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Edith Wherry Muckleston papers

Identifier: Coll 264


Edith Wherry Muckleston (1876-1961) was an author who spent her childhood in Peking, China with her missionary parents. The collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, photographs and Chinese manuscripts and artifacts.


  • 1858-1961


Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Edith Wherry Muckleston (1876-1961) was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to parents John Wherry and Sara Ellen Brandon. Her parents were both missionaries who lived in Peking, China where Muckleston lived from age two to sixteen. Muckleston attended college at Wellesley (1898-1900), Stanford (1900-1901), the Sorbonne, and she received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1907. Muckleston is the author of such celebrated novels as "The Red Lantern," (1911) "The Wanderer on a Thousand Hills," (1917) and "The Jade Mountain" (1925), all set in China. "The Red Lantern" was made into a film in 1919. She married Harold Muckleston in 1911 and together they had three daughters. Edith Muckleston died in 1961.


7.5 linear feet (15 containers)

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Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Correspondence Series II: Reviews and Publicity Series III: Literary Manuscripts and Tearsheets Series IV: Biographical Material Series V: Historical Content Series VI: Photographs Series VII: Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Edward T. Price, 1998.

Physical Description

14 manuscript boxes and 1 tube.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Heather McKee, 2000.

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

Guide to the Edith Wherry Muckleston Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA