Missionary Photograph Albums of China Collection

Manuscript Collection #1265

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Missionary Photograph Albums of China Collection
    Creator: Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts
    Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection contains two unrelated photograph albums of missionary and Y. M. C. A. related photographs of China. Some of the places captured are Taiyuanfu, Wu Ch'eng, Shanghai, Chin SSu, Tientsin, and Peiping. Note that not all the photographs are dated but each has a caption. The collection is estimated to date between the 1920s and 1930s.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet, 1 flat box, consisting of photograph albums
  • Description
     

    This collection contains two photograph albums of the missionaries and Y.M.C.A. in China. The collection is estimated to date between the 1920s and the 1930s.

    The first album contains pictures that capture the scenery and culture of various places in China. The title of the album is "Album with photographs presented by 'Father Lucian' of the Catholic Mission." The location in China of this mission is not stated. The cities that are depicted are Hankow, Taiyuanfu, Wu Ch'eng, Shanghai, Tientsin, and Peiping. Some of the unique buildings captured are the Summer Place, the Forbidden City, and Lama Temple. All of the photographs have captions, but without dates; however, the time period appears to be 1920s and 1930s.

    The other album in the collection has mostly photographs of various people in the missionary group and the Y.M.C. A. group. There are also photographs of some of the locals and activities they came across. The towns in which these photos were taken are Taiyuan, Houkou, Chin Ssu, and Chin Chow among others. All the photographs have descriptive captions that sometimes identifies the individuals in the photo. One of the people identified is Sherwood Eddy. Sherwood Eddy was appointed the Y.M.C.A. secretary for Asia in 1911 and retired from the Y.M.C.A. in 1931. The creator of this album is not known and the title is in Chinese characters, but the photographs date from 1929 through 1936.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Although this collection gives little information about who compiled these photograph albums, there is descriptive information as to who is captured in the photographs. One influential person captured within the second album is Sherwood Eddy. Sherwood Eddy was born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1871. He was a Student Volunteer Movement (SVM) secretary from 1893 to 1894. Then in 1911 he served as the Y.M.C.A.'s chief evangelist in Asia. He left Asia when World War I broke out and returned to Europe. From 1921 to 1957, he supported many Fellowships. One of the fellowships he led was the Fellowship for a Christian Social Order. This fellowship's main goal was to find a way to reform industrial capitalism in a Christian way while traveling abroad. In 1931, he retired from the Y.M.C.A. Another person referred to in the same album is E.L. Ikenberry and his family. It is assumed that this is Church of the Brethren missionary Ernest Ikenberry who also worked with the Y.M.C.A. in China.

    Source: Boston University. "Eddy, G[eorge] Sherwood (1871-1963): American Student Missionary Leader and Evangelist." Accessed June 25, 2019. http://www.bu.edu/missiology/eddy-george-sherwood-1871-1963/

    https://archives.yale.edu/repositories/4/resources/125

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    June 5, 2015, 0.25 cubic feet; This collection contains two photograph albums of missionary and Y.M.C.A. related photographs of China. The creator of one album is not known, but the photographs date from 1930 through 1936 and have very descriptive captions including identifications of people. The images are of people, activities, and buildings in such places as Taiyuan, Houkou, Chin Ssu, and Chin Chow among other places. There are also images of Sherwood Eddy who was appointed the Y.M.C.A. secretary for Asia in 1911 and retired from the Y.M.C.A. in 1931.

    The other album has the identification "Album with photographs presented by 'Father Lucian' of the Catholic Mission," but it's not known where this Catholic Mission was located. These photographs are not dated but seem to be from the 1920s and 1930s and are mostly of identified buildings and scenery in Taiyuan, Kiao-Kow, Hankow, Wu Ch'eng City, Tientsin, Shanghai, and Peiping among others. Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts with funds from the Elizabeth Price Crockford Missionary and Church History Endowment

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts with funds from the Elizabeth Price Crockford Missionary and Church History Endowment

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Missionary Photograph Albums of China Collection (#1265), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

    Processing Information

    Processed by Corinne Taylor, June 2019.

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