Tait Papers


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0233 Acc 9663
Held at: National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division
Domain: archival
Title: Tait Papers
Date(s) of contents: 1916-1950
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: One folder of papers plus three notebooks.

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Tait, Ruth M. A.

Administrative/Biographical history: Dr Ruth M A Tait seems to have spent her early years of study in Scotland, in Golspie and Edinburgh. She spent time during the 1920s and 1930s working as a medical missionary in China, including time as a member of the Women's Hospital Group of the Jenkins-Robertson Memorial Hospital in Sian-fu, Shaanxi, North China (the Jenkins-Robertson Memorial Hospital was connected with the Baptist Missionary Society). She also appears to have worked in the Haryana district of India, at the Rala Matpur Hospital in Palwal, and in Bhiwani.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased by the National Library of Scotland in 1998.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises:
1. Three diary notebooks. The first covers the period 4 July 1916 to 6th October 1920, and relates to Tait's early years, including her education in Golspie and Edinburgh. The second diary covers the period 7 October 1920 to 22 June 1927, and the third diary covers the period 24 April 1932 to 29 October 1932. The second and third diaries relate to Tait's personal and professional life in China.
2. One folder of miscellaneous papers including Tait's personal correspondence to her family, her official correspondence to missionary supporters, farewell addresses to Tait from her medical colleagues in India, an article on Shaanxi Hospital from an unidentified periodical, a pamphlet Report of the Jenkins-Robertson Memorial Hospital, Sian-Fu, Shensi, North China (London: Mission House), a few Chinese papers.

System of arrangement: The collection is uncatalogued, and consists of the three diary notebooks and the folder of papers outlined in Scope and content.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: Mainly English, with a little Chinese material.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: None.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The Angus Library, Regents Park College holds the archives of the Baptist Missionary Society.

The Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World holds the personal papers of George Armstrong Young, who also worked for the Baptist Missionary Society in Shaanxi during the 1920s and 1930s.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Hospitals
Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work
Mission hospitals
Missionaries
Missionary societies
Missionary work
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious organizations
Women missionaries
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Tait | Ruth M A | Doctor | Baptist Missionary Society medical missionary in China

Corporate names
Baptist Missionary Society
Jenkins-Robertson Memorial Hospital | Shaanxi

Places
Asia
China
East Asia
Edinburgh
Europe
Golspie
India
Shaanxi
Shensi x Shaanxi
South Asia
UK
Western Europe