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Guide to the Herman C. and Ethel Anderson Papers

Prepared by Scott Kisker, Student Assistant, Kristen Turner and Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivists

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church


Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Anderson, Herman C.
Title: Herman C. and Ethel Anderson Papers
Date Span: Undated Click here to view the finding aid format suitable for requesting material at the Archives.
Abstract: Herman and Ethel Anderson were Evangelical Church missionaries to China in the 1920s. The collection contains materials relating to their missionary work.
Extent: 0.85 cubic feet

Biographical Note

Herman C. Anderson, Evangelical Church pastor in Nebraska and Texas, and Ethel Glyde Lea Anderson served as Evangelical Church missionaries to China in the 1920s.

Herman C. Anderson (1888-1966) was born January 10, 1888, at Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. He received his education at the Academy at York, Nebraska; at Western Union College (now Westmar University), Lamars, Iowa; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Garrett Theological Seminary, Chicago; and at the New York Biblical Institute.

In 1912, he was licensed to preach by the Nebraska Conference of the United Evangelical Church, and was ordained deacon in 1916. In 1919 he began his service as a missionary in China's Hunan Province. He returned to the United States in 1922 to receive his elder's orders and to wed Ethel Glyde Lea, who returned with him to China. From 1926 to 1929, he served as a pastor in Indiana, and from 1929 to 1944 in Texas. He retired to Wichita Falls. He died on June 4, 1966.

Ethel Glyde Anderson (nee Lea) (1897-1961) was born March 7, 1897 in Erie, Pennsylvania, and later moved with her family to Elgin, Illinois. She was educated at Elgin High School; Elgin Junior College; and Northwestern University. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an accomplished musician.

She joined the First Methodist Church in Elgin around 1909. After completing her B.S., she taught mathematics and music in high school for two years. In 1921 she was appointed missionary to China by the United Evangelical Church, and in 1922 married H. C. Anderson. She returned to the United States with her husband. She died in 1961.

Scope Note

The collection contains materials related to the missionary activities of the Herman and Ethel Anderson. This includes a manuscript written by Herman C. Anderson entitled "The Good in the Chinese." In addition, there are fifteen black and white photographs, a map of British origin of the missionary stations of the China Inland Mission, and two small books on the Chinese alphabet. There are also several textiles and artifacts reflective of Chinese life. This includes: six salt dishes with three lids and five spoons; a coin; a desk set (stamp, inkwell with lid, letter opener, a pen, and a tray); a statue; two fans (one ivory and one silk); one pillow case; one set of chop sticks (metal and wood); a woman's silk blouse; three purses; one wallet; one runner; and two wall hangings.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

Material is arranged by record type.

Preferred Citation

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

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection.

Index Terms

Subject Names - Personal
:Lea, Ethel G
Subject Topics
Subject Geographic

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1535-2-1: 1 Manuscript: "The Good in the Chinese" Folder 1 Undated
1535-2-1: 2 Manuscript: "The Good in the Chinese" Folder 2 Undated
1535-2-1: 3 Manuscript: "The Good in the Chinese" Folder 3 Undated
1535-2-1: 4 Manuscript: "The Good in the Chinese" Folder 4 Undated
1535-2-1: 5 Manuscript: "The Good in the Chinese" Folder 5 Undated
1535-2-1: 6 Photographs Undated
1535-2-1: 7 Book to Study Chinese Alphabet Undated
1535-2-1: 9 Chinese Character Notebook Undated
1535-2-2: 1 Textiles Purse Carried by Men Undated
1535-2-2: 2 Textiles Coin Purse Undated
1535-2-2: 3 Textiles Runner/Wall Hanging Undated
1535-2-2: 4 Textiles Pillow Case - rice cloth, hand embroidered Undated
1535-2-2: 5 Textiles Purse - rice cloth Undated
1535-2-2: 6 Textiles Deep Blue Tapestry/Table Runner Undated
1535-2-2: 7 Textiles Deep Blue Purse without drawstring Undated
1535-2-2: 8 Textiles Deep Blue Pillow Top - not finished Undated
1535-2-2: 9 Textiles Black Silk Woman's Blouse (processor's note: fragile) Undated
1535-2-2: 10 Textiles Fan - personal messages upon leaving, different individual writings (processor's note: handle broken) Undated
1535-2-3: 1 Ephemera Idol Undated
1535-2-3: 2 Ephemera Porcelain Salt Dishes and Spoons Undated
1535-2-3: 3 Ephemera Porcelain Salt Dishes, Spoons, and coin Undated
1535-2-3: 4 Ephemera Desk Set - used by Herman C. Anderson Undated
1535-2-3: 5 Ephemera Ivory Chinese Silk Fan Undated
1535-2-3: 6 Ephemera Chopsticks Undated
2455-6-1: 23 Map of China: Showing the Stations of the China Inland Mission Undated