Victor Animatograph glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection

Victor Animatograph glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Camels at rest

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

 Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue) campus from the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China)

View of the Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue) campus from the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China).

Chinese Street View

Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Bamboo Plantation in Nanking (Nanjing, China). Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection

Bamboo Plantation in Nanking (Nanjing, China). Glass lantern slide from the Lin Collection, acquired by the Yale Divinity Library in 2016. The Lin Collection is a curated set of photographs and printed materials visually documenting Chinese society through the eyes of Western missionaries. Consisting of ca. 900 original photographs, printed materials, rare books, and other artifactshis, the collection pays particular attention to cross-cultural interactions between China and the West, the growth of Christianity in China in the early 20th century, and the development of the indigenous Chinese church.

Yenching University Students Perform As You Like It (August 1, 1930)

In this photograph dated August 1, 1930, two Yenching University students act in a school performance of As You Like It. The Yale Divinity Library holds a large amount of documents and images related to Yenching University, as part of the Archives of the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA).

Floatplane on the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China)

Floatplane on the Min River in Fuzhou (Fujian, China). The photograph was taken by a  student as part of final exams at Fukien Christian University (Fujian xie he da xue).

Karl Ludvig Reichelt's notes on Chinese religion

Detail of a manuscript page of the handbook Kinas religioner. Haandbok i den kinesiske religionshistorie (1913 and 1922), by the Norwegian missionary and religious scholar Karl Ludvig Reichelt (1877-1952). Digital copy of an original preserved in the library of the Tao Fong Sghan Christian Centre (道風山基督教叢林), founded by Reichelt in 1930 in Shatin, Hong Kong. 

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Recent Acquisitions

The Edward Bliss papers are now available for research!

Edward L. Bliss Papers, 1884-1946 (RG 319)

The Edward L. Bliss Papers, 1884-1946 (RG 319) document the life of China missionary Edward L. Bliss through correspondence, personal items and memorabilia, and photographs. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with family, sent from Shaowu, with the occasional letter from Fuzhou or Shanghai as Bliss was evacuated from Shaowu during the Xinhai Revolution. Of particular note is correspondence with notable missionary Emily Hartwell, on the topic of China’s Children Fund and orphanages in Fujian province.

Born on December 10th, 1865 in Massachusetts, Edward L. Bliss was a teacher, doctor, and missionary stationed in China. Commissioned by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Bliss worked in Shaowu, China as a medical missionary from 1892-1932. According to the biography published by his son in 2001, Beyond the Stone Arches: An American Missionary Doctor in China, 1892–1932, Bliss considered some of his most important work in China to be his medical training of young men. In addition to his medical teaching, practice, and fundraising for local hospitals, Bliss devoted his missionary life to the immunization of cattle against rinderpest. Beyond the Stone Arches further details Bliss’ medical missionary work and documents the family’s response to important developments within Chinese history, including the First Sino-Japanese War and the Xinhai Revolution. 

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In Focus

Omar ibn Said, renowned Muslim scholar and African American slave (c. 1850)

A new Divinity Library research guide directs users to a variety of print and electronic resources for the study of American religious history.  Created by Josh Panos, MAR ’22, this guide highlights the rich diversity of religious experience in the Americas from the colonial period to the present.   In addition to reference works, databases, and journals, it also lists digital humanities projects and digital archival collections. 

New Online Exhibition

The motto of Lingnan University, “For God, for China, and for Lingnan,” was modeled after that of Yale University, “For God, for Country, and for Yale,” which Henry Durand, a member of Yale College Class of 1881, created as part of a rallying cry in his ballad. This online exhibit reveals how generations of Lingnanians, both Chinese and American at various levels, have served Chinese society despite a series of political and social turmoil in China during the 20th century.

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