Guide to the Henry Olin Cady Letters from China

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cady, Henry Olin, 1856-1916
Title: Henry Olin Cady letters from China
Dates: 1866-1904 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.025 linear feet (2 folders)
Collection Number: A 194
Summary: Henry Olin Cady (1856-1916) was a Methodist Episcopal missionary to China, stationed at Chungking and Chentu (Chengtu), and was one of the founders of the West China Mission. The collection (1866-1904) contains copies of 300 letters written by Cady from China, many of which regard the history of the West China Mission.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Henry Olin Cady (1856-1916) was a Methodist Episcopal missionary to China. He was born in Middlebury, Vermont, and educated at Northwestern University and Garrett Biblical Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.

Cady traveled to China in 1886. He was one of the founders of the West China Mission, and was stationed at Chungking and Chentu (Chengtu). He was married in 1894 to Hattie Yates.

Content Description

The collection (1866-1904) contains copies of letters written from China.

The letters consist of photocopies of typed copies of excerpts from the original letters, which were later destroyed. The letters were intended to form an epistolary history of the West China Mission. There are about 300 letters on 249 sheets.

A paper finding aid consisting of a subject index is available in the Reading Room. Subjects include: anti-foreign activities, celebrations, costs of shipping and goods, social, employment, and sexual customs, diseases, evangelism, foreign powers, footbinding, prejudice, and infanticide (under girls), Japan, law, mission, officials activities, riots, superstitions, work reports, and the Yangtse floods.

Most of the letters are to Cady's mother, from Cady, and after 1894 also from Mrs. Hattie (Yates) Cady.

A few letters from other missionaries or administrative personnel are included.

Use of the Collection

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.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Henry Olin Cady letters from China, A 194, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.


  • Personal Names :
  • Cady, Henry Olin, 1856-1916
  • Subject Terms :
  • Clergy--Correspondence
  • Methodist Church--Missions--China

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