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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series organized by format, then alphabetically.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains records of the Subcommittee of the East Asian Committee of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America (FMCNA), who organized a study conference about Christian work in post-war China. Included is correspondence, schedules, and records from the conferences. Correspondence includes letters to and from Dr. Frank T. Cartwright (Associate Secretary for the China Planning Committee) for the preparations of the Conferences; and letters to and from organizations and individuals about reaching out to churches and other organizations about registration for the study conferences. Conference records include planning letters, schedules, and presentations, as well as material from Bishop Wen Yuan Chen, who was an important guest at all of the conferences.
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL6, China
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, MRL 6: China Planning Committee Records, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
MRL12: Foreign Missions Conference of North America (FMCNA) Records, 1894 – 1968. The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Formerly part of the independent Missionary Research Library (MRL), these records were accessioned by the Burke Library at the time of the MRL's closure in 1976.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The collection was created from a large amount of unprocessed material and was put back in what is believed to be the original order. The finding aid was created by Cecile Queffelec in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-10-27 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The China Planning Committee was a sub-committee of the Committee of East Asia of the Foreign Missions Conference of North America (FMCNA), an association of several Christian mission boards that was in activity from 1893 to 1952. It was created by several Boards of Missions at the end of the Second World War to plan Christian work in post-war China. The Committee organized ten study conferences in the United States and in Canada throughout September and October 1944. The conferences were attended by American and Chinese missionaries from various denominations. They featured talks and discussion about missionary leadership, education, medical issue, relationship between Church and State, etc. Interdominational meetings were also planned in Britain and China. The goal of the CPC was to gather information and establish strategy, which is why most of its work consisted in conferences, meetings and record. The plan was to "help the churches move out on any correlated program which they desire by autumn, 1945" ("Memorandum Regarding Work and Plans of the China Planning Committee", Box 1, Folder 71). This may imply that the Committee was put to an end around that time.