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Guide to the Martha Foster Crawford diaries, 1846-1881

Summary

Collection contains diaries of Martha (Foster) Crawford as a young woman in Alabama, 1845-1851, and later as a Baptist missionary to China. Topics include conditions in Shanghai from 1852 to 1864 and afterwards at Tengchow, Shantung, and her reactions to the Civil War in the United States. Her diary shows the impact of the American Protestant missionary on China with a day-by-day record of her life. The Shanghai period covers the Taiping rebellion and discusses the hope that the rebellion might furnish a means for converting the Empire to Christianity. Included also are several printed pamphlets and an original manuscript history of missions in China.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10064
Title
Martha Foster Crawford diaries
Date
1846-1881
Creator
Crawford, Martha Foster
Extent
1 Linear Feet, 7 volumes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains diaries of Martha (Foster) Crawford as a young woman in Alabama, 1845-1851, and later as a Baptist missionary to China. Topics include conditions in Shanghai from 1852 to 1864 and afterwards at Tengchow, Shantung, and her reactions to the Civil War in the United States. Her diary shows the impact of the American Protestant missionary on China with a day-by-day record of her life. The Shanghai period covers the Taiping rebellion and discusses the hope that the rebellion might furnish a means for converting the Empire to Christianity. Included also are several printed pamphlets and an original manuscript history of missions in China.

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[Identification of item], Martha Foster Crawford diaries, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Diary, 1846-1850, 1867
(302 pages)
Box 2
Diary, 1850-1853, 1878
(229 pages)
Box 2
Diary [typed copy], evaluation by Thomas E. Lefargue, 1851-1852
(28 pages)

Note in folder: This typed copy contains many errors - M.R"

Box 1
Diary and loose items from pocket, 1853-1854
(241 pages)
Box 1-2
Diary [typed copy], evaluation by Thomas E. Lafargue, 1853-1854
(160 pages)

Note in folder: "This typed copy contains many errors - M.R"

Box 1
Diary, 1861-1864
(121 pages)
Box 2
Diary, 1864-1868
(156 pages)
Box 2
Diary, 1868-1876
(148 pages)
Box 2
Diary [unbound], 1874
(52 pages)
Box 2
Diary, 1876-1881
(126 pages)
Box 2
 

Historical Note

Martha Foster Crawford was a Baptist missionary and wife of Tarleton Perry Crawford, from Clinton (Greene Co.), Alabama.


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