Papers of Henrietta Withers

Scope and Content

Papers, 1914-1974, of Henrietta (Hettie) Withers, comprising correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1936-1974 (mainly 1930s-1950s), including letters to her family, 1937-1941, letters from the China Inland Mission (CIM) London Council, 1947, and two booklets on the Emmanuel Home for the Homeless, Shanghai, 1939, 1945; diaries, 1915-1945 (some gaps), including typescript circular letters, 1927-1932, describing her work, activities and experiences in China, including references to the Sino-Japanese War and World War Two; notes, on talks given [post-1930], meetings addressed in Chefoo (Yantai), 1938-1939, and on Sisiang in Shensi province, undated; photographs and some watercolours, 1914-1965 and undated, the subjects including Chefoo, Miss Withers, other teachers, and children; passport, 1932, with endorsements for escorting children; typescript list of publications about CIM missionaries and readers' comments, 1960s-1970s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1889; served the China Inland Mission, 1910s-1940s; teacher at Chefoo Girls' School; unmarried; died after 1974.


The papers are arranged in the following sections: letters; journals; sermons and notes; photographs, etc; miscellaneous.

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.


Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the China Inland Mission (Ref: CIM), including papers of the Chefoo Schools (Ref: CIM/CSP).