Alexander and Mary Small, also known as
Lex and Polly, travelled to China in 1912 shortly after being married. Lex initially
worked at the Fati Language School in Canton, where he was the school’s engineer,
involved in various small building and maintenance projects. After one year he was
assigned to be the Superintendent of Construction for the Nanking University, part of
the China Union Universities, created and administered by four US missions in New York.
Over thirteen years Lex supervised the construction of 66 buildings on campus, and he
and Polly hosted numerous visiting missionaries. In 1927, the Smalls fled down the
Yangtsze River with few of their possessions in the midst of the Nanking Incident, an
uprising of Nationalist and Communist soldiers in which foreign residents were attacked
and their property looted and destroyed. The collection consists of copied photographs,
a genealogical report, corerspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials on
Nanking University, the missionary community, and the Nanking Incident.
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