Stephenson, Gladys


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MMS Boxes 642-643
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Stephenson, Gladys
Date(s) of contents: c1909-1976
Level of description: Super-collection
Extent and medium: 2 boxes

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Stephenson | Gladys | d 1989 | medical missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Sent by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society to the Wuchang district, China, 1915; studied languages in Hankow; served initially at the Hodge Memorial Hospital, Hankow; matron at the Anlu Men's Hospital from c1917; played a pioneering role in training indigenous nursing staff; active in founding the Nurses Association of China, becoming its President, 1924; appointed Principal of the School of Nursing at the new Union Hospital in Hankow, c1927; appointed Director of Nursing Service for the National Flood Relief Commission by the Chinese government, she was active in addressing the effects of serious floods on the refugee camps, 1931; on furlough, 1940; interned in Shanghai, 1942-1945; retired, 1951; settled in Southall, London; deaconess; unmarried; died, 1981.

Custodial history: The papers were deposited with the Methodist Missionary Society and form part of the special series of biographical papers of individual missionaries.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society from 1978.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, c1909-1976, of Sister Gladys Stephenson, comprising diary of journey to China, 1915; journals of visits to Korea and Peking, 1926, 1936 and undated; journal of her time in the internment camp, 1942-1945; diaries recording daily events, 1946-1971; long letter from Gladys Stephenson, 1945, from the Shanghai internment camp recounting her experiences, and typescript copies; manuscript and typescript accounts of a journey to Hong Kong, Malaya and the Holy Land, 1961; other typescript and manuscript notes, accounts, or addresses by Gladys Stephenson recounting her experiences, largely undated, including one relating to the great floods (1931); two photographs of a chapel used by the Methodist hospital, Hankow, and papers relating to a stained glass window, 1940; printed material on Christianity, missionary work and missionaries, nursing and training, and other aspects of life in China, including hospitals in Hankow, 1909-1976, largely dating, 1920s-1960s.

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English and Chinese

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche. Originals to be consulted only with written agreement from the Methodist Church.

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

Finding aids: Collection level description.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/WMMS), which was succeeded by the Methodist Missionary Society. SOAS also holds papers of the Missionary Records Project relating to Sister Gladys Stephenson, including further diaries (Ref: MMS MRP CHINA 7).

Copies: Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers (SOAS ref: Fiche Box Number Special Series 31-2).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: WMMS Annual Report (1918), p 68; The Foreign Field (1915-1916), pp 68-9, 77, 196-8 (including photographs); The Foreign Field (1916-1917), pp 186-7, 221.

Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Christianity
Christians
Diaries
Disasters
Floods
Health services
Higher science education
Hospitals
Humanitarian law
International conflicts
Internment camps
Lay missionaries
Literary forms and genres
Medical education
Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work
Medical personnel
Medical profession
Medical sciences
Methodism
Methodists
Mission hospitals
Missionaries
Missionary work
Natural disasters
Nonfiction
Nursing
Paramedical personnel
Photographs
Prose
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious buildings
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Travel
Travel abroad
Visual materials
War
Women missionaries
World War Two, 1939-1945
World war

Personal names
Stephenson | Gladys | d 1989 | medical missionary

Corporate names
Methodist Missionary Society
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society

Places
Asia
Beijing
China
East Asia
Hankow
Hong Kong
Hubei
Israel
Korea
Malaysia
Middle East
Shanghai
South East Asia
Wuhan