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Frederic J. Masters Chinese missionary collection

Identifier: Coll 718

Content Description

This collection contains materials created and gathered by the Reverend Frederic J. Masters in connection with his missionary work in China in the mid-late nineteenth century. Included is biographical information, original writings, and published works, sometimes notated, kept by Masters in his library. Also included are a handful of photographs, including some documenting life in Canton, China in the 1860s, and a handdrawn map by Daniel Vrooman, annotated by Masters.


  • Creation: 1824-1974

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 and copyrights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Frederic James Masters was a Methodist reverend and superintendent of the Chinese mission in San Francisco 1884-1900. He served as a Methodist missionary in China in the 1860s. He was fluent in Chinese with both writing and speaking. Upon returning from his overseas missionary work, he continued to conduct mission-related activities on the streets of San Francisco, particularly with the local Chinese ocmmunity. Over the course of his career, he compiled several writings on Chinese society and history particularly Chinese women, though he does not appear to have published any. He worked alongside his wife Mary whom he married while in Canton, China. He died in 1900.


4.25 linear feet (3 containers, 1 folder) : 2 RSB, 1 flat box, 1 oversized folder

Language of Materials


Greek, Modern (1453-)




West Coast missionary materials collected by Reverend Frederic J. Masters, including biographical information, original writings, and published works relating to his missionary work.


This collection has been organized into five series based on the original order and use of the records by Masters and his descendents.

1. Original writings 2. Publications 3. Family papers 4. Photographs 5. Map

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marilee Bailey, Feburary 2016 and September 2022. Purchased from Marilee Bailey, September 2022.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Revan Cooper, January 2023.

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Repository Details

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA