Ridge, William Sheldon and Frances


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 PP MS 30
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Ridge, William Sheldon and Frances
Date(s) of contents: Created c1917-1948
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 5 boxes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Ridge | Frances | b 1887 | née Butcher | nurse and missionary
Ridge | William Sheldon | 1875-1945 | teacher and journalist

Administrative/Biographical history: Frances Butcher was born on 7 March 1887 in Lewisham, South London. She trained as a Nursing Sister at the London Temperance Hospital and at Carey Hall. On 31 July 1920 she sailed to China, where she worked as a Nursing Sister at the Tientsin Hospital for the London Missionary Society. Frances Butcher resigned her position in October 1924 when she married William Sheldon Ridge.

William Sheldon Ridge was born in Selby, Yorkshire on 10 Jan 1875, and worked as a teacher. He married Mary Louisa Craven in 1903, who died in 1923. They went out to China in 1904 when Ridge became Headmaster of the Shanghai Municipal Public School for Chinese. In 1905 he became Assistant Editor of The Shanghai Mercury, and held a series of editorships including The National Review China (1907-1916); The Peking Daily News (1917-1921); and The Far Eastern Times (1922-1926). In 1930 Ridge started The Chronicle, which he continued until 1939 when he retired. As well as doing journalistic work Ridge was Lecturer on Chinese geography and international relations at the North China Union Language School (from 1917), and Professor of English Language and Literature at the Chinese Government College of Salt Administration (from 1920) and at the Chinese Government University of Communications (from 1927). On their retirement the Ridges moved to Yenchi, and were interned by the Japanese in 1943. In 1945 Ridge died suddenly from a gall stone obstruction.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1995.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, c1917-1948, of William Sheldon Ridge, comprising photographs, manuscripts of books containing material used for his lectures on Chinese international relations, and miscellaneous papers. Includes papers relating to his wife Frances.

System of arrangement: The material has been grouped into three classes: photographs; manuscripts of books by Ridge; miscellaneous papers.

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

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Academic teaching personnel
Ancient religions
Asian cultures
Christianity
Christians
Communication personnel
Educational missionaries
Educational personnel
International relations
Journalists
Lay missionaries
Medical missionaries
Medical personnel
Medical profession
Medical sciences
Missionaries
National cultures
Paramedical personnel
Photographs
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Teachers
Travel
Travel abroad
Visual materials
Women missionaries

Personal names
Ridge | Frances | b 1887 | née Butcher | nurse and missionary x Butcher | Frances
Ridge | William Sheldon | 1875-1945 | teacher and journalist

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

Places
Beijing
China
East Asia
Shanghai
Tianjin