Correspondence in the Herring family section of the collection includes several significant items. A letter (July 2, 1897) from Herring to his sister in Pender County, N.C., contains a detailed description of Sydney, Australia. The letter includes Herring's opinions of the Japanese, a comparison between Australian Bushmen and American Indians and a comparison between American and Australian Baptists. A letter from George Herring to his Aunt Ethel (April 2, 1922) tells of the Herrings's difficulties during the Boxer Rebellion and contains his opinions on the role of missionary work. George Herring's attitudes towards China, its people and future are also discussed. In a letter to Mrs. Taynton (April 17, 1940) her sister relates childhood memories of missionary life in China.
Included in the Herring family section are several family photographs and two pamphlets written by David Wells Herring. One, entitled
A Manly Boy, is the story of Herring's first son Manly Yates Herring. Travels in both China and North Carolina are narrated along with Herring's personal views on religion, children and Christian education for the young. The second pamphlet is a revision of an earlier work entitled,
A Departure In Our China Mission. The original version of the pamphlet outlined Herring's dissent against the Baptist Foreign Mission Board. The revised version is a document of reconciliation with the Board. Other significant printed material in the Herring family section consists an address entitled "Resting in God's Faithfulness During Twenty-Three Days Amongst Pirates" given by Miss Marie Monson (a missionary) at Paitaiho Conference (July 29, 1929) relating her adventure onboard a boat in China that was taken over by pirates; and typescript of "Notes Taken from the 100th Annual Session Minutes of the Eastern Association of N.C." (1927) regarding past meetings.
The remainder of the collection pertains to the publication of
Papa Wore No Halo and consists of correspondence with Mrs. Taynton's editor, Jerry Simpson, and her publisher, John F. Blair (of John F. Blair Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina). The correspondence for the most part deals with editorial revision of the manuscript of
Papa Wore No Halo. Other subjects, however, such as publicity, philosophy of writing, royalties, the problems of publication, and author-publisher relations are treated in detail. Also included in the collection is a copy of "Memories of a Lifetime" by Celia Herring Middleton (1988). Celia was Susan Taynton's sister; she wrote about the family's life in China and her later years back in the States as well as recording some family history.
The oversize folder contains issues of
Our Missionary Helper (July, Aug., Nov., 1904; Jan., Mar., June, July, Nov., 1905). An article written by Mrs. Taynton found in the
Greensboro Daily News, (May 28, 1972) relates the activities of seven North Carolinians in China. The article contains biographical sketches of David Wells Herring, Matthew Yates, Richard McKenna, Lee Parker, Collier Cobb, Thomas Jernigan and Arthur Ringwalt.