Doomsday Book of the Japan Mission, 1869-1974

Collection Information
Title:

The Doomsday Book of the Japan Mission, 1869-1974

Creator(s):

[Cary, Frank, 1888-1973.];

[Downs, Lucille];

[Matthews, Alden E., 1921-].

There may be further and more significant contributors, however, such persons remain unverifiable.

Dates:

1869-1974

Extent:

2 three ring binder clamshell boxes (0.21 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG 5062

Conditions Governing Access:

None

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in The Doomsday Book of the Japan Mission, RG 5062. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English and Japanese

Processing information:

Collection processed by Jessica Steytler, July 2013

Abstract:

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions sent Daniel Crosby Greene as the first American missionary to Japan in 1869. This manuscript documents the missionaries who served in Japan between 1869 and 1974.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Virginia Stow, 2001.

Organizational History

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) sent Daniel Crosby Greene as the first American missionary to Japan in 1869 at the dawn of Japan rescinding their national Isolationism, which had lasted centuries. Notable missionaries include: Daniel Crosby Greene, Orramel and Anna Gulick, Jerome Davis, Sophia Davis, Francis Davis, Lucille Downs, and Otis Cary.

The ABCFM continued to serve in Japan for the next several decades. The greatest disruption came during World War II at which time the Japanese government instituted State Shinto. Additionally, Protestant religions were mandated to consolidate under one umbrella, the United Church of Christ in Japan. It bears a resemblance in name only to the current United Church of Christ. After World War II, mission work continued.

One of the longest lasting connections between the original American Board missionaries and modern life is through the thriving Doshisha University, which was founded by the Rev. Jerome Davis. Doshisha school children visit the Congregational Library & Archives on a yearly basis as part of their school program.

 

Scope of Collection

The scope of the collection is limited to one manuscript divided by necessity into two 3-ring binders, which are embedded in archive-quality boxes. The title pages indicate that the book covers 1869-1960, however contributions continued up through 1974. The book has no known original creator. Known contributors include: Frank Cary, Lucille Downs, and Alden Matthews. The topics discussed in this book include names of missionaries, some missionary-based biographical information. There are handwritten notation, typescript and copies of newspaper articles. This is not the original manuscript, rather a second generation photocopy. The original's whereabouts are not known.

 

Arrangement

This collection is essentially a manuscript book. The original order has been maintained.

 

Related Material

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Missionary Memoirs. Papers, Records 1804-1964. / Deposited by United Church Board for World Ministries.

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Prudential Committee records, 1810-1966.

 

Access Terms

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions - Japan.

Dōshisha Daigaku.

Dōshisha Eigakkō.

Greene, Daniel Crosby, 1843-1913.

Davis, Jerome Dean, 1838-1910.

Matthews, Alden E. 1921-.

Downs, Lucille.

Cary, Otis, 1851-1932.

Cary, Frank, 1888-1973.

 

Container List

2 clamshell boxes

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