United States Agency for International Development collection of Phyllis Henry Stevens
The United States Agency for International Development collection of Phyllis Henry Stevens includes biographical information about Stevens, letters Stevens wrote while serving USAID missions in Iran and Pakistan, excerpts of letters Stevens compiled into memoirs of her missions in Iran and Pakistan, and writings by Stevens drawing on her travels in Iran and Pakistan. Stevens's letters were written mostly to her mother and contain descriptions of American and European colleagues; Iranian people, including colleagues and servants; social engagements, including parties, dinners, and concerts; National Front protests in Iran; and her romantic relationships with men, most notably National Front member Saeid Fatemi and Iranian USAID worker Hassan Ansari. In 1962, Stevens became engaged to Ansari and most of her letters from the year concern Ansari, their engagement, and their post-marriage plans. Ansari broke the engagement in November 1962, while Stevens was on leave in the United States. Phyllis Henry Stevens, daughter of Richard and Dorothy Miller Henry, was born October 5, 1922, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in French in 1944, then attended Hickox Secretarial School in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked as a secretary at Massachusetts General Hospital, Wellesley College, the University of Utah, and Harvard Divinity School. In the 1960s, she worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), serving missions in Tehran, Iran, where she was a secretary in the Community Development Division, Public Health Division, and Training Office from 1960 to 1962, in Lahore, Pakistan, where she was Administrative Assistant to Provincial Director from 1963 to 1964, and in Paris, France, where she was secretary to Judge Frank M. Coffin from 1964 to 1965. She died November 21, 2018, in Arlington, Massachusetts.