FRED R. BUNKER PAPERS

1835-1975, n.d.


SERIES DESCRIPTIONS AND INVENTORY

Series 1:  Autobiographical and Biographical Materials, 1930-1961
This series contains autobiographical and biographical sketches of Fred R.
Bunker, a passport, and several items relating to his death.  The
autobiographical work details Bunker's religious beginnings and provides
genealogical information.  The sketch also includes numerous biographical
additions from Bunker's daughter, Edith Bunker Davis.  The biographical sketch,
written by Davis for the Bunker Family Scholarship Fund and the American Board
of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, traces the missionary activities of Fred
and Belle Bunker.  Beginning with Fred and Belle's meeting in college, the work
chronicles their missionary activities throughout Southern Africa.  Davis
included many quotes from her father's correspondence and diaries.  The passport
contains a photograph and a physical description of Bunker, as well as
documentation of the countries visited.  The items relating to Fred R. Bunker's
death include an obituary, a telegram, and an order for a memorial service.
Arranged chronologically.
Roll 1
1930-1961           Box 1   Folder 1        Frame   00014
Series 2:  Materials Relating to Missionary Activities, 1835-1952
This series contains minutes, correspondence, papers, extracts and clippings
from published works, and maps.  The material in this series pertains primarily
to the American Zulu Mission and Portuguese East Africa.  Other topics
highlighted include European influence, the history of the region, forced labor
and slavery, and African cultures and customs.  The maps depict various areas of
Southern Africa, including routes taken by missionaries.  Many of the maps are
in color and several are handdrawn.  Arranged chronologically.
Roll 1 (cont.)
1835-1952           Box 1   Folder 2        Frame   00081
1835-1952           Box 1   Folder 3        Frame   00155
1835-1952           Box 1   Folder 4        Frame   00304
Series 3:  Fred R. Bunker Diaries, 1887-1941
This series contains twenty-three diaries of Fred R. Bunker and an edited
version of an 1892 diary.  The diaries begin in 1887 when Bunker was the State
Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. in Michigan.  The following diaries document trips to
Africa, Europe, and North America.  Topics discussed in the diaries include
detailed accounts of expeditions and missionary activities in Africa, as well as
daily activities in the United States.  Also found in this series is an edited
version of several 1892 diary entries, compiled by Edith Bunker Davis.  Arranged
chronologically.
Roll 1 (cont.)
1887                Box 2   Folder 1        Frame   00429
1891                Box 2   Folder 2        Frame   00466
1892                Box 2   Folder 3        Frame   00654
1892                Box 2   Folder 4        Frame   00720
Roll 2
1895                Box 2   Folder 5        Frame   00013
1908                Box 2   Folder 6        Frame   00041
1911                Box 2   Folder 7        Frame   00063
1926                Box 3   Folder 1        Frame   00101
1927                Box 3   Folder 2        Frame   00194
1928                Box 3   Folder 3        Frame   00352
1929                Box 3   Folder 4        Frame   00512
1930                Box 4   Folder 1        Frame   00697
Roll 3
1931                Box 4   Folder 2        Frame   00014
1932                Box 4   Folder 3        Frame   00203
1933                Box 4   Folder 4        Frame   00390
1934                Box 5   Folder 1        Frame   00577
Roll 4
1935                Box 5   Folder 2        Frame   00013
1936                Box 5   Folder 3        Frame   00204
1937                Box 6   Folder 1        Frame   00398
1938                Box 6   Folder 2        Frame   00595
Roll 5
1939                Box 6   Folder 3        Frame   00013
1940                Box 6   Folder 4        Frame   00193
1941                Box 7   Folder 1        Frame   00378
1892 [ed. version]  Box 7   Folder 1        Frame   00547
Series 4:  Belle H. Bunker Diaries, 1892-1895
This series contains four diaries of Belle H. Bunker and an edited typescript of
her 1892 diary.  The four diaries chronicle her daily experiences as a
missionary in Africa and provide detailed accounts of various expeditions.  Also
in this series is an edited version of Belle's diary from 14 June to 12 July
1892, compiled by Edith Bunker Davis.  Arranged chronologically.
Roll 5 (cont.)
1892-1893           Box 8   Folder 1        Frame   00618
1893                Box 8   Folder 2        Frame   00656
1893-1894           Box 8   Folder 3        Frame   00729
1895                Box 8   Folder 4        Frame   00765
1892 [ed. version]  Box 9   Folder 1        Frame   00838
Series 5:  Fred R. Bunker Correspondence, 1891-1945, n.d.
This series consists of letters to and from Fred Bunker as well as copies of
correspondence between others.  The correspondence begins in 1891 with Bunker's
voyage to Africa and continues detailing his involvement with mission work
through 1945.  In addition to tracing the evolution of mission work in Africa,
this series covers many topics, including descriptions of voyages and
expeditions, initial and continuing impressions of Africa and the native
peoples, African politics, opposition to missions by local authorities, and
management of missions and mission schools.  The correspondence also documents
Bunker's continuing involvement with mission work after his return to the U.S.,
projects of the American Board and the Fairfield Association, and daily
activities of the Bunker family and other missionaries.  Frequent correspondents
include C. Kamba Simango, Pierre Loze, Ernest W. Riggs, Mabel E. Emerson,
William G. T. N'como, Emory Ross, Wilfrid Bunker, and Enoch F. Bell.  Arranged
chronologically.
Roll 6
1891-1899           Box 9   Folder 2        Frame   00017
1900-1909           Box 9   Folder 3        Frame   00171
1910-1919           Box 9   Folder 4        Frame   00250
1920-1929           Box 9   Folder 5        Frame   00324
1930-1933           Box 9   Folder 6        Frame   00404
1934-1937           Box 9   Folder 7
1938                Box 10  Folder 1
1939                Box 10  Folder 2
Roll 7
1940-1945           Box 10  Folder 3        Frame   00013
n.d.                Box 10  Folder 4        Frame   00173
Series 6:  Edith Bunker Davis Correspondence, 1945-1973
This series contains letters to and from Davis as well as copies of
correspondence between others.  The items in this series continue to detail the
evolution of mission work in Southern Africa.  Although Edith never served as a
missionary to Africa, her correspondence indicates her intense involvement with
mission work, especially concerning financial matters.  Primary topics in this
series concern funding for mission work, the Bunker Family Scholarship, and the
American education of an African student, Ignatius Tapera.  Circular letters
from missionary families in the field describe daily life in Africa and progress
of the mission schools and hospitals.  Frequent correspondents include John and
Dorothy Marsh, William G. T. N'como, John A. Reuling, George H. Paltridge, Frank
Meacham, Charlotte Webb, Ignatius Tapera, Louise F. Torrence, Mary Jane Bennett,
Alma L. Cooke, Philip M. Widenhouse, and several members of the Bunker family.
Arranged chronologically.
Roll 7 (cont.)
1945-1949           Box 10  Folder 5        Frame   00231
1950-1953           Box 11  Folder 1        Frame   00325
1954-1959           Box 11  Folder 2
1960-1969           Box 11  Folder 3        Frame   00601
1970-1973           Box 11  Folder 4
n.d.                Box 11  Folder 5        Frame   00817
Series 7:  C. Kamba Simango Correspondence & Related Materials, 
     1914-1948, n.d.
All items in this series are copies of records from the Hampton Institute
Archives.  Access to this series is for the convenience of researchers, who must
comply fully with the regulations of the archival program at Hampton Institute.
C. Kamba Simango, of the Ndau tribe in Portuguese East Africa was employed by
Fred R. Bunker for several months in Natal.  Afterwards Simango entered Hampton
Institute in Virginia, from which he was graduated in 1919.  He then earned his
bachelor's degree in 1924 from Columbia University in New York City.  After a
brief period of study in Portugal, Simango returned to Southern Africa as a
missionary and educator.  The correspondence includes letters to and from
Simango as well as correspondence between others concerning Simango.  Topics
discussed in the correspondence relate to Simango's educational experience at
Hampton Institute, career opportunities in the U.S. and in Africa, Simango's
time of study in Portugal, family matters, teaching career at Mt. Silinda, and
events at Hampton Institute.  Items of interest include several biographical
sketches, a wedding announcement, photographs, African folk stories, writings
concerning African religious beliefs and the program from Simango's graduation
ceremony.  Arranged chronologically.
Roll 8
1914-1948, n.d.     Box 11  Folder 6        Frame   00014
Series 8:  Works of Fred R. Bunker, 1919-ca. 1945, n.d.
This series contains publications, reports, sketches, and other works produced
or compiled by Fred R. Bunker, all pertaining to Africa.  Topics covered in
these works include several histories of South Africa, histories of various
African missions, the work of early female missionaries, Bunker's experiences in
Africa, the influences of Hampton Institute in Africa, hunting and exploring
expeditions, forced labor, biographical sketches of C. Kamba Simango and the
Bunker family, a compilation of entries from Dr. David Livingstone's journals,
and texts concerning Bunker's lantern slides.  Arranged chronologically.
Roll 8 (cont.)
1919-ca. 1945, n.d.  Box 11  Folder 7       Frame   00134
n.d.                 Box 11  Folder 8
Series 9:  Reference Files, ca.1880s-1975, n.d.
This series consists of publications, reports, essays, newspaper clippings,
minutes, biographical sketches and manuscripts.  All items concern Africa and/or
mission work.  Specific topics found in this series include mission activities,
American Board activities, Christianity in Africa, mission hospitals, schools
and churches, race relations, employment and forced labor, political activities,
Kathleen Easmon-Simango, and the Bunker family.  Also in this series are several
issues of East Africa Advance (later titled The Advance of the Rhodesia
Mission).  A noteworthy item in this series is a fifty-five page manuscript
by Dorothy Richards Rhinehardt, detailing her childhood experiences from 1900 to
1908, as the daughter of a missionary in Inhambane.  Arranged chronologically.
Roll 8 (cont.)
ca. 1880s-1908      Box 12  Folder 1        Frame   00433
1911 - ca. 1936     Box 12  Folder 2
ca. 1937-1943       Box 12  Folder 3
Roll 9
1944-1975           Box 12  Folder 4
n.d.                Box 12  Folder 5
n.d.                Box 12  Folder 6
Note: Researchers seeking positive prints (microfilm) of any of the nine rolls
should contact the Talladega College Library, Talladega, Alabama, 35160.


 

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