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Gertrude S. Bigelow papers, circa 1887 -- 1976, bulk 1887 -- 1926

Summary Information

Abstract

Gertrude S. Bigelow was a Presbyterian missionary teacher in Japan. The collection contains correspondence, news clippings, commencement programs, and provenance notes.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492605 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bigelow, Gertrude S., 1860-1941
Title Gertrude S. Bigelow papers, circa 1887 -- 1976, bulk 1887 -- 1926
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

The collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in one series arranged by format.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence of Gertrude Bigelow, including letters sent to Cora Harrington of Watertown, New York. This collection also contains provenance notes, news clippings, and commencement programs of the Graham Seminary in Tsukiji, Tokyo.

Burke Library record group:

Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL7, Japan

Using the Collection

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Conditions Governing Access

The 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: Gertrude S. Bigelow papers, 1887-1976, box #, folder #, 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

Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were unfolded and separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. The finding aid was created by Gregory Adam Scott in 2009, 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

2020-07-14 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Harrington, Cora Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Japan -- Religious life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions -- Japan -- Shimonoseki-shi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- Missions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schools -- Japan -- Shimonoseki-shi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shimonoseki-shi (Japan) -- Religious life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women missionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Gertrude S. Bigelow was a Presbyterian missionary teacher in Japan. She was born circa 1860-1863 in Batavia, New York. She graduated from the Ladies Seminary in Hamilton, NY in 1883, and went to Japan to do mission work for the Presbyterian Church in Japan in 1886. Initially she worked at the Graham Seminary (新栄女学校, later known as Joshi gakuin 女子学院) in Tsukiji 築地, Tokyo 東京. From about 1890, she spent 20 years working in Yamaguchi 山口. In 1894 she attended the Second International Convention of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions held in Detroit. In 1907 she was joined by her sister, Florence Julia Bigelow, who married Thomas C. Winn in 1917 and died in 1934. In 1909 Gertrude published an article in The Assembly Herald entitled "Japan's Daughters and the Missionary Teacher." From around 1913 to around 1929 she worked in Shimonoseki 下関, in a girls' school called Baiko Jogakuin (梅光女学院). She was active in the church as late as 1935.