Records of YMCA international work in China, 1890-1991 (bulk 1896-1949).


Records of YMCA international work in China, 1890-1991 (bulk 1896-1949).

Records documenting YMCA work in China include histories, annual reports, report letters, correspondence, minutes, records of specific programs and activities, building records (including building plans), financial records, biographical records, pamphlets, and maps. Annual and quarterly reports and report letters written by the foreign secretaries serving in China provide information on programs and activities of the National Committee and the local associations, such as religious education, physical education, student work, boys' work, and industrial work. Information on personnel, budget, buildings, and personal experiences are also included. Correspondence and reports comprise the largest portion of the collection. The correspondence between the foreign secretaries in China and officers of the International Committee in New York comprise the main part of the correspondence. Letters to supporters and some personal letters are also included. The reports and correspondence provide an account of the political climate and developments in China in addition to the information pertinent to YMCA activities. Records of special programs sponsored or supported by the YMCA are also included. They include work with Chinese laborers in France and mass education programs conducted by James Yen, programs conducted by the lecture department headed by C.H. Robertson, health education programs headed by William Wesley Peter, as well as famine, flood, and war relief programs.

47.9 cubic feet (121 boxes)


SNAC Resource ID: 7162255

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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