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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series organized by format.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains correspondence pertaining to the financial and ministerial assistance which John Franklin Goucher offered to colleagues in their efforts to establish educational institutions in South and Southeast Asia, including Reid Christian College in Lucknow, India and the Anglo-Chinese College in Singapore. This collection also contains a hardcover book entitled "Views in Lucknow," presented to Goucher by the students of Reid Christian College, and containing twenty-five black and white photographs of Lucknow, including views of: the Residency, Chatter Manzil, "Hoosainabad" [Hussainabad], the Great "Emambara" [Imambara], the throne room of the King of Oudli, the Sadab Ali Shah Mausoleum, Reid Christian College and its students and faculty from 1897, Christian College High School, the Women's College, the Hindustani Church, and the Methodist Episcopal Church along with its parsonage and publishing house.
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL3, South Asia
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, MRL3: John Franklin Goucher papers on Lucknow, India, 1890-1919, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
MRL 12: John Franklin Goucher papers, 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
Material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-19. Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. Any items in an advanced state of deterioration were placed in Mylar envelopes. The finding aid was created by Kristen Leigh Southworth in 2013 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-08-06 PDF converted to EAD and description (including collection title) updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
John Franklin Goucher (1845-1922) was a Methodist Episcopal minister with a deep personal interest in international missions and education. He provided significant financial support to many of his colleagues in their efforts to establish schools in India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.
Lucknow, India was the location of the British Residency that served as a refuge for approximately 3,000 British inhabitants during the Indian Revolt of 1857. Reid Christian Intermediate College was established in Lucknow in 1888 by the Methodist Episcopal Church as an American college serving Indian students under the protection of the British flag. In 1889 the college began offering bachelor's degree classes in Arts and Science, and in 1891 the cornerstone was finally laid for an actual building to house the college, on the same site that had been occupied by the Indian rebels in the adjoining Residency thirty-four years prior. Lucknow suffered under a famine that struck the northern India plain in 1897, and attendance at Reid Christian College that year dropped to only twenty-two, with most of the students coming from the poorer classes. The college slowly recovered, and eventually became Lucknow Christian Degree College, an associate post-graduate college of Lucknow University.