Guide to the Edith Shufeldt papers
1922-1967

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Shufeldt, Edith
Title: Edith Shufeldt papers
Dates: 1922-1967 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: A 208
Summary: Edith Shufeldt was a Methodist missionary in Tientsin (Tianjin) in northern China from the 1920s through the 1940s. The collection includes correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Edith Shufeldt entered Methodist missionary service in 1922 and was sent to Tientsin (Tianjin) in northern China. Shufeldt served as a teacher at one of the missionary schools in Tianjin (probably Gamewell School or the Keen School); she also spent some time in Peking (Beijing). She appears to have remained in China until the late 1940s, when communist political victories forced most foreign missionaries from the country. The collection is unclear about Shufeldt's activities during World War II.

Content Description

The Edith Shufeldt Papers bring together disparate documents and sources from Shufeldt's two and a half decades as a missionary in northern China. This collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings (from Chinese and American newspapers), and photographs. It is difficult to track Shufeldt's experiences in China or as a missionary from these documents; nevertheless, they offer a variety of insights on missionary work during this period. The few letters and associated photographs offer insights on civil war in China during the 'warlord years,' and an account on the 1939 "Bombing of Chungking."

The reports and newspaper clippings in the Shufeldt Papers are on disparate topics but reflect the breadth of missionary involvement. The reports consist of the 1922 findings of the Peking meeting of Christian students (who advocated for an end of racism and war); the 1924-1925 Social Hygiene Department's Annual Report; the 1924-1930 Farmer's Union Report on China; and the 1949 special report on China from the Foreign Missions' Conference. Shufeldt retained copies of a 1947 newspaper series on current changes in China from the Minneapolis Tribune. Other newspaper clippings report on politics and missionary activities in China.

For more information on missionary women who resided in China during the same period as Shufeldt, see the Myra Snow Correspondence (A 186), the Myra Jaquet Papers (A 180), and the Elizabeth Wright Papers (A 301) all of whom lived in Tientsin (Tianjin); or the Elsie Reik Letters from Foochow (Fuzhou), China (A 166) and the Edith Simister Letters from China (A183) who lived in Foochow (Fuzhou); or the Clara Dyer Letters from Ch'iangli, China (A 198) who lived in Ch'iangli. All of these collections are housed in Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Oregon Libraries.

Use of the Collection

Alternative Forms Available :  

Available in microfilm as part of: Women's lives. Series 3, American women missionaries and pioneers collection (MICROFILM BV3703 .W66 2006, reel 52); Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Dr., Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Edith Shufeldt Papers, A 208, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Correspondence
  • Reports
  • Printed material and newspaper clippings
  • Photographs

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Letters 1922-1924
1 2 Letters 1925-1939

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Series II:  Reports
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 3 Reports 1922-1930
1 4 Report April 17, 1946

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Series III:  Printed material and newspaper clippings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 5 Printed material 1924-1925, 1967
1 6 Newspaper clippings 1924
1 7 Newspaper clippings 1964
1 8 Newspaper clippings 1964-1966

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Series IV:  Photographs (snapshots)
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 1 Soldiers in procession
2 2 Soldiers in procession
2 3 Soldiers with pack animals
2 4 Funeral procession

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Shufeldt, Edith--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Methodist Church (U.S.)--Missions--China--Tianjin
  • Geographical Names :
  • Tianjin (China)--Photographs
  • Subject Terms :
  • Methodist women--China
  • Missions, American--China--Tianjin
  • Women missionaries--China
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs

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