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John Y. Crothers papers

Identifier: Coll 159

Scope and Contents note

The John Y. Crothers Papers focuses primarily on publications collected by the Crothers that related to their work in Korea and Japan as missionaries, as well as publications related to other countries in Southeast Asia. The publications include official publications of the Presbyterian Church Mission in Korea, as well as texts, periodicals and pamphlets. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and photographs.


  • 1934-1969


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

John Y. Crothers was born in 1881 in Greenfield, Ohio. He studied theology at Omaha Theological Seminary (1905-1908) and Princeton Theological Seminary (B.D. 1909, M. Th. 1927). As a Presbyterian missionary teacher in Korea he served at Taegu (1909) and Andong (1910-1941). In 1911 Crothers married Ellen McClung (1884-1966) who assisted in his missionary work. During World War II the Crothers went first to Shanghai then to the Philippines where they were imprisoned by the Japanese army until 1945. They returned to Andong, Korea in 1947 where they remained (spending 1950 in Karuizawa, Japan) until their retirement in 1951.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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John Y. Crothers (1881- ) was a Presbyterian missionary teacher in Korea at Taegu (1909), Andong (1910-1941 and 1947-1951), and Karuizawa, Japan (1950). The collection includes correspondence, publications, and photographs that reflect his work as a missionary.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Official publications; Series III. Texts; Series IV. Photographs; Series V. Periodicals and pamphlets; Series VI. Yearbooks.

General Physical Description note

1 container

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA