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The Edaward L. Bliss papers are now available for research!
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.
This Lingnan University 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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