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Guide to the Charles and Edmund Boynton Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles and Edmund Boynton papers,
    Date: circa 1881-1969
    Collection number: H1972.1
    Creator: Boynton, Charles L. (Charles Luther), 1881-
    Extent: 16 boxes
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles and Edmund Boynton papers. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Related Material

    Boyton Collection of Early Claremont
    The Boynton Collection offers a view of early Claremont through the eyes of an amateur photographer. This collection of glass plate negatives captures aspects of life in Claremont and at Pomona College around the turn of the twentieth century. As well as documenting local buildings and landscape, they present a candid glimpse of Pomona College student life, including athletic events, theatrical productions, college outings, and residence halls.
    Available through the Claremont Colleges Digital Library at: http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/bce/

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Harold H. Merritt (formerly Gratia Boynton, daughter of Edmund Boynton), 1972.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Brothers Charles Luther (1881-1967) and Edmund Cyrus Boynton (1879-1977) were born in Vermont. The Boynton family moved to Pasadena in 1887 and the brothers attended Pomona College, Edmund graduating in 1900 and Charles graduating in 1901.
    Charles L. Boynton married Leila Byrd Dozier in 1908 and they had one child, Charles Dozier Boynton (Pomona College class of 1931) in 1910. He worked as a missionary in China and was on of the founders of the Shanghai American School. During his time in China he organized two fund raising campaigns for new buildings and successfully erected 10 structures from 1919-1923. He was also the founder of the Community Church in Shanghai. He served in the American Company Shanghai Volunteer Corps from 1915-1923.
    Edmund C. Boynton owned and managed the Boynton Teachers Agency in Los Angeles. He married Agnes E. Chick in 1906. They had two children, H. Gratia in 1909 (Pomona College class of 1930) and Constance A. in 1911 (Pomona College class 1932).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Boynton papers include ephemera, scrapbooks, albums, photographs, diaries, correspondence and clippings from childhood, Pomona College days, and the time Charles spent in China as a missionary.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Boynton, Charles Luther, 1881-
    Boynton, Edmund, 1879-
    Pasadena (Calif.) -- History
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History
    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) -- History
    Missionaries -- United States
    Missions, American -- China

    Genres and Forms of Material