Department of Finance. China Mission Records

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Department of Finance. China Mission Records


  • 1941-1951 (Creation)


.7 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Arthur J. Allen accepted a missionary appointment to Hankow in December 1931. In 1941, he and his wife moved to Yunnan where they taught at the Boone/St. Hilda's refugee school. With the entry of the Japanese into Western Yunnan, the Allen’s shifted east and Arthur began work as treasurer in Kunming. He carried a monumental load from 1942 to 1946. He became, in effect, the treasurer for the Episcopal Church in China and was essentially the only contact that the Episcopal Church had with its missionaries to whom he distributed available funds. After a furlough spent in the United States, he returned to China in 1947 first in the treasurer's office in Shanghai and later as the treasurer of the Diocese of O-Hsiang in Hankow. The Allens were one of the last missionary families to leave China in 1951 after the Communist takeover in 1949. Mr. Allen died in 1954.

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Mostly correspondence and some financial records make up this set of records, which dates from 1941 to 1951, excluding the period from January of 1947 through November of 1948. They capture an important record of the activities of the Episcopal Church in China during World War II and during the last days of its work in the early 1950s. The correspondence contains far more than a record of financial transactions, since Allen wrote detailed letters recording the events taking place in China. There is some correspondence with the Bank of China, 1941-1944.


The record group is arranged in the order that the records were received, and contains the single series of Correspondence.

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