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Lacy Family Papers

 Collection
Call Number: RG 223

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, and collected material document the life and work of three generations of the Lacy family. Of particular interest are the missionary circular letters and other documents gathered by Creighton Lacy when preparing his dissertation about Protestant missions and the Chinese church at the time of the Communist takeover. Creighton Lacy also gathered biographical information about the Lacy family and transcribed diaries written by his father, Carleton. Papers related to Creighton Lacy's teaching career at Duke University Divinity School are contained in the Creighton Lacy Papers held there.

Dates

  • 1905-2002

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Creighton Lacy, 2008

Arrangement

  1. I. Correspondence, 1937-2002
  2. II. Writings, 1932-1995
  3. III. Research Files, 1948-1952
  4. IV. Collected Material, 1940-1994
  5. V. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1905-1997

Extent

3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/divinity.223

Overview

Correspondence, writings, and collected material document the life and work of three generations of the Lacy family. William H. Lacy directed the Foochow Mission Press and, after 1903, the Methodist Publishing House in Shanghai, while his wife Emma Nind Lacy taught at the Anglo-Chinese School in Fuzhou (Foochow) and elsewhere. Their four sons and one daughter all served as Methodist missionaries in China. Son George Carleton Lacy spent twenty years as general secretary of the American Bible Society in China and became Bishop of the Methodist China Central Conference in 1941. His son, Creighton Lacy, was a missionary to China from 1946 to 1951 and later taught at Duke University Divinity School.

Biographical / Historical

George Carleton Lacy

1888 December 28
George Carleton Lacy was born in Fuzhou (Foochow), China, son of William Henry and Emma Nind Lacy, Methodist missionaries in China. William H. Lacy directed the Foochow Mission Press and, after 1903, the Methodist Publishing House in Shanghai, while his wife Emma Nind Lacy taught at the Anglo-Chinese School in Fuzhou (Foochow) and elsewhere. Their four sons and one daughter all of whom served as Methodist missionaries in China. Emma Nind Lacy's mother, Mary Clarke Nind, helped to organize the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society in the North Central states in the U.S. and in the 1890s took a world tour of Methodist mission stations. George Lacy was educated at mission schools in Fuzhou (Foochow) and Shanghai
1911
B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University
1913
B.D. Garrett Biblical Institute
1914
M.A. from Northwestern University
1914
Appointed as Methodist missionary to China, arriving in Shanghai in September
1916-1920
After attending the Nanking Language School, George Lacy was an itinerant missionary in Jiangxi (Kiangsi) Province, President of William Nast College, and District Superintendent.
1918
Married Harriet Lang Boutelle, who had gone to Guangzhou (Canton), China as a YWCA secretary.
1921-1941
Loaned by Methodist Board of Missions to the American Bible Society; served as Secretary of its China Agency and then of the China Bible House formed with the British and Foreign Bible Society. Also served as China correspondent for Zion's Herald and The Christian Century
1928-1929
Studied at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York while on furlough. Received a second M.A. in 1938. Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Garrett Biblical Institute
1935
Appointed member of the Joint Commission on Unity of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South in China
1941
Elected Bishop of the China Central Conference and assigned to the Fuzhou (Foochow) area. Traveled extensively in China when his episcopal area was occupied by Japanese troops.
1949
George Lacy's tenure as Bishop was set to end but the advent of the Communist government made it impossible to hold General Conference or elections. GCL officially resigned and turned his authority over to Bishop W. Y. Chen but he was not granted an exit permit when other missionaries left and was under house arrest.
1951
Died of heart attack while being held at Union Hospital, Fuzhou (Foochow).

Biographical / Historical

Creighton Boutelle Lacy

1919 July 18
Creighton Boutelle Lacy born in Guling (Kuling), China, son of George Carleton and Harriet Boutelle Lacy. He attended Shanghai American School.
1941
A.B. (summa cum laude) Swarthmore College
1944
B.D. (magna cum laude) Yale Divinity School
1944
Married Frances M. Thompson
1944-1946
Pastor of Grace Methodist Church, New Haven, CT
1946-1951
Methodist missionary to China: taught philosophy at University of Nanking, Bible at the Anglo-Chinese College in Fuzhou (Foochow), theology at Union Theological School in Fuzhou (Foochow)
1953
Ph.D. Yale University; thesis: "Protestant Missions in Communist China"
1953-1991
Taught missions and social ethics at Duke University Divinity School, served as Associate Dean and editor of the Duke Divinity School Review. His major publications include Conscience of India; Moral Traditions in the Modern World (1965), Frank Mason North: His Social and Ecumenical Mission (1967), The Word-carrying Giant : the Growth of the American Bible Society 1816-1966 (1977), Coming Home--to China (1978)
1991-2010
Professor Emeritus of Parish Ministry at Duke University Divinity School
2010 October 8
Died

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)”.
Title
Guide to the Lacy Family Papers
Author
Martha Lund Smalley
Date
2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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