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Robert Nelson Papers, 1845-1897

Robert Nelson Papers, 1845-1897
Mss. 39.1 N34
2.25 Linear Feet
More Extent Information
565 pieces
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, sermons, essays and accounts of Robert Nelson, Protestant Episcopal missionary to Shanghai, China. The collection Includes two account books, a lettercopy book, and articles written by Nelson as well as two manuscript Chinese-English dictionaries compiled by Nelson. Some items, such as a "Count of Missionaries and Staff in China, 1807-1874" illuminate the history of missionaries in China. There is one letter written to Nelson in which the writer has used Wade-Giles transliteration.
Correspondence and Sermons are grouped together, but otherwise, no particular arrangement.
Nelson, Robert
Administrative/Biographical History
Robert Nelson was a Protestant Episcopal minister from Virginia, who spent many years as a Protestant Episcopal Church Foreign Missionary in Shanghai, China.
Episcopal Church--Clergy
Episcopal Church--History--19th century
Missionaries--United States--19th century
Missions, American--China--19th century
Missions--China--19th century
Protestant churches--Missions--19th century
Virginia--Religious history
Financial records
Letter books

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: James Poyntz Nelson of Richmond, Virginia, the son of Robert Nelson.  Account Books purchased in 1938..
Gift and purchase.
Related Materials

Mss. 39.2 N33 James Poyntz Nelson Papers, 1866-1926; Mss. MsV Ad121-125 James Poyntz Nelson Manuscript Volumes; and Mss. MsV Co4 Olive Nelson Commonplace Book, all at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William & Mary.

The Nelson Family papers (1560 items) are at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va.,: Mss1 N3386 a.

Preferred Citation
Robert Nelson Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Box and Folder List compiled by Kelsey Kavanagh, SCRC staff, in June 2011.  Inventory updated by Anne Johnson in February 2016.
Collection Material Type:
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