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Dennis Smith letters from Peking, China

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 422

Scope and Contents

The collection contains over 160 letters written by Smith, and sometimes jointly signed by his wife, Hazel Littlefield Smith, while he was head of the Methodist Hospital in Peking.

The letters were addressed to his parents, and they include many comments on social and political conditions in China. The letters are arranged by date, 1915 to 1916; and 1923 to 1926.

There is one folder containing a few incoming letters, pamphlets from Peking University regarding student volunteers, and also newspaper clippings that consist of published copies of "open letters" written by Smith to newspapers.


  • 1915-1916; 1923-1926


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

Dennis V. Smith was a graduate of University of Michigan, and served as a Methodist Episcopal missionary doctor.

Smith became the head of the optical department of the Methodist Hospital (John L. Hopkins Memorial), in Peking, China.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Dennis V. Smith served as a Methodist Episcopal missionary doctor in Peking, China. The collection (1915-1926) contains letters written by Smith while he was head of the Methodist Hospital (John L. Hopkins Memorial) in Peking.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff; and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

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.

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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