Guide to the David S. and Luella R. Tappan Papers
1913-1966

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Tappan, David Stanton, 1880-1968Tappan, Luella R.
Title: David S. and Luella R. Tappan papers
Dates: 1913-1966 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.25 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 103
Summary: David S. and Luella Tappan (husband and wife) were Presbyterian missionaries in Hainan, China. The collection includes correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous materials that relate to their missionary work.
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

The Reverend David Stanton Tappan II was born in 1880 in Oxford, Ohio and attended Miami University in Ohio and Princeton Theological Seminary. Between 1906 and 1949 he was a missionary to Hainan, China. His wife, Luella Rice Tappan, accompanied him to China where they shared duties in their various jobs and experiences. While in Hainan, Rev. Tappan founded Hainan Christian Middle School. He served as Executive Secretary to the Presbyterian Mission there, and was an advisor to the Hainan synod.

In their efforts to serve the Christian community around them, both Rev. and Mrs. Tappan learned the Chinese language and culture, dealt with the terrain and weather, and got tangled up with pirates, bandits, and corrupt government figures. During their stay, the Tappans experienced the Japanese invasion of Hainan Island on February 10, 1939. They immediately provided a sanctuary for Chinese refugees during the course of the crisis, transforming their compound into a mixture of residence, feeding-house, church, and barn.

In September 1941, Rev. Tappan was interned by the Japanese and brought to Canton. Upon the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he was placed under house arrest in Hackett Medical Center (in Canton). In February 1943 he was freed from arrest, and his internment under the Japanese ended in September of that year. He returned to the Hainan mission where he and his wife remained until 1949, when the island was turned over to Chinese Communist rule. The Tappans then turned to the United States. Reverend Tappan died in April 1968 and Mrs. Tappan died in January 1980. They had two children, Ruth Tappan Bauer and David Stanton Tappan III, and seven grandchildren.

Content Description

The David S. and Luella R. Tappan Papers consist largely of correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, and publications from Hainan, China.

The correspondence, arranged chronologically, falls between 1921 and 1965. Most of the outgoing letters were written by Luella Tappan to family members and friends.

The twelve volumes of diaries cover the years 1913 and 1921-1966. Though they were written by both Rev. and Mrs. Tappan; Luella Tappan did most of the recording in them.

The diaries are followed by manuscripts relating to the Tappans' experiences in China. The publications have issues of the Haiban News Letter between 1929 and 1949, and drafts of the Hainan Reporter. Also, there are publications by both the Tappans, and by others.

The Newspaper article series contains information about the Tappans' mission in China, and also the Tappan family in general.

The miscellaneous series contains announcement cards for newborn babies, Luella. Tappan ticket certificate, Feng autobiography, and other miscellaneous materials.

Photographs include eight images of the Tappans, their travels and their home, circa 1910s-1960s.

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. 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], David S. and Luella R. Tappan papers, Coll 103, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Correspondence
  • Series II. Diaries
  • Series III. Manuscripts
  • Series IV. Publications
  • Series V. Newspaper articles
  • Series VI. Miscellaneous
  • Series VII. Photographs

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of David and Luella Tappan in 1960s.

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:  Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
2 Correspondence, [1 of 3] May 1921-December 1921
3 Correspondence, [2 of 3] May 1921-December 1921
4 Correspondence, [3 of 3] May 1921-December 1921
5 Correspondence [1 of 4] January 1922-October 1940
6 Correspondence, [2 of 4] January 1922-October 1940
7 Correspondence, [3 of 4] January 1922-October 1940
8 Correspondence, [4 of 4] January 1922-October 1940
9 Correspondence, [1 of 4] February 1941-December 1950
10 Correspondence, [2 of 4] February 1941-December 1950
11 Correspondence, [3 of 4] February 1941-December 1950
12 Correspondence, [4 of 4] February 1941-December 1950
13 Correspondence, [1 of 2] 1960-1965
14 Correspondence, [2 of 2] 1960-1965; undated

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Series II:  Diaries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Diary, Vol. 1: by Rev. David S. Tappan 1913
2 2 Diary, Vol. 2: by Rev. David S. Tappan 1921-1925
2 3 Diary, Vol. 3: by Rev. David S. Tappan 1922-1923
2 4 Diary, Vol. 4: by Rev. David S. Tappan and Luella R. Tappan 1926-1929
2 5 Diary, Vol. 5: by Luella R. Tappan except 1932 by Rev. David S. Tappan 1931-1935
3 1 Diary, Vol. 6: by Rev. David S. Tappan 1936-1940
3 2 Diary, Vol. 7: by Rev. David S. Tappan and Luella R. Tappan 1941-1945
3 3 Diary, Vol. 8: by Rev. David S. Tappan 1942-1943
3 4 Diary, Vol. 9: by Rev. David S. Tappan and Luella R. Tappan 1947-1951
4 1 Diary, Vol. 10: by Luella R. Tappan 1952-1956
4 2 Diary, Vol. 11: by Rev. David S. Tappan and Luella R. Tappan 1957-1961
4 3 Diary, Vol. 12: by Luella R. Tappan 1962-1966

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Series III:  Manuscripts
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Condition of women in China
5 2 Digests of Sermons and Talks by D.S.T
5 2 How Has the War Affected Christianity in Carton
5 3 Leaves from a Diary, [1 of 2] 1941-1943
5 4 Leaves from a Diary, [2 of 2] 1941-1943
5 5 Report of Hainan Christian Middle School
5 5 Report of Kiungchow Evangelistic Work 1939
5 5 Report of Kiungchow Station Educational Work 1939
5 6 When You Were Absent
5 7 Untitled fragments

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Series IV:  Publications
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 8 Commision on Ecumenical Mission and Relations April 1971
5 9 Grandfather's China Story 1906-1950
5 10 Hainan Mission, 44th Annual Meeting 1936
5 11 Hainan News Letter Winter 1929-1930
5 12 Hainan News Letter Spring 1930
5 13 Hainan News Letter Autumn 1930
5 14 Hainan News Letter Winter 1930-1931
5 15 Hainan News Letter Spring 1931
5 16 Hainan News Letter Spring 1932
5 17 Hainan News Letter Autumn 1932
5 18 Hainan News Letter Spring 1933
5 19 Hainan News Letter Autumn 1933
5 20 Hainan News Letter Christmas 1933
5 21 Hainan News Letter Spring 1934
5 22 Hainan News Letter Christmas 1934
5 23 Hainan News Letter Spring 1935
5 24 Hainan News Letter Autumn 1935
5 25 Hainan News Letter Christmas 1935
5 26 Hainan News Letter Spring 1936
5 27 Hainan News Letter Christmas 1936
5 28 Hainan News Letter 1937
5 29 Hainan News Letter Fall 1937
5 30 Hainan News Letter Summer 1938
5 31 Hainan News Letter Autumn 1938
5 32 Hainan News Letter Christmas 1938
5 33 Hainan News Letter Christmas 1947
5 34 Hainan News Letter 1949
5 35 Hainan Reporter, [1 of 2] November 1947-December 1949, undated
5 36 Hainan Reporter, [2 of 2] November 1947-December 1949, undated
5 37 Predestination of the Far East 1939
5 38 Unidentified in Chinese

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Series V:  Newspapers
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
5 39 Miscellaneous articles about the Tappan family in China and the U.S.A, and other articles

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Series VI:  Miscellaneous

Mileage Ration Coupons ca. 1939, baby announcements, marriage announcement, ticket certificate, D.S. Tappan, Jr. business cards and job announcement, receipts, San Marino High School 8th Annual Commencement program for the class of 1963, Feng autobiography, holograph and typed notes, cards, The Salsbury Story, and other materials

Container(s)

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Series VII:  Photographs (PH070), 1910-1969
0.01 linear feet
Tappan, David Stanton, 1880-1968
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH070_01: [Man standing behind fence]
1.0 photographic print
5.5 x 1 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_02: Bride & groom
1.0 photographic print
2.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_03: Boats on the River
1.0 photographic print
3.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_04: 2886 Paloma Pasadena
1.0 photographic print
3.5 x 4.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_05: [Woman]
1.0 photographic print
4.5 x 3.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_06: [Woman with flower]
1.0 photographic print
4.5 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_07: [2 women under large tree]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 2.5 inches
not yet assigned
PH070_08: [Mr. Tappan posed for passport photo]
1.0 photographic print
2.5 x 1.5 inches
not yet assigned

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Tappan, David Stanton, 1880-1968--Correspondence
  • Tappan, Luella R.--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Hainan Christian Middle School
  • Geographical Names :
  • Hainan Sheng (China)
  • Subject Terms :
  • China--History--1937-1945
  • Missionaries--China
  • Missions, American--China
  • Missions--Educational work
  • Presbyterian Church--Missions--China
  • Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945
  • Women missionaries--China
  • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Japanese

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