Moffett Korea Collection: Special Collections
Dr. Samuel H. Moffett and Eileen F. Moffett (portrait, by Ewan McClure, at
right) donated to Special Collections an important and substantial body of
personal papers, photographs, books, and periodicals on Korea and
Christianity in Korea.
The bulk of the collection consists of the
correspondence and personal files of Samuel H. Moffett. Moffett’s
professional correspondence includes letters from Kenneth Scott Latourette,
Roland Bainton, Carl Henry, and Billy Graham. Personal files include drafts
and final versions of Moffett’s many books and articles, addresses and
sermons in English and Korean, course descriptions and bibliographies,
reports on conferences, and clippings and articles on Korean history and
culture. Of particular note are materials about traditional Korean religions
and “new religious movements” such as those of Sun Myung Moon, files on the
Korean Independence movement of 1919, and information about the Shinto
Shrine controversy of 1936–1941. There are also important documents
connected to the history of Presbyterian-related institutions in Korea, such
as the theological seminary in Seoul and the hospital in Taegu, and
materials that help give a perspective on the various 20th-century divisions
in the Presbyterian Church in Korea.
Presbyterian missionaries in Korea,
Samuel A. Moffett in brimmed hat, third from
The papers include the extensive correspondence of Moffett’s father, Samuel
A. Moffett, a missionary founder of the Presbyterian Church in Korea. Other
family papers include correspondence from Samuel H. Moffett’s mother, Lucia
Fish Moffett; his brothers James, Charles, Howard, and Thomas; and Elizabeth
Tarrant Moffett and Eileen Flower Moffett. The Moffett Papers also contain a
large collection of letters, diaries, pamphlets, newspaper clippings,
memoirs, minutes, and reports relating to many other Christian missionaries
and their families who worked in Korea from the late 19th century through
the 20th century. Among these materials are photocopies of the original
diaries of William Baird and C.F. Bernheisel; the memoirs of O.R. Avison; a
voluminous collection of letters from the Swallen family (from 1898 through
the 1940s); materials relating to the Underwood family, J.S. Gale, J.W.
Heron, H.W. Lampe, and H.A. Rhodes; and typescripts of letters written by
Harold Voelkel that describe conditions during the Korean War. Together,
these materials tell a remarkable story of almost 100 years of Presbyterian
mission in Korea, and missionary commitment to Presbyterian ministries in
China, India, and the U.S.
The collection contains a large set of lantern slides, hundreds of
photographs, and other images, some of which date to the late 19th century,
depicting Korean life and culture, historic sites, early mission work, and
the life and travels of the Moffett family.
Korean History, Culture and Christianity
Samuel H. Moffett has also donated to Special Collections his extensive
library of books, pamphlets, and periodicals about Korean history and
culture and Korean Christianity. These materials are available for scholarly
research. Please contact Special
Collections prior to arriving for a research visit.