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Clarence Burton Day papers

Identifier: Ax 785

Scope and Contents note

The collection includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, including letters from Ethelwyn (Dolly) Day, and the Day children, two manuscripts of Peasant Cults in India and Indian Interlude. The collection also includes diaries covering 1914-1965, as well as photographs of his time at Forman Christian College in Lahore, India (now Pakistan). Miscellaneous materials contains passport photographs of the family, a travel permit, liner ticket, immunization forms, menus from M.S. Gripsholm, and a notebook, "Meditations of T. F. Day, 1935." [Note: a previous finding aid lists a manuscript with holographic annotations of, Career in Cathay, however it is currently not located as part of the collection.]


  • Creation: 1914-1971


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Day was a Presbyterian missionary teacher in China and India. He was born in American Fork, Utah, and spent his childhood in San Anselmo, California. He was educated at Hamilton College, New York, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 1915 he went to China, first to the Nanking Language School, then to Ningpo for evangelistic work, and then as a teacher at Hangchow College. Except for furloughs, he remand with Hangchow College to 1943. He spent seven months in a concentration camp, and returned on the Gripsholm. He taught at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Centre College, Danville, Kentucky. In 1947 he went to Lahore, India (now Pakistan) to teach at Forman Christian College, and a year later returned to Hangchow College, later University, serving to 1951. He then returned to America.


1 linear feet (2 containers)

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Clarence Burton Day (1889-1987) was a Presbyterian missionary teacher in China (1915-1943) and India (1947-1951). The collection includes correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, and photographs that reflect his work as a missionary.

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, September 1975.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA