Guide to the Herbert H. Pommerenke Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Pommerenke, Herbert H.
Title: Herbert H. Pommerenke papers
Dates: 1923-1946 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 722
Summary: Herbert H. Pommerenke and his wife Jean were missionaries in China for over twenty years. The collection contains correspondence to and from China regarding the life and customs of Chinese people and the activities and problems of the missionaries, and also newsletters, 1923-1946.
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

Herbert H. Pommerenke was a missionary in China for over twenty years. From 1924 to 1927 Pommerenke was in Canton teaching at the Canton Christian College. He returned to the U.S. to marry Jean MacPherson in 1927.

In 1930 he and his wife, who was also a missionary, returned to China where they worked in Canton, Yeung Kong, and Ko Chow until 1936. In late 1936-1937 Pommerenke attended the Kennedy School of Missions in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1938 they returned to Yeung Long, staying until 1941, when they travelled to New York City.

The couple then traveled through Europe and India from 1943-1944 in an attempt to return to China, which was in the midst of War. They finally re-entered China in late 1944. In 1945-1946 Pommerenke taught at Lingan University in China.

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], Herbert H. Pommerenke papers, Ax 722, 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, 1973.

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

Additional Reference Guides :  

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


  • Geographical Names :
  • China--Social life and customs--1912-1949
  • Subject Terms :
  • Christianity--China
  • Missionaries--China--Correspondence
  • Presbyterian Church--Missions--China
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Newsletters

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