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Finding Aid to the George Bradley McFarland Family Papers, circa 1862-1964, bulk 1880-1951
BANC MSS 2007/104  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • System of Arrangement
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: George Bradley McFarland family papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1862-1964,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1880-1951
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/104
    Creators : McFarland, George Bradley, 1866-1942

    McFarland, Bertha Blount
    Extent: Number of containers: 7 boxes and 2 volumes Linear feet: 3.25
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, writings, photographs, and books relating to missionaries in Siam (now Thailand) and Cambodia. Photographs include pictures of life in Thailand and Cambodia, including Angkor Wat; of the royal family, including the coronations of King Vajiravudh and King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the funeral of King Chulalongkorn; and of missions in Thailand. Also includes the American Civil War diary of James Gooding Blount.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Thai and Cambodian
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George Bradley McFarland Family Papers, BANC MSS 2007/104, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    Collection transferred from the South/Southeast Asian Library in 2003.

    Separated Material

    Photographs of the Blount family in the United States, relatives of Bertha Blount McFarland, have been transferred to the Pictorial Collection of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2007.015--PIC). Other photographs have been retained in the McFarland papers.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    McFarland, George Bradley, 1866-1942--Archives
    McFarland, Bertha Blount--Archives
    Vajiravudh, King of Siam, 1881-1925--Coronation
    Vajiravudh, King of Siam, 1881-1925--Pictorial works
    Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, 1927--Pictorial works
    Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, 1927--Coronation
    Chulalongkorn, King of Siam, 1853-1910--Pictorial works
    Chulalongkorn, King of Siam, 1853-1910--Death and burial
    Blount, James Gooding, 1843-1862--Diaries
    Angkor Wat (Angkor)--Pictorial works
    Missionaries--Thailand
    Missionaries--Thailand--Pictorial works
    Thailand--History--19th century
    Thailand--Pictorial works
    Cambodia--Pictorial works
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
    Photographs

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The George Bradley McFarland family papers, were given to the South/Southeast Asia Library by Bertha Blount Hallquist, niece of Bertha Blount McFarland, in 1976. The collection was transferred to The Bancroft Library in 2003.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Alison E. Bridger in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    George Bradley McFarland was born in 1866 to Rev. Samuel Gamble McFarland and Jane Hays McFarland while they were serving as missionaries in Siam (now Thailand). Except for a few years spent in the United States to obtain medical and dental degrees, George McFarland lived most of his life in Siam. After his first wife Mary Root McFarland died in 1923, he married missionary Bertha Blount in 1925.
    The McFarland family contributed many things to their adopted land of Siam. Samuel Gamble McFarland not only worked as a missionary but also published one of the first Siamese-English dictionaries, which his son George revised after his father's death. Jane Hays McFarland ran one of the first schools for girls in Thailand and later had a school named in her honor. William Hays McFarland, George's brother, served as Siam's Ministry of War and introduced Western military methods to Siam. Edwin McFarland, another brother, also served in the Siamese government and developed the first Siamese typewriter. George McFarland not only expanded on the work of his parents and siblings after their deaths, but also taught at the Royal Medical College and translated many medical texts into Siamese.
    George McFarland died in 1942. At some point his wife Bertha returned to the United States, where she continued contact with the Missions in Thailand.
    -McFarland, George B. Reminiscences of Twelve Decades of Service to Siam 1860-1936. [Bangkok]: Bangkok Times Press, 1936.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The George Bradley McFarland Family Papers contain correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, writings, photographs, and books relating to missionaries in Siam (now Thailand) and Cambodia. Photographs include pictures of life in Thailand and Cambodia, including Angkor Wat; of the royal family, including the coronations of King Vajiravudh and King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the funeral of King Chulalongkorn; and of missions in Thailand. Also includes the American Civil War diary of James Gooding Blount.