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Anthony E. Clark Collection
AuthorClark, Anthony E.
Pub. Location---Publisher---
Dateca.19th-20th cent.Phys. Desc.ca. 500 vol. + images, photos, docs, objects.
LocationAdmin. Office Gallery, and Archive CabinetCall Number[BX1665.C638]
The Anthony E. Clark Collection focuses on the Catholic Church in China, primarily from the turn of the 20th century to today, and contains a selection of books—both historical and rare—as well as images, photographs and facsimiles, as well as his collection of research papers and personal scholarly presentations and publications. Included in this collection is a folio, missionary films, dozens of pamphlets, approximately 60 files of reproductions of foundational Chinese Christian texts from the 17th and 18th century, some 200 Chinese language books focused specifically on the Church in China as well as more than 500 volumes of Western-language books concentrated especially on 19th and 20th-century Chinese Catholicism, as well as some 2,000 historical photographs, most with accompanying metadata.

This entire collection was compiled over several decades of field work in China, where Prof. Clark gathered a large number of images and documents in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Krakow, as well as from a variety of rare book dealers within the United States, the UK, continental Europe, and Asia.

The collection includes hundreds of materials in English, Chinese, Classical Chinese, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, and a variety of other European languages. Many of the books have been inscribed by the author or are autographed. A voracious collector, Professor Clark sought after first editions, rare books, ephemera, and otherwise often-overlooked materials and objects, and recognized that these are valuable tools for the scholar of the Catholic Church in China.

Materials within the Collection span from the missionary era in China from its inception to materials that continue into the contemporary era, up to this present day, late 2016. A large body of the collection is centered on China’s canonized Catholic saints, as well as the Boxer Uprising, the turbulence surrounding the events of 1900, and dilates on religious orders and their historic presence in China (including, for example, Franciscans, Jesuits, Dominicans, MEP, and PIME, to name a few). In this regard the Collection greatly enriches the current holdings of the Ricci Institute.

The assemblage of historical images related to the history of Christianity in China, within this greater collection, is unique. More than a dozen archival boxes include images both original and reproduced, many of the latter of which have been under threat, have already disappeared, or have dropped out of scholarly view. In short, in this remarkable collection scholars will likely see images that they have never before seen. Similarly the collection of Professor Clark’s research papers, housed in around 40 archival boxes organized by chronology, order, and diocese, is singular in its scope and breadth regarding the Catholic Church in China, as these items were collected during his research trips that occurred annually and spanned the globe. This, too is a diverse collection of materials, including those found in archives—some of which have now closed—or made fleeting internet appearances, were downloaded and printed, which are now too no longer available in their original source. In addition to this are approximately 30 archival boxes containing Professor Clarks personal papers and publication materials. In total the Collection contains approximately 12,000 pages of documents.

Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D., is the Lindaman Endowed Chair and Professor of History at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. The Ricci Institute currently holds one of the world’s most focused collections of materials and scholarship on the Catholic Church in China, and the addition of this collection assists in filling several areas of current lacunae. Prof. Clark has loaned this vast collection of research materials to the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco for the advancement of scholarship on the history of Catholic Christianity in China.

ANTHONY E. CLARK COLLECTION RESEARCH MATERIALS/BOOKS IN ARCHIVAL BOXES
COLLECTION OVERVIEW

Focus: History of Christianity in China, Late-Qing and Republican Era, Boxer Uprising

Collection Creator: Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.

Primary Organizer: Hannah H. Tweet

Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into 10 series, with a total of 38 boxes. There are multiple boxes in each series and they are distinguished by alphabetical letters, i.e.: 001a, 001b, 001c, etc. Series 001, 002, and 005 each focus on a different missionary order in China – the Society of Jesus, the Order of Friars Minor, and the Congregation of the Mission, respectively. Series 004 contains only audio-visual digital files; though other digital files are located throughout the collection. Both series 006 and series 007 contain information regarding one particular person, Fr. Charles McCarthy, SJ, and Alphonse Favier, CM, respectively. The rest of the collection is divided into three different series of “varia,” though series 008 emphasizes research materials, and series 009 emphasizes information organized by religious order or diocese. Series 010 has no emphasis, but each box has its own described category.
Languages: English, Chinese, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials
The contents of this collection represent the collected materials and personal research notes of Professor Anthony E. Clark; all materials center on the history of Christianity in China, especially Roman Catholic missions during the late-imperial era (ca. 1700-1912). Some materials do, however, extend into the contemporary era, and many documents remain sensitive given China’s present political situation under Communist rule. In addition to the various documents and material objects preserved and catalogued, this collection includes a substantial amount of historical and current photographs, prints, and reproduced images related to Catholic Christianity in China. Also, represented in this collection are a number of rare books on this topic, several of which have been inscribed by the authors. [The provenance of the materials in this collection is sometimes recorded; many of the materials are reproduced from archives around the world, as noted.]

Administrative Information
Series Listing

Series 001: SJ (Society of Jesus)
Series 002: OFM (Order of Friars Minor)
Series 003: Post-Imperial/Modern China
Series 004: Audio-Visual Digital Files
Series 005: CM (Congregation of the Mission)
Series 006: Fr. Charles McCarthy, SJ
Series 007: Alphonse Favier, CM
Series 008: Church in China Varia – Research Materials
Series 009: Catholic Church in China Varia, by Order/Diocese
Series 010: Church in China Varia

Box and Folder Listing

Begins on page 1

ANTHONY E. CLARK COLLECTION
HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN CHINA ARCHIVE CATALOG
(Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.)

Table of Contents
Series 001: SJ (Society of Jesus)………………………......……1
Series 002: OFM (Order of Friars Minor)…………………………………… 10
Series 003: Post-Imperial/Modern China …………………………………… 19
Series 004: Audio-Visual Digital Files…………………………….. 24
Series 005: CM (Congregation of the Mission)…………………………… 28
Series 006: Fr. Charles McCarthy, SJ………………………………… 38
Series 007: Alphonse Favier, CM……………………………………….... 42
Series 008: Church in China Varia – Research Materials…………………………………... 46
Series 009: Catholic Church in China Varia, by Order/Diocese …………………………... 54
Series 010: Church in China Varia…………………………………………. 64
Bibliography of Western Language Books ……………………………… 74

Subject(s)Catholic Church--China
China--Church history--Archival resources
Catholic Church--China--19th-20th centuries--Archival resources
China--History--Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901--Sources
Catholic Church--China--History
Catholic Church--China--Sources
Catholic Church--Missions--China--History--Sources
Missionaries--China--History--Sources
Missions--China--History--Sources
Missions--China--History--19th century--Sources
Missions--China--History--20th century--Sources
Clark, Anthony E.--Archives
Rec. TypeArchival materialsLanguageMultilang.
CollectionRicci Institute [AEC]Rec. #19002