Geller, Wilson Herbert and Mabel Love


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380482
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Geller, Wilson Herbert and Mabel Love
Date(s) of contents: Created 1901-1934
Level of description:
Extent and medium: 1 box

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Geller | Wilson Herbert | 1868-1949 | missionary
Geller | Mabel Love | 1872-1953 | née Neal | missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Wilson Herbert Geller was born on 26 December 1868 at Thaxted in Essex. He trained at Harley College. In 1897 he was appointed to Siaokan in Central China as Lay Evangelist for the London Missionary Society. On 5 January 1901 he married Mabel Love Neal, also of the London Missionary Society, at Union Church, Hong Kong. His work was mainly pastoral and evangelistic with the oversight of a large country district comprising about 25 churches. He took a large part in the production of a Chinese hymnbook, and composed many of the tunes. He also planned and built Siaokan Church. He retired in 1936, and died on 20 November 1949.

Mabel Love Neal was born on 18 December 1872 at Stoke Newington. She was appointed to Canton and sailed on 9 November 1897. Her chief work in China was building up a Bible school for women, as well as taking part in general work for women and girls at Siaokan Mission. She died on 17 December 1953.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased by SOAS Library in 1991.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Diaries of Wilson Herbert Geller, 1901-1904, 1908, 1910-1914, 1930, and Mabel Love Geller, 1919, 1930-1934, documenting their life and work as missionaries in China.

System of arrangement: The 16 diaries have been arranged chronologically.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Asian cultures
Christianity
Christians
Diaries
Educational missionaries
Educational missionary work
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Lay missionaries
Literary forms and genres
Missionaries
Missionary work
National cultures
Nonfiction
Prose
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Travel
Travel abroad
Women missionaries
Women's missionary work

Personal names
Geller | Mabel Love | 1872-1953 | née Neal | missionary x Neal | Mabel Love
Geller | Wilson Herbert | 1868-1949 | missionary

Corporate names
Missionary Society x LMS | London Missionary Society x London Missionary Society

Places
China
East Asia
Siaokan