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RG 30/311 - Gertrude M. Hoffman (1912-1981)
Scope and Content
The papers of Gertrude M. Hoffman consist of letters written to her family while she was teaching at the Oberlin Shansi Memorial School in Taiku, Shansi, China, from 1933 to 1936. These letters describe her daily activities, classes taught, Chinese customs observed, visits to other parts of China and to Japan and Korea, and her study of the Chinese language. The March 1936 correspondence discusses the Communist army's movements in Shansi Province which caused Hoffman and her colleagues to leave Taiku for Peiping. Hoffman's letters frequently mention other teachers and fellow Americans in China; they include Raymond T. Moyer (A.B. 1921), Paul Corbin (B.D. 1903), Joseph Hamilton (A.B. 1933), Richard G. (Dick) Irwin (A.B. 1932, A.M. 1936), Elizabeth (Betty) James (Mrs. R.G. Irwin; A.B. 1932, A.M. 1936) , Mark Wu, Josephine Hamilton (Mrs. H.E. Van Meter; S.Mus.B. 1935, A.B. 1939), Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wilbur, and Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Burton.
Series Descriptions
This collection has not been divided into series.
These papers were donated to the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association by Donald O. Hoffman in 1997, and were deposited in the Archives in 1999.
Related Materials

The following collections in the Oberlin College Archives contain materials relating to missionary work in China:

15 Records of the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association
38/1 Missionaries
21 Oberlin File; Section II; Folder 21 (Rowena Bird letter, 1900)
30/67 George Nelson Allen
30/76 Willard L. Beard
30/49 Paul Leaton Corbin
30/130 Everett D. Hawkins
30/26 Margaret Portia Mickey
30/260 Raymond T. Moyer
30/42 Missionary Letters of C. N. Pond
30/145 A. Clair Siddall, M.D.
30/322 Francis F. & Emma B. Tucker
30/288 Herbert & Josephine (Hamilton) Van Meter
30/58 Mr. and Mrs. George L. (Alice Moon) Williams
30/21 George Frederick Wright

See RG 15 Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association, Subgroup II, Series 4 and Subgroup IV, Series 1 for letters and reports from Gertrude (Cheney) Hoffman.

RG 30/288 includes letters from Gertrude Hoffman's mother, Francis Cheney, to Josephine Hamilton Van Meter's parents concerning their daughters' experiences in China and news about the Communist army in Shansi.

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