Agnes and M. Lafayette Gordon papers, 1880-1940 Rauner Manuscript MS-1344

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Title:

Agnes and M. Lafayette Gordon papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1344

Collection Dates:

1880-1940

Size of Collection:

.9 Linear Feet, 2 boxes

Abstract:

Agnes Donald Gordon, missionary. Born 1853. M. Lafayette Gordon, physician, medical missionary, professor of Theology. Born 1843. The papers of Agnes and M. Lafayette Gordon contain personal and professional correspondence, financial and legal papers, address books, writings, a diary, notebooks, pamphlets, and clippings documenting the Gordon's missionary work and life in both Japan for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and in Massachusetts, and M. Lafayette Gordon's professorship at Doshisha University. M. Lafayette Gordon died in 1900. Agnes Gordon Died in 1940.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Includes correspondence with family and friends as well official correspondence with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), the Women's Board of Missions and Doshisha University regarding donations. Also includes financial and legal papers, address books, writings, a diary, notebooks, pamphlets, a map and clippings documenting the Gordon's missionary work and life both in Japan for the ABCFM, and in Massachusetts and M. Lafayette Gordon's professorship at Doshisha University.

Biography

Agnes Donald Gordon was born in Andover, NH in 1853. By the age of 17 she was teaching school in Andover, NH. In 1872 she married M. Lafayette Gordon, a doctor and seminary student at Andover Theological Seminary. That same year, Agnes and her husband left the United States for Japan where they committed their lives to missionary work. Agnes and her husband had four children: Fanny Gordon Bartlett, Donald Gordon, Mary Gordon Reifsnider and Unk Gordon, who died in infancy. In 1898 Agnes Gordon and her husband returned to the United States and worked at the Walker Mission Home in Newton, MA. Agnes Donald Gordon died December 29, 1940 in Pasadena, CA.

Biography

Marquis Lafayette Gordon was born July 18, 1843 in Waynesburg, PA. He was a member of Company G, 85th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. After the war Gordon attended Waynesburg College and earned his M.D in 1870 from Columbia University’s Medical College. Later he attended Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1871. In 1872 M. Lafayette Gordon married Agnes Donald Gordon, schoolteacher.
 
 That same year, M. Lafayette and Agnes Gordon left the United States for Japan where they committed their lives to missionary work. M. Lafayette Gordon served as a medical missionary and later as a professor of Theology at Doshisha University in Kyoto. From 1865-1894 he was Foreign Secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Japan.
 
 The Gordon’s had four children: Fanny Gordon Bartlett, Donald Gordon, Mary Gordon Reifsnider and Unk Gordon, who died in infancy. In 1898 M. Lafayette and his wife returned to the United States and worked at the Walker Mission Home in Newton, MA. M. Lafayette Gordon died on November 4, 1900. 

Related Materials

Agnes Bartlett papers Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College Library Manuscript ML-43

Samuel Bartlett, Jr., papers Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College Library Manuscript ML-75

H. Frances Parmelee papers Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College Library Manuscript MS-1343

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: Agnes D. Gordon, 1898-1943

Contains both personal correspondence and official correspondence regarding donations to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Women's Board of Missions and Doshisha University. Also contains financial papers and receipts, poetry, her last will and testament, obituaries, clippings and personal items such as address books, a diary, and a memo book.

Box: 1, 1864-1943

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1 , Correspondence: Agnes D. Gordon: General, 1900-1940
  • Folder: 2 , Agnes D. Gordon: Financial Papers, 1929-1940
  • Folder: 3 , Agnes D. Gordon: Statements of gift to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and to Doshisha University , undated
  • Folder: 4 , Agnes D. Gordon: Memo Book, 1938
  • Folder: 5 , Agnes D. Gordon: Diary, 1939
  • Folder: 6 , Agnes D. Gordon: Address Books, undated
  • Folder: 7 , Agnes D. Gordon: Memos and Poetry; notebook and holograph, undated
  • Folder: 8 , Agnes D. Gordon: Last will and testament; carbons, 1924
  • Folder: 9 , Agnes D. Gordon: Obituaries and tribute by Jerome D. Green , 1941
  • Folder: 10 , Agnes D. Gordon: Dr. George A. Gordon's Prayer and Remarks at grandfather Donald's funeral (1906); transcript, 1943
  • Folder: 11 , Clippings, 1898-1910

Series: M. Lafayette Gordon, 1864-1900

Contains correspondence to family members beginning during his service in the Civil War through his foreign and domestic missionary work in Japan and Massachusetts. Also includes writings, poetry, proverbs, notebooks and printed materials related to religion, Japan, missionary work and his service in the 85th Regiment of Pennsylvania volunteers during the Civil War.

Box: 1, 1864-1943

Box Contents

  • Folder: 12 , Correspondence: M. Lafayette Gordon: Letters to family , 1864-1891
  • Folder: 13 , Correspondence: M. Lafayette Gordon: Letters to family , 1895-1898
  • Folder: 14 , Correspondence: M. Lafayette Gordon: Letters to family , 1899-1900
  • Folder: 15 , Correspondence: M. Lafayette Gordon: Letters to family , undated
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: M. Lafayette Gordon: Letters to family , 1899, undated
  • Folder: 18 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Incomplete short story, written for daughter, Fanny Bartlett's birthday, 1883
  • Folder: 17 , M. Lafayette Gordon: copy of a letter to Mark Gordon from his son, John A. Gordon; carbon (1840), undated
  • Folder: 19 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Poetry, circa 1896
  • Folder: 20 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Notebook, "The Airinsha", 1892
  • Folder: 21 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Notebook, proverbs written in Japanese, undated
  • Folder: 22 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Transcript of dialogue between Nakayama Dono and Shinran Shonin about the founding of the Shin sect of Buddhism; holograph, undated
  • Folder: 23 , M. Lafayette Gordon: "85th Regiment Penna. Volunteers", leaflet , 1897
  • Folder: 24 , "A Familiar Letter from Japan", by M. Lafayette Gordon; pamphlet, 1880
  • Folder: 25 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Map of Kyoto, 1886

Box: 2, undated

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1 , M. Lafayette Gordon: Japanese Scroll, undated

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