Guide to the Gertrude Bass Warner Papers
1909-1923

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951
Title: Gertrude Bass Warner papers
Dates: 1909-1923 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (13 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 701
Summary: Collection consists primarily of travel diaries, notes, correspondence and ephemera related to research about shrines and religious ceremonies for several manuscripts that Gertrude Bass Warner (1863-1951) was working on. There is also correspondence about pieces of art that she and her husband were collecting to bring back to the United States for a museum exhibit. The bulk of the materials are about Japan during the time period of 1909-1923. Ms. Warner was the founder and director emeritus of the University of Oregon Fine Art Museum.
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. 

Content Description

Collection consists primarily of travel diaries, notes, correspondence and ephemera related to research about shrines and religious ceremonies. The bulk of the materials are about Japan during the time period of 1909-1923. Materials are written in English, Japanese and/or Chinese.

Series I: Shinto Religion consists of information on Shinto deities, festivals, practices, myths and legends.

Series II: Shinto Shrines is divided into subseries and organized alphabetically within each subseries. Subseries A includes lists and descriptions of shrines and pilgrimages. Subseries B-D are seperated by the rank and class of the shrines while Subseries E: consists of only Hero Worship Shrines. Subseries B-E include festival, deity, ceremonial and historical information about individual shrines. Oversize maps, guides and other writings regarding specific shrines are listed together in the finding aid, but may be stored in separate boxes for preservation purposes.

Series III: Diaries and Field Notes,1912-1919 contains research on shrines, life in Asia, and religious ceremonies.

Series IV: Lexicons consists of handwritten thesaurus/dictionary type entries of words and phrases.

Series V: Correspondence, 1910-1921, is organized by date and includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence. The letters are personal, professional, and financial in nature. Information included in the correspondence describes Eastern Asia, religious shrines, art collecting and research relating to manuscripts Getrude Bass Warner was writing.

Series VI: Research and Miscellaneous contains information on Japan, China, festivals, worship, manners, customs, research notes, and the University of Oregon. Included here is the manuscript “When East Meets West,” by Gertrude Bass Warner.

Historical Note

Gertrude Bass Warner was born May 14, 1863 in Chicago, Illinois to prosperous parents. Warner was educated at fashionable schools in Philadelphia and in Paris. In 1888 she married Dr. George F. Fiske of Chicago and bore three children: Sam, George, and Clara, who died as an infant in 1893. The couple divorced, George staying with his father while Gertrude raised Sam.

At the turn of the century, Asia experienced much political and military turmoil and was forcibly influenced by European cultures. In 1904 Gertrude accompanied her journalist brother, John Foster Bass, to Japan during the Russo-Japanese war. The following year John sent her to Shanghai for safety, recommending an acquaintance with his friend Maj. Murray Warner (1869-1920). Gertrude and Murray were married in 1905 and took up residence in Shanghai until 1909.

Mrs. Warner continued her travels, exploring China, Japan, Korea and Cambodia while based in Shanghai. She was an appreciative witness to many religious and cultural traditions that were destroyed in later wars. She experienced political unrest and military conflicts that complicated her travels. She photographed as she traveled, purchased images and collected artifacts, books and photographs.

Following Murray’s death in 1920, Gertrude moved to Eugene to live near her son who was a professor of law at the University of Oregon. For the next thirty-one years, Gertrude Bass Warner worked to build a campus museum that would house the extensive collection of Asian art she brought back from her travels. In addition, Ms. Warner helped establish one of the first Asian studies departments at the University of Oregon. Assisted by Maude Kerns and Mabel Klockars Garner, Warner continued her collecting trips and managed the museum through the Great Depression and political battles on campus.

Mrs. Warner was an active supporter of the United Nations and a member of many organizations related to Asian studies and art. She was indefatigable in support of multiculturalism. Gertrude Bass Warner died in 1951 at the family home in Peterborough, NH.

Use of the Collection

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, University of Oregon Libraries. 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 material 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], Gertrude Bass Warner papers, Ax 701, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Shinto Religion

Series II: Shinto Shrines Subseries A: Lists of Shrines and Descriptions of Shrine Pilgrimages Subseries B: Shrines of 1st Rank, 1st Class Subseries C: Shrines of 1st Rank, 2nd Class Subseries D: Shrines of 1st Rank, 3rd Class Subseries E: Hero Worship Shrines

Series III: Diaries and Field Notes

Series IV: Lexicons

Series V: Correspondence

Series VI: Research and Miscellaneous

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Gertrude Bass Warner at Special Collections and University Archives include: The Gertrude Bass Warner Papers, UA 022.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Gertrude Bass Warner at Special Collections and University Archives include: Gertrude Bass Warner papers, UA 022.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Dick Yates in 2003-2004; Amanda Steele, and Tanya Parlet in 2011.

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:  Shinto Religion
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Description of Shinto
1 2 Description of Shinto
1 3 Description of Shinto
1 4 Shinto by Noritake Tsuda
1 5 Shinto deities
1 6 Shinto deities
1 7 Shinto festivals
1 8 Shinto festivals (Devil chasing)
1 9 Shinto festivals (Kanda Matsuri)
1 10 Shinto festivals (Pestilence)
1 11 Shinto religious practices
1 12 Myths and legends
1 13 Floats/processions
1 14 Floats/processions
1 15 Floats/processions

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Series II:  Shinto Shrines (Jinja)
Container(s)
Description
Subseries A: Lists of Shrines and Description of Shine Pilgrimages
Box
Folder
1 16 Lists of shrines
1 17 Imperial Edict #9
1 18 Imperial Edict #10
1 19 Ranking shrines
1 20 Shrine pilgrimages
1 21 Shrine pilgrimages
1 22 Shrine pilgrimages
1 23 Shrine pilgrimages
1 24 Unlisted shrines
1 25 Unlisted shrines
Subseries C: Shrines of 1st Rank, 2nd class
Box
Folder
7 1 Akama No Miya Jinja-Nagato Province
7 2 Dazaifu Jinja
12 6 Dazaifu Jinja - map
7 3 Inoya-gu Jinja-Totomi Province
7 4 Itakiso Jinja-Ki-i Province
7 5 Itsukushima Jinja-Aki Province
7 6 Kamakuru Gu Jinja-Sagami Province
7 7 Kanasana Jinja-Musashi Province
7 8 Kanegasaki, No Miya Jinja-Echizen Province
Kanegasaki, No Miya - Order of Mikoshi Procession
7 9 Kibitsu Jinja-Bitchu Province
7 10 Kibuni Jinja-Yamashiro Province
7 11 Kitano Jinja-Yamashiro Province: History/Deities
7 12 Kitano Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Festivals
7 13 Kitano Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Maps/guides
7 14 Minase No Miya Jinja-Settsu Province
7 15 Nagata Jinja-Settsu Province
7 16 O Hara No Jinja-Yamashiro Province
7 17 Shiramine Gu Jinja-Kyoto
7 18 Sumiyoshi Jinja-Nagato Province
12 6 Sumiyoshi Jinja-Nagato Province
7 19 Ume No Miya Jinja: Yamashiro Province
7 20 Watatsumi Jinja-Harima Province
7 21 Yatsushiro Jinja: Higo Province
7 22 Ye Hiko San Jinja- Buzen Province: History
7 23 Yoshida Jinja: History
7 24 Yoshida Jinja: Kyoto History
Subseries D: Shrines of 1st Rank, 3rd Class
Box
Folder
7 25 Kamado Jinja-Chikuzen Province
7 26 Naminoye-no miya - Ryukyu Province
7 27 O-kunitama Jinja - Musashi Province
7 28 Sumiyoshi Jinja-Chikuzen Province
Subseries E: Hero Worship Shrines
Box
Folder
8 1 Abe-no Jinja-Settsu Province
8 2 Fujishima Jinja-Echizen Province
8 3 Go-O-Jinja- Kyoto, Yamishiro Province
12 6 Go-O-Jinja- Kyoto - map
8 4 Go-O-Jinja: Deities, History
8 5 Karasawayama Jinja-Shimotsuke Province
8 6 Kikuchi Jinja-Higo Province
12 6 Kikuchi Jinja-Higo Province
8 7 Komikado Jinja, Shimo-osa Province
8 8 Minatogawa Jinja-Settsu Province
8 9 Nashiki Jinja- Kyoto, Yamashiro Province
8 10 Nawa Jinja-Hoki Province
8 11 Noda Jinja-Suwo Province
8 12 O-Yama Jinja-Kaga Province
8 13 Ryozen Jinja-Iwashiro Province
8 14 Shijo Nawate Jinja-Kawachi Province
12 6 Shijo Nawate Jinja - Mikoshi Procession
12 6 Shijo Nawate - map of Jinja
8 15 Take-isoshi Jinja-Kyoto, Yamashiro Province
8 16 Tan-zan Jinja-Yamato Province
8 17 Terukuni Jinja-Satsuma Province
8 18 Tokiwa Jinja-Hitachi Province
8 19 Tosho-gu Jinja-Suruga Province
8 20 Tosho-gu Nikko Jinja-Shimotsuke Province
8 21 Toyokuni Jinja, Kyoto Yamashiro Province
8 22 Toyosaka Jinja-Suwo Province
8 23 Uyesugi Jinja-Yamagata Province
8 24 Yasukuni Jinja, Tokyo, Musashi Province
8 25 Yuki Jinja-Ise Province

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Series III:  Diaries/Field notes, 1912-1919
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 1 Diaries 1, 2, 3 May 14, 1916-October 5, 1916
9 2 Loose pages from diary #1 May 14, 1916-1916
9 3 Diaries 4, 5, 6 September 1917-June 4, 1917
9 4 Diaries 7, 8, 9 July 9, 1912-June 7, 1919
9 5 Diaries and Field Notes, 10, 11(Chinese reference sources and diary)
9 6 Selected Transcriptions of G.D.W Diaries February 21, 1919-May 23, 1919

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Series IV:  Lexicons
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
9 7 Lexicon #1 September 1908
9 8 Lexicon #2
10 1 Lexicon #3
10 2 Lexicon notes

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Series V:  Correspondence, 1910-1921
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 3 Incoming and Outgoing July 31, 1910-September 23, 1919
10 4 Incoming and Outgoing September 29, 1919-November 18, 1919
10 5 Incoming and Outgoing December 10, 1919-December 20, 1919
10 6 Incoming and Outgoing January 1, 1920-February 24, 1920
10 7 Incoming and Outgoing March 6, 1920-May 14, 1920
10 8 Incoming and Outgoing June 7, 1920-July 3, 1920
10 9 Incoming and Outgoing July 4, 1920-February 1, 1921
10 10 Escape from Peking/ three Japanese letters

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Series VI:  Research and Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
10 11 National Festivals (Bound volume)
10 12 Imperial Worship (Bound volume)
11 1 Sources and bibliography
11 2 Kyoto material
11 3 Manners and customs
11 4 Chinese material
11 5 Chinese material
11 6 Religious reflections
11 7 Material lists
11 8 Maps of Tokyo and Yokahama
11 9 Research notes
11 10 Booklets, drawings, notes, rubbings, poetry
11 11 University of Oregon items
11 12 Provinces of Japan
11 13 "When West Meets East," Getrude Bass Warner (bound typescript)
11 14 Photocopy of "When West Meets East," Getrude Bass Warner
12 Research Note Cards

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Subseries B:  Shrines of 1st Rank, 1st Class
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 26 Aso Jinja-Higo Province
1 27 Aso Jinja: Guide books
1 28 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province - Deities, History
1 29 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Processions/ceremonies
1 30 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Processions/ceremonies
1 31 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Festivals
2 1 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Festivals
2 2 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Festivals
2 3 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Festivals book
2 4 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Glossary
2 5 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Maps
2 6 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Questions
2 7 Atsuta Jinja-Owari Province: Sub shrines/misc.
12 4 Atsuta Jinja - Maps/guides (13 with envelope)
2 8 Awa Jinja-Awa Province
2 9 Gassan Jinja- Uzen Province
2 10 Hako-Zaki No Miya- Chikuzen Province
2 11 Heian Jungu-Yamashiro Province
2 12 Heyei no-Jinja-Musashi Province: Processions
2 13 Heyei no-Jinja-Musashi Province: Festivals
2 14 Heyei no-Jinja-Musashi Province: Maps
2 15 Heyei no-Jinja-Musashi Province: History
2 16 Heyei no-Jinja-Musashi Province: Sub shrines/misc.
12 5 Heyei no-Jinja - Maps (2)
2 17 Hikawa Jinja-Musashi Province
12 5 Hikawa-jinja - map
2 18 Hino Kuma Kuni/ Kakasu Jinga-Kii Province
2 19 Hirano Jinja-Yamashiro Province
12 5 Hirano Jinja - history and plan (2)
2 20 Hiraoka Jinja-Kawachi Province
2 21 Hirose Jinja-Yamoto Province
2 22 Hirota Jinja-Settsu Province
2 23 Hiye Jinja-Tokyo
12 5 Hiye Jinja - Plan
2 24 Ikukuni Tama Jinja-Settsu Province
2 25 Ikuta Jinja-Settsu Province
12 5 Ikuta Jinja - Order of "Shinko Shiki", or Mikoshi Procession
2 26 Inari Jinja-Yamishiro Province: History/Deities
2 27 Inari Jinja-Yamishiro Province: History/Deities
2 28 Inari Jinja-Yamishiro Province: History/Deities
3 1 Inari Jinja-Yamishiro Province: Processions
3 2 Inari Jinja-Yamishiro Province: Festivals
3 3 Inari Jinja-Yamishiro Province: Maps/Questions/misc.
12 5 Inari Jinja- Plan
3 4 Ise Dai Jingu: Festivals
3 5 Ise Dai Jingu: Deities, Shrines
3 6 Ise Dai Jingu: Maps
12 3 Ise - Plan of Shrines
3 7 Isonokami Jingu: History
3 8 Isonokami Jingu: Festivals
3 9 Isonokami Jingu: Maps
12 6 Isonokami Jingu - Festival and History maps/guides (2)
3 10 Iwashimidzu Hachimangi: Maps
3 11 Izanagi Jinja
12 2 Izanagi Jinja maps (3)
3 12 Izumo Taisha: History, Deities
3 13 Izumo Taisha: History, Deities
3 14 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Festivals
3 15 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Rites, Ceremonies
3 16 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Maps, Guides
12 2 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Plan/Map
12 2 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Map
3 17 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Festivals
3 18 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Festivals
3 19 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province: Miscellaneous
12 2 Izumo Taisha-Izuno Province - List of treasures in museum of shrines
3 20 Kagoshima Jingu-Osumi Province
12 2 Kagoshima Jingu-Osumi Province - guide book/map
3 21 Kamayama Jinja
3 22 Kamayama Jinja
3 23 Kami-gamo Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Festivals
3 24 Kami-gamo Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Maps, Guides
12 2 Kami-gamo jinja - horse race fest, shrine maps (3)
3 25 Kami-gamo Shrines
12 2 Kami-gamo jinja - Hojoye ceremony at Iwashimidzu Hachimangi
3 26 Karafuto Jinja
12 3 Kasnga Jinja - Map and envelope
4 1 Kashi Hara Jinja-Yamoto Province
4 2 Kashihi-No Miya Jinja-Chikezen Province
12 2 Kashihi-No Miya Jinja - Order of Procession
4 3 Kashima Jjngu
12 1 Kashima Jjngu - Shrine map, Festival map (2)
4 4 Kashima Jingu: Booklet, Pilgrimage to Kashima Shrine
4 5 Kashima Jingu: Booklet, Pilgrimage to Kashima Shrine, copy
4 6 Kasuga No Jinjja-Yamoto Province
4 7 Kasuga No Jinja-Yamoto Province: Maps/guides
12 2 Kasuga No Jinja: maps/guides (3)
12 3 Kasuga No Jinja-Yamoto Province - map with envelope
4 8 Katori Jingu - Shimosa Province
4 9 Katori Jingu -Shimosa Province: Maps/guides (In Japanese)
12 1 Katori Jingu - Shrine Map
4 10 Kehi Jingu-Echizen Province
4 11 Kehi Jingu-Echizen Province
12 1 Kehi Jingu - Map
4 12 Kehi Jingu-Echizen Province
12 1 Letter from girl in Kehi Jinga
4 13 Kirishima Jingu-Osumi Province
12 1 Kirishima Jingu - handwritten description of mountain deity festival
12 3 Konpiragu - map
4 14 Kumano Hayatama Jinja-Kii Province
12 1 Kumano Hayatama Jinja-Kii Province - Map
4 15 Kumano-Ni-Masu Jinja- Kii Province
4 16 Kumano-Ni-Masu Jinja-Kii Province
4 17 Kumano-Ni-Masu Jinja-Kii Province
12 1 Kumano-Ni-Masu Jinja-Kii Province - Map
4 18 Matsuno O Jinja-Yamishira Province
4 19 Matsuno O Jinja-Yamishira Province: Maps/guides
4 20 Matsuno O Jinja-Yamishira Province
4 21 Mishima Jinja-Idzu Province
4 22 Miyazaki Jingyu-Hyuga Province
4 23 Kashi Hara Jingu-Yamoto Province
4 24 Munakata Jinja-Chikuzen Province
5 1 Nifu-Kawakami Jinja-Yamoto Province
5 2 Omiwa Jinja-Yamoto Province
5 3 Otori Jinja-Izumi Province
12 3 Otokoyama Hachimangu - Plan/map
5 4 O Yamoto Jinja-Yamoto Province
12 6 O Yamoto Jinja-History of the Deities and list of Festivals
12 3 Sagami no-kuni - map with envelope
5 5 Sapporo Jinja-Ishigari Province
5 6 Sengen Jinja-Suruga Province
5 7 Shimo Gamo Jinja-Yamishiro Province
5 8 Shimo Gamo Jinja-Yamishiro Province
5 9 Shimo Gamo Jinja-Yamishiro Province
5 10 Sumiyoshi Jinja-Settsu Province
5 11 Sumiyoshi Jinja-Settsu Province
5 12 Sumiyoshi Jinja-Settsu Province- Maps/guides
5 13 Suwa Jinja-Shinano Province
5 14 Suwa Jinja-Shinano Province- Maps/guides
5 15 Taga Jinja-Omi Province
12 6 Taga Jinja - map
5 16 Taga Jinja-Omi Province- Maps/guides
5 17 Takabe Jinja-Omi Province
5 18 Takabe Jinja-Omi Province- Maps/guides
12 6 Takabe Jinsha - map
5 19 Tatsuta Jinja-Yamoto Province
5 20 Tatsuta Jinja-Yamoto Province -Maps/guides
5 21 Taiwan Jinja: Festivals
12 3 Tso-rugaoka Hachimangu, Kamakura
5 22 Udo Jinja-Hyuga Province
5 23 Usa-No Jingu-Buzen Province
5 24 Usa-No Jingu-Buzen Province
12 6 Usa-No Jingu - Island of Kyushu
5 25 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: History/Deities
5 26 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Rites/ceremonies
6 1 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Festivals
6 2 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Floats
6 3 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Answers to Questions
6 4 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: notes
6 5 Yasaka Jinja-Yamashiro Province: Maps/guides
12 6 Yasaka Jinja - Plan of Shrine
6 6 Yoshino Jingu-Yamoto Province

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951
  • Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951--Correspondence
  • Warner, Murray, 1869-1920
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Architectural drawings
    • Manuscripts
    • Maps
    • Photographs

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