The papers of Frank B. Warner document the missionary work of Warner and his wife Maude Bowman Warner in early twentieth century China. The papers are arranged in four series: Series I. Biographical; Series II. Correspondence; Series III. Reports relating to Missionary Work; and, Series IV. Photographs.
The papers primarily consist of letters written by Frank and Maude Warner describing China, its people, and its culture. Maudes letters illustrate the difficulties faced, and the isolation from basic services, especially proper medical care. Frank Warners letters describe his travels in China and his concern for the health and safety of Maude and their children. A small number of letters date from Frank Warners days as a seminary student at Oberlin College (1912-14).
Series III contains Frank Warners reports and related correspondence concerning his missionary work in China. His reports were submitted to Oberlin College and the Shansi Memorial Association. One folder contains a report by Maude Warner in which she described the living conditions in China.
The photographs in Series IV. depict buildings and scenery in China, individuals at the Ming Hsien School, and missionaries. They include a photo album and loose photographs.