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Finding Aid to the Grace Service Papers, 1855-1957, bulk 1905-1954
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Series 1 Correspondence 1855-1957

Physical Description: Boxes 1-5

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 2 sub-series: Family Correspondence, and Correspondence with Friends. Family Correspondence has been further divided into Letters from Grace, Letters to Grace, R.R. Service Letters, and Other Family Correspondence. The bulk of Grace's letters are written to her mother, with only a very few addressed to her father, and one each to her aunt and mother-in-law. The majority of letters written to Grace are from her son, Jack, and his wife, Caroline; only a few are from her husband, written during their brief times apart. The remainder of the family correspondence consists of a few miscellaneous letters of Rob Roy's and various family members. Correspondence with Friends has been further divided into Letters from Grace, Letters to Grace, and Letters to R. R. Service. Other than her sustained correspondence with Mabel Yard, most of letters from Grace's friends are miscellaneous, single letters, while letters sent to R. R. Service include some relating to his missionary work.

Subseries 1.1 Family Correspondence 1855-1957


Letters from Grace

Box 1, Folders 1-17

To her mother 1906-1911

Box 2, Folders 1-16

To her mother 1912-1921

Box 3, Folders 1-17

To her mother 1922-1931, undated

Box 3, Folders 18-21

To her father 1908-1923, undated

Box 3, Folder 22

To "Auntie" [Fanny?] 1914 June 21

Box 3, Folder 23

To "Mother Service" 1905 Dec. 22


Letters to Grace

Box 3, Folders 24-27

From Rob Roy (husband) 1912-1930

Box 4, Folders 1-21

From Jack (son) 1920-1957

Box 4, Folders 22-36

From Caroline (Jack's wife) 1941-1954, undated

Box 4, Folders 37-39

From Ginny, Bob, Philip (grandchildren) 1953-1954, undated


R.R. Service Letters

Box 4, Folder 40

To his mother Circa 1906, 1909 August

Box 4, Folder 41

From "Mother Service" to Grace and Roy 1917 March 25


Other Family Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 42

Letter from Florence Montgomery to Mrs. Boggs (Grace's mother) Circa 1905 November

Box 4, Folder 43

Letter from W.E. Holden, International Committee, YMCA, to W.S. Boggs (Grace's father) 1911 September 22

Box 4, Folder 44

Letter from "Mother Service" to her sister 1915 November 8

Box 4, Folder 45

Unidentified family letters 1855; 1927, undated


Subseries 1.2  Correspondence with Friends 1906-1950


Letters from Grace

Box 5, Folders 1-15

To Mabel Yard 1923-1931

Box 5, Folder 16

To Florence Rawlinson (photocopy) 1937 Christmas


With cover letter from her son, John L. Rawlinson, Aug. 1974.
Box 5, Folder 17

To Fred 1945 June 11

Box 5, Folder 18

To "Friends" 1907 Nov. 16


Letters to Grace

Box 5, Folder 19

From [Fletcher] Brockman 1912 Dec. 20, 22


Includes telegram.
Box 5, Folder 20

From Ethelwyn E. Clark 1910 Nov. 8

Box 5, Folder 21

From Mildred Cranston 1950 July 2

Box 5, Folder 22

From Warburton and Hettie Davidson 1950 Nov. 17

Box 5, Folder 23

From H. C. Mei 1949 Oct. 19

Box 5, Folder 24

From Philip D. Sprouse, U.S. Dept. of State 1950 March 27

Box 5, Folder 25

Miscellaneous notes and letters 1910-14, undated


Letters to R.R. Service

Box 5, Folder 26

From E. A. Hamilton, Sintu, China 1911 Oct. 20

Box 5, Folder 27

From James R. Hayman 1923 Jan. 30

Box 5, Folder 28

From William Kelly 1924 Oct. 10

Box 5, Folder 29

From various Chinese persons to the Friends Mission [1906 April]


Series 2 Diaries 1908-1954

Physical Description: Boxes 6-10; Box 11, folders 1-7


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains 57 diaries, in which Grace records daily activities and feelings in brief entries.
In 1943, her diaries expand to two volumes per year: the first recording her daily entry, and the second containing logs of letters received and answered, recipes, accounts, lists of books read, and invitations. Diaries for the years 1953 and 1954 are represented by addendum volumes only. Loose items removed from various volumes follow at the end of the series.
Box 6, Vol. 1-13

In Chengtu, Shanghai, and U.S. 1908-1920

Box 7, Vol. 14-25

In Szechwan, Shanghai, and Berkeley, Calif. 1921-1925

Box 8, Vol. 26-37

In U.S., Shanghai, Tsingtao, and Claremont, Calif. 1933-1943

Box 9, Vol. 38-47

In Claremont, Calif. 1944-1948

Box 10, Vol. 48-57

In Claremont, Calif. 1949-1954

Box 11, Folders 1-7

Loose items from diaries 1934-1954


Series 3 Short Stories and Other Writings 1927-1948; undated

Physical Description: Box 11, folders 8-25; Box 12, folders 1-2


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes 86 short stories, as well as a notebook of untitled drafts, some poems, and drafts for a novel.
Box 11, Folder 8

An Appreciation

Around the Fire at Ju Fung


Box 11, Folder 9

The Bean Boat

The "Big Road"

Black and Red


Box 11, Folder 10

The Canton Shawl

Cause -- Chicago Waitress

Box 11, Folder 11

A Chinese Courtyard

Chinese Food

A Chinese Friend of Mine

Chinese New Year

Chinese Pigs and American Toothbrushes

Chinese Streets

Box 11, Folder 12

Christmas House

A Chromatic Interlude


Chungking Streets

Chungking Szechwan China "Visited"

Box 11, Folder 13

Complaint from a Distance

The Confucian Sacrifices -- Chengtu, 1921

A Cycle of Cathay -- in Shanghai

Box 11, Folder 14

Decorated Food

The Dragon Boat Festival

Extra Luggage

The Fairies Cave


The Flag

The First Big Steamers

Box 11, Folder 15

Ferrying the Yangtze at Chungking

Flowers under the Bed

Foreign Cloth

A Garden Swing

The Gateway to the Temple of Learning

Box 11, Folder 16


The Hand

Happy Affliction

The Hokow Bridge

Hsiang Tan


The Kwanhsien Bridge

Box 11, Folder 17

Last Moments -- A Shanghai Fantasy

A Literary Message

Making the Best of it


Mei Hwa

Miss Polorick

Box 11, Folder 18

Morning on a Small Native Boat

The Mountain Child

Mountain Travel

Octopus at Twilight

Omei's Golden Summit

Box 11, Folder 19

On Owning a Ship

Oriental Tolerance

Paddy Fields

Peony Prospect Mountain


Plenty of Money

Poets on the Yangtze


Box 11, Folder 20

A Raft Trip



At Round Top

The Scent of Freesias

School Fees

Sedan Chair Travel -- the Start; -- the Day; -- Experiences

Box 11, Folder 21

The Shannons

A Slippery Thief

Sons' Heritage

The Spring Fair at Chengtu

Street Restaurants

A Summer Vacation

Box 11, Folder 22

Sunday Island

Szechuen Miniatures


Torn by a Tiger

Vital Statistics


The Water Tank

Box 11, Folder 23

White Shoes

Yangtze Travel

The Yangtze of Chungking

The Young Lad

Yuin Hwa Temple

Box 11, Folder 24

Notebook, untitled drafts

Box 11, Folder 25



Series 4 Notes and Notebooks 1911-1945; undated

Physical Description: [v. 58-59] in Box 5; Box 12, folders 3-9


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes travel journals, miscellaneous notes, poems, and quotations.
Box 5, Vol. 58

Kiating, West China 1911 Dec. 17-27


Written in the form of a letter to "Florence."
Box 5, Vol. 59

Chungking to Shanghai 1912 Jan. 12-25

Box 12, Folders 3-6

Notes Circa 1931-1935, 1937

Box 12, Folder 7


Box 12, Folder 8

Notes and poems Circa 1945

Box 12, Folder 9

Quotations and notes Undated


Series 5 Family and Personal Papers Circa 1906-1937; undated

Physical Description: Box 13; Oversize Folder 1

Scope and Content Note

Contains miscellaneous material relating to the Service's life in China.
Box 13, Folder 1

Floor plan of residence in China Circa 1906

Box 13, Folder 2

Guest book from residence 1917-1931

Oversize Drawer A, Folder 1

Map of Chungking 1933 Sept.


Annotated to show motor roads and residences.
Box 13, Folders 3-6

R. R. Service reports and memorabilia


"Report concerning trip to mountain temples near Chentu" [1906]


"Missionaries and Politics" 1917


Typescript copies of articles from the North-China Herald, including mentions of R. R. Service

"The First Szechwan Student Summer Conference," program 1918


Article about R. R. Service from The Christian Collegian . 1923

Box 13, Folder 7

Family Newsletter, The Daily Noise; and printed program of "Entertainment" by Ladies Aid 1911

Box 13, Folder 8

Growth charts for sons, Jack and Bob 1913

Box 13, Folder 9

Shanghai American School 1920-1923


Letters and reports concerning Jack.
Box 13, Folder 10

YMCA, Council on Health Education 1927


Report concerning Grace's health.
Box 13, Folder 11

Memorabilia 1930s-1940s

Box 13, Folder 12

Clipping concerning flood control in China, 1937


Includes excerpt from O. J. Todd, China International Famine Relief Commission.
Box 13, Folder 13

Autobiography of Mao Che San, on his 60th birthday Undated


Typescript copy.