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Collection 145 Records of Claremont College: China Missionary Oral History Project

Identifier: CN 145

Scope and Contents

Microfilm copy of the Claremont College missionary oral history project. Microfilm includes transcripts of interviews with 44 missionaries to Pre-Communist China, representing 15 denominations or sponsoring agencies. Includes biography on each participant and index to each transcript. Subjects covered include the Boxer Rebellion, social problems, church and state, communism, medical and educational missionary activity, social change, etc. Several significant individuals and organizations described include Pearl Buck, Chiang Kai-shek, John R. Mott, Robert Speer, and James Hudson Taylor, and the National Christian Council of China, Student Christian Movement, World Student Christian Fellowship, the YMCA, and YWCA.

The microfilm contains 3,328 typed papers of interview transcripts. Each transcript could easily merit its own scope and content note, as each is not only a part of the Oral History Project, but an entire and complete entity in itself. Each transcript is introduced by a short biographical sketch of the interviewee and a person and subject index to the interview. Reel 1 contains an overview paper on the goals of the project, methodology, and findings. (A photocopy of this overview is available in the microfilm room as well.) The cross-references at the end of this guide include the interviewees, and a few persons and topics drawn from the individual transcript indexes.

Missionaries interviewed include:

Merrill Steele Ady, Netta Powell Allen, John Nevins Andrews, James Chamberlain Baker, Homer Vernon Bradshaw, Earl Cranston, Mildred Walsh Cranston, Rowland Mc Lean Cross, Helen Dizney, Cyril Faulkner, Glenn V. Fuller, Oswald John Goulter, Edward Pierce Hayes, Egbert M. Hayes, Alfred Dixon Heininger, Clarence Holleman, Lydia Suyam Houston, Ethel Lacey Hylburt, Ernest Lery Ikenberry, Lydia Johnson, Francis Price Jones, Lucille Williams Jones, Claude Rupert Kellogg, Mary Latimer, John Joseph Loftus, James Henry Mc Callum, Mary Colmcille Mc Cormick, J. Charles Oliver, Alice Clare Reed, Grace may Rowley, Agnes Kelley Scott, Roderick Scott, Martha Sily, Margaret Timberlake Simkin, Lewis Strong Casey Smythe, Margaret Garrett Smythe, Louise Claire Hathaway Stanley, Marjorie Rankin Steurt, F. Olin Stockwell, George Thomas Tootell, William Hill Topping, Katherine Boeye Ward, Martha Wiley, Eleutherius Winance, and Pearl Fosnot Winans.


  • Created: 1969-1973

Conditions Governing Access

Copyright to this collection is held by Claremont Graduate School. Material may not be copied without permission in writing from the:

Oral History Program

Claremont Graduate School

Claremont, California 91711

Historical Information

In 1969, the Oral History Program of Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for a three-year project on the influence of the China missionary movement in the Far East. The task set forth was to record an era of history -- the missionary period of America's relationship with mainland China -- which closed with the rise of the Communist regime. The task was to be accomplished by conducting taped interviews with Christian workers selected to reflect the work of several denominations, the various career lines in missionary work, and the geographical spread of missions in China. The result of the project was taped interviews with forty-five ex-missionaries, representing fifteen denominations or sponsoring agencies.


2.00 Reels of microfilm

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