Eliza Anne Hughes Davis was an American Methodist who corresponded with women missionaries in China. The papers contain Mrs. Davis' incoming correspondence, including letters from Jennie V. Hughes that mention Ms. Hughes' work with the Women's Foreign Missionary Service in Kiukiang, China. In her capacity as Principal of the Knowles Bible Training School, Ms. Hughes directed an organization run exclusively by and for women, using the tenets of Methodism as a basis for training Chinese women in literacy and hygiene. The letters provide a glimpse into the reflections and responsiblilities of a female missionary and document the cultural and political conditionss in China following the Boxer Rebellion, including the Nanchang massacre in 1906.
Emily Hatfield Hobart was an Christian missionary to China. The collection includes her outgoing correspondence, as well as a few letters exchanged among Rev. Hobart, Mrs. Hobart's mother, and Mrs. Hobart's four children. The collection also includes a short typewritten account of Elizabeth Hobart's experiences with a group of British and American prisoners-of-war during six months of internment in China by the invading Japanese Army in 1943. Of particular note in Mrs. Hobart's correspondence are the descriptions of Mrs. Hobart's many pregnancies, the evolution of her daily routine of childcare and home-schooling, and her attitudes toward Chinese men and women. Also remarkable are letters which document the political conflict in China, including an unfinished letter written moments before her death.
Henry V. Lacy, his wife, Jessie Lacy, (nee Ankeny), and Jessie Lacy's sister, Louise Ankeny, were missionaries in China. The collection (1909-1952) contains correspondence, mementoes and ephemera, a scrapbook, and photographs.