Register of the Charles Luther Boynton Papers, 1901-1967

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Register of the Charles Luther Boynton Papers, 1901-1967

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Stanford University

Stanford, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Luther Boynton Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1901-1967
Collection number: XX284
Creator: Boynton, Charles Luther, 1881-
Collection Size: 11 manuscript boxes, 2 envelopes. (4.6 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, writings, pamphlets, and photographs, relating to missionary work in Shanghai, the Shanghai American School, and social conditions in China.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Luther Boynton Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Related Materials

Charles and Edmund Boynton papers. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

Access Points

China--Description and travel.
Shanghai (China)

Biographical Note

1881, June 8 Born, Townshend, Vermont
1901 Graduated, Pomona College
1901-1903 Assistant Secretary, State Committee YMCAs of Kansas
1903-1906 Business Secretary, Student Department, International Committee YMCA, New York
1906-1914 Business Secretary, National Committee YMCAs of China
1907 Attended Centenary Conference, New York
1908, June 8 Married Leila Dozier
1909-1920 Member, original Board of Managers of the Shanghai American School, which he founded
1914-1915 Foreign Missions Conference of North America
  Editor, The Missions Code
1915-1920 Business and Statistical Secretary of China Continuation Committee
1915-1923 Served with U.S. Army, Shanghai Volunteer Corps
1920-1922 Business Manager, Shanghai American School; Executive Secretary, 1922-1923; Acting Principal, 1923-1924; Principal, 1924-1926
1927-1947 Business Secretary of National Christian Council of China; Acting General Secretary, 1941; Honorary Secretary, 1947-1950
  Compiled the handbook The Christian Movement in China
1943-1945 Interned at Chapei Civil Assembly Center during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai
1946 Returned to the United States

Container List

Box  1


Scope and Content Note

Announcements, correspondence, invitations, memorabilia, receipts, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box 1



Biographical data




Correspondence with the University of Oregon, Eugene


National Christian Council of China - Resolution on the Services of Charles Luther Boynton (hereafter CLB)


Notes and indexes of Boynton Papers



Box  1-2


Scope and Content Note

Arranged in three groups: general correspondence, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent; open letters sent annually to his friends entitled Dear Friends, arranged chronologically; and personal correspondence with his family, arranged chronologically. See also SUBJECT FILE, Post World War II; CHAPEI CIVIL ASSEMBLY CENTER; SHANGHAI AMERICAN SCHOOL
Box 1

General correspondence


Miscellaneous and unidentified


Boynton, Edmund C. See also SUBJECT FILE, Post World War II


Boynton, Leila Dozier. See also CHAPEI CIVIL ASSEMBLY CENTER


Bramble, Joan and Ronald


Davis, Lowry and Mary B.


Fahs, Charles H.


Farrior, Stacy and Kitty


Fickett, Nellie


Field, Gertrude


First Federal Savings Alhambra, A.G. Kruse


Fisher, A.J. and Dorothy


Fitch, Mr. and Mrs. George A.


Fosdick, Harry Emerson


Fox, George A.


Fridell, Elmer A.


Fulcher, Helen McCracken


Hening, S.E.


Ho, T.K. (Deputy Mayor of Shanghai)


Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Philip T. McLean


Kerr, Willis


Magill, Orrin R., Jr.


Marriage License Bureau, Los Angeles, Ella Moody


Patch, George E. and Julia


Rawbinson, John L.


Renwick, William G.


Turner, Eugene A.


U.S. State Department


Westbrook, Louise and Hart


Dear friends open letters






Original copies


Printed copies

Box 2

Personal and family correspondence




August 1901-January 1903. Transcribed letters to his mother


July 1902-June 1903. Original letters to his mother, father and brother


New York


July 1903-July 1904


June 1904-July 1905


August 1905-October 1906


Early years in China, 1906-1909


Transcripts of postcards, 1903-1953

Box  3


Scope and Content Note

Addresses, autobiographical writings, drafts, notes, personal meditations, reports, sermons, arranged alphabetically by title
Box 3

American Missions in China, n.d. Two carbon copies of an essay on the nineteenth century movement


Appeal to the Community Church of Shanghai, 16 June 1940. Typescript of an address requesting aid for the Hopei and Shantung Provinces


Attempting the Impossible, 9 August 1936. Typescript and carbon fragments of a speech


Autobiographical writings. See also Shanghai American School, The Growth of an Idea


General. Carbon typescript of notes and portions of an autobiographical article


How War Came to Shanghai, August 1937. Transcribed letter to E.C. Lobenstine


Kansas travel diary, 1901-1903. Typewritten transcript of the original


Notes on Life in the Chapei Civil Assembly Center, 1943-1945. Carbon typescript, copied from original books


Peace, Peace, When there is No Peace, 29 May 1963. Typescript concerning Shanghai after 1941.


Shanghai American School History, n.d. Typescript and carbon copy


Since Pearl Harbor, n.d. Typescript and carbon copy of a description of life and work at Chapei


Thirty-Nine Years (1906-1946). Typescript of a description of life and work in China


This, I Believe, 7 May 1906. Carbon copies of CLB's statement of faith upon ordination, prefaced with an autobiographical sketch. See also Statement of Faith for original text


Broadcast of the American Red Cross, May 1938. Typescript of a speech written for Norman Davis, President of the American Red Cross


Chapei Civil Assembly Speeches, 19 October 1944 - 15 April 1945. Handwritten church services and sermons


Is the Church in China Declining? December 1932. Printed copy of an article published in The Chinese Recorder


Lea, General Homer, ca. 1951. Typescript of CLB's memorandum of his contacts with Lea


The Life Eternal, 13 March 1938. Printed copy of a sermon delivered at the Community Church of Shanghai


Memorial Day Address at Bubbling Well Cemetary, 1924. Typescript of an address to the Shanghai American Community, the Shanghai American School, and the American Company of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps


Nominating Speech for H.F. Kay, Spring 1945. Typescript of a speech recommending Kay as American representative of the Chapei Civil Assembly Center


Notes for addresses, sermons, etc, 1906-1941. Typescripts


Our Christianity and our Staff, ca. 1930. Typescript carbon copy of an essay considering the role the National Christian Council


Protest of Ransomed Americans, May 1923. Typescript carbon copy transcribed from the China Press, of a speech written for Anne Alter Fearm at the Shaghai Town Hall


The Purpose of Life, 24 August 1934. Two typescript carbon copies of CLB's meditation


The Rise and Development of Protestant Missions in China, 4 October 1939. Typescript carbon copy


Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 15 April 1945. See Chapei Civil Assembly Speeches


Sermons. Miscellaneous sermons and fragments. Typescripts and carbon copies


Shanghai American School. See also Autobiographical writings, Shanghai American School History


A Brief Chronology, June 1936. Two typescript carbon copies


Commencement Address, Shanghai American School, 1925. Typescript


The Growth of an Idea, n.d. Typescript carbon copy


Notes for the History and Reunion Proposal, n.d. Typescripts


Statement of Faith, 7 May 1906. Original typescript and carbon copy of the address given under examination for ordination. See also Autobiographical writings, This I Believe for explanatory notes


Trained, Tried, True, 23 June 1924. Original typescript and two carbon copies of a commencement address delivered at South China College


Union Church Sermons, 1918, 1922, and 1939. Handwritten and typescript notes for sermons


The Use of Subsidies, 17 February 1933. Original typescript and two carbon copies of a personal memorandum


We are the Pilgrims of Hope, 22 November 1945. Original typescript and carbon copy of a Thanksgiving Day address delivered at the Community Church of Shanghai


What is the Present Status of the Protestant Enterprise in China? ca. 1937. Typescript carbon copy


What is Truth? ca. 1930. Original typescript and carbon copy of his personal meditation


YMCA Annual Reports 1908-1910. Two original typescripts and a carbon copy of the 1910 report

Box  4-6

SUBJECT FILE, 1901-1966.

Scope and Content Note

Charts, graphs, correspondence, notes, periodicals, arranged alphabetically by subject
Box 4



American Association of China, Shanghai


Boynton, Leila Dozier - Correspondence


Cemetary lists








Chinese-American Institute of Cultural Relations, Shanghai


Community Church of Shanghai






Annual reports and financial statements


Governing Board


Membership, 1938




Parish bulletin


Parish scope


Women's Auxiliary


Consuls in China, 1845-1935


Cross, Laura - Poetry




Evacuation of China, 1948




Hallock, Henry Galloway C.


Hensley, Reverend and Mrs. C. Marvin


Koreans in Shanghai


Maps. Correspondence regarding the collecting of, Mattox, Dr. E.L.


Miao, Chester S. See also Post World War II, Correspondence, American Consulate


Minute Man, 1922

Box 5

Missionaries in China, ca. 1910


Charts, diagrams




The Future of Christian Missions in China. Memorandum of informal discussions by a group of missionaries


Lists. See also NOTEBOOKS






Americans in Shanghai, 19 December 1945


Chapei Civil Assembly Center


Gibbon's Catalogue's Monthly Supplement, 1905-1903




Moslems in China, N.E.Z. Pickens


National Christian Council of China, Shanghai


North China American, 1935


Post World War II




Miscellaneous and fragments


American Consulate


Boynton, Edmund


Cross, Rowland M.


Decker, Dr. J.W.


Fairlield, Wynn G.


McKenna, James (re: repatriation)


Sakamoto, James G. (re: repatriation)


Wegener, R. (re: repatriation)


Shanghai - Celebrations, invitations


U.S. Forces, Shanghai, 1946 - Telephone directory

Box 6

Religious pamphlets


Robertson, Clarence H. Robbie


Shanghai Municipal Orchestra


Thanksgiving Services, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Shanghai


United Board of Christian Colleges, New York




Annual reports


New Horizons


United Church Board for World Missions Newsletter


Wheaton Alumni Quarterly, Summer 1964


Women's Groups, Shanghai



Box  6


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, minutes, periodicals, service prayers, arranged alphabetically by subject. See also SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, Chapei speeches, and nominating speech for H.F. Kay; SUBJECT FILE, Missionaries, Chapei, and Miao, Chester S.; NOTEBOOKS
Box 6

Assembly Times, 1943-1945


Bulletin, American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society






Boynton, Edmund C.


Damsgaard, Alexis and Dorothy


Dozier, Mary Boynton (Mrs. Barton)


Morgan, Edith


Wechsler, Rudolf


Woodward, Peggy Anddibark


Examinations held by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, 1944 and 1945


Minute book of Protestant Church (transcribed)




Service prayers during internment


Transcripts of small notebooks. See NOTEBOOKS for original copies

Box  7


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, minutes, notes, periodicals, prospecti, arranged alphabetically by subject. See also SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, Shanghai American School; NOTEBOOKS, student enrollment lists and school newspaper
Box 7









Enrollment lists. See also CORRESPONDENCE, Westbrook, Louise and Hart; NOTEBOOKS




Prior to CLB's administration




Financial records


History - Correspondence




Anderson, Colena


Bartlett, Willard W.


Merwin, Wallace






Origins and dedication


Post war reopening


Prospecti and other printed matter


Reunion, Class of 1936


Shanghai American, 1935-1937


Status reports

Box  8-9


Scope and Content Note

Address books, Chapei camp notes, guest books, lists of missionaries and students, personal notes
Box 8-9

20 notebooks compiled by CLB and three oversize folders

Box 10.A-V


Envelope: A

30 prints depicting Charles Luther Boynton and his wife, mostly in Shanghai, China, with friends and colleagues of the National Christian Council of China, the China Continuation Committee, the Chinese YMCA, the Shanghai American School, the China Amsterdam Youth Conference Delegation, the American Women's Club, the Phi Beta Kappa Officers' Association, the H.S.S. Galveston sailors, and the U.S. Army. Includes one print of Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang Kai-shek, as well as many other Chinese acquaintances, 1916-1941

Envelope: B

13 prints depicting Peking, 1920; Shanghai, 1939-1940; Kuling, 1909; and 3 negatives of a refugee camp after a typhoon, 6 July 1939

Box 10-11


Scope and Content Note

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