Papers of J. Stuart Innerst (1894-1975), missionary, Quaker activist, editor, and critic of American foreign policy toward
China. Innerst worked in China as a United Brethren in Christ missionary (1920-1927) and later returned as a guest of the
People's Republic for five weeks in 1972. The bulk of the papers (1960-1975) relate to Innerst's lobbying and activist efforts
to improve relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China and document that part of Innerst's career
directly related to China.
The materials are arranged into eight series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS, 4) ADVOCACY MATERIALS,
5) SUBJECT FILES, 6) PHOTOGRAPHS, 7) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS, and 8) AUDIO RECORDINGS. Included in the correspondence are
letters from Anna Louise Strong and letters written by Innerst as a missionary. Innerst edited the American Friends Service
Committee's THE UNDERSTANDING CHINA NEWSLETTER (1965-1970) and the CHINA SPECTATOR PAPERS (1971-1973), which were posthumously
published as CHINA GREY, CHINA GREEN (1983).
J. Stuart Innerst was born in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, in 1894. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania,
in 1916 and received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bonebrake Theological Seminary, now the United Seminary in Dayton,
Ohio, in 1919. He married Marion Reachard after graduation from college.
4.90 linear feet
(10 archives boxes, 1 card file box, 3 oversize folders)
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Collection is open for research.