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.
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.
- Beijing (China) -- Social conditions -- 20th century Subject Source: Lcnaf
- China -- Politics and government -- 1912-1928 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- China -- Social conditions -- 1912-1949 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Clippings Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Hospitals -- China -- Beijing Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Methodist Episcopal Church--Missions--China--Beijing
- Methodist women -- China -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Missionaries, Medical -- China -- Beijing -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ophthalmologists -- China -- Beijing Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ophthalmologists -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Religion Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Smith, Dennis V., 1887-1975
- Women missionaries -- China -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Dennis Smith Letters from Peking, China
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- Tanya Parlet.
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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).