Guide to the Monona Cheney Papers
1918-1932

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cheney, Monona, 1890-1982
Title: Monona Cheney papers
Dates: 1918-1932 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (8 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 275
Summary: Monona Cheney (1890-1982) was a Christian missionary in China between 1918 and 1930. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, sermons, and publications that reflect her life as a missionary in China.
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

Monona L Cheney was born in Madison, Wisconsin on December 28, 1890. She was educated at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, receiving a B.A. in 1914; she went on to receive an M.A. in education at Teachers' College, Columbia University in 1918. In 1918 she traveled to the newly formed Republic of China to spread the word of her church, serving as a missionary teacher for the Methodist Episcopal sect of the Christian religion. She initially taught at the Keen School in Tientsin until 1920, when she started teaching at the Gamewell School. She taught history, English, and bible studies, and engaged in rural evangelicalism in the Peking area. After a short break in the United States she returned to China and taught at Yenching University from 1926 until 1930. The letters she wrote during her mission were addressed to her family, and she also was fond of taking photographs of Chinese life.

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of correspondence. There are 266 letters from Monona Cheney to her family in the United States, spanning the years from 1918 to 1930; there are also a few incoming letters in the collection from her family or friends. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Also included in the collection are many photographs from her time in Peking, ranging from images of the poverty stricken to the architectural magnificence of the city. There are also a few pictures of family from the period after her mission. Many photographs are unidentified; basic descriptions of the images are provided in the box and folder listing. Finally, there are also a few Christian publications dealing with missionary work.

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 14); 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], Monona Cheney Papers, Ax 275, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series and subseries:

Series I: Outgoing Correspondence

Series II: Articles and Sermons

Series III: Publications

Series IV: Photographs

Series IV, Subseries A: Mission

Series IV, Subseries B: Family

Series IV, Subseries C: China

Series IV, Subseries D: Albums

Series IV, Subseries E: Oversize

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Monona Cheney in 1966.

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:  Outgoing correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Outgoing correspondence September 1918-November 1918
1 2 Outgoing correspondence November 1918-December 1918
1 3 Outgoing correspondence January 1919-April 1919
1 4 Outgoing correspondence May 1919-June 1919
1 5 Outgoing correspondence July 1919-October 1919
1 6 Outgoing correspondence October 1919-December 1919
1 7 Outgoing correspondence January 1920-Mar 1920
1 8 Outgoing correspondence April 1920-July 1920
1 9 Outgoing correspondence August 1920-October 1920
1 10 Outgoing correspondence October 1920-January 1921
1 11 Outgoing correspondence February 1921-May 1921
1 12 Outgoing correspondence June 1921-September 1921
1 13 Outgoing correspondence October 1921-December 1921
1 14 Outgoing correspondence January 1922-April 1922
1 15 Outgoing correspondence May 1922-July 1922
1 16 Outgoing correspondence August 1922-Nov 1922
1 17 Outgoing correspondence November 1922-February 1923
1 18 Outgoing correspondence September 1924-October 1924
1 19 Outgoing correspondence October 1924-January 1925
1 20 Outgoing correspondence January 1925-March 1925
1 21 Outgoing correspondence April 1925-June 1925
1 22 Outgoing correspondence June 1925-September 1925
1 23 Outgoing correspondence September 1925-January 1926
1 24 Outgoing correspondence February 1926-May 1926
1 25 Outgoing correspondence May 1926-October 1926
1 26 Outgoing correspondence October 1926-January 1927
1 27 Outgoing correspondence January 1927-March 1927
1 28 Outgoing correspondence April 1927-July 1927
1 29 Outgoing correspondence July 1927-November 1927
2 1 Outgoing correspondence December 1927-May 1928
2 2 Outgoing correspondence May 1928-August 1928
2 3 Outgoing correspondence September 1928-December 1928
2 4 Outgoing correspondence January 1929-April 1929
2 5 Outgoing correspondence May 1929-September 1929
2 6 Outgoing correspondence September 1929-November 1929
2 7 Outgoing correspondence November 1929-January 1930
2 8 Outgoing correspondence February 1930-April 1930
2 9 Outgoing correspondence May 1930-August 1932
2 10 Outgoing correspondence August 1932-October 1932

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Series II:  Articles and Sermons
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 11 Articles and Sermons
2 12 Postcards and Cards

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Series III:  Publications
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
2 13 Pamphlets
2 14 Books

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Series IV:  Photographs
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Subseries A: Mission
These images are pasted on lightweight boards and were probably intended as a sort of album, probably bound together. They are now loose sheets on which several photographs have been pasted
Box
Folder
3 1 Keen School, Tienstien
3 2 Chinese architecture, Yenching University; Central Park, Peiking
3 3 People portraits
3 4 Children
3 5 House and Great Wall
3 6 Laundry on Water
3 7 Children being carried on the backs of adults
3 8 Buddhist temple and City Wall -Peiking
3 9 Kindergarten to College--photographs of students
3 10 Kindergarten to College--photographs of students
3 11 Students
3 12 Cemeteries
3 13 Culture and festivals; funeral procession
3 14 Parade; funeral procession
3 15 Portable restaurants
3 16 Merchants
3 17 Cooking/preparing grain
3 18 Village and rural scenes; goat herding
3 19 Farming scenes
3 20 People working; wood sawing; fruit and peanut salesmen
3 21 Village life
3 22 Wedding
3 23 Boats
3 24 Wagons and carts
3 25 Carts and carriages
3 26 School graduation scenes
3 27 Transportation images
3 28 Construction and working scenes; ice pulling; making mat doors
Subseries B: Family
Box
Folder
4 1 Sister; Frances Cheng
4 2 Family photo New Year 1948
Subseries C: China
Box
Folder
4 3 Peking Wall
4 4 The closed Altar; Temple of heaven; Peking
4 5 Camel Back bridge; Peking
4 6 Great Wall; Nanchow 1922
4 7 Wayside shrine; South China
4 8 Irrigation in South China
4 9 Thibetan Dagoba; Forbidden City, Peking
4 10 Large Chinese building
4 11 Tea House, Forbidden City, Peking
4 12 Buddhist Temple, Western Hills, Peking
4 13 Yenching University
4 14 Painted gallery, Summer Palace Grounds, Peking
4 15 Traveler, Fukien
4 16 Village mill
4 17 Two little boys
4 18 Old boat; North China
4 19 Mongolian Camel Trail; Peking
4 20 Jade Pagoda; Western Hills; Peking
4 21 Yenching University
4 22 Kung Family 1921
Subseries D: Photograph Albums
Box
5 Photograph album/diary of Cheney's voyage to China; images of people and places associated with her mission work; scenes of Chinese life 1919
6 Photograph album: "Famine in North China" Winter 1920-1921
6 Photograph album: "Gamewell School. Methodist Mission, Peking, China" 1918-1920
7 Photograph album: Yenching University 1926-1930
Subseries E: Oversize Photograph
Box
Folder
8 1 Large portrait of the Zheng Gong Cuiqin family Christmas 1933

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Cheney, Monona, 1890-1982--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Methodist Episcopal Church--Missions--China
  • Geographical Names :
  • Beijing (China)--Photographs
  • Subject Terms :
  • Methodist women--China
  • Missions, American--China
  • Women Christian educators--China
  • Women evangelists--China
  • Women missionaries--China
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographs
    • Sermons

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