Ruth A. Gress papers, 1939-1966  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gress, Ruth A
Title
Ruth A. Gress papers
Dates
1939-1966 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.0 linear feet
Collection Number
Ax 423
Summary
Ruth A. Gress was a Christian missionary in China between 1939 and 1950. The collection includes correspondence, a diary, literary manuscripts, and publications that reflect her missionary work.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Ruth A. Gress obtained her B.A. at Fletcher College in Iowa and M.A. at the University of Michigan. Gress spent a term at the Garrett Biblical Institute in Illinois and a semester at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School in California. Gress was part of the Women's Division of Christian Services and traveled to China in 1939 where she was stationed in Nanping and Fukien. She worked as an English teacher in a co-educational high school and taught English classes in a nursing school of the Methodist Hospital. Gress was the director of youth work in the Nanping Methodist Church. Gress recorded her missionary experiences in a brief diary. After Gress returned to America, she corresponded with fellow missionary Ethel Wallace and was actively involved in national conferences concerning issues related to the Chinese population in America and Christianity among the Chinese population.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Ruth A. Gress Papers contain a wide variety of documents including personal correspondence with family and friends, a range of post-missionary professional documents, and a small collection of personal mementos and diaries. The collection is divided into seven series. Series I through III consist of Gress’ correspondence, mostly outgoing to her family; and correspondence with Ethel Wallace, a fellow missionary in China. Series III contains mementos and diaries. Series IV contains Gress’ copy of a mimeographed document, Lessons to be Learned from the Experiences of Christian Missionaries in China; and Series VI and VII contain materials relating to conferences attended by Gress. These various documents also address the religious state and well fare of the Chinese in the U.S.

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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ruth A. Gress papers, Ax 423, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Alternative Forms Available

This collection has been microfilmed. Microfilm reels are available for purchase, or via Inter-library Loan. When requesting reels for this collection, please request: “Women’s Lives, Series 3, American Women Missionaries and Pioneers Collection, reel(s) 53-54."

Microfilms of this collection have been digitized. Digital images prepared from microfilm copies are available from Special Collections & University Archives, and available online through Gale’s Women's Studies Archive: Women’s Issues and Identities.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Correspondence of Ruth GressReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Outgoing: 1939
1.0 folder
1939
1 2
Outgoing: 1939
1.0 folder
1939
1 3
Outgoing: 1940
1.0 folder
1940
1 4
Outgoing: 1940
1.0 folder
1940
1 5
Outgoing: 1940
1.0 folder
1940
1 6
Outgoing: 1940
1.0 folder
1940
1 7
Outgoing: 1940
1.0 folder
1940
1 8
Outgoing: 1940
1.0 folder
1940
1 9
Outgoing: 1941
1.0 folder
1941
1 10
Outgoing: 1941
1.0 folder
1941
1 11
Outgoing: 1941
1.0 folder
1941
1 12
Outgoing: 1941, 1942, 1945
1.0 folder
1941-1945
1 13
Incoming: undated
1.0 folder

II:  Correspondence of Ethel WallaceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 14
Outgoing: 1941-1946
1.0 folder
1941-1946
1 15
Incoming: 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1950
1.0 folder
1939-1950
1 16
Incoming: Women's Division of Christian Services, 1934-1941
1.0 folder
1934-1941
1 17
Incoming: Women's Division of Christian Services, Undated, 1945-1949
1.0 folder
1945-1949
1 18
Testimonies of Converted Chinese with Cover Letter: 1948-1949
1.0 folder
1948-1949

III:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 19
Mementos
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
1 20
Chinese Song Book
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
1 21
Diary: Undated
1.0 folder
undated

IV:  Lessons to be Learned from the Experiences of Christian Missionaries in China--August 1951Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Title Page, Introduction, Foreword, Table of Contents, Part One
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 2
Part Two
1.0 folder
Date Unknown

V:  The Chinese in the U.S. and the Chinese Christian Churches-April 1955Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 3
Personal Notes and Pamphlets from Conference
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 4
Cover, Foreword, Table of Contents
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 5
Chapter 1: The Heritage
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 6
Chapter 2: An American Experience
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 7
Chapter 3: The Chinese Church and the Chinese Community
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 8
Chapter 4: A Challenge to the Church
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 9
Chapter 5: The Chinese Christian Church Today
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 10
Chapter 6: What of the Future?
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 11
Appendix
1.0 folder
Date Unknown

VI:  First National Conference of Chinese Churches in America, May 1955Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 12
Part One
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 13
Part Two
1.0 folder
Date Unknown

VII:  National Conference of Christian Work Among the Chinese in America-September 1958Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 14
The Place of Teaching English in the Total Program of the Chinese Church
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 15
Seminar Papers from the Second Triennial National Conference of Christian Work among the Chinese in America
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 16
Evangelism in the Chinese Churches
1.0 folder
unknown date
2 17
The Place of the Chinese Language School in the Total Program of the Chinese Church
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 18
The Place of Teaching English in the Total Program of the Chinese Church
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 19
Chinese Churches in America and Overseas Chinese Work
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 20
Stewardship and Leadership in the Chinese Churches
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 21
Social Service Needs of the Chinese in the U.S
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 22
The Chinese Church and the Chinese Community
1.0 folder
Date Unknown
2 23
The Future of the Exclusively Chinese Churches in America
1.0 folder
Date Unknown

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Chinese Americans--Religion
  • Chinese--United States--Religion
  • Christianity--20th century
  • Women missionaries--China--Fujian Sheng
  • Women missionaries--China--Nanping Shi
  • Personal Names :
  • Gress, Ruth A.
  • Gress, Ruth A.--Correspondence
  • Wallace, Ethel--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Methodist Church (U.S.)--Missions--China
  • National Conference of Chinese Churches in America (1st : 1955 : San Francisco, Calif.)
  • National Conference of Christian Work Among the Chinese in America (1958)
  • United Methodist Church (U.S.). Board of Missions. Women's Division
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries