Gertrude Bass Warner papers, 1909-1923  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951
Title
Gertrude Bass Warner papers
Dates
1909-1923 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (13 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 701
Summary
Collection consists primarily of travel diaries, notes, correspondence and ephemera related to research about shrines and religious ceremonies for several manuscripts that Gertrude Bass Warner (1863-1951) was working on. There is also correspondence about pieces of art that she and her husband were collecting to bring back to the United States for a museum exhibit. The bulk of the materials are about Japan during the time period of 1909-1923. Ms. Warner was the founder and director emeritus of the University of Oregon Fine Art Museum.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists primarily of travel diaries, notes, correspondence and ephemera related to research about shrines and religious ceremonies. The bulk of the materials are about Japan during the time period of 1909-1923. Materials are written in English, Japanese and/or Chinese.

Series I: Shinto Religion consists of information on Shinto deities, festivals, practices, myths and legends.

Series II: Shinto Shrines is divided into subseries and organized alphabetically within each subseries. Subseries A includes lists and descriptions of shrines and pilgrimages. Subseries B-D are seperated by the rank and class of the shrines while Subseries E: consists of only Hero Worship Shrines. Subseries B-E include festival, deity, ceremonial and historical information about individual shrines. Oversize maps, guides and other writings regarding specific shrines are listed together in the finding aid, but may be stored in separate boxes for preservation purposes.

Series III: Diaries and Field Notes,1912-1919 contains research on shrines, life in Asia, and religious ceremonies.

Series IV: Lexicons consists of handwritten thesaurus/dictionary type entries of words and phrases.

Series V: Correspondence, 1910-1921, is organized by date and includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence. The letters are personal, professional, and financial in nature. Information included in the correspondence describes Eastern Asia, religious shrines, art collecting and research relating to manuscripts Getrude Bass Warner was writing.

Series VI: Research and Miscellaneous contains information on Japan, China, festivals, worship, manners, customs, research notes, and the University of Oregon. Included here is the manuscript "When East Meets West," by Gertrude Bass Warner.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Gertrude Bass Warner was born May 14, 1863 in Chicago, Illinois to prosperous parents. Warner was educated at fashionable schools in Philadelphia and in Paris. In 1888 she married Dr. George F. Fiske of Chicago and bore three children: Sam, George, and Clara, who died as an infant in 1893. The couple divorced, George staying with his father while Gertrude raised Sam.

At the turn of the century, Asia experienced much political and military turmoil and was forcibly influenced by European cultures. In 1904 Gertrude accompanied her journalist brother, John Foster Bass, to Japan during the Russo-Japanese war. The following year John sent her to Shanghai for safety, recommending an acquaintance with his friend Maj. Murray Warner (1869-1920). Gertrude and Murray were married in 1905 and took up residence in Shanghai until 1909.

Mrs. Warner continued her travels, exploring China, Japan, Korea and Cambodia while based in Shanghai. She was an appreciative witness to many religious and cultural traditions that were destroyed in later wars. She experienced political unrest and military conflicts that complicated her travels. She photographed as she traveled, purchased images and collected artifacts, books and photographs.

Following Murray's death in 1920, Gertrude moved to Eugene to live near her son who was a professor of law at the University of Oregon. For the next thirty-one years, Gertrude Bass Warner worked to build a campus museum that would house the extensive collection of Asian art she brought back from her travels. In addition, Ms. Warner helped establish one of the first Asian studies departments at the University of Oregon. Assisted by Maude Kerns and Mabel Klockars Garner, Warner continued her collecting trips and managed the museum through the Great Depression and political battles on campus.

Mrs. Warner was an active supporter of the United Nations and a member of many organizations related to Asian studies and art. She was indefatigable in support of multiculturalism. Gertrude Bass Warner died in 1951 at the family home in Peterborough, NH.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gertrude Bass Warner papers, Ax 701, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Alternative Forms Available

Collection is available online in the the Gertrude Bass Warner papers, 1909-1923 in Oregon Digital.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series II:  Shinto Shrines (Jinja)Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries A: Lists of Shrines and Description of Shine Pilgrimages
Box Folder
1 16
1 17
1 18
1 19
1 20
1 21
1 22
1 23
1 24
1 25
Subseries C: Shrines of 1st Rank, 2nd class
Box Folder
1 26
1 27
1 28
1 29
1 30
1 31
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4
2 5
2 6
2 7
13 4
2 8
2 9
2 10
2 11
2 12
2 13
2 14
2 15
2 16
13 5
2 17
13 5
2 18
2 19
13 5
2 20
2 21
2 22
2 23
13 5
2 24
2 25
13 5
2 26
2 27
2 28
3 1
3 2
3 3
13 5
3 4
3 5
3 6
13 3
3 7
3 8
3 9
13 6
3 10
3 11
13 2
3 12
3 13
3 14
3 15
3 16
13 2
13 2
3 17
3 18
3 19
13 2
3 20
13 2
3 21
3 22
3 23
3 24
13 2
3 25
13 2
3 26
13 3
4 1
4 2
13 2
4 3
13 1
4 4
4 5
4 6
4 7
13 2
13 3
4 8
4 9
13 1
4 10
4 11
13 1
4 12
13 1
4 13
13 1
13 3
4 14
13 1
4 15
4 16
4 17
13 1
4 18
4 19
4 20
4 21
4 22
4 23
4 24
5 1
5 2
5 3
13 3
5 4
13 6
13 3
5 5
5 6
5 7
5 8
5 9
5 10
5 11
5 12
5 13
5 14
5 15
13 6
5 16
5 17
5 18
13 6
5 19
5 20
5 21
13 3
5 22
5 23
5 24
13 6
5 25
5 26
6 1
6 2
6 3
6 4
6 5
13 6
6 6
Subseries D: Shrines of 1st Rank, 3rd Class
Box Folder
7 1
7 2
13 6
7 3
7 4
7 5
7 6
7 7
7 8
Kanegasaki, No Miya - Order of Mikoshi Procession
Box Folder
7 9
7 10
7 11
7 12
7 13
7 14
7 15
7 16
7 17
7 18
13 6
7 19
7 20
7 21
7 22
7 23
7 24
Subseries E: Hero Worship Shrines
Box Folder
7 25
7 26
7 27
7 28
Subseries B: Shrines of 1st Rank, 1st Class
Box Folder
8 1
8 2
8 3
13 6
8 4
8 5
8 6
13 6
8 7
8 8
8 9
8 10
8 11
8 12
8 13
8 14
13 6
13 6
8 15
8 16
8 17
8 18
8 19
8 20
8 21
8 22
8 23
8 24
8 25

Series III:  Diaries/Field notes, 1912-1919Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 1 May 14, 1916-October 5, 1916
9 2 May 14, 1916-1916
9 3 September 1917-June 4, 1917
9 4 July 9, 1912-June 7, 1919
9 5
9 6 February 21, 1919-May 23, 1919

Series IV:  LexiconsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 7 September 1908
9 8
10 1
10 2

Series V:  Correspondence, 1910-1921Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
10 3 July 31, 1910-September 23, 1919
10 4 September 29, 1919-November 18, 1919
10 5 December 10, 1919-December 20, 1919
10 6 January 1, 1920-February 24, 1920
10 7 March 6, 1920-May 14, 1920
10 8 June 7, 1920-July 3, 1920
10 9 July 4, 1920-February 1, 1921
10 10

Series VI:  Research and MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
10 11
10 12
11 1
11 2
11 3
11 4
11 5
11 6
11 7
11 8
11 9
11 10
11 11
11 12
11 13
"When West Meets East," Getrude Bass Warner (bound typescript)
11 14
12 1

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951
  • Warner, Gertrude Bass, 1863-1951--Correspondence
  • Warner, Murray, 1869-1920
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Architectural drawings
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Maps
  • Photographs