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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series organized by format.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains a diary kept by Joseph H. Odell during his trip around the world (including stops in India, China, and Japan) in 1905-1906. The diary details visits to missions and YMCAs, and also notes observations on day to day life during the trip. This collection also contains an introducution to and transcription of the diary, a photo album with pictures taken along the trip, a one-page biographical timeline of Odell's life, and a list of his printed articles.
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Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research, but contains some fragile material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.
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, Joseph H. Odell papers, 1905-1906; 2021, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Additional Odell materials held by Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516 USA.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Judith duPont, granddaughter of Joseph H. Odell. Received in June 2021, accession GEN-2021-011.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Leah Edelman in 2021.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Joseph H. Odell was born to Joseph Odell, a Primitive Methodist Minister, and Henrietta Maria Baker Odell, on May 20, 1871 in England, where he trained as a Primitive Methodist preacher like his father. He was ordained in 1894 and that same year married Sarah Winifred Kendall. On his wedding license, Odell was listed as a Presbyterian minister. The Odells arrived in New York in July of 1894, and Odell became pastor of Presbyterian churches in Fulton, NY (1894-1902), Scranton, PA (1902-1914), and Troy, NY (1915-1918). Odell was also widely known for his writings during World War I, and wrote for publications including the Scranton Tribune-Republican, the Evening Public Ledger, the Atlantic, and Outlook magazine. The Odells had two daughters: Marjorie Rosamond (born 1896), and Helen Winifred (born 1901). Joseph H. Odell died in Stonington, CT on August 29, 1929.