Carpenter, John Baker

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the letters, papers and photographs of John Baker Carpenter, relating to his service in China. They include letters written to Carpenter from Chinese students (c.1899-1921).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Baker Carpenter was born in 1874, Cheltenham. He was educated at Cheltenham and County School and later attended Christ Church College, Cambridge where he graduated with a second class Theology Tripos in 1896. He was appointed to the Church Missionary Society on 30 June 1896. From 1897 to 1899 he served as Curate of St. Thomas's, Birmingham. He was posted to Fukien Mission, Foochow on 6 October 1899. He served in Foochow from 1899 to 1901, and 1908 to 1911. Between 1901 and 1907, he was stationed at Futsing, and between 1911 and 1914 at Kutien. From 1915 to 1920 he taught at the Union Theological College at Foochow (later the Fukien Christian University), and from 1917 to 1920 he was Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Fukien. He returned from China in 1921. He married Edith Casson on 22 April 1901. Their son John was a missionary with the China Inland Mission.


Items have been arranged chronologically where possible.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1981


Chinese documents and letters are included. Some of the Chinese letters have English translations.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Separated Material

Associated Material held elsewhere: Church Missionary Society Archive, University of Birmingham Library

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance