Series I. Biographical, n.d.
Contained in this series are Dale Johnson’s Curriculum Vitae
and other information on his career as a professor of Chinese at
Series II. Clippings, 1957, 1964, 1972-73, 1980-81,
1983-86, 1998, n.d.
This series contains an extensive collection of newspaper clippings
regarding the Buddhist temple and its history. It also contains
articles by and about Dale Johnson, which discuss Chinese and American
culture, weaving, and Johnson’s collection of buttons depicting
Series III. Correspondence, 1962, 1973, 1981-82, 1998
This series consists of letters regarding the condition and ownership
of the Buddhist temple. Correspondents include Johnson and representatives
of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the First Kalmuk Budhist [sic]
Temple, Indiana University, and Neighborhood Redevelopment Assistance
Series IV. Miscellaneous, 1943, c.1975, 1980, 1982,
This series notably contains a timeline of the Buddhist temple’s
history, copies of legal documents concerning the temple, and a
printout of a website describing the temple’s partial restoration
in Stockholm in the 1990s.
Series V. Printed Matter and Postcards, c. 1931-33, n.d.
This series contains additional materials relating to the Buddhist
temple, including postcards, documents on the construction of the
temple in English and Chinese,
a restaurant menu, a stereoscope photograph, and a 1932 book on the temple and
Buddhism by Sven Hedin.
Series VI. Writings, 1933, 1984, n.d.
Series VI consists of four documents, three of which are histories
of the Buddhist temple. These are “American Saga of a Chinese Temple” by Dale Johnson, “The
Chinese Lama Temple: The Golden Pavilion of Jehol” by Barbara Lipton, and “The
Chinese Temple of Oberlin” by Victoria L. Getis. The series also contains
photocopies of the first two chapters of the book Jehol: City of Emperors by