The Scott Family (China Missions) Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Scott family
Dates: 1927-1938
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of primary materials relating to Presbyterian missions work in China in the 1920s and 1930s. It includes letters and items relating to the Scott and the Stam missionary families.



Scott family--Archives.

Stam family--Archives.


Presbyterian Church--Missions--China--Archival resources.

China--Missions--Archival resources.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The provenance of these materials is unknown. They were housed together in one box for many years and appear to have been a gift of Laura Turnbull, a Presbyterian who resided in Princeton in the 1930s. Many of these items originally belonged to J. Ross Stevenson, President of Princeton Seminary from 1914 to 1936. This collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in September of 1996 by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited in March of 2009 by Sarah Seraphin.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Scott Family (China Missions) Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections, related to missionaries in East Asia.

The M.S. Culbertson Manuscript Collection (Chinese Bible)

The Albert Andrew Fulton Manuscript Collection (China)

The Belle Sparr Luckett Manuscript Collection (Korea)

The Samuel H. and Eileen Flower Moffett Manuscript Collection (China and Korea)

The Thomas F. Torrance Manuscript Collection



Box 1
1:1 Finding aid and Scott family genealogy.
1:2 Correspondence and photographs from John Stam, missionary to China, son-in-law of Charles E. Scott (Princeton Seminary class of 1903). 1903
1:3 Memorials, obituaries, and tributes to John and Elizabeth "Betty" A. Scott Stam, who were brutally martyred by the Chinese Communists in 1934. 1934
1:4 Photos and clippings on the infant Helen Priscilla Stam, child of John and Betty who survived their murder.
1:5 Letters from Clara and Charles E. Scott, missionaries to China. Many are addressed to Seminary President J. Ross Stevenson, whose son Ted married their daughter Beatrice ("Bunny"). circa 1930-1938
1:6 Poems and sonnets by Elizabeth "Betty" A. Scott, 1927-1929
1:7 "Not Worthy to be Compared: The Story of John and Betty Stam," and "The Miracle Baby: Helen Priscilla Stam," pamphlet by E.H. Hamilton, 1936
1:8 "Why I am Returning to China," by Beatrice Scott Stevenson; "Two Young Missionary Martyrs," The Missionary Review, March 1935.
1:9 Annual Report of Tsinan Station, Shantung, China, 1934-35, 1936-37.
1:10 "The World Call to College Students," by Charles W. Scott, April 1932.
1:11 Christmas items.
1:12 Laura Turnbull miscellany.


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