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John David Hayes Papers

Call Number: RG 127

Scope and Contents

Hayes' work with students in China, his administrative work, and his work in famine and flood relief are described in biographical accounts. Of particular interest are Hayes' writings regarding his period of Japanese internment and the "confessions" that Hayes was forced to write while imprisoned by the Communists.


  • 1921-1969


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Hayes Family


  1. I. Biographical documentation
  2. II. Writings
  3. III. Collected material
  4. IV. Audio-visual material


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers include writings, biographical documentation, photographs, and a tape recording documenting Hayes' work in China. Hayes was a Presbyterian missionary in China from 1917 to 1952, serving primarily in the Beijing (Peking) area. He was involved in student, educational, and administrative work. Hayes was interned by the Japanese during World War II and imprisoned by the Communists in China from 1951 to 1952.

Biographical / Historical

1888 February 23
Born in Tengchowfu, Shandong (Shantung) Province, China - son of Presbyterian missionaries Watson MacMillan Hayes and Margaret Young Hayes
A.B., Princeton University
Appointed Rhodes Scholar from Ohio as candidate from Wooster College (x'09)
B.A., Oxford University, England
Service with YMCA in France
Married Barbara M. Kelman
B.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. missionary in China. Hayes was in charge of Presbyterian student Christian work in Beijing (Peking), China, 1917-1943. He was also Executive Chairman of the American Presbyterian Mission, member of the China Council, member of the Board of Directors of Yenching University, and on various other boards for many years.
1918 -1931
Involved in various flood and famine relief projects
1925 -1942
Served on faculty and administration of College of Chinese Studies, Beijing (Peking)
1943 March - 1945 September
Interned by Japanese authorities in Weihsien Civilian Assembly Centre, Shandong (Shantung) Province.
Returned to China, serving in Kueiyang, Kweichow Province.
1949 -1951 March
Taught at government university following Communist takeover
1951 October - 1952 September
Jailed by Communists
Went to Indonesia to work with students
Died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Indonesia

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 John David Hayes Papers
Compiled by Martha L. Smalley
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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