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Emily Hartwell Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MC-006

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of papers, images, and objects collected by or given to Emily Hartwell and her family. The collection spans the years 1800-1949 with some undated materials. While missionaries in Foochow, China, Hartwell and her family collected objects and other materials depicting Chinese culture. Parts of the collection are written or printed in Chinese.



The Lucy Stearns Hartwell series spans the years 1852-1853. It is comprised of a journal describing her journey to China as well as biographical information.



The Emily Hartwell series spans the years circa 1880s-1930s. It is comprised of biographical information, correspondence and descriptions of objects she donated to Wheaton College as well as the objects themselves, images of her and the Foochow Mission, and other writings, most of which are in Chinese.



The Yenching University series was received from the Religious Association in 1966 and contains images, maps, and an annual report from Yenching University. This series contains records before 1949.

Dates

  • 1800-1949

Creator

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. Open for research.

Copyright

Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biography

Lucy Estabrook Stearns

Lucy Estabrook Stearns

was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire on April 13, 1827. She entered Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in an advanced class and graduated in 1849. She served as an assistant teacher at Wheaton Female Seminary from 1849 to 1851. Stearns married Reverand Charles Hartwell on September 6, 1852 and sailed for Foochow, China the following November. In China, Stearns took part in the large missionary community in Foochow (fifteen churches were represented). Her activities including visiting with and reading to individuals, hosting and organizing schools to teach girls and women how to read, traveling with her husband on various excursions, and teaching individuals how to play the organ. Stearns bore seven children, four of whom preceded her in death. Stearns became ill and died on July 10, 1883. In 1885, the Rev. Hartwell married Hannah Louisa Plimpton Peet, a Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate (1848) and widow of the Rev. Lyman Peet, with whom she had served as a missionary in Foochow from 1858 to 1871.

Extent

3.0 Cubic Feet (1 archival box, objects, and photographs)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection is comprised of papers, images, and objects collected by or given to Emily Hartwell and her family. The collection spans the years 1800-1949 with some undated papers, images, and objects. These materials related to Chinese culture were collected while the family served as missionaries in Foochow (Fuzhou) China. Parts of the collection are written or printed in Chinese.

A later addition to the collection was donated by the Religious Association and contains records about Yenching University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Miss Emily Hartwell Tupper

Related Materials

MS 0761: Hartwell papers, 1847-1909 (bulk 1850-1871), Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections



RG08: China Records Project Miscellaneous Personal Papers Collection, 1834-2002, Yale University Divinity School Library.



Hok ing su ge su di by Emily S. Hartwell, 1902, Harvard-Yenching Rare Book, Harvard University.



American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions Archives, 1810-1961, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

The shoes donated by Emily Hartwell have been incorporated into the Lucy A. Morse Collection (MC.011). They have been given shoe numbers: 2, 20, 22, 23, and 25.

Processing Information

Processed by: Deanna Hauck, Associate Archivist, April, 2011

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit by Deanna Hauck, Associate Archivist, April, 2011

Encoding edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, October, 2012

Title
Inventory of the Emily Hartwell Family Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Deanna Hauck, Associate Archivist; Zephorene L. Stickney, College Archivist
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository