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Huntington Gilchrist Papers M072

Title:
Huntington Gilchrist papers
Creator:
Gilchrist, Huntington, 1891-1975
ID:
M072
Date [inclusive]:
1815-1922
Extent:
2.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains correspondence written by various members of the Gilchrist family, letters written by or to Huntington Gilchrist while instructor of the Anglo-Chinese College in Foochow and Peking, as well as some from his later years; also includes photographs.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Huntington Gilchrist Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Huntington Gilchrist was a journalist, political scientist, diplomat, educator and corporate executive. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 16, 1891, the son of John and Martha Hyde Huntington Gilchrist.

A graduate of Williams (B.A. 1913), Harvard (M.A. 1916), and Columbia (Ph.D. 1918), Gilchrist was a senior executive with American Cyanamid Company in New York and London (1928-1955), and he had a unique career in international relations. He was the only American to serve as a senior member of the international staffs working to establish both the League of Nations (1919-1928) and the United Nations (1944-1957). In 1949, he was persuaded by Ambassador Averell Harriman to go to Paris as Director of the Industry Division of the Marshall Plan for Europe and, beginning in 1950, served for four years as United States Minister in Brussels in charge of Plan operations in Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Belgian Congo.

Gilchrist was also one of the founders of the International School in Geneva, Switzerland, and served as chairman of its board of directors from 1960 to 1963.

Gilchrist married Elizabeth Brace, daughter of Charles Loring Brace of New York City, on October 1, 1920. They had three children. A resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, Huntington Gilchrist died on January 13, 1975.

The collection contains correspondence written by various members of the Gilchrist family (1815-1894); letters written by or to Huntington Gilchrist while instructor of the Anglo-Chinese College in Foochow and Peking (1912-1914), as well as some from his later years (through 1922); primarily to his mother, they discuss the Methodist mission in Foochow, the American Board Mission, visiting missionaries, and his trips. Gilchrist's diary, written en route from San Francisco to China (August-September, 1913), ends with his arrival at Kyoto, Japan. There are also 211 photographic negatives, mostly of China.

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence written by members of the Gilchrist family and their friends (1815-1894). Among other topics, the letters contain personal updates and information about the Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York. Later correspondence (1891-1895) includes exchanges between John Gilchrist, his relatives, and acquaintance John G. Peters.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1815 - 1822

Box 1 Folder 1

1834 - 1839

Box 1 Folder 2

1840 - 1844

Box 1 Folder 3

1888 - 1891

Box 1 Folder 4

1891 May

Box 1 Folder 5

1891 Jun - Dec

Box 1 Folder 6

1892 Feb - Jul

Box 1 Folder 7

1892 Oct

Box 1 Folder 8

1892 Nov

Box 1 Folder 9

1893 - 1894

Box 1 Folder 10

Series Description:

This series contains letters from Huntington Gilchrist's youth through his days as an instructor at universities in Foochow and Peking, China, including some regarding the death of his father, Reverend John Gilchrist (1903), and from his days as a student at Williams College (1912-1913). The majority are detailed exchanges between Gilchrist and his mother about his travels across the continental U.S. and East Asia (1913-1922).

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1903 Jun

Box 1 Folder 11

1903 Jul

Box 1 Folder 12

1903 Aug - Nov

Box 1 Folder 13

1904 - 1906

Box 1 Folder 14

1912

Box 1 Folder 15

1912 Nov

Box 1 Folder 16

1912 Dec

Box 1 Folder 17

1913 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 18-19

1913 Mar

Box 1 Folder 20

1913 Apr

Box 1 Folder 21

1913 May

Box 1 Folder 22

1913 Jun - Aug

Box 1 Folder 23

1913 Sep - Dec

Box 1 Folder 24

1914 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 25

1914 Mar - Apr

Box 1 Folder 26

1914 May - Jun

Box 1 Folder 27

1914 Jul - Aug

Box 1 Folder 28

1914 Sep - Oct

Box 1 Folder 29

1914 Nov - Dec

Box 1 Folder 30

1915 Jan - Mar

Box 1 Folder 31

1915 Apr - Jun

Box 1 Folder 32

1915 Jul

Box 1 Folder 33

1915 Aug - Nov

Box 1 Folder 34

1916 - 1917

Box 1 Folder 35

1920 - 1922

Box 1 Folder 36

n.d.

Box 1 Folder 37

Series Description:

Gilchrist's diary provides a brief account of his journey from the U.S. to Foochow, China, late in the summer of 1913. Also included are newspaper clippings, lecture notes, personal notes, and business cards collected during his stay in China.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Diary 1913 Aug - Sep

Box 1 Folder 38

Handwritten notes

Box 1 Folder 39

Handwritten lecture notes

Box 1 Folder 40

Notes and printed ephemera

Box 1 Folder 41

Series Description:

This series contains maps of Japan and China, including a tourist map of Kyoto, Japan, and postcard souvenirs collected by Gilchrist during his travels through the U.S. and East Asia.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Maps of China and Japan

Box 2 Folder 1

Postcards

Box 2 Folder 2

Series Description:

This series contains photographs, probably taken by Gilchrist in China, including several of an unidentified woman with two children at the beach, and photos of a commencement at Foochow University. Also included are approximately 200 negatives of the Chinese countryside, local workers, Peking and Foochow University grounds, and students and faculty.

Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Photographs

Box 2 Folder 3-4

Negatives

Box 3
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