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Lyrel Teagarden papers, 1921-1951

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Teagarden, Lyrel
Title
Lyrel Teagarden papers
Dates
1921-1951 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.25 linear feet, (6 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 749
Summary
Lyrel Teagarden (born April 23, 1894) served as a missionary in China from 1920 to 1951, in Jamaica from 1952 to 1956, and worked for two years in the Yakima Indian Mission in Washington State (during the early 1940s). The collection includes correspondence, day journals, biographical material, literary manuscripts and newsletters that reflect her missionary career, primarily during the China period.
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

Lyrel G. Teagarden was born in Danbury, Connecticut on April 23, 1894. She graduated from Danbury High School in 1912 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in 1916. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in 1920 from the College of Missions; her master's thesis was entitled The Place of Women in Chinese Civilization. She was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Bethany College in 1951. Her furlough study time was spent at Union Theological Seminary and Cornell University, among others.

As a member of the Disciples of Christ Church, Teagarden served as a missionary in China, from 1920 to 1951; in Jamaica, from 1952 to 1956; and worked for two years in the Yakima Indian Mission in Washington State during World War II, when she could not return to China. Her area of service was religious education, leadership training, and evangelistic and educational work. She has had short stories, articles, and poems published in World Call, The Christian Evangelist, The Northeastern Christian, and The Messenger. She has also published six volumes in Chinese for teachers of religious education in China.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lyrel Teagarden Papers bring together personal accounts and fictional stories related to Teagarden's missionary work. Most of the materials in this collection concern Teagarden's long career in China--where she lived in Nanjing, Shanghai, and Luchowfu. Her letters provide details into her teaching and missionary routines as well as the political events that impacted China in the 1920s through the 1940s. She described the stark contrast between the wealthy and poor in Luchowfu; the persistence of droughts and subsequent famines; and the perilousness caused by bandits and later by the war with Japan. The Teagarden Papers' correspondence files pertain only to her missionary work in China. They end in 1951 when she, along with most Christian missionaries, left China after the installation of the new Communist-led government. These letters are valuable for their account of missionary work and its intersection with local and national politics in China. They also offer unique insights into the assumptions and impressions of an American missionary woman who spent considerable time in a location far removed from most missionaries in China. Some of Teagarden's earliest letters might prove to be of particular interest to researchers. The letters themselves average 7.5 feet in length and are written on hand-painted stationary.

Teagarden's remote location make this collection unique. Special Collections & University Archives houses a wide array of manuscript collections related to the lives of women missionaries to China. Teagarden spent most of her missionary career in Luchowfu, west of Nanjing, a place where there were few other foreigners. Consequently, she offers a different perspective on missionary work and a unique contribution to these holdings.

The Teagarden Papers also contain manuscripts, photographs, and journal and newspaper clippings, nearly all of which relate to Teagarden's service in China. The clippings offer brief glimpses beyond the viewpoint of Teagarden--of missionary work in Luchowfu and of major events that concerned these missionaries (such as the 1938 flight of Teagarden along with three other missionaries from western China to Shanghai after the Japanese attack). The collection's two literary manuscripts were both authored by Teagarden. "A Course For Children's Centers" is a religious curriculum booklet she and other missionaries developed following World War II. The manuscripts "The Little Black House" is a fictional account based on Teagarden's experiences in China. The story takes place during the Nationalist Revolution of 1927 and the Japanese invasion of 1937. The photographs associated with this collection consist mostly of photos taken at the Blind Girls' School (in 1938) and during Teagarden's 1927-28 visit to Japan.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Available in microfilm as part of: Women's lives. Series 3, American women missionaries and pioneers collection (MICROFILM BV3703 .W66 2006, reel 48-51); Primary Source Microfilm, 12 Lunar Dr., Woodbridge, Conn. 06525.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. 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], Lyrel Teagarden Papers, Ax 749, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Outgoing correspondence
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence
March 17, 1921
1 2
Correspondence
April 30, 1921
1 3
Correspondence
January 11, 1922-January 29, 1922
1 4
Correspondence
February 12, 1922
1 5
Correspondence
July 19, 1922
1 6
Correspondence
January 9, 1923-October 14, 1924
1 7
Correspondence
August 15, 1923 and August 31, 1923
1 8
Correspondence
March 19 1925-November3 1925
1 9
Correspondence
April 27, 1926-August 17, 1927
1 10
Correspondence
December 7, 1927-July 11, 1928
1 11
Correspondence
January 13, 1928-October 31, 1929
1 12
Correspondence
April 26, 1930 and July 19, 1932
1 13
Correspondence
May 1, 1933-November 12, 1933
1 14
Correspondence
January 5, 1934 and May 23, 1934
1 15
Correspondence
September 11, 1934 and October 23, 1935
1 16
Correspondence
August 24, 1937-December 30, 1937
1 17
Correspondence
January 16, 1938-July 4, 1938
1 18
Correspondence
July 24, 1938-November 10, 1938
1 19
Correspondence
January 18, 1939-August 6, 1939
1 20
Correspondence
July 10, 1940 -November 8, 1940
1 21
Correspondence
November 17, 1940-December 13, 1940
1 22
Correspondence
January 15, 1941-May 15, 1941
1 23
Correspondence
August 6, 1941-October 15, 1945
1 24
Correspondence
January 2, 1946-May 20, 1946
1 25
Correspondence
April 14, 1947-October 27, 1947
1 26
Correspondence
January 22, 1948-August 18, 1950
Subseries B: Incoming correspondence
Box Folder
1 27
Correspondence. From Burch, Clarence A., 1922--Gantenbein, Margit
1935
1 28
Correspondence. From Ging, Lois Chang–Snyder, Grace W. 1939
1939
1 29
Correspondence. From Snyder, George R., 1939--Unsigned
1954
Subseries C: Miscellaneous correspondence
Box Folder
1 30
Correspondence:
October 9, 1923 and November 25, 1940
1 31
Correspondence
May 25, 1941-February 23, 1951

Series II:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries A: "The Little Black House"
Box Folder
2 1
"The Little Black House," pre-pages, 1-17
2 2
"The Little Black House," 18-42
2 3
"The Little Black House," 43-67
2 4
"The Little Black House," 68-92
2 5
"The Little Black House," 93-117
2 6
"The Little Black House," 118-142
2 7
"The Little Black House," 143-167
2 8
"The Little Black House," 168-192
2 9
"The Little Black House," 193-217
2 10
"The Little Black House," 218-242
2 11
"The Little Black House," 243-267
2 12
"The Little Black House," 268-292
2 13
"The Little Black House," 293-317
2 14
"The Little Black House," 318-342
2 15
"The Little Black House," 343-367
2 16
"The Little Black House," 368-392
2 17
"The Little Black House," 393-416
2 18
"The Little Black House," 417-440
2 19
"The Little Black House," 441-466
2 20
"The Little Black House," 467-491
2 21
"The Little Black House," 492-516
2 22
"The Little Black House," 517-541
2 23
"The Little Black House," 542-566
2 24
"The Little Black House," 567-593
2 25
"The Little Black House," 594-614
Subseries B: "A Course For Children's Centers"
Box Folder
3 1
Printed copies, "A Course For Children's Centers"
3 2
Printed copies, "A Course For Children's Centers" and Miscellaneous
3 3
Typed manuscript outlines for "A Course For Children's Centers"
3 4
Typed manuscript outlines for "A Course For Children's Centers"

Series III:  Biographical MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 5
News clippings and Miscellaneous
3 6
News clippings

Series IV:  General Clippings and NewslettersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 7
General Clippings and Newsletters
3 8
General Clippings and Newsletters
3 9
General Clippings and Newsletters

Series V:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 10
Miscellaneous

Series VI:  Day JournalsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Day Journals
February 1938 January 1939-February 1939 October 1949
4 2
Day Journals
March 1939-May 1939
4 3
Day Journals
May 1939-August 1939
4 4
Day Journals
August 1939-November 1939
4 5
Day Journals
January 1940
4 6
Day Journals-Guest Book, Kweiyang
1938-1939
4 7
Day Journals
October-November 1949
4 8
Day Journals
November-December 1949, 1951
4 9
Day Journals
January, 1946-1950
4 10
Day Journals
January-March, 1946-1950
4 11
Day Journals
March-April, 1946-1950
4 12
Day Journals
April-June, 1946-1950
4 13
Day Journals
June-July, 1946-1950
4 14
Day Journals
July-September, 1946-1950
4 15
Day Journals
December 1945-February 1946 September-October, 1946-1950
4 16
Day Journals, list of letters
1928-1933

Series VII:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 1
Blind Girls' Home, Changsha, Hunan China
Mary is the girl in the striped dress, under the fragrant "12 moons bloom--blossom tree."
December 1949
5 2
Blind Girls' School, Changsha, Hunan China
Ma Li Bei and Miss Ella Kong
1937
5 3
Blind Girls' School, Changsha, Hunan China
Ma Li Bei and Miss Ella Kong
1937
5 4
A. Fortsmeier
5 5
Blind Girls' School, Changsha, Hunan China
Two little ones-Mary is in the middle of the front row
1937
5 6
May Bay (Bei Ma-Li)
"Precious Mary" with her peg-board before she started school
June 1937
5 7
June 1937
5 8
Blind Girls' School, Changsha, Hunan China
Ma Li Bei
1938
5 9
Business Card: Miss Lyrel G. Teagarden
5 10
To dear Auntie Tan (From Lois Chang Ging)
May 3, 1955
5 11
Photograph: Unknown
5 12
Photograph: Unkown
5 13
Lyrel at Fukushima, Japan. Meartha Gibson's home
1927-1928
5 14
Lyrel at Fukushima, Japan. Meartha Gibson's home
1927-1928
5 15
Lyrel at Fukushima, Japan. Meartha Gibson's home
1927-1928
5 16
Miss Ella Kong at Miss Vasel's grave in the garden of the Blind Girls' School in Changsha Hunan, China
5 17
Mali. Blind Girls' School, Changsha
June 1940
5 18
Blind Girls' School; Changsha, E. Kong and A. Fortsmeier and Mali
June 1940
5 19
May 1940-June 1940
5 20
Part of Blind Girls from the Blind School, Changsha
"Being refugees in the Bible Institute. Second row, behind the little ones, are the teachers."
Summer 1939

Series VIII:  OversizeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
6 1
Outgoing letter [written on one long roll of paper]
February 10, 1922
6 2
Outgoing letter [written on one long roll of paper]
October 5, 1921
6 3
Outgoing letter [written on one long roll of paper]
February 8, 1921
6 4
Outgoing letter [written on one long roll of paper]
August 21, 1921