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Mark W. Brown papers, 1908 -- 1965

Summary Information

Abstract

Mark W. Brown was professor of New Testament and Theology at Peking Theological Seminary. The collection consists of research notes, correspondence, and other material on Brown's collection of bronze Nestorian crosses from the northwest of China, including information on Nestorian Christians in China.

At a Glance

Bib ID 8424502 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Brown, Mark W., 1887-1934
Title Mark W. Brown papers, 1908 -- 1965
Physical Description 0.5 linear feet (0.5 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series, roughly by format.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material connected to Brown's interest in and work on his collection of bronze Nestorian crosses collected from the northwest of China. His article on the subject was published as "The Romance of Nestorian Crosses" in the February 1933 issue of the Chinese Recorder. Material includes background research, correspondence with other scholars and missionaries, and draft notes on the subject. Folders 1-2 contain a series of black and white photographs of Brown's collection of crosses, six of which were reproduced as plates to accompany his published article. Bishop William C. White of the Canadian Anglican Church argued in the April and June 1930 issues of the Chinese Recorder that these were actually not Nestorian crosses, but rather protective amulets connected to Tang and Song Dynasty indigenous religion.

  • Mark W. Brown papers, 1908 -- 1965

    This series contains material connected to Brown's interest in and work on his collection of bronze Nestorian crosses collected from the northwest of China. His article on the subject was published as "The Romance of Nestorian Crosses" in the February 1933 issue of the Chinese Recorder. Material includes background research, correspondence with other scholars and missionaries, and draft notes on the subject. Folders 1-2 contain a series of black and white photographs of Brown's collection of crosses, six of which were reproduced as plates to accompany his published article. Bishop William C. White of the Canadian Anglican Church argued in the April and June 1930 issues of the Chinese Recorder that these were actually not Nestorian crosses, but rather protective amulets connected to Tang and Song Dynasty indigenous religion.

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: Mark W. Brown papers, 1908-1965, 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

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 photocopied on acid free paper as needed. Photographs were lightly brushed clean and placed in Mylar envelopes. The finding aid was created by Gregory Adam Scott in 2010, reviewed and updated by Brigette Kamsler in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.

Revision Description

2014-04-14 XML instance created by Cecile Queffelec.

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

2020-07-09 EAD spot checked and corrected and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Mark W. Brown was born in North Clarendon, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1887. His undergraduate study was completed at Mount Union College, and in 1911 he married Ocie L. Rentsch. For the next three years, he served as a pastor in the Northeast Ohio Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1914 received his D.D. from Drew Theological Seminary. In that same year he was assigned to China as a missionary. Brown was professor of New Testament and Theology at Peking Theological Seminary 北京匯 文神學院 in Beijing (founded in 1906 as North China Union Theological College, and united with Peking University in 1911). In 1930 he earned a Ph.D. from Drew University, and by 1933 he was serving as the secretary of the North China Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1934 he died suddenly in Beijing after a brief illness, survived by his widow and his sister Mabel H. Brown, who was also a missionary.

Mark W. Brown papers, 1908 -- 1965

This series is open for research.

0.5 linear feet (0.5 linear feet; 1 box)

This series contains material connected to Brown's interest in and work on his collection of bronze Nestorian crosses collected from the northwest of China. His article on the subject was published as "The Romance of Nestorian Crosses" in the February 1933 issue of the Chinese Recorder. Material includes background research, correspondence with other scholars and missionaries, and draft notes on the subject. Folders 1-2 contain a series of black and white photographs of Brown's collection of crosses, six of which were reproduced as plates to accompany his published article. Bishop William C. White of the Canadian Anglican Church argued in the April and June 1930 issues of the Chinese Recorder that these were actually not Nestorian crosses, but rather protective amulets connected to Tang and Song Dynasty indigenous religion.

This series is arranged roughly by format.


Box 1 Folder 1-2 Photographs: Brown collection of Nestorian crosses, circa 1930 -- 1939


Box 1 Folder 3 Pamphlets, articles, correspondence, 1908 -- 1936


Box 1 Folder 4 Notes, address cards, circa 1910 -- 1939


Box 1 Folder 5-8 Correspondence, clippings on Nestorian crosses, 1932 -- 1942


Box 1 Folder 9 "Romance of Nestorian Crosses", 1933

This file contains three copies of the article.


Box 1 Folder 10 Notes, bibliography on Nestorians, circa 1930 -- 1934


Box 1 Folder 11 Correspondence regarding collection of Nestorian crosses, 1960 -- 1965