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.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Hayes Family
- I. Biographical documentation
- II. Writings
- III. Collected material
- IV. Audio-visual material
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
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
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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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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