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RG 15 - Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association
Inventory -subgroup VII /series 4-6
An asterisk (*) indicates restricted records.

Subgroup VII. Audio Visual

Series 4. Slides

Boxes 1-5

Lantern Slides (3x4); some hand-colored. Depicting people, places, and events in China, ca. 1890-1935. (Box 5 contains the highlighted slide series.)

Item list for box 5:

  1. Portrait of Lydia Lord Davis and Alice Moon Williams seated with each of their children. c.1901-04 (3x4)
    According to Carl Jacobson, the creation of this image occurred soon after Davis and Williams had lost their husbands in the Boxer Rebellion. It appears that the 3x4 slide is a copy of framed photograph, which Oberlin College Archives does not hold. The hand-colored image has faded over time, and is in fair overall condition. (neg. 3162)
  2. Lydia Lord Davis in Horse Cart. c.1890-96 (3x4)
    Portrays Lydia Lord Davis in a Horse Cart with three children. The latter cannot be identified. The slide is showing signs of chemical degradation and fading. (neg. 3163)
  3. "Mrs. [Lydia Lord] Davis, her school girl's & native helpers... Presbyt. School." c.1890-96 (3x4)
    In this portrait of Lydia Lord Davis are unidentified men, women, and children assistants. The image is in good condition. Lydia wears a "Mother Hubbard" dress -- a popular style of maternity dress in the United States in the late nineteenth century (the sleeves on this one indicate 1890s. Lydia was pregnant in 1890, 1893, 1894, 1896, and 1897). (neg. 3161)
  4. "Yu Tao He Valley, Shansi." c.1924-26 (3x4)
    A beautifully hand-colored image of the favorite summer retreat of Shansi reps, pre-1937. While the image of Yu Tao He Valley exists in other formats, this rendition is unique. The slide is in excellent condition. This stream was destroyed by the Japanese in the late 1930s. (neg. 3160)
  5. "Miss [Gertrude M.] Cheney Arriving on Peking Cart." c.1934-36 (3x4)
    This hand-colored slide of Cheney atop a mule-drawn cart piled high with luggage exemplifies a mode of Chinese transportation during the 1930s. (neg. 3159)
  6. "Mr. and Mrs. [Paul L.] Corbin's Caravan Welcomed by Mrs. [Winifred} Hemingway to Taiku 1905, Miss [Flora] H[e]ebner Behind." (3x4)
    This beautifully hand-colored slide depicts the arrival procession of the Corbins to Shansi. The visibility of surrounding landscape, Chinese assistants, and the popular fashions of 1905 make this slide interesting. (neg. 3157)
  7. "Mr. [Hsiang-hsi] Kung in Policeman's Dress." c.1920s (3x4)
    Kung Hsiang-hsi is an Oberlin graduate who had been a student in one of the mission schools in Taiku. He escaped to the U.S. after the Boxer Rebellion, but eventually returned to Taiku in 1908 and founded Ming Hsien -- the school built in the Flower Garden. (neg. 3158)
  8. "The Two Heroes of Cathay: Fay and Kung." c.1908-15 (3x4)
    This formal portrait depicts a seated Fay and a standing Kung. Fay Chi ho had been a fellow teacher and friend of Kung's at the Shansi schools. When many of Fay's family and friends were martryed, he followed Kung to the U.S. and attended Oberlin College. Chemical deterioration and cracks in the glass currently threaten this image. (neg. 3165)
  9. "Martyred Missionaries Graves, Taikuhsien." c.1902-1910 (3x4)
    This richly hand-colored slide depicts the final resting place of the missionaries killed in the Boxer Rebellion. The slide remains in excellent condition. (neg. 3156)

Box 6

Lantern Slides (2x2) and 35mm color slides, depicting people, places, and events
in China, 1981-82, n.d. (3f)

Series 5. Motion Pictures

Subseries 1. Films
(see Subseries 2 for titles converted to VHS tapes)

Box 1

1. "Shansi Memorial Association: John Hamlin Films," 1938 (16mm)
2. "Dr. Mei's Last Assembly," c.1915, by Hamlin (16mm)
3. "Hamlin -- 1937 -- Return to China" (16mm)
4. Hamlin: "A Peiping Funeral," n.d. (16mm)
5. "Ming Hsien Schools - pt.1" n.d. (16mm)
6. "Ming Hsien Schools - pt.II" n.d. (16mm)
7. "Ming Hsien Schools - pt.III" n.d. (16mm)

Box 2

8. "Typical Day Shansi Middle School," Taken by Domke, n.d. (16mm)
9. "Movement of Middle Schools" n.d. (16mm)
10 "Domke -- Chengu Plain," c.1939 (16mm)
11. "1948 -- Van Meter, Cameron, Farley, Howes, Knapp in China" (16mm)
12. "Domke: Madame Chang's Warphanage" n.d. (16mm)

Box 3

13. "Travel Outside Taiku," 1934 (16mm)
14. "J.P Mei at Temple," 1937, (16mm)
15. "Ells Announced in Oberlin Chapel," 1939 (16mm)
16. "Peking, 1947" (16mm)
17. "Mint, Church, Moyers, New Construction, Betty Cameron Leading Chain, Herb and Gretchen," 1948-50 (16mm)
18. Untitled, c.1947 (8mm)
19. Untitled, c.1948 (8mm)
20. Untitled, c.1948 (8mm)
21. Untitled, c.1948 (8mm)
22. "Shansi Visitors," c.1970 or c.1980 (8mm)
23. "India -- Madurai Temple, LDC" n.d. (8mm)
24. "India -- LDC Bldg.." n.d. (8mm)
25. "India -- LDC... on Shansi Steps," n.d. (8mm)
26. "Japan/China -- Taigu," n.d. (8mm)
27. "AC + Yonsei," n.d. (8mm)
28. Untitled, n.d. (16mm)

Subseries 2. VHS Tapes

Box 1 contains the SVHS master tapes for the following titles.
Box 2 contains the copy VHS tapes for the following titles.

Note: These titles correspond to film titles located in subseries 1. The conversion of the select films was completed in May/June 2001 [accession 2001/065).

1. "Shansi Memorial Association: John Hamlin Films," 1939 (16mm) (date verified by shipping date on originial box and films title shot)
4. Hamlin: "A Peiping Funeral," n.d. (16mm)
11. "1948 -- Van Meter, Cameron, Farley, Howes, Knapp in China" (16mm)
13. ‘Travel Outside Taiku," 1934 (16mm)
14. "J.P Mei at Temple," 1937, (16mm)
15. "Ells Announced in Oberlin Chapel," 1939 (16mm)
16 "Peking, 1947" (16mm)
17. "Mint, Church, Moyers, New Construction, Betty Cameron Leading Chain, Herb and Gretchen," 1948-50 (16mm)
18. Untitled, c.1947 (8mm)
19. Untitled, c.1948 (8mm)
20. Untitled, c.1948 (8mm)
21. Untitled, c.1948 (8mm)
22. "Shansi Visitors," c.1970 or c.1980 (8mm)
23. "India -- Madurai Temple, LDC" n.d. (8mm)
24. "India -- LDC Bldg.." n.d. (8mm)
25. "India -- LDC... on Shansi Steps," n.d. (8mm)
26. "Japan/China -- Taigu," n.d. (8mm)
27. "AC + Yonsei," n.d. (8mm)
28. Untitled, n.d. (16 mm)

Box 2 (cont.)

Other Tapes

"China Gather - Shansi Work Tape," n.d.
"Oberlin Shansi: Renewing the Commitment to Joining Worlds, " 2004 (Tape and DVD)

 

Series 6. Audio Tapes

Box 1

One magnetic "mini" reel-to-reel tape, 1961
One magnetic cassette tape, 1979

 
 
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