Doomsday Book of the Japan Mission, 1869-1974
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) sent Daniel Crosby Greene as the first American missionary to Japan in 1869 at the dawn of Japan rescinding their national Isolationism, which had lasted centuries. Notable missionaries include: Daniel Crosby Greene, Orramel and Anna Gulick, Jerome Davis, Sophia Davis, Francis Davis, Lucille Downs, and Otis Cary.
The ABCFM continued to serve in Japan for the next several decades. The greatest disruption came during World War II at which time the Japanese government instituted State Shinto. Additionally, Protestant religions were mandated to consolidate under one umbrella, the United Church of Christ in Japan. It bears a resemblance in name only to the current United Church of Christ. After World War II, mission work continued.
One of the longest lasting connections between the original American Board missionaries and modern life is through the thriving Doshisha University, which was founded by the Rev. Jerome Davis. Doshisha school children visit the Congregational Library & Archives on a yearly basis as part of their school program.
Scope of Collection
The scope of the collection is limited to one manuscript divided by necessity into two 3-ring binders, which are embedded in archive-quality boxes. The title pages indicate that the book covers 1869-1960, however contributions continued up through 1974. The book has no known original creator. Known contributors include: Frank Cary, Lucille Downs, and Alden Matthews. The topics discussed in this book include names of missionaries, some missionary-based biographical information. There are handwritten notation, typescript and copies of newspaper articles. This is not the original manuscript, rather a second generation photocopy. The original's whereabouts are not known.
This collection is essentially a manuscript book. The original order has been maintained.
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Missionary Memoirs. Papers, Records 1804-1964. / Deposited by United Church Board for World Ministries.
2 clamshell boxes