|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in original order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains a palm leaf book with a mirror glass cover from Chiengmai, Siam (Thailand). The book is written in Lao characters, and contains karmacacha, the ordination vows for a bhiksu (a Buddhist monk). It is dated on Friday, the 3rd of the waxing moon, in the fourth month of Julasakarat Era 1179 (January 1817 A.D.).
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL4, Southeast Asia
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
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Item description, MRL4: Robert Ernest Hume palm leaf book, 1817, box #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Burke Theological Library by Robert Hume on June 9, 1943.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Preservation was completed on the palm leaf book, which was placed in a box cut to size, then wrapped in tissue and tied with cotton tying tape. The finding aid was created by Kristen Leigh Southworth and Brigette C. Kamsler in 2013 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-09-09 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Robert Ernest Hume was born on March 20, 1877 in Ahmednagar, India, to missionary parents Robert Allen Hume and Abbie Burgess. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and received his B.D. from Union Theological Seminary in 1904. A year later he was ordained a Congregationalist minister. In 1907, he married Laura Caswell and traveled to India to serve as a missionary under the American Board of Congregational Foreign Missions. Hume served on the faculty of Ahmednagar Theological Seminary in India for two years before becoming the editor of Bombay's bilingual weekly, Dhyanodaya, in 1909. During his seven years as editor he also taught at Williams College, helped to organize the Social Service League in Bombay, and lectured at universities across India. Hume returned to the United States in 1914 and was inaugurated that same year as the Marcellus Hartley Professor of the Philosophy and History of Religion and Missions at Union Theological Seminary. After four years he was transferred to the Charles Butler Chair of History of Religions, a position which he held until his retirement in 1944. His book entitled The World's Living Religions was widely circulated; it was the only religious book other than the Bible to be included in the time capsule at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Hume also served as president of the American Theological Society in 1939, and was a member of the American Association of the Advancement of Science. Hume passed away on June 14, 1948 in New York City.