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Darley Downs papers

Identifier: Coll 111

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a 1923 letter from Mrs. Downs and a 1944 note to her, the manuscript of the thesis Mr. Downs wrote to a requirement for his master's degree, and printed matter. The latter consists of a newsletter and a report, both regarding Christian missions in Asia during World War II.


  • Creation: circa 1923-1944


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

Darley Downs served as a Christian missionary in Japan until August 1941 when he left the country due to restrained relations between Japan and the United States. He went to Mindanao, Philippines, and was eventually interned at Baguio by the Japanese, a common practice with missionaries during World War II. During this time, his wife stayed in Massachusetts as Assistant Secretary of the Foreign Department of the American Board of Missions.

Upon his return to the United States, Downs wrote a thesis on the effects of the war on missions to Japan. Completed in 1946, it helped earn him a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Union Theological Seminary.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



Darley Downs (1894?-1969) was a missionary in Japan before World War II. The collection contains correspondence, a manuscript, and printed matter related to missionary work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. Darley Downs in 1979

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

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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