related to the life and work of David Crockett Graham, who arrived in southwestern
China as a missionary, in 1911, and stayed 37 years pursuing archeological,
anthropological and natural history studies of the region. He returned to the United
States in 1948, and settled in Colorado. David Crockett Graham died September 15,
1961 at the age of 77.
was born in 1884 in Green Forest, Arkansas. His family moved to Milton-Freewater,
Oregon shortly after. The family was poor, but managed to get David and his siblings
into public schools in Walla Walla, Washington. David excelled in sports, and
eventually earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitman College in 1908.
In 1910 he married Alicia Morey, and in September of the following year they left
San Francisco by steamer to serve in China with the American Baptist Foreign Mission
Society (ABFMS). Graham gradually shifted his focus from missionary work to
anthropology, and he spent the remainder of his thirty-seven year career studying
various Chinese groups and religions.
Upon retiring in 1948, he moved to Colorado where he lived until his death in
collection consists of journals, notebooks, correspondence and notes regarding
archeological and anthropological research as well as reports and charts, artwork,
photographs, maps and books from Graham's thirty-seven years in China. Materials
include songs and stories of the Ch'uan Miao, manuscript materials relative to the
customs and religion of the Ch'iang, information and manuscripts about the Lolo
people and papers from and about West China Union University.
Information on the First Baptist Church's Social Action Committee, personal and
family information as well as speeches, lectures and sermons by Graham are also
Use of the Collection
Alternative Forms Available :
Restrictions on Access :
Restrictions on Use :
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. for copyright not
held by Whitman College.
Preferred Citation :
David C. Graham Collection, Whitman College
and Northwest Archives.
Location of Originals :
Acquisition Information :
Donated by Jean Graham Brown and
Dorothy Graham Edson in 1994 and 1995.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the
Series 1: Archeological, anthropological, and natural
history studies of the people of southwest
relating to the Ch'uan Miao, Ch'iang, and Lolo peoples of China.
Songs and Stories (possibly relating to
the Songs and Stories of the Ch'uan
and Stories of the Ch'uan Miao. More
Songs and Stories of the Ch’uan Miao. Manuscript materials
for the above.
Songs and Stories of
Notes on the Ch'uan
Notes on the grammar of the Ch'uan Miao
Publications about, by D. C. Graham
Notes on Miao groups
Diagram of 8 generations
Notes on from Kwei Yang Fu Chih (1850 AD)
Notes on from Chao Tung
Notes on from Cheng Hsuing Chou Chih (1887)
St. Mark's Gospel in Ch'uan Miao
Miscellaneous notes on name of Miao tribe
Ch'uan Miao customs and songs (notebook Z)
Book about Ch'uan Miao, table of contents page
Manuscript for work with international script, songs and
Manuscript preface on Ch'uan Miao
Manuscript preface, introduction and historical
Manuscript, introduction to The Legends
of the Ch'uan Miao
Introduction to Ch'uan Miao by D. C. Graham
List of Songs and Stories (by number)
Outline: Songs and Stories.
Appendix, Bibliography, and index
Paper on D. C. Graham's work with the Ch'uan Miao (3
Manuscript materials relative to The
Customs and Religion of the Ch'iang (20
Partial Manuscript: Ch'iang houses, towers, and
Manuscript: The Religion of the Ch'iang (4
Manuscript: The Sacred books used by the Ch'iang Priest at
Lobo Chai Sections 1-18
The Sacred Chants of the Ch'iang Priest at Lobo Chai Sections
Manuscript: The Ch'iang [from Religion
in Southwest China?]
Publications about the Ch'iang, by D. C. Graham
Exercise book: Notes on Religion, April 22, 1933, also July
1933 Ch'iang People, Book X
Manuscript. A Ch'iang incantation used by the priest at Lobu
Notes on Ch'iang Religion and customs, 1942
Chants, or "Sacred Books used by Ch'ang priest at Mu Shang
Manuscript. Lobo Chai Sacred Books, Sect. 2-18.
Ch'ang Chants at Ho P'in Chai.
Manuscript. Usable Ch'ang phrases
Origin of the Sacrifices of the Ch'ang
Notes on the Ch'ang(3 files)
Pen and ink drawings and descriptions
A scientific study of the religion of the Ch'ang
Ch'ang and Shu of the Yin Time. By Tung Tso'pin. Translated
by C.T. Hu.
Manuscript about Gods
Notes on customs(2 files)
Notes on Ch'ang religion and customs
Notes on a ceremony
Misc. Notes from Lobo Chai, August, 1942
Manuscript, "Customs of the Ch'ang" (2 folders)
Manuscript, "Ch'ang, Are they Hebrew or Monotheists?" (2
Notebook on Ch'ang people (2 folders
Songs with comments on accompanying actions by D.C. Graham
On Chinese Historical References to the Ch'ang
Notes from The Birth of China, by Creel
Manuscript: The High waters of the
Far eastern quarterly, May,
Manuscript: The Greatest Migration in Human
Smithsonian--Lists of D. C. G. Collections and
Important quotations in chinese
Chinese article reprints from newspapers
Notes on 2 small bronze lamps at the West China Union
University Museum of Archaeology
Newspaper clipping on China
Pamphlet about Chengtu school for the blind and Chengtu eye
clinic board, headed by D.C. Graham
Manjushri of Wu T'ai Shan. By Alexander
English essays on Chinese culture
Manuscript: Mysterious Potency in the Chinese
Manuscript: The True Classic of the Bloody Basin
Book of Giang and Lai
Reprints of articles about D. C. Graham
Chinese paper. Catalog of the Chu-fei Collection
Quote from Strictly on the funny side: "I've got the South in
My Mouth" by Helen Brown Norden; Notes on recent changes in temples,
Newspaper clipping about idols from China press,Mon. June 21,
State Calendar Book 1946 (Cheng-tu)
Smithsonian, National Museum, 1960
Notes Trans-Himalaya p. 32 vol. 1 New Years
Translation of the inscription of a Ming Dynasty tomb stone
in the west
Fund drive for famine relief ? c. 1934
Notes and Quotations from Chinese Philosophers
The [Panda ?] Jan. 13, 1939
Field notes on people
Notes from Yachow history
Copies made in Chinese by D.C. Graham
Chinese Genealogy from 1st to 10th generation
Notes on the Wask people and customs
The Oracle bones of the Shang Dynasty by professor J. M.
Open letter to the Fu Ch'iang people concerning the beginning
and the end of paying vows
Statement by Chinese Students on the death of Franklin D.
Roosevelt April 1945, Statement about coming of the "Great
Tribulation" from Chengtu, July 1923
Notes from Trans-Himalaya, discoveries and adventures in
Notes on a manuscript
Petition for change in divorce laws in Denver,
Notes on the Folk Tale and Primitive culture. By S.
New China Weekly Newsletter. Copies from 1939
Exercise book and memorandum book (5 exercise
Notes and accounting records
Anthropology papers etc.
Joaquin Miller, critical review of
Manuscript: Pan Ku and Mr. Million Years, Children's stories
by D.C. Graham.
Quotations copied by D. C. G.
Research interests, by D. C. G.
Contract for land
China Policy (U.S.)
Notebook: White Men's Graves
Notebook: Notes on religious practices and a trip through Lan
Notebook: Chuan Miao Vocabulary and Taoist
Notebook: Notes on a trip among the Miao, Autumn,
Notebook: Misc. Expense, Addresses, etc.
Copy of speech on China policy by Walter H. Judd and other
items by/about W.H. Judd
Manuscript: Sociological changes in China during the war
(published. by D. C. G.)
Material from manuscript
Wars and migrations: Publication by D. C. G.
Visit with abbot of Tsao Dio
Notes on beliefs concerning deformed roosters
Notes on various topics
Dao Tsang ceremony
Notes on "the Little Flock"
Chinese Art / Symbols (Manchu officials
Sui Wuan-Shanoi sect, North China
How Hades became a republic
Handwritten manuscript or notes
Memo about Foundation Sacrifice
Copy and Translation of a poem
Notes: the museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in
Notes or story about robbers
Notes from In the Footsteps of Marco
Notes from Williams A History of
Notes on report from China while DCG was in Burma, 1940;
notes about Burma
Inscription on a placecard given to a chinese doctor by his
Poem for someone--written on a basket
A small poem
Quotations about Misssions and Missionaries by Augustus H.
The Wu Chiao
Manuscript a collecting trip to the Roof of the
Hokow: The backdoor of Chagra. By J.H. Edgar
Two Unnumbered notebooks
Manuscript. Reply to Mr. Edgar on the artificial
Land of the Migrating Blacks by
Manuscript: The Chinese Student Anti-Christian Movement,
headed in Chicago, 1926.
Manuscript: Strange Gods in West China.
China information service. Newsheets kept by
Social Action Committee material; Notes on American Baptist Missions;
Miscellaneous Correspondence, Programs, etc.; Miscellaneous Information;
The Washington Baptist, March 1952, Vol.
XV, No. 7; White Temple Baptist Church, Walla Walla
Lists of books in Occidental Languages and in Chinese owned
by DC Graham
List of books owned by DC Graham
List of articles or books of authors and/or publishers, misc.
Partial Anthropology book list from Dover
List of Publications of the WCUU Museum
List of Published writing of DC Graham
Possible bibliography for Religion in Southwest China
List of books
Materials relative to Wolfram Eberhard
Recent publications of
Two previously published stories found in papers relating
Notes and comments relating to. About More Songs and Stories
of the Ch'uan Miao
Notes on the Introduction
Notes on the connection of and suggested organization of the
Songs and Stories(2 folders)
Notes and Comments on Ch'uan Miao Legends
Correspondence with DC Graham
Journals, Books, Pamphlets, etc. (Inventory List inside Box
Journals, pamphlets, articles from journals, books and
Publications in Chinese language
Journals, books, and newspapers
Other publications from Graham
Palaeontogogia Sinica Series D, Vol. 1, Fascicle 3.-1925 and New Series
D, No.1, Whole Series No. 101-1937; Journal of the West China Border
Research Society, vol. XI (1939); The Naturalists' Directory, 1929