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Shirley A. Collins Papers

 Collection — Box: MISC-13, Folder: APAC-0003
Identifier: APAC-0003

Content Description

The letters of Shirley A. Collins to her parents and other family members in the United States detail her life and activities while a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan. The forty-four letters begin with her travel to the U.S. embassy in Kabul in October 1967 and end with her impending departure from Afghanistan in June 1969. Collins was a teacher in Jalalabad in the province of Nangarhar during her time in Afghanistan. Her letters to her family in the U.S. include accounts of her daily life, interactions with various people, impressions of daily life in Afghanistan, travel, and other matters.


  • 1967-1969


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

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Custodial History

Purchased by donor, Amy Schindler, through online auction website ebay on February 7, 2014. Upon request the seller provided the following information about the provenance of the letters:

"I bought these at an estate sale on the far west side of the Tucson Mountains. It was in a retirement type mobile home community. These were in a box lot that I purchased because believe it or not, there were some canceled envelopes from an address that was the same as some slides I purchased at another sale in Tucson previously. Very odd!

"I believe the person who had all of this stuff was a stamp collector and probably acquired these while collecting. I normally will not buy stamp/postal related items because one, I am really cheap, and two I am completely clueless but the above mentioned envelopes put me over the edge to get the lot of misc. postal related items. There were several very high priced stamp collecting books that I did not purchase."

Received into Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection by Shaista Wahab on April 21, 2015.


Shirley A. Collins Papers
Angela Kroeger
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Amy Schindler

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States