Guide to the Adam and Clara Groesbeck Papers
1897-1939

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Groesbeck, Adam, 1866-Groesbeck, Clara
Title: Adam and Clara Groesbeck papers
Dates: 1897-1939 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 818
Summary: Collection comprises newsletters, church reports, personal correspondence, sermons, special interest reports, and diaries of Adam and Clara Groesbeck, Baptist missionaries in the Kwangtung province of South China from 1897-1927 and 1931-1935.
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

Adam and Clara Groesbeck were Baptist missionaries in the Kwangtung province of South China from 1897-1927 and 1931-1935. They were first assigned to Ungkung and later to the station in Chaochowfu. They moved to their final residence in Chaoyang in 1904. Reverend Groesbeck provided religious services for a number of communities in the province and also had considerable administrative responsibilities with the South China Mission. Mrs. Groesbeck's missionary work involved teaching at the boys' school in Chaoyang.

Reverend Groesbeck was born July 23, 1866 in Iowa. He attended Rochester Theological School in Rochester, N.Y. Mrs. Groesbeck was born in N.Y. Her birthdate is not indicated. They were married on August 23, 1892. Their first child, Katherine, was born on Setember 18, 1904 at Chaochowfu and their second child, Tracy, was born July 30, 1907 at Chaoyang.

Content Description

The Adam and Clara Groesbeck papers contain a great deal of Reverend Groesbeck's work, including newsletters, church reports, personal correspondence, sermons, special interest reports, and his diaries which cover thirteen of his thirty years in China. In her diaries Mrs. Groebeck writes almost exclusively of family matters, covering a period of eighteen years. Photographs include pictures of the missions, the Chinese people and countryside and family.

The main sources of information are Reverend Groesbeck's newsletters, reports, outgoing correspondence and diaries. These provide details of the South China Mission's organization and important issues. There is statistical information on mission growth, construction, and converts. His diaries provide a more personal look at the events in China. There is some indication in the last volumes of his diaries that he questioned the presence of Americans and all foreign missionaries in China. He became a strong advocate of turning the controls of the Christian missions over to the Chinese.

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], Adam and Clara Groesbeck Papers, Ax 818, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Notebooks
  • Writings
  • Legal Documents
  • Receipts and Statements
  • Biographical Information
  • Tracy and Katherine Groesbeck
  • Tracy Groesbeck's account of his parents work in China
  • Photographs
  • Minutes
  • Books and Pamphlets
  • Cookbooks
  • Miscellaneous
  • Chinese Items

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Mary J. Finnegan.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information avialable in Special Collections & University Archives.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Outgoing
Box
Folder
1 1 Outgoing 1897-1939
Incoming
Box
Folder
1 2 American Baptist Foreign Mission Society 1936-1939
1 2 Bancroft, Clark H. 1937
1 2 Burton, John L. 1913
1 2 Capen, Carl M. 1938-1939
1 2 Chapman, Howard R. 1937-1938
1 2 Chau, Vau Pik 1937-1939
1 2 Clark, P. 1937-1939
1 2 Clarke, Mary Bosworth 1937
1 2 Cross, Earle B. 1936
1 2 Curtis, John A. 1936
1 2 Davies, J. E. 1937
1 2 Derbyshire, George M. 1940-1941
1 2 Doudna, Grace 1941
1 2 Ewell, G. B. 1936
1 2 Ferguson, W. L. 1935
1 2 Gillet, E. H. 1932
1 2 Groesbeck, Clara 1908
1 2 Groesbeck, Mary 1931
1 2 Groesbeck, Tracy 1934
1 2 Harkner, Mary 1907
1 2 Hazlett, Sara and Calvin n.d.
1 2 Heming, Sandford 1941
1 2 Henry, Leland B. 1930
1 2 Hobart, Kenneth G. 1935
1 2 Holloway, Nancy 1865
1 2 Howard, Randolph L. 1931-1938
1 2 Huntington, George B. 1931-1935
1 3 Hylbert, Ethel L. 1935-1936
1 3 Hylbert, L. C. 1933-1935
1 3 Jackson, Bruce E. 1937
1 3 Klink, George K. 1933
1 3 Kueh, K. L. 1921
1 3 Lai, Tsu Nguang 1922
1 3 Lamphor, Ruth E. 1937
1 3 Lan, L. 1920
1 3 Lau, Sio Tbang 1921
1 3 Lerrigo, P. H. J. 1936
1 3 Liak, Ching L. 1921
1 3 Liek-Ching, Liew n.d.
1 3 Lin, Kia Ching 1921
1 3 Lin, Lik Ching 1921
1 3 Lin, Lik Chin 1922
1 3 Lin, Lit Chin 1922-1923
1 3 Lin, Lit Sua 1920-1922
1 3 Lin, Ngian Sua 1940
1 3 Ma, C. 1921
1 3 McFarland, George B. 1938
1 3 McHugh, Earl 1932
1 3 MacQueen, D. D. 1927
1 3 Manfredi, E. 1934
1 3 Martin, Letitia 1938
1 3 Mecum, E. W. 1936
1 3 Mia, Khin Chang 1920
1 3 Minn, Mr. and Mrs. 1935
1 3 New England Mutual Life Insurance Co. 1936
1 3 Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. 1939
1 3 Norwood, Clarence W. 1935
1 3 Padelford, Frank W. 1932-1941
1 3 Page, A. G. 1934-1938
1 3 Page, Ethel M. 1938
1 3 Palmer, Edith 1932
1 3 Palmer, Kittie 1907
1 3 Phuah, Kim Eng 1935
1 3 Pombejva, V. N. n.d.
1 3 Postal Life and Casuality Insurance Co. 1937-1938
1 4 Raker, James M. 1935
1 4 Rauschenbusch, Walter 1914
1 4 Religious Book Club, Inc. 1937-1938
1 4 Riley, Leonard W. 1934-1941
1 4 Robins, Henry B. 1931-1934
1 4 Sanborn, Alice M. 1939
1 4 Seigle, A. G. 1936-1938
1 4 Siam, C. C. 1933-1940
1 4 Siauw, Tiang Guan 1922
1 4 Smith, Forest 1936-1939
1 4 Smith, J. M. P. 1931
1 4 Smith, Kattie M. 1938
1 4 Sollman, Melvina 1932
1 4 Tang, Kauttok 1936
1 4 Taylor, W. Robert 1935
1 4 Tracy, Josephine n.d.
1 4 Tshia, Charles P. 1927
1 4 Union Trust Co. of Rochester 1935
1 4 Van Vranken, Mildred N. 1930
1 4 Voss, David O. 1927
1 4 Voss, Katherine 1944
1 4 Wang, Peter 1921
1 4 Warrior, M. G. 1936-1937
1 4 Waters, George J. 1937
1 4 Weitz, David E. 1937
1 4 Wildy, G. J. 1938
1 4 Wilson, E. 1936
1 4 Yueng, Y. F. 1936
1 4 Unidentified

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Other correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Newsletters
Newsletters
Box
Folder
1 5 "Dear Friend" letters written by Adam Groesbeck containing information about mission activities 1903-1912 1919-1922 1932-1933
1 6 "Dear Friend" letters written by others 1934-1940
Reports
Box
Folder
1 7 Reports

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Diaries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Diaries of Adam Groesbeck 1897-1903 1920-1922 1926-1927 1936
1 Diaries of Clara Groesbeck 1902-1905 1910-1924

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Notebooks
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 8 Notebooks

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Other writings
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 9 Special interest reports
1 10 Sermons
2 1 Church related articles
2 2 Outlines and drafts

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Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 3 Magazine and Newspaper Articles

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Receipts, Statements, Travel Accounts, Bank Books
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 4 Receipts, Statements, Travel Accounts, Bank Books

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Biographical
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 6 Biographical

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Legal Documents
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 7 Legal documents

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Tracy and Katherine Groesbeck
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 8 Tracy and Katherine Groesbeck

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Tracy Groesbeck Handwritten Account of his Parents
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 9 Tracy Groesbeck Handwritten Account of his Parents

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Photographs
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 10 Family photographs
2 11 Mission photographs
2 12 Family photographs
2 13 Mission photographs
Albums
Lantern Slides
3 Mounted photographs
3 1 Photograph Negatives

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Minutes
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 2 Minutes

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Books and Phamphlets
Container(s)

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Publications
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 3 Publications and Periodicals
3 4 Publications and Periodicals

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Miscellaneous
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 5 Miscellaneous

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Chinese Items
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
3 6 Chinese Items

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Groesbeck, Clara
  • Subject Terms :
  • Baptists--Missions--China--Guangdong Sheng
  • Missionaries--China--Guangdong Sheng
  • Missions, American--China--Guangdong Sheng
  • Missions, American--China--Photographs

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