January 3, 2010 - Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson

“Jane Marie Bancroft Robinson [1847-1932] was born on December 24, 1847, to the Reverend George C. and Caroline J. (Orton) Bancroft in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, in 1871 and from the New York State Normal School in 1872. She received a Ph.B. degree from Syracuse University in 1877 and a Ph.M. degree, also from Syracuse, in 1884. She continued her studies at the University of Zurich in 1886–1887.

“In 1887–1888 Robinson became the first woman to be admitted to the Ecole des Hautes Etudes at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She was dean of women and professor of French at Northwestern University from 1877 to 1886. As dean of women at Northwestern, she was a founder of the Western Association of Collegiate Alumnae, forerunner of the American Association of University Women. In 1886 she was appointed the First Fellow in History at Bryn Mawr College.

“… She married George Orville Robinson on May 7, 1891. Robinson founded the National Training School in 1900, and in 1908 she was elected president of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was active in the church for the rest of her life, and her scholarly work ended. Jane Robinson died in 1932.”[1]

Two books written by Jane in 1888-89 are of particular interest to our understanding of deaconess history and the spread of the deliberate practice of diaconal mercy work from Europe to North America.  These books are Deaconesses in Europe and Their Lessons for AmericaThe Early History of Deaconess Work in American Methodism.  The first work, in particular, provides information some detail nuggets not available in other English language books on the subject of deaconess history.  

Anyone wishing to download a free copy of Deaconesses in Europe and Their Lessons for America may do so by going to the link:  http://tinyurl.com/yeoq87e

[1] Material from:  <a href="http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/articles/pages/4765/Robinson-Jane-Marie-Bancroft-1847-1932.html">Robinson, Jane Marie Bancroft (1847–1932) - European and U.S. History</a>


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