In 1929, young missionary physician Adelaide Kibbe boarded a steamer set for Iran, where she remained for the next 28 years. On 1 March, Summertime Publishing releases a compilation of Adelaide’s letters, diaries and mission reports – compiled and edited by her daughter Margaret A. Frame.


by Margaret A. Frame

Passage to Persia, by Margaret A Frame

 Adelaide Kibbe was just 27 years old when she set out from New York on the steamer SS American Banker. Her journey would take her through England, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and Egypt and finally to Iran, where she would spend almost three decades.

In this time she was witness to tremendous cultural, social and political change, which she painstakingly documented in her letters, diaries and mission reports. She saw the development of modern roads, railway and air transport; the spread of telephones and radio; the emergence of modern schools in the cities; the introduction of literacy for girls as well as boys; and the growth of the modern University of Tehran.

“This book is a feast for the senses and reveals a rich, complex picture of pre-revolutionary Iran” – Rachel Jones, 

Margaret A Frame, a former history major and retired librarian, says of her decision to publish her mother’s writings: “After her death in 1986, I put away all her correspondence, diaries, and papers until I was emotionally ready to read through them and learn more about her life. A few years ago I sat down and started reading over the material. I realized how observant she had been of the changing world around her. Her words and style of writing brings to the reader a vivid image of life in Iran and her personal journey. I felt her story needed to be shared.”

“What a historical gem! Dr Adelaide Kibbe’s letters open our eyes to another time and place in history. Yet she tells a modern story too – what one life can accomplish when lived for something more than self. A great read!”  – Ruth E Van Reken, Author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds and Letters Never Sent, 

Passage to Persia is available from Amazon worldwide in both paperback and for Kindle.


Margaret was born in Iran and lived there until she was 15. She completed high school in Oakland, California. After attending a local Community College, she moved to New York City and then to Hawaii where she graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in History. Marriage and family kept her in Hawaii for the next 17 years. A move to the mainland led her to Idaho for a further 17 years where she worked as a librarian and director of a small library. In 1999, Margaret joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Morocco working at the University of Kenitra. In order to continue working as a librarian she returned to graduate school and obtained an MLS (Masters in Library Science). Margaret worked as a librarian in Burlington County, New Jersey until her retirement in 2012. She currently lives in California.


Publication date: 1 March 2014

Publisher: Summertime Publishing

Paperback: ISBN 978-1-909193-57-4; price: €11.99/£9.99/$15.99

Kindle: 978-1-909193-68-0; price: €5.99/$7.99/£4.99

e-Pub: 978-1-909193-69-7; price: €5.99/$7.99/£4.99

306 pp


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