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Laurence and Virginia Judd Papers

Call Number: RG 188

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of correspondence dating from 1948 to 1971. The different types of correspondence - with family members, with supporting churches, and with missionary colleagues and friends - provide varying perspectives on the life and work of a missionary family in Thailand. Also of interest are various newsletters, reports, and minutes related to the Music Department at Payap College in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and the Music Committee of the Church of Christ in Thailand.


  • 1943-2001


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Laurence and Virginia Judd


  1. I. Correspondence, 1943-1971
  2. II. Collected Material,1961-1988
  3. III. Biographical Information, 1952,1965, 2001


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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This collection consists primarily of correspondence with family members, missionary colleagues, and supporting churches, which provides documentation of the life and work of Laurence and Virginia Judd. The Judds were Presbyterian missionaries and fraternal workers in Thailand from 1948 to 1970. Laurence was associate director of the Rural Life Department of the Church of Christ in Thailand from 1961 to 1970. Virginia was involved in educational work and the Church of Christ in Thailand Music Committee.

Biographical / Historical

1920Aug 27 Laurence Cecil Judd born in Houston, TX 1942
LCJ received B.A. from Rice University
Virginia Moffat received B.A. from University of Rochester
LCJ secretary of youth work for New Haven Conference of Churches
LCJ pastor of Foxon Congregational Church, East Haven, CT
LCJ and VMJ married; five children
LCJ received B.D. from Yale Divinity School; VMJ also took courses at YDS and at Institute of Far Eastern Studies at Yale
LCJ assistant pastor of Chinese Presbyterian Church of San Francisco, under appt. by the Presbyterian Board of National Missions
LCJ and VMJ arrived in Beijing, under appointment of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, but due to political situation they were transferred to Thailand in December 1948.
Taught at Bangkok Christian College
Administrative and evangelistic work in Pitsanuloke Province, Thailand
LCJ received M.S. from Cornell University
Rural development work in Nan Province
LCJ received Ph.D. from Cornell University
LCJ associate director of Rural Life Department of Church of Christ in Thailand. Department cooperated with government and private agencies serving rural people and assisted church districts and local congregations in developing church and community improvement projects. VMJ assisted in the department program, tutored English, and was active in musical activities in church schools, village churches, national conferences, and the Lampang community music club.
LCJ professor of sociology and director of Asian studies program at Illinois College.
LCJ publications: Chao Rai Thai: Dry Rice Farmers in North Thailand; A Vision to Some;Chao Rai Thai 1987 Update in Perspective;Trends in Rural Development Policy and Programs in Thailand 1947-1987

Processing Information

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 Laurence and Virginia Judd 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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