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Finding Aid for the Ida E. Wickenden Papers, 1903-1962
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Processing Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ida E. Wickenden Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1903-1962
    Collection number: 885
    Creator: Wickenden, Ida E., 1886-ca. 1972
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Ida E. Wickenden (1886-ca.1972) spent her early years in Toledo, Ohio. Her interest in missionary work began as a college student, with her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association. In November of 1906 she traveled to Nashville to attend a missionary convention, and a year later she sailed for Hangchow, China to begin work there as a missionary. In 1911, her letters to her family made an American newspaper for their descriptions of the Republican Revolution, which transferred power from the Manchu dynasty to Chinese rule under Sun Yet Sen. The collection consists mostly of correspondence from Ida E. Wickenden and other hand-written and printed materials relating to the time she spent as missionary in Hangchow, China. Also included are a Wickenden family history, miscellaneous correspondence, photographs of China, photographic portraits of Ida E. Wickenden during her missionary years, photographic postcards, and photocopies of three volumes of transcribed correspondence entitled, “Letters from China, 1907-1913: Ida E. Wickenden to members of her family”.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Biography

    Ida E. Wickenden was born February 11, 1886, the third of eight children born to Thomas R. Wickenden and Ida Consual Wickenden. According to a Wickenden family history, Thomas R. Wickenden's family ancestry was English Roman Catholic and French Huguenot; Ida Consual Wickenden was of Spanish Huguenot, Dutch, and Quaker descent. Ida spent her early years in Toledo, Ohio. Her interest in missionary work began as a college student, with her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association. In November of 1906 she traveled to Nashville to attend a missionary convention; a year later she sailed for Hangchow, China to begin work there as a missionary. Ida stayed in Hangchow for just over five years, during which she taught at a Baptist girl's school. In 1911 her letters to her family made an American newspaper for their descriptions of the Republican Revolution, which transferred power from the Manchu dynasty to Chinese rule under Sun Yet Sen. Ida wrote to her family frequently throughout her stay in China. In June of 1913 Ida left Hangchow, traveling by train across Siberia to Moscow and then to Berlin. She met her sister, Lottie Wickenden, in England. From there they traveled to Scotland and Paris. Ida married Justin Wroe Nixon in June of 1914 after her return to the United States. The Nixons lived first in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then in Rochester, New York. They had five children, all of whom, except the first, were born in Rochester. Ida and Justin Sr. traveled together in Europe and Turkey after his retirement in 1954. They were married for 40 years until Justin's death in 1958. Ida spent her latter years in a retirement community in Pomona, California and died about 1972.

    Expanded Biographical Note

    Ida E. Wickenden was born February 11, 1886. She was the third of eight children born to Thomas R. Wickenden and Ida Consual Wickenden. According to a Wickenden family history, Thomas R. Wickenden's family ancestry was English Roman Catholic and French Huguenot; Ida Consual Wickenden was of Spanish Huguenot, Dutch, and Quaker descent.
    Ida E. Wickenden spent her early years in Toledo, Ohio. Her interest in missionary work began as a college student with her involvement in the Young Women's Christian Association. In November of 1906 she traveled to Nashville to attend a missionary convention; a year later she sailed for Hangchow, China to begin work there as a missionary. Ida stayed in Hangchow for just over five years, during which she taught at a Baptist girl's school. In 1911 her letters to her family made an American newspaper for their descriptions of the Republican Revolution, which transferred power from the Manchu dynasty to Chinese rule under Sun Yet Sen. Ida wrote to her family frequently throughout her stay in China.
    In June of 1913 Ida left Hangchow, traveling by train across Siberia to Moscow and then to Berlin. She met her sister, Lottie Wickenden, in England. From there they traveled to Scotland and Paris. Ida married Justin Wroe Nixon in June of 1914 after her return to the United States. The Nixons lived first in Minneapolis, Minnesota and then in Rochester, New York. They had five children: John Harmon, Charles Robert, Elizabeth Wickenden, Alice Wroe, and Justin Wroe., Jr. All of the children except the first, John Harmon, were born in Rochester. Ida and Justin Sr. traveled together in Europe and Turkey after his retirement in 1954. They were married for 40 years until Justin's death in 1958. Ida spent her latter years in a retirement community in Pomona, California.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists mostly of correspondence from Ida E. Wickenden and other hand-written and printed materials relating to the time she spent as missionary in Hangchow, China. Also included are a Wickenden family history; miscellaneous correspondence from Wickenden family members; black-and-white photographs of China; photographic portraits of Ida E. Wickenden during her missionary years; photographic postcards; photocopies of three volumes of transcribed correspondence entitled, “Letters from China, 1907-1913: Ida E. Wickenden to members of her family”.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Laura Ward, February 2003.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Wickenden, Ida E., 1886-ca. 1972--Archives.
    Women missionaries--United States--Archival resources.