Arthur William Hummel papers

Arthur William Hummel papers

Dates: 1905-1975

Collection includes notebooks, publications and writings, correspondence, Chinese language study materials, and ephemera created and collected by Arthur Hummel between 1905 and 1975. Most of the materials focus on Hummel's professional life and his work with Chinese materials. However, there is some biographical materials, including a diary and a interview transcript outlining Hummel's life and works.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hummel, Arthur W. (Arthur William), 1884-1975
  • Call Number: MSS 3841
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Organized in five series: I. Notebooks, undated. II. Publications and writings, 1915-1975. III. Correspondence, circa 1916-1970. IV. Chinese language and study materials, undated. V. Ephemera, circa 1905-1933.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Arthur William Hummel papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3841; Arthur William Hummel papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3841, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Sharman B. Hummel; 2007.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Hummel, Arthur W. (Arthur William), 1884-1975--Archives; Beijing (China)--History--20th century--Sources; Buddhism; Christianity; Correspondence; Diaries; Hinduism; Japan--History--1912-1945--Sources; Librarians--United States--History--Sources; Material Types; Missionaries--China--History--Sources; Missionaries--Japan--History; Publications; Taoism
Genre / Form
Drafts (Documents); Letters; Notebooks; Printed ephemera
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Hummel (Arthur William) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-14T16:25-0700
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Biographical History

Arthur William Hummel (1884-1975) was a missionary to China and Chief of the Orientalia Collection at the Library of Congress. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. and B.D., and worked as a English teacher and missionary in Peking and Fenchow, China. After his return he was hired to work at the Library of Congress, where he remained until his retirement in 1954. After his retirement he taught at the American University and renewed his missionary efforts.

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