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Anna Melissa Graves Photographs

Identifier: LAV000708

Scope and Content

Collection consists of black and white photographic prints, mostly of or including de la Torre. Includes snapshots and mounted portraits. Several studio portraits have handwritten, personal notes and signatures.


  • 1910 - 1939


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English and Spanish.


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Anna Melissa Graves was an American citizen who taught English in China, Russia, Latin America, and Africa during the 1920s and 1930s. It is believed that she was born in 1880; she died in 1964 at the age of 84.

Miss Graves led efforts in the early 1930s to free Victor Raul Haya de La Torre, a Peruvian political leader who was imprisoned in 1932 for his revolutionary ideas. A founder of the of the APRA Party, American Popular Revolutionary Alliance, de la Torre became friends with Graves and the two frequently corresponded. Graves also wrote to several other South Americans involved in the social, political, and economic movements.


.5 Linear Feet ((1 MB).) : Black and white snapshots and studio portraits.


An associate of Peruvian political leader, Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, Anna Melissa Graves led efforts to liberate de la Torre during his imprisonment by the Peruvian government. Collection consists of photographic prints of de la Torre and other unidentified persons.


The Anna Mellisa Graves Photographs were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs on March 14, 1975, by Sophie Graves, her cousin.

Related Materials

Anna Melissa Graves Papers

Processing History

Processed by Elizabeth Clemens and finding aid written by Deborah Rice on March 20, 2017.
Guide to the Anna Melissa Graves Photographs
Processed by Elizabeth Clemens. Finding aid written by Deborah Rice.
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Repository Details

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