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George Merriam Newell papers, 1905 -- 1960

Summary Information

Abstract

George Merriam Newell had a 37-year career as a school teacher and missionary in Fuzhou 福州, Fujian 福 建 province, China. The collection contains correspondence, reports, maps, and publications.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492593 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Newell, George Merriam, 1875-1956
Title George Merriam Newell papers, 1905 -- 1960
Physical Description 2.5 linear feet (2.5 linear feet; 1 box, 1 oversize (OS) box)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series; folders are arranged in alphabetical order and items in the oversize box are unarranged.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and reports written by Newell during his tenure in Fuzhou and relating to his mission work in Fujian province. The maps and short publications were likely collected by Newell during his time in China, and focus on Fuzhou and the work of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

  • George Merriam Newell papers, 1905 -- 1960

    This series contains correspondence and reports written by Newell during his tenure in Fuzhou and relating to his mission work in Fujian province. The maps and short publications were likely collected by Newell during his time in China, and focus on Fuzhou and the work of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.

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.

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, MRL6: George Merriam Newell Papers, 1905-1960, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

MRL 12: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions records, 1878-1958, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Notes, book, report letters, and miscellaneous documents were cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-20. Metal clips and staples were removed from materials, folded items were flattened, and large items were moved to rolled storage. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. The finding aid was created by Gregory Adam Scott in 2010, reviewed and updated by Sarah Davis in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.

Revision Description

May 27, 2014 XML Instance Created by Sarah Davis.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

2020-05-27 EAD spot checked and corrected 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

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Foochow Mission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Religious life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Congregational churches -- Missions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fujian Sheng (China) -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fuzhou Shi (Fujian Sheng, China) -- Religious life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions -- China -- Fuzhou Shi (Fujian Sheng) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schools -- China -- Fu-chou shi (Fukien Province) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

George Merriam Newell was born on September 18, 1875 in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, the son of Stillman Clark Newell and Ellen Lucretia Carpenter. He received a B.S. from Wesleyan University in 1904 where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After graduation he travelled to China as a missionary under the auspices of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He worked as a teacher at the Foochow Union High School in Fuzhou 福 州 , Fujian 福建 province, from 1904 to 1941.

On June 4, 1906 in Beijing he married Mary E. Reynolds , an English teacher who had intended to join the North China Mission before marrying Newell. They had four children together over the next twelve years. In January 1912 the family returned to the United States on furlough, and the next year Newell received his A.M. degree from Columbia University, after which the family returned to Fuzhou, and remained there until 1919. George Merriam Newell died on August 27, 1956 in Florida.