladys Schmitt, Oct 1946
54 "Dearly Beloved" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Jan 1963
55 "Desiree" by Annemarie Selinko, Oct 1953
56 "Destiny of the Door" compiled from current periodicals, Jan 1950
57 "A Diary from Dixie" by Mary Boykin Chesnut, Oct 1983
58 "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Nov 1957
59 "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak, Jan 1959
60 "Don’t Go Near the Water" by William Brinkley, Nov 1956
61 "Dragon Seed" by Pearl S. Buck, March 1942
62 "Dream West" by David Nevin, Oct 1984
63 "Drums of Destiny" by Peter Bourne, Apr 1948
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1 64 "The Eagles Die" by George R. Marck, Nov 1974
65 "Earth and High Heaven" by Gwethalyn Graham, Feb 1945
66 "Eleanor and Franklin" by Joseph P. Lash, Oct 1972
67 "The Enemy Gods" by Oliver LaFarge, Spring 1937
68 "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Apr 1979
69 "The Exile and the Fighting Angel" by Pearl S. Buck, Spring 1937/Apr 1969
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1 70 "Fall of the Peacock Throne" by William H. Forbis, Oct 1980
71 "Famine" by Liam O’Flaherty, Nov 1937
72 "The Female" by Paul Wellman, Apr 1980
73 "Ferdinand and Isabella" by Hermann Kesten, Feb 1947
74 "Fiddler on the Roof" by Joseph Stein, Jan 1966
75 "First Lady" by Katherine Dayton and George S. Kaufman, Oct 1952
76 "Florence Nightingale" by Cecil Woodham-Smith, Feb 1952
77 "The Forty Days of Musa Dagh" by Franz Werfel, Nov 1952; May 1968/1981
78 "The Four Seasons of Manuela" by Victor W. Von Hagen, Feb 1953/Apr 1977
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1 79 "Gideon" by Paddy Chayefsky, Oct 1962
80 "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, May 1955
81 "The Golden Fleece" by Bertita Harding, Spring 1937
82 "The Golden Summit" by Grace Noll Crowell
83 "Good-bye, My Son" by Marjorie Coryns, May 1944/1957; Apr 1978
84 "Good Morning, Miss Dove" by Frances Gray Patton, Feb 1955
85 "Good Night Sweet Prince" by Gene Fowler, Apr 1944
86 "The Gospel of John," Feb 1964
87 "Green Dolphin Street" by Elizabeth Gouge, Oct 1944
88 "Green Margins" by E.P. O’Donnell, Spring 1937
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1 89 "Heloise and Abilard" by George Moore, Mar 1952
90 "Hanta Yo" by Ruth Beebe Hill, Nov 1979
91 "Hawaii" by James Michener, Nov 1960
92 "He Looked for a City" by A.S.M. Hutchinson, Apr 1941
93 "Hearken Unto the Voice" by Franz Werfil
94 "Hound-Dog Man" by Fred Gipson, Apr 1949
95 "The House that Hitler Built" by Stephen H. Robert, Apr 1938
96 "The Human Comedy" by William Saroyan, Apr 1943
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1 97 "I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen" by Leon Z. Surmelian, Nov 1945
98 "I Do, I Do" by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, May 1967
99 "The Immortal Lovers" by Francis Winwar, Oct 1950/Apr 1963
100 "Immortal Wife" by Irving Stone, Jan 1945/Apr 1956
101 "Imperial Wisdom" by Pearl Buck, Oct 1956
102 "A Dark Garden" by Frank G. Slaughter, Jan 1947
103 "In the House of Brede" by Rumer Godden, Jan 1970
Box Folder
1 104 "Jacobowsky and the Colonel" by Franz Werfel, Dec 1944
105 "Jennie" by Ralph S. Martin, Oct 1969
106 "Jeremiah," Feb 1965
107 "Jerusalem" compiled from Lionel … and G.G. Atkins, Feb 1969
108 "Joan of Lorraine" by Maxwell Anderson, May 1947
109 "John Brown’s Body" by Stephen Vincent Benet, May 1953/Apr 1975
110 "Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo, Dec 1939
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1 111 "The Keys of the Kingdom" by A.J. Cronin, Oct 1941
112 "The King and I" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd , Nov 1951
113 "The King from Ashtabula" by Vern Sneider, Jan 1961
114 "The King Ranch" by Tom Lea, Jan 1958
115 "The King’s General" by Daphne Du Maurier, Feb 1946/1954
Box Folder
1 116 "Lead, Kindly Light" by Vincent Sheean, Nov 1949
117 "Life of Christ" by Hall Caine, Dec 1938/Mar 1945
118 "The Life of Andrew Jackson" by Marquis James, Nov 1938
119 "A Lion is in the Streets" by Adria Locke Langley, Oct 1945
120 "The Little Minister" by James N. Barrie, Mar 1953
121 "Little World of Don Camillo" by Giovanni Guaresehi, Jan 1951
122 "The Living Reed" by Pearl Buck, Jan 1964
123 "Love is Eternal" by Irving Stone, Oct 1954
124 "Love is a Wild Assault" by Elithe Hamilton Kirkland, Oct 1967
125 "Love Story" by Erich Segal, Jan 1971
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1 126 "Madame Curie" by Eve Airie, Jan 1938/Mar 1944/Apr 1967
127 "Man of La Mancha" by Dale Wasserman, Nov 1967
128 "Marie Antoinette" by Stefan Zweig, Oct 1937/Apr 1947
129 "Marta of Muscovy" by Phil Stong, Jan 1946
130 "Mary" by Sholem Asch, Mar 1950
131 "Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Stefan Zweig," Mar 1943/Apr 1951
132 "Mary Queen of Scots" by Antonia Fraser, Apr 1970
133 "Mary Todd Lincoln" by Justin G. Turner and Linda Turner, Oct 1973
134 "Men on Bataan" by John Hersey, Nov 1942
135 "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson, Feb 1960
136 "Mission to Moscow" by Joseph E. Davies, Apr 1942
137 "The Moneyman" by Thomas B. Costain, Oct 1947
138 "The Moon is Down" by John Steinbeck, May 1942
139 "Moses" by Sholem Asch, Apr 1952
140 "Misses ’Arris goes to Paris" by Paul Gallico, May 1959
141 "The Murder of Lidice" by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Jan 1943
142 "My Fair Lady" by Alan Jay Lerner, Feb 1957
143 "My Friend Flicka" by Mary O’Hara, Feb 1942
144 "My Heart Belongs" by Mary Martin, Oct 1976
145 "My Son, My Son!" by Howard Spring, Oct 1938
146 "My Uncle Jan" by Joseph Auslander and Audrey Weirdemann, May 1948
Box Folder
1 147 "Napoleon and Josephine" by Frances Mossiker, Jan 1965
148 "The Nazarene" by Sholem Asch, Jan 1940
149 "Nicholas and Alexandra" by Robert K. Massie, Jan 1968
150 "No Time for Sergeants" by Ira Levin, May 1956
151 "The Nun’s Story" by Kathryn Hulme, Oct 1957
Box Folder
1 152 "One Life" by Dr. Christiaan Barnard and Curtis Bill Pepper
153 "One Passion, Two Loves" by Lynne and Gray Poole, May 1969
154 "Or I’ll Dress You in Mourning" by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, Nov 1968
155 "The Origin" by Irving Stone, Nov 1980
Box Folder
2 1 "Papa Married a Mormon" by John D. Fitzgerald
2 "The Passions of the Mind" by Irving Stone, Oct 1971
3 "The Patriot" by Pearl S. Buck
4 "Peter the Great: His Life and World" by Robert K. Massie, Oct 1981
5 "Phantom Crown" by Bertita Harding, May 1958
6 "Pilgrimage to Freedom" by Ermance Rejebian, Nov 1972
7 "Pocahontas" by Frances Mossiker, Oct 1977
8 "A Portrait of Albert Schweitzer" by Robert Payne and George N. Marshall, Apr 1968
9 "The Prince and the Lily" by James Brough, Nov 1975
10 "The Promised Land: An American Credo" by Ermance Rejebian, Nov 1970
Box Folder
2 11 "Queen Anne Boleyn" by Francis Hackett, Nov 1939
12 "The Queen’s Necklace" by Frances Massiker, May 1961
13 "Quietly my Captain Waits" by Evelyn Eaton, Oct 1940/Mar 1955
14 "Quo Vadis" by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Mar 1951/Apr 1973
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2 15 "Romey" by Jack Farris, Mar 1954
16 "Red Masquerade" by Angela Calomiris, Feb 1951
17 "Reminiscences" by Douglas MacArthur, Oct 1964
18 "Report from Tokyo" by Joseph C. Grew, Feb 1943
19 "The Robe" by Lloyd C. Douglas, Dec 1942
20 "The Rockefellers" by Collier and Horowitz, Nov 1976
21 "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" by Peter Shaffer, Apr 1972
22 "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam," Apr 1965
23 "Running of the Tide" by Esther Forbes, Oct 1949
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2 24 "Saint Joan of Arc" by Victoria Sackville West and Marina Warner
25 "Sawdust Caesar" by George Seldes, Jan 1940
26 "Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mar 1949/Apr 1971
27 "A Sea Island Lady" by Francis Griswald, Apr 1940
28 "1776" by Peter Stone, Nov 1969
29 "The Sermon on the Mount," Mar 1958/Feb 1972
30 "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" by T.E. Lawrence, Fall 1936/Jan 1957
31 "Shenandoah" by James Lee Barrett, Apr 1976
32 "The Shoes of the Fisherman" by Morris L. West, Oct 1963
33 "Sister" by Glenn Allen Smith, May 1963
34 "The Song of Bernadette" by Franz Werfil, Oct 1942
35 "The Sound of Music" by Rodgers and Hammerstein—Lindsay and Crouse, May 1960
36 "The Source" by James A. Michener, Oct 1965
37 "Sparks Fly Upward" by Lawrence and Lee, May 1966
38 "The Spirit of St. Louis" by Charles A. Lindbergh, Jan 1954
39 "Spring Symphony" by Eleanor Painter, Feb 1941/Apr 1953/May 1970
40 "Stagestruck" by Maurice Zolotow, May 1965
41 "State of the Union" by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, Oct 1946
42 "The Sunne in Splendour" by Sharon Kay Penman, Nov 1983
43 "Sunrise at Campobello" by Dore Schary, Nov 1958
44 "The Super Americans" by John Bainbridge, Apr 1962
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2 45 "Take Heed of Loving Me" by Elizabeth Gray Vining, Apr 1964/1985
46 "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, Feb 1950
47 "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener, May 1950
48 "The Teahouse of the August Moon" by John Patrick, Nov 1954
49 "Tell No Man" by Adela Rogers St. Johns, Oct 1966
50 "The Tempered Blade" by Monte Barrett, May 1946
51 "Testament of Faith" by Ermance Rejebian, copyrighted Mar 1962
52 "There Shall Be No Night" by Robert E. Sherwood, Jan 1941/May 1952
53 "13 Days to Glory by Lon Tinkle," Apr 1958
54 "This Is the Hour" by Loin Feuchtwanger, Oct 1951
55 "Thomas Jefferson" by Fawn Brodie, Oct 1974
56 "Tolstoy" by Henri Troyat, Oct 1968
57 "Tomorrow the World" by James Gow and Arnaud d’Usseau, Feb 1944
58 "Tomorrow Will Be Better" by Betty Smith, Oct 1948
59 "The Treasures of the Bible," Feb 1971
60 "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith, Dec 1943
61 "True Grit" by Charles Protis, Jan 1969
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2 62 "Victory" by Oliver Warner, 1958
63 "Victory" by Oliver Warner and Emma Hamilton by Norah Lofts, Oct 1979
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2 64 "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy, Feb 1956
65 "The War Goes On" by Sholem Asch, Spring 1947
66 "Watch on the Rhine" by Lillian Hellman, Dec 1941
67 "The Way to Peace" by Vincent Sheean, Apr 1983
68 "What Every Woman Knows" by James M. Barrie, May 1954
69 "The Wild Swan" by Monica Stirling, Apr 1966
70 "The Windsor Tapestry" by Comptan Mackenzie, Feb 1939
71 "Winston Churchill" by Rene Kraus, May 1941
72 "The White Tower" by James Ramsey Ullman, Dec 1945
73 "Why Europe Fights" by Walter Millis, Nov 1940
74 "Why They Behave Like Russians" by John Fischer, Jan 1948
75 "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers, Jan 1953
76 "Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace" by Thomas W. Bailey, Nov 1944/Feb 1958
Box Folder
2 77 "The Young Cosima" by Henry Handel Richardson, May 1939/Apr 1950
Box Folder
2 78 "Zelda" by Nancy Milford, Oct 1970

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Series 2:
Speeches and Radio Shows, 1945-1978
5 boxes

This series contains drafts of speeches and talks Ermance Rejebian planned to give and essays that she read on her radio program.
The speeches are not book reviews. Many outline Rejebian's experiences as an immigrant in America and reflect on her travels throughout the world. As Rejebian was held in high esteem throughout Texas, she was asked to speak at many diverse events, and, as she did with her reviews, she intricately planned out these speeches. Dates are included after the speech’s title when available. Most of the speeches are undated. The speeches are divided into two separate groups based on the date of acquisition. Both groups are arranged in alphabetical order.
The series also contains bound notebooks that contain essays and speeches for live delivery and radio broadcasts. Each notebook contains her writings for one or two years. Arrangement of the notebooks is chronological by year.
Finally, the series contains the individual essays on current event topics that were delivered on her radio show from 1945 to 1952. These essays are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 79 Notebook 1945
80 Notebook 1946
81 Notebook 1947
82 Notebook 1948
83 Notebook 1949
84 Notebook 1950-1951
85 Notebook 1952
Speeches
Box Folder
3 1 Address at the Opening of Activities Building
2 Americanism
3 Armenia and the Church
4 Armenia: Its History, Religion, and Culture
5 A Bicentennial Program at Middle School
6 A Brief History of Dallas
7 A Brief History of Early Dallas
8 China Today, Sep/Nov 1978
9 The Community Chest
10 Faith for These Times
11 Here it Began, Nov 1966
12 History of the Rejebian Club
13 Impressions of My Trip to Turkey, May 1978
14 Impressions of the Caribbean, Dec 1977
15 Legacy of Greece, Nov 1965
16 Light of the Years
17 A Message and a Lesson, Oct 1959
18 Message of the Seven Churches of Asia, Feb 1959/1974
19 Oriental Rugs
20 Party of the Year, 1959
21 Personal Journey, Nov 1953
22 Personal Reflections on the Soviet Union, Nov 1959
23 Pilgrimage, Apr 1954
24 Rainbow in the West, Nov 1941
25 Response, Mar 22, 1987
26 Saint Joan of Arc, Nov 1936
27 Saint Paul and His World, Apr 1960/Feb 1978
28 Stalin over Russia, Jan 1939
29 That Other Way of Life, Nov 1962
30 World Day of Prayer, Feb 1952
31 Unidentified Writings
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7 1 The Authentic Revolution and Its Challenge by Erwin D. Canham
2 Brotherhood Week
3 Echoes from the Wallace Case
4 Freedom and Labor
5 Glimpses on the Middle East
6 India
7 Letter from Grosvenor Square – Disillusionment – spoken by Dr. David Lefkowitz over station WFAA Sunday, Nov. 30, 1947
8 The Palestine Question
9 La Reunion
10 UN – Road to Peace
11 United Nations Day
12 Untitled (Dallas)
13 World Opinion of US
Radio Shows
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5 1 San Francisco Conference, Apr. 25, 1945
2 German Atrocities, Apr. 29, 1945
3 Mussolini, May 6, 1945
4 Poland, May 20, 1945
5 Memorial Day, May 27, 1945
6 Middle East, June 3, 1945
7 Flag Day, June 10, 1945
8 Russia, June 17, 1945
9 Eisenhower, June 24, 1945
10 San Francisco UN Charter, July 1, 1945
11 Russia v. Turkey, July 8, 1945
12 France, July 15, 1945
13 Potsdam, July 22, 1945
14 Churchill, July 29, 1945
15 La Reunion, Aug. 5, 1945
16 Hirohito, Aug. 12, 1945
17 Peace, Aug. 19, 1945
18 China, Aug. 26, 1945
19 Japan, Sept. 2, 1945
20 Council of London, Sept. 16, 1945
21 MacArthur, Sept. 9, 1945
22 War Fund Campaign, Sept. 23, 1945
23 Russia, Sept. 30, 1945
24 War Fund Campaign, Oct. 2, 1945
25 Nimitz, Oct. 7, 1945
26 Labor, Oct. 14, 1945
27 Argentina, Oct. 21, 1945
28 Palestine, Oct. 28, 1945
29 Book Exposition, Nov. 4, 1945
30 China, Nov. 11, 1945
31 Thanksgiving, Nov. 18, 1945
32 Iran, Dec. 2, 1945
33 Cordell Hull, Dec. 9, 1945
34 Pat Hurley, Dec. 16, 1945
35 Christmas, Dec. 23, 1945
36 New Year’s - US Responsibility, Dec. 30, 1945
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5 37 Alaska, Jan. 6, 1946
38 Labor, Jan. 13, 1946
39 G I Rebellion, Jan. 20, 1946
40 Charles De Gaulle, Jan. 27, 1946
41 Housing, Feb. 3, 1946
42 Greece, Feb. 10, 1946
43 Harry Hopkins, Feb. 17, 1946
44 Russia, Feb. 24, 1946
45 Red Cross, Mar. 3, 1946
46 Spain, Mar. 10, 1946
47 Russia & Fear, Mar. 17, 1946
48 Russia & Turkey, Mar. 24, 1946
49 Food for Europe, Mar. 31, 1946
50 Roosevelt, Apr. 7, 1946
51 UN, Apr. 14, 1946
52 Easter, Apr. 21, 1946
53 Tito, Apr. 28, 1946
54 Germany, May 5, 1946
55 Labor & Strikes, May 12, 1946
56 John L. Lewis, May 19, 1946
57 UN, June 30, 1946
58 Can We Get Along With Russia, Sept. 1, 1946
59 Japan, Sept. 8, 1946
60 Germany, Sept. 15, 1946
61 James F. Byrnes, Sept. 22, 1946
62 Public Opinion, Oct. 6, 1946
63 China, Oct. 13, 1946
64 The Dardanelles, Oct. 20, 1946
65 The Statue of Liberty, Oct. 27, 1946
66 The Quest for Peace, Nov. 10, 1946
67 Molotov, Nov. 3, 1946
68 The Crisis in Our Nation’s Schools, Nov. 17, 1946
69 Thanksgiving, 1946, Nov. 24, 1946
70 The Coal Strike and Mr. Lewis, Dec. 1, 1946
71 Miguel Aleman, Dec. 8, 1946
72 Spain, Dec. 15, 1946
73 The Personality of Jesus, Dec. 22, 1946
74 1946, Year of United Nations, Dec. 29, 1946
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6 1 Americanism, Jan. 12, 1947
2 General George C. Marshall, Jan. 19, 1947
3 Juvenile Delinquency, Jan. 25, 1947
4 China, Feb. 2, 1947
5 Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 9, 1947
6 Crisis in Britain, Feb. 16, 1947
7 Dilemma of Palestine, Feb. 23, 1947
8 Denazification, Mar. 2, 1947
9 The Red Cross and the Needy of the World, Mar. 9, 1947
10 The Underlying Issue of the Greek Crisis, Mar. 16, 1947
11 The Moscow Conference, Mar. 23, 1947
12 Democracy – American v. Russian, Mar. 30, 1947
13 Labor and Rising Prices, Apr. 20, 1947
14 Mr. Wallace and Freedom of Speech, Apr. 27, 1947
15 The Moscow Conference, May 4, 1947
16 Mother’s Day, May 11, 1947
17 Food, Politics and Germany, May 18, 1947
18 Memorial Day, May 25, 1947
19 American Mood, Sept. 7, 1947
20 General Wainwright, Sept. 14, 1947
21 As the United Nations Reconvenes, Sept. 21, 1947
22 Fiorello H. La Guardia, Sept. 28, 1947
23 Interview with Anna Lord Strauss, Oct. 5, 1947
24 Aid for Europe, Oct. 12, 1947
25 The Best Seller of All Time, Oct. 19, 1947
26 The Comintern, Oct. 26, 1947
27 A Moral Responsibility, Nov. 2, 1947
28 The Children of Europe, Nov. 9, 1947
29 Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, 1947
30 The French Crisis, Nov. 30, 1947
31 Woodrow Wilson and the Lost Peace, Dec. 14, 1947
32 The Spirit of Christmas, Dec. 21, 1947
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6 33 A Year for Decision, 1948, Jan. 4, 1948
34 The Crisis in Greece, Jan. 11, 1948
35 Moscow’s Aim in Germany, Jan. 18, 1948
36 The Freedom Train, Jan. 25, 1948
37 Our Heritage and Responsibility, Feb. 1, 1948
38 Mohandas Gandhi, Feb. 8, 1948
39 The Boy Scout Movement, Feb. 29, 1948
40 Tragedy in Czechoslovakia, Mar. 7, 1948
41 Complexities of the Palestine Question, Mar. 15, 1948
42 A Man and his Dream, Mar. 21, 1948
43 The Symbolism of Easter, Mar. 28, 1948
44 UN Road to Peace, Apr. 4, 1948
45 Our Sunday Schools, Apr. 11, 1948
46 The Italian Election, Apr. 18, 1948
47 The Strike and Mr. Lewis, Apr. 25, 1948
48 Tolerance, May 2, 1948
49 The Festival of Home, May 8, 1948
50 Russian Attitude, May 16, 1948
51 The Fight against Communism, May 23, 1948
52 Commencement Thought, May 30, 1948
53 The Conflict over Germany, Sept. 27, 1948
54 The Community Chest, Oct. 3, 1948
55 As the United Nations Meets, Oct. 10, 1948
56 The Presidential Campaign, Oct. 17, 1948
57 Our Democratic Right, Oct. 31, 1948
58 Strengthening Foundations of Freedom, Nov. 7, 1948
59 Debacle in China, Nov. 14, 1948
60 Thanksgiving, 1948, Nov. 21, 1948
61 The Recovery of Europe, Nov. 28, 1948
62 Communism and the West, Dec. 5, 1948
63 Christmas, 1948, Dec. 19, 1948
64 New Year, 1949, Dec. 26, 1948
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6 65 Victorian to Atomic Age, Jan. 1, 1949
66 1949 A Year for Leadership, Jan. 2, 1949
67 The United Nations, Jan. 9, 1949
68 Britain and Israel, Jan. 16, 1949
69 Harry S. Truman, Jan. 23, 1949
70 After Chiang, Jan. 30, 1949
71 Reorganization of State Department, Feb. 6, 1949
72 Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 13, 1949
73 Brotherhood Week, Feb. 20, 1949
74 The Mindszenty Case, Feb. 27, 1949
75 Civil Rights, Mar. 6, 1949
76 Andrei Vishinsky, Mar. 13, 1949
77 Socialization of American Life, Mar. 20, 1949
78 Russian Reaction to North Atlantic Pact, Apr. 3, 1949
79 Easter 1949, Apr. 10, 1949
80 The United Nations as it Reconvenes, Apr. 10, 1949
81 Socialization of American Life, Mar. 20, 1949
82 Tito’s Challenge to Communism, Oct. 9, 1949
83 United Nations Day, Oct. 23, 1949
84 The Anniversary of Dallas, Oct. 27, 1949
85 The Issue behind the Labor Dispute, Nov. 6, 1949
86 The Method of Non-Violence, Nov. 13, 1949
87 Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 4, 1949
88 Destiny at Our Door, Dec. 11, 1949
89 A Visit to the United Nations, Dec. 18, 1949
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7 1 Russia Glorifies Stalin, Jan. 8, 1950
2 China, Jan. 22, 1950
3 Again Germany, Feb. 5, 1950
4 Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12, 1950
5 World Day of Prayer, Feb. 19, 1950
6 Collectivism and American Life, Feb. 26, 1950
7 An Indecisive Victory, Mar. 5, 1950
8 Enduring Monuments, Mar. 12, 1950
9 The Problem of the H Bomb, Mar. 19, 1950
10 Liberals and Fellow Travelers, Apr. 2, 1950
11 The Personality of Jesus, Apr. 9, 1950
12 Roosevelt – Five Years After, Apr. 16, 1950
13 World Government Week, Apr. 23, 1950
14 Faith for These Times, Apr. 30, 1950
15 Greek Cavalcade of Fashion, May 17, 1950
16 Why We Fight, Sept. 10, 1950
17 The UN and the Soviet Union, Sept. 17, 1950
18 The Case of Communist China, Sept. 24, 1950
19 The Challenge of Asia, Oct. 1, 1950
20 United Nations Day, Oct. 22, 1950
21 Germany and the Western World, Oct. 29, 1950
22 Tito’s Challenge to Communism, Nov. 5, 1950
23 Banting’s Miracle, Nov. 12, 1950
24 Chinese Enigma, Nov. 26, 1950
25 Is a Settlement with Russia Possible, Dec. 2, 1950
26 The Gift of Laughter, Dec. 3, 1950
27 Mao Tse-Tung, Dec. 10, 1950
28 The Pilot Institute for the Deaf, Dec. 17, 1950
29 And Good Will Among Men, Dec. 24, 1950
30 Release from Fear, Dec. 31, 1950
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7 31 The Challenge of World Communism, Jan. 7, 1951
32 General Eisenhower, Jan. 14, 1951
33 What Asians Think of Us, Jan. 21, 1951
34 Europe Still Our First Front, Jan. 28, 1951
35 World Day of Prayer, Feb. 4, 1951
36 After Condemnation – What?, Feb. 11, 1951
37 Communism V. Chinese Tradition, Feb. 25, 1951
38 A Moral Crisis, Mar. 4, 1951
39 Germans Look at Democracy, Mar. 11, 1951
40 We Need Better Leaders, Mar. 18, 1951
41 Easter, 1951, Mar. 25, 1951
42 Hope that Peace can be Maintained, Apr. 1, 1951
43 Latin America in World Today, Apr. 8, 1951
44 Peace with Japan, Apr. 22, 1951
45 The Decline of Honor, Oct. 7, 1951
46 Iranian Oil, Oct. 14, 1951
47 Nationalism in the East, Oct. 21, 1951
48 The British Elections, Oct. 28, 1951
49 Pakistan, Oct. 28, 1951
50 The Korean Truce, Nov. 9, 1951
51 Winston Churchill, Nov. 25, 1951
52 The Recovery of Europe, Dec. 9, 1951
53 The Authentic Revolution, Dec. 16, 1951
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7 54 The Problem of Germany, Jan. 13, 1952
55 Our Democratic Right, Jan. 20, 1952
56 Eisenhower’s Views, Jan. 27, 1952
57 Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 10, 1952
58 Social Policy in Far East, Feb. 17, 1952
59 The Defense of Western Europe, Mar. 2, 1952
60 Tolerance, Mar. 9, 1952
61 The Egyptian Problem, Mar. 16, 1952
62 Question in Korea, Mar. 23, 1952
63 China in Grip of Violence, Mar. 30, 1952
64 Easter, 1952, Apr. 13, 1952

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Series 3:
Slides and Audio Tapes, 1962, 1983
1 oversize box, including 26 audio cassettes

This series contains 21 of Rejebian’s audio recordings on cassettes. These are "digests" of literary works prepared and voiced by Ermance Rejebian. Each tape is approximately one hour long. They were published by Literary Digest in 1983. There are duplicates of a few of the titles. The tapes are stored in an original display box.
This series also contains 14 slides from a celebration held in Rejebian’s honor by members of her Book Review Clubs in Dallas in 1962.
Box
8 (Oversize) Audio Tapes
The Acts of the Apostles
The Book
Cry, the Beloved Country
Diary of Anne Frank (2 copies)
Esther
Genesis
The Gospel According to John
Hosea
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Mary Queen of Scotland
The Message to the Seven Churches
The Miracle Worker
Nicholas and Alexandra (3 copies)
Psalms
Revelation
The Scarlet Letter (2 copies)
The Sermon on the Mount
Treasures of the Bible (2 copies)
War and Peace
The World of St. Paul
Box Folder
7 65 14 slides of A Celebration to Honor Ermance Rejebian – 1962 – Dallas Country Club – Given by her Book Review Clubs in Dallas

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Series 4:
Personal Documents, 1906-1988
1 box

This series includes important papers from Rejebian’s life, such as her birth certificate, naturalization papers, and high school and college diplomas. Her birth certificate and "identity book" are not in English, but all other documents are. It also includes several photographs of Rejebian as a girl and young woman. Additionally, there are gifts given to Rejebian, details of her speaking arrangements and newspaper clippings mentioning her and her husband, Vehram. Finally, a short autobiography written by Rejebian in her later life, as well as information about the Rejebian lectures held at Highland Park Methodist Church in her honor and memory, are included. Organization is chronological, whenever possible.
Box Folder
3 33 Photographs
34 Official documents, 1906-1928
35 High school diploma, 1924
36 Honors and awards, 1959-1985
37 Speaking engagements and descriptions, 1960-1985
38 Postcards to the Class family, June-August 1962
39 Notes from travels, 1970s
40 Correspondence, 1988
41 Gifts to Ermance: poems, song
42 Newspaper articles, 1951-1988
43 Autobiography and memorial papers

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Series 5:
Scrapbook
1 oversized box

This series contains a scrapbook made for Rejebian by the Oak Cliff chapter of the Rejebian Club. The scrapbook includes photographs, newspaper clippings, and programs from Rejebian's lectures.
Box
4 (Oversize) Scrapbook

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