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Henry Olin Cady letters from China

Identifier: A 194

Scope and Contents

The collection (1886-1904) contains copies of letters written from China.

The letters consist of photocopies of typed copies of excerpts from the original letters, which were later destroyed. The letters were intended to form an epistolary history of the West China Mission. There are about 300 letters on 249 sheets.

A paper finding aid consisting of a subject index is available in the Reading Room. Subjects include: anti-foreign activities, celebrations, costs of shipping and goods, social, employment, and sexual customs, diseases, evangelism, foreign powers, footbinding, prejudice, and infanticide (under girls), Japan, law, mission, officials activities, riots, superstitions, work reports, and the Yangtse floods.

Most of the letters are to Cady's mother, from Cady, and after 1894 also from Mrs. Hattie (Yates) Cady.

A few letters from other missionaries or administrative personnel are included.


  • 1866-1904


Conditions Governing Access

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

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

Henry Olin Cady (1857-1916) was a Methodist Episcopal missionary to China. He was born in Middlebury, Vermont, and educated at Northwestern University and Garrett Biblical Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.

Cady traveled to China in 1886. He was one of the founders of the West China Mission, and was stationed at Chungking and Chentu (Chengtu). He was married in 1894 to Hattie Yates.


0.025 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 folders

Language of Materials



Henry Olin Cady (1857-1916) was a Methodist Episcopal missionary to China, stationed at Chungking and Chentu (Chengtu), and was one of the founders of the West China Mission. The collection (1866-1904) contains copies of 300 letters written by Cady from China, many of which regard the history of the West China Mission.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

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

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Henry Olin Cady Letters from China
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Tanya Parlet and Kira B. Homo
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Finding aid written in English.
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