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Lyman and Sadie Hale Papers

Call Number: RG 147

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of collected material, including valuable typescript and mimeographed accounts of events in China. It contains documentation of 1927 Nanking incident and Japanese occupation 1937-1939, National Christian Council of China Broadcast Bulletins, circular letters from colleagues and friends, correspondence with Methodist mission board, and Chinese language material as well as more than 100 glass slides.


  • 1926-1971


Conditions Governing Access

Open to qualifed researchers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lyman and Sadie Hale.


  1. I. Collected Material, 1925-1971, n.d.
  2. II. Correspondence, 1927-1975, n.d.
  3. III. Writings, 1932-1941
  4. IV. Glass slides, n.d.


1.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Writings, collected material, and glass slides document the Hales' life and work in China. Lyman and Sadie Hale were American Methodist missionaries to China from 1915 to 1941 and 1945 to 1949. They were stationed in Wuhu (1916-1925), Nanjing (Nanking) (1925-1927, 1945-1949), Shanghai (1927-1929), and Zhenjiang (Chinkiang) (1929-1941).

Biographical / Historical

Lyman Hale supervised mission schools and churches in Wuhu from 1916 to 1925, and in Nanjing (Nanking) from 1925 until evacuated to Shanghai in March 1927. The Hale family resided in Shanghai from 1927 to 1929, with Lyman serving as mission treasurer and secretary. From 1929 September to 1941 (except furlough in 1933-1934) the family resided in Zhenjiang (Chinkiang), with Lyman serving as mission supervisor and treasurer and editor of The China Christian Advocate; served in Nanjing (Nanking) after World War II (1945-1949). The Hales twice had their home completely destroyed due to political disturbances (1927 and 1937).

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 Lyman and Sadie Hale Papers
Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley
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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