Ethel W. Bost Diary, 1925

Microfilm Collection #MF0006

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Title: Ethel W. Bost Diary
Creator: Bost, Ethel W.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, reel of microfilm, consisting of a diary.

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Accessions Information

November 21, 1971, 1 vol. (microfilm); diary (1925) of voyage to China. Loaned for copying by Miss Ethel W. Bost, Cornelius, N.C.

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

Ethel W. Bost Diary (#MF0006), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Miss Ethel W. Bost

Processing Information

  • Processed by K. Elmore, May 1982

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Born on September 1, 1898, in Mooresville, N.C., Miss Bost moved with her family to Cornelius, N.C., in 1916, where she later retired. Miss Bost served as a missionary to China under the Methodist Board of Missions between 1925 and 1943. She taught at a school in Soochow, China. In December, 1943, Miss Bost was repatriated as an exchange prisoner from a Japanese concentration camp. She returned to Japan as a missionary in 1949 and remained there until her retirement in 1969.

The collection consists of a diary written by Miss Bost enroute to China between August 20 and September 12, 1925, Miss Bost writes the diary on her first voyage to China aboard the ship EMPRESS OF RUSSIA of the Canadian Pacific Line. She begins her voyage in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concludes it in Soochow, China. The diary describes her experiences aboard ship, conditions on the ship, other persons traveling to Japan and China, and her sightseeing activities in the Japanese and Chinese ports, including Tokyo (Sept. 2), in which they docked. Miss Bost concludes her diary after listing several of the teachers at the school in Soochow, China, where she will be teaching.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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