Dennis Smith letters from Peking, China, 1915-1916; 1923-1926  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Smith, Dennis V.
Dennis Smith letters from Peking, China
1915-1916; 1923-1926 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
Ax 422
Dennis V. Smith served as a Methodist Episcopal missionary doctor in Peking, China. The collection (1915-1926) contains letters written by Smith while he was head of the Methodist Hospital (John L. Hopkins Memorial) in Peking.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dennis V. Smith was a graduate of University of Michigan, and served as a Methodist Episcopal missionary doctor.

Smith became the head of the optical department of the Methodist Hospital (John L. Hopkins Memorial), in Peking, China.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains over 160 letters written by Smith, and sometimes jointly signed by his wife, Hazel Littlefield Smith, while he was head of the Methodist Hospital in Peking.

The letters were addressed to his parents, and they include many comments on social and political conditions in China. The letters are arranged by date, 1915 to 1916; and 1923 to 1926.

There is one folder containing a few incoming letters, pamphlets from Peking University regarding student volunteers, and also newspaper clippings that consist of published copies of "open letters" written by Smith to newspapers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dennis Smith letters from Peking, China, Ax 422, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Methodist Church--Missions--China
  • Missionaries, Medical--China
  • Missionaries, Medical--China--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Smith, Dennis V.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence