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Related Material

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Guide to the Gertrude Feely Papers

Prepared by Sophia Novozilova, Student Assistant and Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History, Madison, New Jersey


Overview of Records

Record Creator: Feely, Gertrude Marie
Title: Gertrude Feely Papers
Dates: 1935- 1991
Abstract: Gertrude M. Feely was a Methodist Episcopal Church, South, missionary in Japan. In 1941 she went to the Philippines and during the Second World War was interned by the Japanese. Liberated in 1945, she continued working for the church until her retirement 1972.
Extent: 0.23 cubic feet
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Biographical Note

Gertrude M. Feely was a Methodist Episcopal Church, South, missionary in Japan. Feely received her B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1927. She earned an M.A. from Scarritt College in Tennessee in 1930 and a Ph.d. in education from Columbia University in 1950.

Feely was a missionary for more than forty years, and worked in several Japanese cities. From 1931 to 1933, she taught English and language study at the Kure Naval Station and at Kobe. While in Oita from 1933 to 1941, Feely was involved with youth work and taught English.

In 1941, she went to the Philippines and during the Second World War was interned by the Japanese. She spent time on the Santo Tomas and Los Banos Camps and stayed with a group of Methodist missionaries at Harris Memorial Training School for some time before she was finally interned in Los Banos. She served as an interpreter for two and a half years of the war.

Upon her liberation on February 23, 1945, Feely was furloughed to the United States, where she remained until 1949. Feely returned to Japan later in 1949 and became the director of the Kobe Christian Youth Center, which opened in 1953. She continued to teach, working at the Night School, at the Palmore Institute and at Seiwa Junior College, where she was an instructor in the Old Testament. In 1954, Feely was ordained by the Church of Japan. She retired in 1972.

Scope Note

The personal papers of Gertrude Feely include three internment notebooks. There are articles, letters and general writings concerning her internment and also a copy of her book, Five Years in the Philippines, written in 1946. Included in her internment papers is a map of the Los Banos Camp. There are several black and white photos, mostly of Mission Meetings and two color photos, one of Gertrude Feely herself and one of James W. Lambuths' grave. There are two pamphlets published by the internees of Santo Tomas during their imprisonment, a leaflet advertising The Christian Youth Center in Kobe, Japan and a booklet titled The Church in the War Years

The Oral History Collection of Gertrude Feely contains three audio cassette tapes from an oral history interview conducted by June Fothergill on January 16-17, 1985. A tape index, release forms, several magazine articles about Feely, and two black and white photographs are included. The tapes are located at 6029-1-1:23-26.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

The collection is arranged by record type with a subsequent arrangement by chrononlogical date.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Gertrude Feely Collection, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the item's call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Detailed use restrictions relating to our collections can be requested from the office of the archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History. Photocopying is handled by the staff and may be limited in certain instances. Before using any material for publication from this collection a formal request for permission to publish is expected and required.

Related Material

For additional information on Feely see the Records of the United Methodist Church, Board of Missions Missionary Files Series; the Records of the Methodist Church, General Board of Global Ministries ( Accession 1982-059); the Records of the United Methodist Church, General Board of Global Ministries, World Division ( Accession 1984- 022); and the Records of the United Methodist Church, World Division, Program Department ( Accession 1987-032).

Subject Terms

Additonal Creators - Personal
Fothergill, June.
Subject Names - Personal
Scott, Lavina.
Subject Names - Corporate
United Methodist Church (U.S.)
Methodist Church (U.S.)
Subject Topics
World War, 1939-1945
Methodists, Philippines
Subject Geographic
Audio-visual materials
Oral histories

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1554-5-3: 1 Map of Los Banos Camp Undated
1554-5-3: 2 Writings 1939-1946
1554-5-3: 3 Correspondences 1942-1973
1554-5-3: 4 Articles 1945-1989
1554-5-3: 5 Photographs 1935-1991
1554-5-3: 6 Santo Tomas Internment Camp Publications 1942-1945
1554-5-3: 7 Internment Diary 1942-1943
1554-5-3: 8 Internment Notebook, Los Banos 1944
1554-5-3: 9 Internment Diary Excerpts 1944-1945
1554-5-3: 10 Philippine Story; The Church in the War Years 1946
1554-5-3: 11 Christian Youth Center; Kobe, Japan 1953-1959