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Guide to the Henry Crosby Emery Papers , 1908-1985

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Henry Crosby Emery papers
Emery, Henry Crosby
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George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Letters (1917-1924), diaries (1917-1918), articles and speeches (1908-1924) written by Henry C. Emery and his wife, Suzanne, during their travels in China and Russia; also included are photographs and clippings (1905-1985).
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Henry Crosby Emery Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Henry Crosby Emery (Bowdoin 1892) was born December 21, 1872, in Ellsworth, Me., the son of Lucilius Alonzo and Annie Stetson (Crosby) Emery. His father was chief justice of Maine, a member of the state senate, professor of medical jurisprudence at Medical School of Maine, and lecturer on Roman law at the University of Maine. An 1892 graduate of Bowdoin, the younger Emery also received his masters from Harvard (1893) and a doctorate from Columbia (1896).

An economist and professor at Bowdoin (1897-1900) and at Yale (1900-15), Emery was married in St. Petersburg, Russia (1917) to Suzanne C. Allinson, daughter of Francis G. Allinson of Providence, RI. The Emerys toured Russia (1917-18) to make a study of the industrial and financial conditions of that country, and while there, observed the outbreak of the Russian Revolution and fled the country, only to be taken prisoner by the Germans on their way to Sweden. The women of the party were allowed to go on, but the men were detained in Danzig and later in Berlin. With the collapse of the German monarchy Emery was released.

The Emerys also resided in China (1920-24), where he was manager of the Peking branch of the Asia Banking Corporation of New York. He died of pneumonia aboard the steamship "President Lincoln" between Shanghai and Japan (1924), on his way back to the United States from China, and was buried at sea.

Emery's study of Speculation on the Stock and Produce Exchanges of the United States(1896), his Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia, was the authoritative analysis of the economics of exchanges.

Letters (1917-1924), diaries (1917-1918), articles and speeches (1908-1924) written by Henry C. Emery and his wife, Suzanne, during their travels in China and Russia. Also included are photographs and clippings (1905-1985). Material from the collection was used in Ernest C. Helmreich's article (Lewiston sun-journal, March 30, 1985) entitled, "A Maine couple's account of the November, 1917 Russian Revolution."

Series Description:

This series consists primarily of letters written to family members by Henry Crosby Emery or Suzanne C. (Allinson) Emery. Many of the letters were sent from Russia, China or Japan.


Arranged chronologically.

1917 - 1918: Russia

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1920 - 1924: China

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Scope and Content:

This series contains manuscripts and speeches by Emery, as well a manuscript of "Chinese Grammar," by Dr. Hu Shu.


Arranged alphabetically.

Manuscripts: "Artemas Jean Haynes."

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Manuscripts: "Chinese Grammar," by Dr. Hu Shu.

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Manuscripts: "My Chinese Teacher."

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Manuscripts: "Northern Buddhists Pantheon."

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Manuscripts: "On Losing Things in China."

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Manuscripts: "Public Opinion in China."

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Manuscripts: "State of the Nation."

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Speeches: "For the Wen Yu Huei."

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Speeches: "Republican Party, The."

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Speeches: "Responsibilities of Peace, The."

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Speeches: "Well's the Outline of History."

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Series Description:

This series includes Susanne Emery's diary, photographs, ephemera from trips to China and Russia, as well as some biographical information.


Arranged alphabetically.

Biographical information

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China trip: ephemera

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Diary: Susanne Emery, 1917-1918

box 1 folder 47

"Financial Reconstruction of China, The"

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Photographs: steamer S.S. Australia

box 1 folder 51

Russia trip: ephemera

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