Register of the Roderick Scott papers

Finding aid prepared by Supriya Wronkiewicz.
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Roderick Scott papers
Date (inclusive): 1916-1967
Collection Number: 72002
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder (1.6 linear feet)
Abstract: The papers include correspondence, reports, newsletters, writings, photographs, and memorabilia from both Scott and his wife, Agnes Kelley Scott, relating to missionary activity and Christian education in China. Also includes materials generated by and about Fukien Christian University (FCU), where Scott spent almost thirty years of his life.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Scott, Roderick, 1885-


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Roderick Scott papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1972.


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Related Materials

Roderick Scott (Series 15), American Missionaries and Educators in China Collection, Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium, Claremont, CA

Biographical Note

1885 Born, Auburn, New York
1902 Graduated from Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania
1906 Bachelor of Arts, Haverford College
1907 Master of Arts, Haverford College
1908 Master of Arts, Harvard University
1908-1909 Instructor in English, Bowdoin College
1909-1913 Assistant professor of English, Earlham College
1913-1914 Secretary in the Foreign Student YMCA, Petrograd, Russia
1914-1915 Secretary of the city YMCA, Vincennes, Indiana
1915-1916 Assistant professor in English, Oberlin College
1916 Appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to build a new Christian college in Fuzhou, China
1916-1923 Professor of English, Fukien Christian University (FCU), Fuzhou, China
1919-1920, 1921-1925 Acting president, FCU
1920-1930 Dean, FCU
1922-1923 Graduate student, Columbia University
1922-1923, 1930-1931 Graduate student, Union Theological Seminary
1925-1940 Professor of philosophy, FCU
1930 Author, The Seeker Finds
1933 Author, A Logic for Living
1940 Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Pacific School of Religion
1940-1949 Professor of western culture, FCU
1946 Doctor of Philosophy in Chinese philosophy, University of Southern California
1947-1949 Associate dean, FCU
Circa 1950-1957 Professor of philosophy, Olivet College, Michigan
1954 Author, Fukien Christian University
1971 Died, Claremont, California

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers include correspondence, reports, newsletters, writings, photographs, and memorabilia from both Scott and his wife, Agnes Kelley Scott relating to missionary activity and Christian education in China. Also includes materials generated by and about Fukien Christian University (FCU), where Scott spent almost thirty years of his life.
The papers as a whole offer a perspective on the social conditions in China during very turbulent times, including World War II and the Chinese civil war in 1949. "[The papers] document the rise of anti-foreigner sentiment in the 1920s, the debates over the Sinicization of western institutions in the years that followed, the solidarity displayed by foreign missionaries toward the Chinese" at such a volatile time.
Bauer, Brad. "Wading into the stream of Chinese life: the life and missionary career of Roderick Scott in China, 1916-1949." Journal of Modern Chinese History, 3:1, 71-88.


The collection is organized into 6 series: Correspondence, Fukien Christian University (FCU) file, Speeches and writings, Subject file, Photographs, and Memorabilia

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
Fukien Christian University.
Universities and colleges--China.


Correspondence, 1916-1967

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters to and from Roderick Scott and his wife Agnes Kelley Scott, as well as newsletters and reports they created. Arranged by format
Box/Folder 1 : 1-2

Newsletters and reports, 1927-1952

Box/Folder 1 : 3-6

Letters and postcards, 1916, 1926-1967


Fukien Christian University (FCU) file, 1920s-1956

Scope and Contents note

Consists of documents regarding FCU alumni, correspondence, newsletters, published materials and reports. Arranged according to document type. See also Speeches and Writings, Photographs, and Memorabilia
Box/Folder 1 : 7

Alumni lists and related documents, circa 1926-1952

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Correspondence, 1928-1949

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence not directly to or from Roderick Scott
Box/Folder 1 : 9

F.C.U. News, 1930, 1934, 1937

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Newsletters, 1951-1956

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Published booklets and pamphlets, 1920s-1941

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Reports, 1926-1933

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Miscellany, undated


Speeches and writings, 1931-1965, undated

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of Roderick Scott's essays, presentations, and other forms of writing, as well as his doctoral thesis from the University of Southern California. Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 2 : 1

"Detailed Account of the Affair of the Revolt of the 'Sek-Siong Party,'" 1927 March

Box/Folder 2 : 2

"Narrative of part of journey of A. & R. Scott," 1931 December-1932 January

Box/Folder 2 : 3

Sermons translated into Chinese, 1932-1940s, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 4

"Not My Country and Not My People" from The Chinese Recorder, 1936 December

Box/Folder 2 : 5

"Advance Through Storm: Address to the Prudential Committee of the American Board," 1945 April 10

Box/Folder 2 : 6

"The Personalistic Insights in Ancient Chinese Philosophy," circa 1946

Box/Folder 2 : 7-9

The Personalistic Insights in Ancient Chinese Philosophy, dissertation for the University of Southern California, 1946 June

Box/Folder 2 : 10

"An ... Student 'Movement' in China," 1947-1948

Box/Folder 2: 11

"Sermon on Hope," 1948 May 2

Box/Folder 2 : 12

"Christianity for this Day in China" seminar notes, 1949 September 17

Scope and Contents note

Scott made a presentation
Box/Folder 2 : 13

The United Nations and the Missionary Movement, 1950 April

Box/Folder 2 : 14

Fukien Christian University, paperbound book 1954

Box/Folder 2 : 15

"Memories of Doctor C.M.L. Sites," 1960 September

Box/Folder 2 : 16

What I Have Learned, or My New Theology, circa 1965

Box/Folder 2 : 17

"Little Essays on the Chinese Classics," undated

Box/Folder 2 : 18

"On Understanding China: What About China?" undated

Box/Folder 2 : 19

"Tehism and Christianity," undated


Subject file, 1926-1962

Scope and Contents note

Consists of articles, reports, memoranda, and other materials collected by Scott. The bulk of the materials relate to Christian education and missionary work in China. Arranged alphabetically by title or topic.
Box/Folder 2 : 20

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions bulletins and memorandum, 1941-1943, 1950

Box/Folder 2 : 21

The Chinese Recorder, 1926-1933

Scope and Contents note

Bound copy consisting of excerpts from the publication
Box/Folder 3 : 1

Christians and Christian education in China file, 1939-1962

Box/Folder 3 : 2

"Former Richmond Resident Describes Chinese Events" article from The Richmond Sun-Telegram featuring Agnes Scott, 1927 August 22

Box/Folder 3 : 3

"The Moral Point of View of Chang Tsai" by Siu-chi Huang, 1971 April

Scope and Contents note

Reprinted from Philosophy East & West, Volume 21, number 2. Huang graduated from FCU in 1936
Box/Folder 3 : 4

New Educational Buildings in War-Torn China by Ching-jun Lin, 1938 October 15

Scope and Contents note

Translation of an address given at the dedication of the Orlinda Childs Pierce Memorial School
Box/Folder 3 : 5

The Perfections of God According to Doctor Karl Barth, thesis by Peter (Ping K'ang) Hsieh, for FCU, 1943

Box/Folder 3 : 6

Religious Education Fellowships excerpts, 1947, 1948

Box/Folder 3 : 7

"Science, Scientists and Politics" by Theodore Hsi-en Chen, 1961

Scope and Contents note

Reprinted from Sciences in Communist China American Association for the Advancement of Science. Chen graduated from FCU in 1922
Box/Folder 3 : 8

Miscellany, 1947, 1972


Photographs, 1927-circa 1933

Scope and Contents note

Consists of group photographs of the faculty of Fukien Christian University (FCU).
Box/Folder 3 : 9

FCU faculty group images, 1927-circa 1933


Memorabilia, 1924, undated

Scope and Contents note

Consists of a postcard, a silk screen painting with a letter to Roderick, posters and other papers.
Box/Folder 3 : 10

Postcard, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 11

Identification cards and booklets, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 12

FCU promotional publication, 1924

Map Case

Letter and painting from a student to Roderick Scott on a piece of silk, 1924

Map Case

2 certificates of achievement undated

Scope and Contents note

In Chinese
Map Case

Proclamation, undated