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Missionary Research Library collection on mission work in Japan, 1902 -- 1981

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains materials compiled by the Missionary Research Library that largely document mission work in Japan during the 20th century, including information on missions and religious work, education work, subject files, committees and reports, photographs, and scrapbooks.

At a Glance

Bib ID 11076978 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Missionary Research Library (New York, N.Y.)
Title Missionary Research Library collection on mission work in Japan, 1902 -- 1981
Physical Description 2.25 linear feet (2.25 linear feet; 5 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in one unarranged series.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials compiled by the Missionary Research Library that largely document mission work in Japan during the 20th century, including information on missions and religious work, education work, subject files, committees and reports, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Burke Library record group:

Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL7, Japan

Using the Collection

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

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.

Preferred Citation

Item description, MRL7: Missionary Research Library collection on mission work in Japan, 1902-1981, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was assembled from records in the Missionary Research Library before its 1976 closure. 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

Processing Information

Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Brigette Kamsler in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.

Revision Description

2022-01-25 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Missions -- Japan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Missionary Research Library was created by John R. Mott in 1914 after the World Missionary Conference, held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1910. It was created to be a resource for missionaries and to document the missionary movement, and was initially funded by John D. Rockefeller. It was located at the Madison Avenue headquarters of the Foreign Missionary Conference of North America. By the 1920s, funding was becoming scarcer; therefore it was moved to the Brown Tower of the Union Theological Seminary, New York City in 1929. The Library was an important center of information and research. Active missionaries would consult the material of the Missionary Research Library while on furlough. Much of the Library's success was due to the director and librarian, Charles H. Fahs. Upon his retirement in 1948, the MRL's financial difficulties continued until it was finally integrated as one with the Burke Library's collections in 1967. In 2004, the Burke Library was fully integrated with the Columbia University Library System.

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Missionary Research Library collection on mission work in Japan , 1902 -- 1981

This series is open for research.

2.25 linear feet; 2.25 linear feet; 5 boxes

This series contains materials compiled by the Missionary Research Library that largely document mission work in Japan during the 20th century, including information on missions and religious work, education work, subject files, committees and reports, photographs, and scrapbooks.

This series is unarranged, though roughly grouped by topic.



Box 1 Folder 1 Letters on Education to Japan and Teachers Missions Group Meeting, 1933 -- 1934


Box 1 Folder 2 Ernest D. Burton Materials: Kyoto; Correspondence and Reports on Christian Schools in Tokyo; Osaka; Yokohama, 1902 -- 1909


Box 1 Folder 3 Japanese Christian Students, 1941 -- 1942


Box 1 Folder 4 "A Seminary in Transition," Tokyo Union Theological Seminary, 1969 -- 1970


Box 1 Folder 5 Committee on Christian Education in Japan, International Missionary Council, 1932 -- 1933


Box 1 Folder 6 Inter-board Committee for Christian Work in Japan, circa 1950 -- 1959


Box 1 Folder 7-8 Resettlement of Japanese Americans, Committee on Home Missions Council, 1944 -- 1946



Box 2 Folder 1 Missionary Presence in Japan, 1963 -- 1970


Box 2 Folder 2 Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee, 1981


Box 2 Folder 3-5 Christians in Japan, 1941 -- 1962


Box 2 Folder 6-7 Missions in Japan, 1937 -- 1944


Box 2 Folder 8 Church of Christ in Japan, circa 1931 -- 1949


Box 2 Folder 9 Property Loss, work of Missions in the Far East, 1937 -- 1938


Box 2 Folder 10 Infringement of Religious Liberties, 1939 -- 1940


Box 2 Folder 11 Church Committee for Japanese Work, 1942 -- 1944



Box 3 Folder 1 Elementary School Scrapbook, 1953


Box 3 Folder 2 Buildings of Hokusei Gakuen Scrapbook, 1965 -- 1967


Box 3 Folder 3 Leaves from a Japanese Calendar from the Women's Missionary Society, 1927



Box 4 Folder 1 Speeches and Addresses, 1963 -- 1970


Box 4 Folder 2 Kobe, 1909


Box 4 Folder 3 Battle of Shanghai, 1932


Box 4 Folder 4 Correspondence, Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1943


Box 4 Folder 5 Effects of the Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1938


Box 4 Folder 6 Sino-Japanese Relations, 1928


Box 4 Folder 7 Excerpts of Communication from M. S. Bates, 1939


Box 4 Folder 8 Excerpts of Communication from Y. T. Wu, 1939


Box 4 Folder 9 Japanese Resettlement, 1940 -- 1949


Box 4 Folder 10 Far East Settlement Group, 1943 -- 1946


Box 4 Folder 11 Boycott against Japan, 1937 -- 1938



Box 5 Folder 1 Mukden Incident, 1931


Box 5 Folder 2 Attitude of Japanese Authorities in Occupied China, 1937 -- 1939


Box 5 Folder 3-5 Conflict in the Far East, 1931 -- 1939


Box 5 Folder 6 Economics, America and the Far East, 1938 -- 1939


Box 5 Folder 7 Japanese Occupation in Java, 1946


Box 5 Folder 8 America and the Far East, 1937 -- 1943


Box 5 Folder 9 Prisoners of War in Japanese-Controlled Areas, 1942


Box 5 Folder 10 Radio Report on the Far East, 1943


Box 5 Folder 11 Clippings, circa 1902 -- 1981