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Joseph W. Dyson papers

Identifier: Ax 334

Scope and Contents note

The Joseph W. Dyson papers consist of correspondence, reports, financial records, publications, and memorabilia from his service as head of the English Department at Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (Formosa), 1959-1965. The papers retain Dyson's original order, and are roughly grouped into correspondence; personal and institutional financial papers; miscellaneous reports, notes and memorabilia; and choral music. Loose volumes include several years of the Soochow University Annual. The collection is primarily of interest as a record of the duties of a Christian educator at Soochow University, and his relationship with students and colleagues as documented in the correspondence.

Transcribed list of correspondents: Board of Missions of the Methodist Church (54 letters)Chalmers, Allen D.Chang, NancyChang, Y.S.Chu, Limin (4 letters)Corson, Fred P.Dwight, Norman E.Feng, Harry K.W.Godbold, AlbeaGrimm, Victor H.Haines, J. HarryHan, WilliamHarvey, M.S.Henry, Robert T.Hix, GeneHongkong Music Training Centre for the BlindHsieh, Paul Hong-KeeHsu, Franklin T.C.Hsu, Henry H.Hsu, Irving C.Huang, J.L.Huantay, ChiuJang, Eamon Y.Jones, Tracey K.Ju-fon, KaoKeng, Lin YüKnettler, Edward K.Kwang-chung, YuLane, Crawford, LimitedLee, Tommy W.J.Lewis, CecilyLormor, Hugh N.Matthias, virgiaMeyer, Samuel L.Monagan, Walter E.Moore, Arthur J.Moore, Clare R.Morrill, Miron A. (16 letters)New, L.S.Raines, Richard C.Shaw, RobertShen, ShirleyShih, C.Y.Smith, Franklin P.Smith, George G.Smith, W. AngieSoo-may, TangStone, C.Y.Strickler, AlanTaiwan Methodist Girls SchoolThelen, Edward F.Urrutia, Olga P.Ury, WilliamWhang, ChihWhite, RuthWood, NormanWoodward, Ralph L.Yang, Ching-maiYount, PaulYu, Erh-changYung, Yu


  • 1959-1965


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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

Joseph W. Dyson (1889-1965) was a graduate of Central College, Fayette, Missouri. In 1919 he was sent as a missionary teacher to Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (Formosa), supported by the Southern Methodist Church. In 1959, then retired, he was sent by the Board of Missions, Methodist Church, to Soochow University as head of the English Department. The papers consist of personal and official letters, reports, and mementos relating to Dyson's service at Soochow from 1959-1965.


1 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Joseph W. Dyson (1889-1965) was a Southern Methodist missionary and educator at Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (Formosa), from 1919 until 1949, and returned 1959-1965. The collection includes correspondence, diaries, publications, and photographs that reflect his work at the university, 1959-1965.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Joseph W. Dyson and his heirs in 1965-1967.

General Physical Description note

2 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by processing staff, October 2006.

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.

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

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