Donated by Dorothy Blatter Ross in 1967.
Noncirculating; available for research.
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Dorothy Gertrude Blatter was born in Albion, Nebraska in 1901. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, but also studied at Denver’s Kirkland Art School, the Fontainebleau School of Art in France, and Columbia University. After teaching in the Albuquerque, New Mexico public schools from 1925-1931, Ms. Blatter moved to Turkey, where she taught under the auspices of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions (Congregational Board).
Beginning in 1945, Ms. Blatter also began work for the Publication Department for the same organization, where she supervised the production of children's books (especially translations from English to Turkish), and created the artwork for the department. It is during her time overseas that Ms. Blatter wrote and illustrated several children's books, including Uncle Ali's Secret (1939), Sleepy Sami (1946), and Cap and Candle (1961). Several of her books were published in both Turkish and English.
Ms. Blatter returned to the United States upon her retirement in 1967, and married Frank Ross in 1968. She died in Kansas City, Missouri on October 28, 1977.
The Dorothy Blatter Papers contain the black ink on tissue illustrations for a Turkish language chapter book entitled, Alninin Yazisi. Alninin Yazisi is the story of a young woman entering the nursing profession in Turkey. The Papers also contain galleys for the English version of the same story, which was renamed Cap and Candle.
ALNININ YAZISI by Dorothy Blatter, translated by Belkis Boyar (Istanbul: Amerikan Bord Nesriyat Dairesi, n.d.). 1/1-1/4 Illustrations, black ink on tissue. 1/1 Chapters 1-5. 1/2 Chapters 6-9. 1/3 Chapters 10-17. 1/4 Chapters 18-23. CAP AND CANDLE by Dorothy Blatter (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961). 1/5 Galley, edited, January 1961.
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