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Autobiography of Sevasti Qiriazi

    This file contains the typewritten manuscript of the autobiography of Sevasti Qiriazi (c. 1870/1871–1949), also known as Sevasti Kyrias-Dako. Qiriazi was an Albanian educator and champion of women’s education, who in 1891 became the first Albanian woman to complete a college education. She co-founded an Albanian-language school for girls in 1891, acting as its first director. She was also active as a Christian missionary, and she travelled to the United States in 1904 to visit friends and acquaintances and to hold lectures on Albania for women’s societies. The girls’ school closed due to the First World War, and she and her family were forced to flee the country in 1914, living in Romania and Bulgaria before settling in the United States. They returned to Albania in 1921, where she, her husband and her sister jointly founded a new school for women’s education, named the Kyrias Institute. It was forcibly closed in 1933, and then Qiriazi began writing her autobiography in English. Qiriazi completed her autobiography in August 1938 with the help of Mary C. Rogers, a former teacher at the Kyrias Institute who came from Constantinople to Tirana to assist Qiriazi in editing her English draft. The autobiography describes Qiriazi’s education, travels, and years of exile; it ends with a description of Kyrias Institute and its accomplishments.

    Original source name : Jetëshkrimi i Sevasti Qiriazit
    English translation : Autobiography of Sevasti Qiriazi
    Creator : N/A
    Document- type 2 : personal
    Reference number : dr.1.b.13
    Language(s) : English
    Geographical coverage : Albania
    Time range : 20thc.
    Year(s) : 1938
    Theme 1 : education
    Theme 2 : philanthropy
    Link to the item in the catalogue :
    Publication(s) : Sevasti Kyrias-Dako, My Life: The Autobiography of the Pioneer of Female Education in Albania, 2nd ed. (Tirana: IAPS, 2022).
    Archive name : Biblioteka Kombëtare e Shqipërisë
    Archive name (English) : National Library of Albania
    Archive address : Sheshi Skënderbej 9, 1001 Tirana, Albania
    City : Tirana
    Country : Albania
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