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Edward H. and Lotta C. Hume papers

Call Number: MS 787
Scope and Contents

The Edward Hicks and Lotta Carswell Hume Papers are arranged in seven series.

Series I, EDWARD H. HUME: CORRESPONDENCE, contains letters between Hume and approximately eighty institutions and individuals, primarily members of the Yale-in-China Association staff. Correspondents of note include: Beach, Harlan Page, 1905-1919; Bevis, Palmer, 1924-1930; Dayton, Arthur Bliss, 1925-1932; Hutchins, Francis S., 1930-1937; Leavens, Dickson H., 1919-1927; Reed, Edward B., 1903-1909; Sallmon, William H., 1909-1914; Vreeland, Harold H., Jr., 1921-1924; Wilder, Amos, 1914-1919; Williams, F. Wells, 1911-1924; and Yen, F. C., 1924-1937.

Subjects discussed include the early organizational and building plans for the Yale Mission in Changsha; Hume's efforts to establish a first-rate medical school and hospital; political conditions in Changsha and Hunan; the attitude of Chinese students towards western education and culture; and routine business and administrative matters.

Series II, EDWARD H. HUME: SUBJECT FILES, contains approximately twelve reference files, primarily relating to the formulation of plans and policies for the Yale Mission. Also included are materials on anti-foreign disturbances in China during the 1920s, student strikes at Yali in 1925, and Hume's notes on the history of Yale-in-China and Hsiang-Ya Medical College.

Series III, EDWARD H. HUME: MISCELLANY, contains address books; financial records; photographs of Hume family members and Yale-in-China staff; biographical clippings on Hume; and miscellaneous Yale-in-China memorabilia.

Series IV, EDWARD H. HUME: WRITINGS, contains copies of Hume's published and unpublished writings. The materials are organized in five sections according to form: Articles and Professional Papers, Poems, Book Reviews, Memorials to Friends and Colleagues, and Research Notes.

Subjects include Chinese history, culture, politics, medicine, and education.

Series V, LOTTA C. HUME: CORRESPONDENCE, is divided into two sections:General CorrespondenceandCorrespondence with Charlotte Hume and Norman Freeman.General Correspondencecontains letters between Lotta Hume and friends, primarily members of the Yale-in-China Association staff. A single letter from 1910 gives Lotta Hume's account of the Changsha riots of that year. The letters for the years 1933 to 1972 discuss family business and Edward H. Hume's death.Correspondence with Charlotte Hume and Norman Freemancontains letters exchanged between Lotta Hume and her daughter and son-in-law between 1930-1972. Subjects discussed include family business, Lotta Hume's writings, and Edward H. Hume's activities.

Series VI, LOTTA C. HUME: WRITINGS, contains copies of stories and folktales written and transcribed by Mrs. Hume, as well as a typescript copy ofDrama at the Doctor's Gate,an account of the Humes' life in China. Also included are research materials, notes, and copies of folktales collected by Lotta Hume during the course of her work onFavorite Children's Stories from China and Tibet..

Series VII, LOTTA C. HUME: MISCELLANY, contains biographical data, notices of Lotta Hume's death, and financial records. For photographs of Lotta Hume, see Series III, EDWARD H. HUME: MISCELLANY.

Box 15 contains fourteen folders of correspondence (1919, 1931-1951) between Edward H. Hume and Lotta C. Hume.

The materials composing the Edward Hicks and Lotta Carswell Hume Papers were deposited in the Yale University Library by the Yale-in-China Association during the 1930s and by Charlotte Hume Freeman and Joy Hume Falk in 1977.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Yale-in China Association during the 1930s, Charlotte Hume Freeman and Joy Hume Falk in 1977, Charlotte Hume Freeman in 1990, and David N. Freeman in 1995.


Arranged in seven series and two additions: I. E. H. Hume: Correspondence. II. E. H. Hume: Subject Files. III. E. H. Hume: Miscellany. IV. E. H. Hume: Writings V. L. C. Hume: Correspondence. VI. L.C. Hume: Writings. VII. L. C. Hume: Miscellany.

6.5 Linear Feet
Related Names
Hume, Edward H. (Edward Hicks), 1876-1957
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