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Katherine Vaughn Papers

Call Number: RG 31

Scope and Contents

Detailed correspondence provides valuable documentation of Vaughn's work with the YWCA in China. Her professional work, social life, and her observations of political events shed light on the life of a single woman missionary in China during the 1920s. Complementary documentation may be found in the YWCA of the U.S.A. Records in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College.


  • 1920-1930


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Vaughn, 2008


  1. I. Correspondence, 1290-1930
  2. II. Writings, 1920
  3. III. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1920-1930, n.d.


2.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, writings, collected material and photographs document the work of Katherine Vaughn with the YWCA in Guangzhou (Canton) and Shanghai, China from 1920-1930.

Biographical / Historical

Katherine Vaughn was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 31, 1888. She graduated from Packer Collegiate Institute and Vassar College. For several years she was on the staff of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. From 1920 to 1948, she was associated with the YWCA, serving for eight years as general secretary in Guangzhou (Canton) and Shanghai, China. Later she was head of publications and booksales for the YWCA in New York. She joined the staff of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1948 and worked there until her death.
Guide to the Katharine Vaughn Papers
Martha Lund Smalley
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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