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Lewis and Lois Gilbert Papers

 Collection
Call Number: RG 144

Scope and Contents

The Gilbert papers provide valuable documentation of religious and political conditions in North China from 1929 to 1941, and document Lewis' work at Yali, 1925-1926. The original handwritten or typed letters of Series I are primarily from Lewis and Lois Gilbert in China to their families in the U.S. The bound letter copybooks of Series II contain primarily letters from Lewis Gilbert to family members. A few of the earlier volumes also include listings of headlines from Chinese newspapers. The bound volumes of correspondence of Series III were edited and compiled by Josephine Cowin Gilbert and have photographic illustrations interspersed.

Dates

  • 1925-1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Josephine Cowin Gilbert.

Arrangement

  1. I. Original Letters, 1925-1941
  2. II. Letter Copybooks, 1937-1941
  3. III. Compiled Volumes, 1925-1980
  4. IV. Biographical Documentation, 1925-1926, n.d.
  5. V. Addendum: 2010, 1925-1946, n.d.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (6 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.144

Overview

Letters and photographs provide documentation of religious and political conditions in North China from 1929 to 1941 and document Lewis Gilbert's work at Yali 1925-1926. Lewis and Lois Gilbert were missionaries in North China from 1929 to 1941 serving under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Lewis Gilbert was also an instructor at Yali, Yale-in-China, Changsha from 1925 to 1926.

Biographical / Historical

1898
Lewis Loder Gilbert born in New Haven, CT
1920
Graduated from Wesleyan University
1923
B.D., Yale Divinity School
1924
Married Lois Chandler
1925
Went to China as instructor in Religion at Yali, Yale-in-China, Changsha, Hunan Province
1927-1929
Enforced home visit
1929
Returned to China, attending language school in Beijing (Peking), and then serving the ABCFM in Linqing (Lintsing) and Tehchow
1935-1936
Furlough
1936-1941
Work in Dezhou (Tehchow), Tianjin (Tientsin), Tongzhou (T'ungchow)
1946
Plans to return to China as professor of New Testament at Cheeloo University were abandoned because of health problem. Gilbert was involved in UCC work in Ohio, Vermont and Massachusetts until his retirement.
1969
Lois Chandler Gilbert died
1970
Married Josephine Cowin
1978
Died in Oberlin, Ohio

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 Lewis and Lois Gilbert Papers>
Author
Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley
Date
1998, 2010
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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