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Hervey DeLoss Leland papers

Call Number: MS 989

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains a number of items belonging to Hervey DeLoss Leland, including several relating to his life in Japan. Among these are a letter of thanks from ZenzoYabe; Leland's diary of 1909 written while he was teaching in Iwakuni, Japan; a possible pay envelope written in Japanese; and a photograph possibly of Yamaguchi Chu-gak-ko (Middle School). Papers not directly concerned with Japan include a notebook on topics of religion, theology, Koranic and Biblical studies, and ten certificates and diplomas.

These papers were the gift of James R. Joy in 1942.


  • 1874-1917


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other 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 James R. Joy, 1942.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Diary, diplomas, and miscellaneous papers, chiefly documenting Hervey D. Leland's periods of service as a teacher in Japan. The diary (1909) was written while he was teaching English in Iwakuni, Japan.

Biographical / Historical

Hervey DeLoss Leland, B.A. 1885.

Born March 6, 1862, in Elkhorn, Wis.; Died October 6, 1941, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Father, George Washington Leland, forwarding agent for the Erie Canal, Utica, N.Y. Mother, Harriet (Wright) Leland.

Utica Free Academy. Second colloquy appointment Junior and Senior years.

Attended Union Theological Seminary 1885-88 (diploma 1888); ordained minister of Reformed Church in America, Utica, 1888; minister Dutch Reformed Church, Owasco Outlet, N.Y., and attended Auburn Theological Seminary 1888-89; English teacher in government school Hikone, Japan, 1889-91 and Osaka 1891-92; minister Presbyterian church Smithfield, N.Y., 1892-97, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1897-98, and Howard, Kans., 1899-1900; teacher of English government school Iwakuni, Japan, 1901-11, Imperial Naval College, Etajima, 1911-12, Kofu 1914-15, and Nagoya 1915-16; attended Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va., 1916-17; ordained deacon in Episcopal church 1917; minister Clifton Forge, Va., 1917 and Eastport, Maine, 1918; taught mathematics and Greek Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, Va., September-December, 1918; curate St. Paul's Church, Stockbridge and South Lee, Mass., 1919-20; supply minister Wesleyville, Pa., 1920-21, Waddington, N.Y., 1921, and DeKalb Junction 1921-22; attended Harvard Divinity School 1922-23, Bangor Theological Seminary 1923-24, and Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Mass., 1925-26; during these years supplied various churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine; resided at Auburn Theological Seminary 1926-36 and in Brooklyn 1936-41.


Death due to general debility caused by old age. Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Brooklyn. Survived by no immediate relatives.

(Taken from Yale University Obituary Record)

Guide to the Hervey D. Leland Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
October 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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