Lelia Judson Tuttle Papers and Chinese Artifacts
Scope and Contents
The biographical materials include clippings related to Tuttle's life, work and family; personal narratives written by Tuttle and others' writings about her; family documents; and materials relating to the Tuttle Educational State Forest. Correspondence is also included, mainly between Tuttle and her family, documenting her experiences and her passion for her work while also expressing her sadness at being separated from them. Tuttle also collected some correspondence from other missionaries. Finally, photographs feature Tuttle in China; the Tuttle family homeplace, Glen Serene Farm, in Lenoir, North Carolina; and some family events and gravestones.
Artifacts include 148 art items ranging from porcelain bowls to cloth dolls to brass incense burners to silver and coral chopsticks. The books are mainly illustrated, hardcover reference books on Chinese and Japanese history, culture and art.
- 1834 - 2005
- Majority of material found within late 1800s - 1960s
- Lelia Judson Tuttle (Person)
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Biographical or Historical Information
From 1902 to 1904, Tuttle taught English and history at Davenport College in Lenoir, North Carolina. She then decided to pursue missionary work, and prepared at the Scarritt Bible Training School in Kansas City. In 1910, she set sail for China, where she was appointed chair of English literature at the McTyeire Institute in Shanghai. She remained there until 1926, when she transferred to Soochow University, to serve as Dean of Women as well as professor of English and history. Tuttle remained in China until 1942, when World War II necessitated her departure.
Upon her return to the States, Tuttle bought a house near her old home in Caldwell County, and remained busy giving talks to local churches, clubs and schools. In 1956 she deeded 160 acres of land she had inherited from her father to the Tuttle Forest Foundation; the Tuttle State Forest is now used by the North Carolina Forest Service as an Educational State Forest. Lelia Tuttle passed away in 1967.
20.00 Linear Feet (20 boxes, 10 books)
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- Art objects, Chinese
- Caldwell County (N.C.) -- History
- China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949
- Forest reserves -- North Carolina
- Lelia Judson Tuttle
- Material culture -- China
- North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College -- Alumni and alumnae
- Tuttle family
- Women missionaries -- China -- History -- 20th century
- Lelia Judson Tuttle Papers and Chinese Artifacts
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