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Charles Tudor Leber travel correspondence, 1944 -- 1953

Summary Information

Abstract

Charles Tudor Leber was General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The collection contains Leber's correspondence while on tour from 1944-1945 and again in 1953 in Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492662 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Leber, Charles Tudor, 1898-1959
Title Charles Tudor Leber travel correspondence, 1944 -- 1953
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one chronological series.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence of Charles Tudor Leber while on tour representing the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church from 1944-1945 and again in 1953. Leber's letters describe the countries, people, and social and economic environments he traversed, and illustrate the nature of travel and the work of missionaries in the mid-20th century. Locations visited include Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain, Korea, Indonesia, India, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

  • Charles Tudor Leber travel correspondence, 1944 -- 1953

    This series contains the correspondence of Charles Tudor Leber while on tour representing the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church from 1944-1945 and again in 1953. Leber's letters describe the countries, people, and social and economic environments he traversed, and illustrate the nature of travel and the work of missionaries in the mid-20th century. Locations visited include Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain, Korea, Indonesia, India, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Burke Library record group:

Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL12, Ecumenical/World Mission

Using the Collection

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

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Preferred Citation

Item description, MRL 12: Charles Tudor Leber travel correspondence, 1944-1953, 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 cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-08-03. 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 Elizabeth Beller in 2013 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.

Revision Description

2021-04-15 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"
Asia -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Europe -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Latin America -- Description and travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions -- Asia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions -- Europe Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions -- Latin America Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- : Missions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Board of Foreign Missions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Charles Tudor Leber (1898 – 1959) was a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Baltimore City College and later Johns Hopkins University. Leber earned his Doctorate of Divinity at Princeton's Theological Seminary, studying under J. Ross Stevens. Leber was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church of Baltimore in 1923 and served first in Trenton, New Jersey. That same year Leber married Eloise Heath. Shortly following his ordination Leber moved back to Baltimore in 1924 and became pastor of the Forest Park Presbyterian Church. In 1936, Leber was called to serve the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions as secretary for Japan, Korean, the Philippines, and Thailand. Following his service to the Board of Foreign Missions in that capacity, Leber served as General Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America beginning in 1952. During his tenure Leber circumnavigated the globe three times, paying visits to many of the countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North, Central and South America. Leber died of a heart attack in 1959, at the age of 60, while attending the 18th General Council of the World Presbyterian Alliance in Sao Paolo Brazil.