Christian Women Missionaries in Japan

Query from Hisako Kinukawa via Tomomi Kinukawa 19 May 1999

I am interested in American women missionaries of any Christian denomination, who had been to Japan and tried to stay there as late as possible when the Second World War began. I would like to know how they observed the beginning of the War and how they decided to leave Japan. I am looking for their personal letters to their friends, families, or relatives as well as formal reports to their mission board.

For example, I would like to know if there is any such information on Rev. Gertrude Feely, who came to Japan as a missionary in 1931, had to leave during the war, and then came back to Japan in 1953 and stayed until 1972. She was a missionary sent by the United Methodist Church. Any help will be appreciated. Please send replies to


  • From Danelle Moon 19 May 1999>

    The Yale Divinity Library and Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling Memorial Library have several collections related to your topic. Constance Buell and Abbe Sanderson were active as missionaries in China and Japan during your time period. Both of those collections have finding guides on the web. You can search using

  • From Gael Graham 20 May 1999

    ...The main repository for Methodist missionary material is the General Board of Global Missions of the United Methodist Church, General Commission on Archives and History, at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. You will find the people there very friendly and helpful.

  • From Elizabeth Bramm Dunn 20 May 1999

    ...Here in the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library, we have a marvelous collection, The Mary McMillan (1912-1991) Papers. McMillan was a Methodist missionary teacher in Hiroshima from just before the war until about 1990. The collection of 3,020 items dating 1938-1992 includes 42 manuscript diaries, photographs, biographical materials, etc. For more information, consult me and/our catalogue at

  • From Kathleen Banks Nutter 26 May 1999

    ... We have the papers of two women whose careers as missionaries are: Charlotte DeForest and Azalia Emma Peet. I would be happy to send you more information about these papers if you could provide me with a mailing address. ...