Scope and Contents
The bulk of this collection is Sanderson's detailed, regular letters to her family in the U.S. This record group complements the papers of other Baptist missionaries to South China held by YDSL, including those of the Campbell family, Hartwell family, Ellison and Lottie Hildreth.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the collection have been digitized. See: http://divinity-adhoc.library.yale.edu/AbbieSandersonPapers/
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Abbie Sanderson.
- I. Correspondence
- II. Writings, Diaries, Notes
- III. Personal Items and Memorabilia
- IV. Collected Material
- V. Photographs
4 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Language of Materials
Detailed family correspondence, writings, and collected material document the life and work of a single woman missionary in South China. Abbie G. Sanderson was an American Baptist missionary in South China from 1918 to 1937 and 1946 to 1953. She later taught at a girls' school in Sendai, Japan, and retired in 1959.
Biographical / Historical
Abbie G. Sanderson was born in Greenville, New Hampshire on May 27, 1893. She graduated from Coburn Classical Institute and Colby College, Waterville, Maine. After teaching in Maine for two years, she sailed to Shantou (Swatow) in 1918. She served the South China Baptist Mission (American Baptist) in the Shantou (Swatow) area from 1918 to 1937 and 1946 to 1953, teaching at the Abigail Hart Scott Memorial School, also known as Kak Chieh Girls' School.
Primarily based in Shantou (Swatow), Sanderson spent some summer months in cooler areas such as Kuliang, Fujian (Fukien). She was on furlough in the U.S. during 1924, returning to China in December of that year. From May to October 1927 she was stationed in the Philippines due to disruptions in the Shantou (Swatow) area. Sanderson was on furlough in the U.S. in 1931, returning to Shantou (Swatow) in February of 1932. She extended her furlough in 1937 due to her father's health, and then was prevented by the war from returning to China until 1946. Sanderson was held in solitary confinement for twenty-one months prior to her release from Communist China in 1953. She taught at a girls' school in Sendai, Japan from 1954 until her retirement in 1959.
Place names were modernized in the description, with the name originally used in the collection material or in an older version of the finding aid in parenthesis: e.g. “Beijing (Peking)” or “Benin (Dahomey)”.
- Guide to the Abbie G. Sanderson Papers
- Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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