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Arthur M. Guttery papers

Identifier: Coll 027

Scope and Contents note

The Arthur M. Guttery Papers contain sermons, religious addresses, essays on China, correspondence, and memoirs of Y.M.C.A. workers in China.

The sermons and related notes are arranged alphabetically within each folder, with only the first and last titles listed in the finding aid. These are followed by one folder of addresses on religious topics and miscellaneous notes. Several essays by Guttery and one by his wife, Myrtle, concerning China are filed in the next folder Many are untitled, but subjects include Chinese jewelry, Chinese women painters and misconceptions of China. The small amount of correspondence has been arranged chronologically, 1919-1981, with the early letters being from Arthur Guttery to his family in the United States.

The remainder of the collection, except for one folder of miscellaneous printed matter, concerns the Y.M.C.A. in China. In addition to "Excerpts from Reports and Letters" compiled by Guttery, there are his memoirs, "The Influence and leadership of God in the Life of One Y.M.C.A. Secretary," as well as memoirs from several of his Y.M.C.A. co-workers in china

One photograph album and several loose photographs relating to China have been removed to the Special Collections' Photograph Collection.

The collection also includes negatives, prints and an album, primarily related to Guttery's work in Asia, 1913-1938.


  • Creation: 1919-1981


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

Arthur M. Guttery (1885-1981) was both an organizer and missionary for the Y.M.C.A in China and the U.S. Guttery attended Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1907. He then went to work for the Y.M.C.A. and became an important figure in their fund-raising drives. His energy and expertise made him an important figure with the "Y."

Guttery, accompanied by his wife Myrtle, left the U.S. for Hankon, China in September of 1913. Here he was both preacher and teacher in the language school. From 1913 to 1928 the Rev. Guttery served as general secretary for the Y.M.C.A. and helped to organize and establish the program when Wuhan was in the center of a rising tide of Communism. He then returned to the U.S where he continued to serve with the Y.M.C.A. until 1948.

Guttery died in 1981.


4.25 linear feet (4 containers)

Language of Materials



Arthur M. Guttery (1885-1981) was a Protestant minister and missionary for the Y.M.C.A. The collection contains sermons, religious addresses, essays on China, correspondence, and memoirs of Y.M.C.A. workers in China.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series: Sermons

Series: Correspondence

Series: Y.M.C.A.

Series: Miscellaneous

Series: Photographs

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Collection includes nitrate photographs.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected items are available online in the Papers of American Missionaries to Asia: Arthur M. Guttery and YMCA China, 1919-1981 in Gale Primary Sources.

General Physical Description note

4 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Sean McGuckin, Manuscripts Processor, in January 1982.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Finding aid is in English
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA