Mae Baucher papers, 1926-1931  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Baucher, Mae
Title
Mae Baucher papers
Dates
1926-1931 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.75 linear feet
Collection Number
Ax 262
Summary
Mae Baucher was a Methodist Episcopal missionary in Yenping, China. The collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, and photographs, predominately from her career in China from 1926 to 1931. The correspondence describe Baucher's experiences and missionary work in China, as well as Chinese aggression towards missionaries the missionaries' flight from Yenping in 1927. There is information about Baucher's refuge in the Philippines and descriptions of military action of the communists. Photographs deal with Baucher's missionary service in China and nearby countries, and include unique Chinese artifacts and depictions of daily Chinese culture. Also portrayed are missionaries, facilities, and the patient and environs of the Yenping Hospital.
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

The Mae Baucher Papers consist of correspondence, personal papers, and photographs, predominately from her career as a missionary to China from 1926 to 1931. Some correspondence postdates her return to the United States. Although her collection is small, the correspondence contains a great deal of information about conflicts directed at missionaries by the Chinese in particular locales.

Series I, Correspondence consists of outgoing and incoming letters of Mae Baucher. The outgoing letters were sent to her family. She includes information about her Chinese experiences, writing about her language studies, her missionary service as a nurse and a teacher, and Chinese culture. She gives a detailed description of a Chinese wedding feast on September 14th, 1926 and gives her first impressions of China on April 9th, 1926. Her letters account instances of Chinese aggression towards missionaries. Baucher notes instances of military conflict and the stir of anti-Christian sentiments on January 4th, 1927. Her letter of January 20th, 1927 relays the missionaries’ flee from Yenping and the bizarre rumors that incited the outrage, as does a letter Baucher sent, written by Jennie Jones. The letters of February 20th, April 13th, 17th and June 16th contain updates of these conflicts throughout China and information about Baucher’s refuge in the Philippines. Her letter of September 10th, 1930 describes some military action of the communists. The incoming correspondence, written by relatives, missionaries and Chinese, relates several accounts of political and military turmoil. Uprisings related to Yenping’s are chillingly detailed in Dr. Bowers’ letter of March 26th, 1927 and accounted in the March 30th letter of Frederic Bankhardt. Alice Wilcox’s letter describes political turmoil in Foochow and an uprising in Hwa Nan. The missionary’s role in Chinese politics is characterized in K. W. Scheuffler’s letter of June 16th, 1927.

Series II, Miscellaneous Papers consists of personal writings of Mae Baucher, a diary and a schoolbook, as well as two published pamphlets and three newsletters of Yenping Christian missionaries. The diary contains brief entries regarding basic daily events from 1926, mostly accounting Baucher’s trip to China, her arrival, and her tutelage in Chinese. There is a Chinese vocabulary workbook. There are two published pamphlets, one tells the history of the first twelve years of Fukien University. The newsletters, copies of the “Yenping Pagoda Herald,” describe the events in Baucher’s circle of peers.

Series III, Photographs consists of photographs and photo albums from Baucher’s missionary service in China and nearby countries. There many photos of unique Chinese artifacts as well as snapshots of daily Chinese culture. There are also photos of missionaries, facilities, and the patients and environs of the Yenping Hospital.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mae Baucher was a Methodist Episcopal missionary in Yenping, China. She arrived in Yenping on March 19th, 1926. She was a registered nurse, headed the nursing department for Yenping's hospital and taught nursing practices to Chinese students. Early in her missionary service, January 20th, 1927, Baucher was forced to flee Yenping for the Philippines. All missionaries in the area became the targets of Chinese antagonism. She stayed in Manila and then relocated to a hospital in Baguio where she worked until her return to China in June of 1927. When Baucher returned home on furlough in 1931, she ended up staying in order to be with her ailing mother, ending Baucher's missionary career.

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], Mae Baucher papers, Ax 262, 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) 52-53."

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

1A:  Outgoing CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 2
February 25, 1926-April 9, 1926
1.0 folder
1 3
April 17, 1926-November 15, 1926
1.0 folder
1 4
January 4, 1927-April 22, 1927
1.0 folder
1 5
April 28, 1927-March 1, 1928
1.0 folder
1 6
August 30, 1928-December 31, 1930
1.0 folder
1 7
Undated
1.0 folder

1B:  Incoming CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 8
Eva Asher-Esther Ling
1.0 folder
1 9
K. W. Scheuffler-Alice Wilcox
1.0 folder

2:  Miscellaneous PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 10
Diary: 1926
1.0 folder
1 11
Chinese Vocabulary Workbook
1.0 folder
1 12
Yenping Hospital Annual Report: 1923 and 12 Year History of Fukien
1.0 folder
1 13
Yenping Missionary Publication: 1927, 1929, 1931
1.0 folder

3:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
2 1
Baucher with Two Boys
1.0 folder
2 2
Three Women
1.0 folder
2 3
Baucher with Two Women
1.0 folder
2 4
Two Women
1.0 folder
2 5
Three Women
1.0 folder
2 6
Mary Eide at Widow's Arch
1.0 folder
2 7
Baucher with Three Women
1.0 folder
2 8
Baucher and Miss Wong at the Great Wall
1.0 folder
2 9
Group of Chinese Children and Young Adults
1.0 folder
2 11
Ha Chin Ming: Chinese Girl Scout, November 1937
1.0 folder
2 12
Group of Girls, Fukien
1.0 folder
2 13
Interior of Kushan Monastery, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 14
Interior of Kushan Monastery, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 15
Altar at Kushan Monastery, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 16
Altar at Kushan Monastery, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 17
Kushan Monastery, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 18
Postcard of Pagoda/Tower, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 19
Postcard of Pagoda/Tower
1.0 folder
2 20
Postcard of Pagoda/Tower
1.0 folder
2 21
Postcard of Min River Bridge, Foochow
1.0 folder
2 22
Postcard of Bridge No. 18
1.0 folder
2 23
Boats on Min River
1.0 folder
2 24
Min River Boating Party
1.0 folder
2 25
The Boat, "Grace Ruth"
1.0 folder
2 26
Trimble Family aboard "Grace Ruth"
1.0 folder
2 27
Trimble Family aboard "Grace Ruth"
1.0 folder
2 28
Trimble Family aboard "Grace Ruth"
1.0 folder
2 29
Baucher Picnicking with the Trimbles
1.0 folder
2 30
The Trimbles' House
1.0 folder
2 31
Building
1.0 folder
2 32
Four Women on a Philippine Road
1.0 folder
2 33
Four Women on a Philippine Road (copy)
1.0 folder
2 34
Three Women and a Philippine Hut
1.0 folder
2 35
Three Women and a Philippine Hut (copy)
2 36
Two Women and a Philippine Hut
1.0 folder
2 37
Two Women and a Philippine Hut (copy)
1.0 folder
2 38
Three Women in the Philippines
1.0 folder
2 39
Two Philippine Boys
1.0 folder
2 40
Some Philippine Men and a Boy
1.0 folder
2 41
Vegetable Vendor
1.0 folder
2 42
Students of Yenping Methodist Episcopal Hospital
1.0 folder
2 43
Students of Yenping Methodist Episcopal Hospital (copy)
1.0 folder
2 44
Student Drills, Yenping
1.0 folder
2 45
A Street in Yenping
1.0 folder
2 46
Postcard of Kuliang
1.0 folder
2 47
Hanging Clothes in Kuliang
1.0 folder
2 48
View of Nanping and Min River, Colored Print
1.0 folder
2 49
View of Nanping from Board of Methodist Foreign Missions Compound
1.0 folder
2 50
Baucher and a Woman in Front of Temple, Nanking
1.0 folder
2 51
Three Women in Front of Temple, Nanking
1.0 folder
2 52
Nine Dragons Screen in Winter Palace
1.0 folder
2 53
Two Lepers, Yenping
1.0 folder
2 54
Yenping Hospital Patient with a Head Bandage
1.0 folder
2 55
Yenping Hospital Patient
1.0 folder
2 56
Yenping Hospital Patient with Distent Leg
1.0 folder
2 57
Yenping Hospital Patient with Swollen Head
1.0 folder
2 58
Panorama of Yenping, Part I
1.0 folder
2 59
Panorama of Yenping, Part II
1.0 folder
2 60
Three Women in a Park
1.0 folder
2 61
Baucher Posing before Architecture
1.0 folder
2 62
Photo Album
1.0 volume
2 63
Photo Album
1.0 volume

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Christianity--China
  • Missionaries, Medical--China--Nanping Shi
  • Nurses--China--Nanping Shi
  • Personal Names :
  • Baucher, Mae
  • Corporate Names :
  • Methodist Episcopal Church--Missions--China--Nanping Shi
  • Yenping Methodist Episcopal Hospital
  • Geographical Names :
  • China--Civilization 1912-1949
  • China--Photographs
  • China--Politics and government--1912-1949
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs