Finding Aid for the Ida E. Wickenden Papers, 1903-1962

Processed by Laura Ward; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé and edited by Josh Fiala.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ida E. Wickenden Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1903-1962
Collection number: 885
Creator: Wickenden, Ida E., 1886-ca. 1972
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Ida E. Wickenden (1886-ca.1972) spent her early years in Toledo, Ohio. Her interest in missionary work began as a college student, with her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association. In November of 1906 she traveled to Nashville to attend a missionary convention, and a year later she sailed for Hangchow, China to begin work there as a missionary. In 1911, her letters to her family made an American newspaper for their descriptions of the Republican Revolution, which transferred power from the Manchu dynasty to Chinese rule under Sun Yet Sen. The collection consists mostly of correspondence from Ida E. Wickenden and other hand-written and printed materials relating to the time she spent as missionary in Hangchow, China. Also included are a Wickenden family history, miscellaneous correspondence, photographs of China, photographic portraits of Ida E. Wickenden during her missionary years, photographic postcards, and photocopies of three volumes of transcribed correspondence entitled, “Letters from China, 1907-1913: Ida E. Wickenden to members of her family”.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Robert Nixon, 1998.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ida E. Wickenden Papers (Collection 885). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Ida E. Wickenden was born February 11, 1886, the third of eight children born to Thomas R. Wickenden and Ida Consual Wickenden. According to a Wickenden family history, Thomas R. Wickenden's family ancestry was English Roman Catholic and French Huguenot; Ida Consual Wickenden was of Spanish Huguenot, Dutch, and Quaker descent. Ida spent her early years in Toledo, Ohio. Her interest in missionary work began as a college student, with her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association. In November of 1906 she traveled to Nashville to attend a missionary convention; a year later she sailed for Hangchow, China to begin work there as a missionary. Ida stayed in Hangchow for just over five years, during which she taught at a Baptist girl's school. In 1911 her letters to her family made an American newspaper for their descriptions of the Republican Revolution, which transferred power from the Manchu dynasty to Chinese rule under Sun Yet Sen. Ida wrote to her family frequently throughout her stay in China. In June of 1913 Ida left Hangchow, traveling by train across Siberia to Moscow and then to Berlin. She met her sister, Lottie Wickenden, in England. From there they traveled to Scotland and Paris. Ida married Justin Wroe Nixon in June of 1914 after her return to the United States. The Nixons lived first in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then in Rochester, New York. They had five children, all of whom, except the first, were born in Rochester. Ida and Justin Sr. traveled together in Europe and Turkey after his retirement in 1954. They were married for 40 years until Justin's death in 1958. Ida spent her latter years in a retirement community in Pomona, California and died about 1972.

Expanded Biographical Note

Ida E. Wickenden was born February 11, 1886. She was the third of eight children born to Thomas R. Wickenden and Ida Consual Wickenden. According to a Wickenden family history, Thomas R. Wickenden's family ancestry was English Roman Catholic and French Huguenot; Ida Consual Wickenden was of Spanish Huguenot, Dutch, and Quaker descent.
Ida E. Wickenden spent her early years in Toledo, Ohio. Her interest in missionary work began as a college student with her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association. In November of 1906 she traveled to Nashville to attend a missionary convention; a year later she sailed for Hangchow, China to begin work there as a missionary. Ida stayed in Hangchow for just over five years, during which she taught at a Baptist girl's school. In 1911 her letters to her family made an American newspaper for their descriptions of the Republican Revolution, which transferred power from the Manchu dynasty to Chinese rule under Sun Yet Sen. Ida wrote to her family frequently throughout her stay in China.
In June of 1913 Ida left Hangchow, traveling by train across Siberia to Moscow and then to Berlin. She met her sister, Lottie Wickenden, in England. From there they traveled to Scotland and Paris. Ida married Justin Wroe Nixon in June of 1914 after her return to the United States. The Nixons lived first in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then in Rochester, New York. They had five children: John Harmon, Charles Robert, Elizabeth Wickenden, Alice Wroe, and Justin Wroe., Jr. All of the children except the first, John Harmon, were born in Rochester. Ida and Justin Sr. traveled together in Europe and Turkey after his retirement in 1954. They were married for 40 years until Justin's death in 1958. Ida spent her latter years in a retirement community in Pomona, California.

Scope and Content

Collection consists mostly of correspondence from Ida E. Wickenden and other hand-written and printed materials relating to the time she spent as missionary in Hangchow, China. Also included are a Wickenden family history; miscellaneous correspondence from Wickenden family members; black-and-white photographs of China; photographic portraits of Ida E. Wickenden during her missionary years; photographic postcards; photocopies of three volumes of transcribed correspondence entitled, “Letters from China, 1907-1913: Ida E. Wickenden to members of her family”.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Chinese language materials, correspondence, drawings, envelopes, maps, miscellaneous printed materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, transcribed correspondence, Memoirs of the Thomas Rogers Wickenden family, miscellaneous correspondence, and William E. Wickenden correspondence.
All materials relate to Ida E. Wickenden unless otherwise noted.

Processing Note

Processed by Laura Ward, February 2003.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Wickenden, Ida E., 1886-ca. 1972--Archives.
Women missionaries--United States--Archival resources.


Container List

 

Memoirs of the Thomas Rogers Wickenden Family

Box 1, Folder 1

Memoirs of the Thomas Rogers Wickenden Family. 1962

Physical Description: (1 spiral bound book)
 

Miscellaneous Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 2

Miscellaneous undated correspondence. n.d.

Physical Description: (3 items)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to and from various people, undated.
Box 1, Folder 3

Letters and commencement announcement. 1908

Physical Description: (3 items)

Scope and Content Note

Letters to and from various people and commencement announcement.
Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence to and from various people. 1909

Physical Description: (3 items)
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence to and from various people. 1910

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence to and from various people. 1911

Physical Description: (2 items)
 

William E. Wickenden - Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 7

Letters from William E. Wickenden to his mother and father. 1903

Physical Description: (4 items)
 

Ida E. Wickenden

Box 1, Folder 8

Drawings. n.d.

Physical Description: (3 items)
Box 1, Folder 9

Newspaper clipping. 1911 December 1

Physical Description: (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

Newspaper article covering Ida E. Wickenden in China during Republican revolution.
Box 1, Folder 10

Chinese language materials. n.d.

Physical Description: (3 items)
Box 1, Folder 11

Miscellaneous printed material. n.d.

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 1, Folder 12

Envelopes. 1909-1912, and n.d.

Physical Description: (23 items)
Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence.

Physical Description: (28 items)

Scope and Content Note

Undated letters and enclosure.
Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence to family from Granville, Ohio. 1903

Physical Description: (9 items)
Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence to family from Granville, Ohio and Canada[?]. 1904

Physical Description: (3 items)
Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence to family from Granville, Ohio. 1905

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence to family from Canada and China. 1907

Physical Description: (12 items)
Boxes 2-3

Correspondence to family from China. 1908-1913

Box 2, Folder 5

1908.

Physical Description: (19 items)
Box 2, Folder 6

1908.

Physical Description: (18 items)
Box 2, Folder 7

1909.

Physical Description: (28 items)
Box 2, Folder 8

1910.

Physical Description: (12 items)
Box 2, Folder 9

1911.

Physical Description: (21 items)
Box 3, Folder 1

1912.

Physical Description: (17 items)
Box 3, Folder 2

1913.

Physical Description: (11 items)
Box 3, Folder 3

Incomplete letter. 1931

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 3, Folder 4

Black-and-white photographs from China with notes. n.d.

Physical Description: (8 photographs)
Box 3, Folder 5

Black-and-white photographic portrait of Ida E. Wickenden; two 120mm black-and-white copy negatives. n.d.

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 3, Folder 6

Black-and-white photographic portrait of Ida E. Wickenden in Chinese paper folder; two 120mm black-and-white copy negatives. n.d.

Physical Description: (2 items)
Box 3, Folder 7

Black-and-white photographic portrait of Ida E. Wickenden in Chinese paper folder. n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 3, Folder 8

Photographic postcards sent by Ida E. Wickenden from China, Japan, Philippines, and New Hampshire, U.S.A. 1908-1924

Physical Description: (19 items)
Box 3, Folder 9

Map of Hangchow field [Hand-drawn?]. n.d.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 3, Folder 10-12

Transcribed correspondence from Ida E. Wickenden. 1907-1913

Physical Description: (3 vol.)

Scope and Content Note

Entitled "Letters from China, 1907-1913: Ida E. Wickenden to Members of her Family".
Box 3, Folder 10

vol.1.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 3, Folder 11

vol.2.

Physical Description: (1 item)
Box 3, Folder 12

vol.3.

Physical Description: (1 item)