Dr. White's preface to "Adventuring with Anatolia College"
"I have often been asked by one or another to write the history
of Anatolia College: its establishment and service in Marsovan
(or Merzifon) in north central Asia Minor under the Turkish
Government; its wreck during the greatest war storm of all history;
the removal of soul and spirit without the body, if that word may
be used of the material plant; relocation 800 miles away in a new
city, a new country, and a new continent; the rebuilding in Salonica
(Thessaloniki) beginning not only without a building, but without
a bench, a book, a bed, or a bell; and, more serious still, losing
every teacher representing any one of the four chief national groups
among the constituency of our first embodiment, Armenian, Greek,
Russian, and Turkish. It is the prime purpose of this narrative
to record these actual events in which I had some share.
Then follow historic lists of teachers and staff, and of students
graduating in the first embodiment of the College in Asia Minor
and the second, under the Greek Government in Macedonia.
Wide public changes accompany these events, and short chapters
are added with regard to the sweep of national and world-wide
movements taking place far beyond the College campus, but each
of vital concern to the interests of the College. The manuscript
has been read and valuable suggestions have been made by Dr. Albert
Shaw, and the publication has been authorized by our trustees.
Publication has been urged by my successor in the Presidency,
Rev. Ernest W. Riggs, and by Dr. Russell Henry Stafford, minister
of the old South Church in Boston, President of the Trustees who,
also, has written the Foreword."