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Adam and Clara Groesbeck papers, 1897-1939

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Groesbeck, Adam, 1866-Groesbeck, Clara
Title
Adam and Clara Groesbeck papers
Dates
1897-1939 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 818
Summary
Collection comprises newsletters, church reports, personal correspondence, sermons, special interest reports, and diaries of Adam and Clara Groesbeck, Baptist missionaries in the Kwangtung province of South China from 1897-1927 and 1931-1935.
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.
Additional Reference Guides
Paper finding aid with additional information avialable in Special Collections & University Archives.
Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Adam and Clara Groesbeck were Baptist missionaries in the Kwangtung province of South China from 1897-1927 and 1931-1935. They were first assigned to Ungkung and later to the station in Chaochowfu. They moved to their final residence in Chaoyang in 1904. Reverend Groesbeck provided religious services for a number of communities in the province and also had considerable administrative responsibilities with the South China Mission. Mrs. Groesbeck's missionary work involved teaching at the boys' school in Chaoyang.

Reverend Groesbeck was born July 23, 1866 in Iowa. He attended Rochester Theological School in Rochester, N.Y. Mrs. Groesbeck was born in N.Y. Her birthdate is not indicated. They were married on August 23, 1892. Their first child, Katherine, was born on Setember 18, 1904 at Chaochowfu and their second child, Tracy, was born July 30, 1907 at Chaoyang.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Adam and Clara Groesbeck papers contain a great deal of Reverend Groesbeck's work, including newsletters, church reports, personal correspondence, sermons, special interest reports, and his diaries which cover thirteen of his thirty years in China. In her diaries Mrs. Groebeck writes almost exclusively of family matters, covering a period of eighteen years. Photographs include pictures of the missions, the Chinese people and countryside and family.

The main sources of information are Reverend Groesbeck's newsletters, reports, outgoing correspondence and diaries. These provide details of the South China Mission's organization and important issues. There is statistical information on mission growth, construction, and converts. His diaries provide a more personal look at the events in China. There is some indication in the last volumes of his diaries that he questioned the presence of Americans and all foreign missionaries in China. He became a strong advocate of turning the controls of the Christian missions over to the Chinese.

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.

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], Adam and Clara Groesbeck Papers, Ax 818, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Outgoing
Box Folder
1 1
Outgoing
1897-1939
Incoming
Box Folder
1 2
American Baptist Foreign Mission Society
1936-1939
1 2
Bancroft, Clark H.
1937
1 2
Burton, John L.
1913
1 2
Capen, Carl M.
1938-1939
1 2
Chapman, Howard R.
1937-1938
1 2
Chau, Vau Pik
1937-1939
1 2
Clark, P.
1937-1939
1 2
Clarke, Mary Bosworth
1937
1 2
Cross, Earle B.
1936
1 2
Curtis, John A.
1936
1 2
Davies, J. E.
1937
1 2
Derbyshire, George M.
1940-1941
1 2
Doudna, Grace
1941
1 2
Ewell, G. B.
1936
1 2
Ferguson, W. L.
1935
1 2
Gillet, E. H.
1932
1 2
Groesbeck, Clara
1908
1 2
Groesbeck, Mary
1931
1 2
Groesbeck, Tracy
1934
1 2
Harkner, Mary
1907
1 2
Hazlett, Sara and Calvin
n.d.
1 2
Heming, Sandford
1941
1 2
Henry, Leland B.
1930
1 2
Hobart, Kenneth G.
1935
1 2
Holloway, Nancy
1865
1 2
Howard, Randolph L.
1931-1938
1 2
Huntington, George B.
1931-1935
1 3
Hylbert, Ethel L.
1935-1936
1 3
Hylbert, L. C.
1933-1935
1 3
Jackson, Bruce E.
1937
1 3
Klink, George K.
1933
1 3
Kueh, K. L.
1921
1 3
Lai, Tsu Nguang
1922
1 3
Lamphor, Ruth E.
1937
1 3
Lan, L.
1920
1 3
Lau, Sio Tbang
1921
1 3
Lerrigo, P. H. J.
1936
1 3
Liak, Ching L.
1921
1 3
Liek-Ching, Liew
n.d.
1 3
Lin, Kia Ching
1921
1 3
Lin, Lik Ching
1921
1 3
Lin, Lik Chin
1922
1 3
Lin, Lit Chin
1922-1923
1 3
Lin, Lit Sua
1920-1922
1 3
Lin, Ngian Sua
1940
1 3
Ma, C.
1921
1 3
McFarland, George B.
1938
1 3
McHugh, Earl
1932
1 3
MacQueen, D. D.
1927
1 3
Manfredi, E.
1934
1 3
Martin, Letitia
1938
1 3
Mecum, E. W.
1936
1 3
Mia, Khin Chang
1920
1 3
Minn, Mr. and Mrs.
1935
1 3
New England Mutual Life Insurance Co.
1936
1 3
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.
1939
1 3
Norwood, Clarence W.
1935
1 3
Padelford, Frank W.
1932-1941
1 3
Page, A. G.
1934-1938
1 3
Page, Ethel M.
1938
1 3
Palmer, Edith
1932
1 3
Palmer, Kittie
1907
1 3
Phuah, Kim Eng
1935
1 3
Pombejva, V. N.
n.d.
1 3
Postal Life and Casuality Insurance Co.
1937-1938
1 4
Raker, James M.
1935
1 4
Rauschenbusch, Walter
1914
1 4
Religious Book Club, Inc.
1937-1938
1 4
Riley, Leonard W.
1934-1941
1 4
Robins, Henry B.
1931-1934
1 4
Sanborn, Alice M.
1939
1 4
Seigle, A. G.
1936-1938
1 4
Siam, C. C.
1933-1940
1 4
Siauw, Tiang Guan
1922
1 4
Smith, Forest
1936-1939
1 4
Smith, J. M. P.
1931
1 4
Smith, Kattie M.
1938
1 4
Sollman, Melvina
1932
1 4
Tang, Kauttok
1936
1 4
Taylor, W. Robert
1935
1 4
Tracy, Josephine
n.d.
1 4
Tshia, Charles P.
1927
1 4
Union Trust Co. of Rochester
1935
1 4
Van Vranken, Mildred N.
1930
1 4
Voss, David O.
1927
1 4
Voss, Katherine
1944
1 4
Wang, Peter
1921
1 4
Warrior, M. G.
1936-1937
1 4
Waters, George J.
1937
1 4
Weitz, David E.
1937
1 4
Wildy, G. J.
1938
1 4
Wilson, E.
1936
1 4
Yueng, Y. F.
1936
1 4
Unidentified

Other correspondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Newsletters
Newsletters
Box Folder
1 5
"Dear Friend" letters written by Adam Groesbeck containing information about mission activities
1903-1912 1919-1922 1932-1933
1 6
"Dear Friend" letters written by others
1934-1940
Reports
Box Folder
1 7
Reports

DiariesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Diaries of Adam Groesbeck
1897-1903 1920-1922 1926-1927 1936
1
Diaries of Clara Groesbeck
1902-1905 1910-1924

NotebooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 8
Notebooks

Other writingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 9
Special interest reports
1 10
Sermons
2 1
Church related articles
2 2
Outlines and drafts

Magazine and Newspaper ArticlesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 3
Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Receipts, Statements, Travel Accounts, Bank BooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 4
Receipts, Statements, Travel Accounts, Bank Books

BiographicalReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 6
Biographical

Legal DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 7
Legal documents

Tracy and Katherine GroesbeckReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 8
Tracy and Katherine Groesbeck

Tracy Groesbeck Handwritten Account of his ParentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 9
Tracy Groesbeck Handwritten Account of his Parents

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 10
Family photographs
2 11
Mission photographs
2 12
Family photographs
2 13
Mission photographs
Albums
Lantern Slides
3
Mounted photographs
3 1
Photograph Negatives

MinutesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 2
Minutes

Books and PhamphletsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3, Folder 2

PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 3
Publications and Periodicals
3 4
Publications and Periodicals

MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 5
Miscellaneous

Chinese ItemsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 6
Chinese Items