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Helen Fayville Topping papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Sermons and Addresses - Kagawa

Typescripts of Kagawa's Books and Mrs. Kagawa's Work

Kagawa's Life

Kagawa's Organizations and Kagawa-Related Organizations

Research Material - Kagawa & Topping

Helen Topping's Sermons, Addresses, and Papers

Educational Materials

Research Material - Asia, Europe, United States

Miscellaneous Printed Material

Miscellaneous Japanese Materials

Miscellaneous


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Collection Overview

Title: Helen Fayville Topping papers, 1872-1968Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 1/2/MSS 034

Primary Creator: Topping, Helen, (1889-1981.)

Extent: 76.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in twelve series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Sermons and Addresses-Kagawa, (3) Typescripts, (4) Biographical, (5) Organizations, (6) Research Material-Kagawa & Topping, (7) Sermons, Addresses, and Papers-Topping, (8) Educational Material, (9) Research Material-Asia, Europe, United States, (10) Printed Material, (11) Japanese Material, (12) Miscellaneous

Subjects: Christianity. - Japan, Japan, Japan - Religion, Kagawa, Toyohiko, 1888-1960, Topping, Helen, 1889-1981.

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Kagawa, Toyohiko, 1888-1960 - Correspondence, Manuscripts for publication., Records (documents), Speeches, addresses, etc., Topping, Helen, 1889-1981. - Correspondence

Languages: English, Japanese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of  correspondence and other papers of Christian missionaries Helen Topping and Toyohiko Kagawa. The materials include his addresses, mostly issues of his various English-language publications, and publicity materials regarding Kagawa and his work. There is an unpublished translation of a Japanese biography by Haruichi Yokoyama in the collection.  There are also numerous first-hand accounts of Japanese and even Chinese social conditions and missionary activities, and a good bit of material on cooperatives in the Philippines.

Among the typescripts in the collection (Kagawa was the author of over 150 books in Japanese) is the third of his autobiographical novels, Listening to the Walls, which is translated but unpublished in English.

Biographical Note

Helen Topping was born April 12, 1889, in Rochester, New York, the daughter of two American missionaries, Genevieve and Henry Topping. In 1895 she was taken to Japan for six years, which began her interest in other cultures.  She attended the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and began spreading Parker's theories of education.  In 1905 at a religious conference at Silver Bay, Wisconsin, she dedicated herself to missionary work.  She later obtained degrees in education from a Baptist school, Denison University, and later Columbia University.

In 1925 she found her mission when a Japanese evangelist, Toyohiko Kagawa called her to work for him as his English secretary and organizer in America.

Toyohiko Kagawa was born in 1888. By the time Helen Topping went to work for him he was already well-known for his work in founding churches, settlement houses, cooperatives, labor unions, schools, relief work after the earthquake of 1923, and for the publication of his highly successful first novel, Crossing the Death Line.

Topping joined Kagawa in Japan in 1927  when he was in the midst of a monumental crusade, the "Kingdom of God Movement," which aimed at converting a significant portion of Japanese to Christianity.

Topping's parents, officially retired, joined her in working for Kagawa and together they edited and distributed Kagawa's English-language magazine, "Friends of Jesus," and the Kagawa calendar.

In 1932 Topping lost her American funding, but she continued to function unofficially on Kagawa's behalf until nearly the beginning of World War II.  Following the war -which Topping spent in the U.S.- she resumed her efforts for him, but the indeterminate nature of her responsibilities and the lack of an assured income often proved unsettling. She also went to the Philippines to teach four times, always stressing the propagation of Kagawa's doctrine of cooperation and Parker's theories on education.

Subject/Index Terms

Christianity. - Japan
Japan
Japan - Religion
Kagawa, Toyohiko, 1888-1960
Topping, Helen, 1889-1981.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contian the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials: Helen Fayville Topping photograph collection PH 34

Preferred Citation: [Item], Helen Fayville Topping papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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[Series 5: Kagawa's Organizations and Kagawa-Related Organizations],
[Series 6: Research Material - Kagawa & Topping],
[Series 7: Helen Topping's Sermons, Addresses, and Papers],
[Series 8: Educational Materials],
[Series 9: Research Material - Asia, Europe, United States],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous Printed Material],
[Series 11: Miscellaneous Japanese Materials],
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Series 2: Sermons and Addresses - KagawaAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Weishien Conference Addresses, Jan. - Feb. 1931Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Kagawa's Sermons and Addresses, 1930 September 9 - 1931 February 4Add to your cart.

"Welcome to Dr. Warnhuis," Tokyo, TMCA; Sept. 9, 1930

"The Indivdual Aspect of Religious Education," Shanghai Fellowship Conference, Jan. 17, 1931. Published in Shanghai Friends of Jesus issue.

"The Christian Brotherhood Movement in Rural District," I-IV, Jan. 29, 1931. Published in Economic Foundations issue of Friends of Jesus

"Religious Education," Jan. 29, 1931

"The Cross and its Relation to our Own Life," Jan. 29, 1931

"The Social Aspect of the Cross of Jesus,” Jan. 30, 1929

“The Ethical Aspect of the Cross of Jesus,” Jan. 31, 1931

“The Spirit of Christ,” Feb. 1, 1931 (two version)

“The Christian Brotherhood Movement,” V, Feb. 2, 1931 (two versions).  Published in Economic Foundations issue of Friends of Jesus, Aug. 1932.

“The Social Ethics of Jesus Christ Based on the Law of the Cross,” Feb. 2, 1931 (two versions)

“The Christian Brotherhood Movement,” Feb. 3, 1931.  Published in Economic Foundations issue of Friends of Jesus, Aug. 1932

“Paul’s Interpretation of the Cross,” Feb. 4, 1931

Folder 2: Kagawa's Sermons & Addresses, continued, 1930-1936Add to your cart.

"My Experience of God," Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church, Sept 24, 1931 (three versions)

"Peace Education," in the Friends of Jesus, Gotemba, Summer, 1932

Sub-Series 2: Addresses on the Holy Spirit, Matsuzawa Church Published in Christian International issue of Jesus, June 1933Add to your cart.
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“The Holy Spirit in Acts,” March 12, 1933

“Christ’s Experience of the Holy Spirit,” March 19, 1933

“The Holy Spirit Sanctification,” April 2, 1933

After Reading “Rethinking Mission,” March 29, 1933 (two versions).  Published in The Christian Century, May 1933

“The Prophet Amos,” April, 1933 (two versions).  Published in Pillar of Cloud (Kumo not Hashira) in Japanese

“The Kingdom of God Movement,” June 22, 1933

“The Cooperative Movement,” in Japan, Oriental Culture School, Karuizawa, July 17, 1933

“St. Paul’s Method of Evangelism,” November 14, 1933

Sub-Series 3: 1934 Addresses Transcribed and Edited by Helen HoppingAdd to your cart.
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Personal Message from Toyohiko Kagawa about One Million Souls for Christ Movement, (ca. January 1934)

“Meditation about Christ,” Formosa, February 4, 1934

“Training Leaders for Rural Leadership,” Manila, February 10, 1934

“Meditation on the Cross,” Central Church, Manila, February 11, 1934 (two versions)

“Life of a Prophet King and Priest,” Ellinwood Church, Manial, February 11, 1934

“Experiences in the Slums,” YMCA, Manial, February 12, 1934

Sub-Series 4: Addresses to Philippine National Christian Council, February 1934Add to your cart.
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“Christian Education,” February 15, 1934

Address to Evangelistic Committee, Union Seminary, February 15, 1934

“The System of Love Developed in the Thirteenth Epistles of Paul,” Union Seminary, February 15, 1934

“Rural Evangelism and the Cooperatives on Rural Work," February 16, 1934

“The Beautitudes of Christ,” Tagalog Convention, February 17, 1934

“The Unceasisng Revelation of God to Human Beings,” United Church, February 18, 1934

“Love the Law of Life,” Students Mass Meeting, Central Church, February 18, 1934 (two versions)  

“Address at Union Church,” Manila, February 25, 1934

“The Kingdom of God Movement in Japan.” San Fernando Methodist Conference, February 25, 1934

“The Modern Guild State and Socialism,” Manila University, February 26, 1934

“The Meditation of St. Paul in Prison,” Methodist Conference, February 26, 1934

“Address to the League of Nations Meeting,” Hongkong, March 2, 1934

“Address at Bridges St. YMCA,” March 4, 1934

“Chinese Service in the Hongkong Catherdral,” March 4, 1934

“Dr. Kagawa Speaks to an Oxford Group Meeting in Shanghai,” March 10, 1934

“The New Philosophy of Economics,” Christian Fellowship, Hongkong Cathedral,  March 4, 1934

“Address to the Kagawa Fellowship,” Tokyo, March 23, 1934

“One Aspect of the Personality of Jesus and of the Significance of His Teachings,” (ca. 1934)

Some recent experiences showing the attitudes of the public toward Christianity. (Notes on a speech to the Executive Committee of the Kagawa Fellowship, June 26, 1934)

Sub-Series 5: Addresses 1935Add to your cart.
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What Christ is Doing for Japan.” St. Clemet’s Church of England, Marrickville, March 26, 1935, and Melbourne Youth Rally, May 4, 1935

“The Bible in the Far East,” British and Foreign Bible Society, Collins St. Baptist Church, Melbourne, May 7, 1935

“Japan and Australia,” League of Nationals, Melbourne, April 29, 1935

“Address to the Tokyo District meeting of the Friends of Jesus,” September 8, 1935

“Paul’s Seven Paradoxes,” (ca. 1935.  Published in the Australian issue of the Friends of Jesus.

Sub-Series 6: Addresses 1936Add to your cart.
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“Apply the Cooperative Movement to Worldwide Commerce,” Rauschenbusch Club, Cleveland, March 4, 1936

“Address at Buffalo,” March 29, 1936 (notes by H. Topping)

“Address, Chicago Women’s Club,” May 26, 1936

“Kagawa Fellowship Retreat,” November 11-12, 1936; transcribed by Helen Topping Address on November 11, 1936 (two versions)

Bible Study, November 12, 1936

“Cooperative Works at Home and Abroad”

“Evangelism”

“My Trip,” November 19-20, 1936

“The Discovery of Redeeming Love, “ Matsuzawa Church, November 22, 1936

“The Discovery of the Religion of the Cross,” (ca. 1936)

“How Japan is solving the Problem of Depression,” (ca. 1936)

Sub-Series 7: Addresses 1937Add to your cart.
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Folder 1Add to your cart.

“Kagawa Fellowship Retreat,” November 21-22, 1937; transcribed by Helen Topping

Bible Study

“Future Evangelism in Japan”

“Proposal for World Peace Based on International Cooperatives,” November 22, 1937/ Published in Friends of Jesus, 1964 (three versio

“Addresses to the Kagawa Fellowship,” December 14, 1937 (annotated by Helen Topping)

Cooperatives, National and International (ca. 1937) (notes of T.T. Braumbaugh)

“The Church of Crisis,” 193

“Speech and Chinese-Japan Relatives,” (ca. 1937)

Sub-Series 8: Addresses 1938-1953 and Undated AddressesAdd to your cart.
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“Secrets of a Growing Spiritual Life, Fellowship of Christian Missionaries,” published in Religious Digest, July 1938. Vol. 7:34

“Christ in Japan,” (ca. 1938)

“Repentence,” September 30, 1945

“Democracy in Japan,” translated by Masado Ikezuki, (1945 ca. October 1-16)

“Preface to a Series of Lectures on Neo-Practical English” translated by Masako Ikezuki, (1945 ca. October 1-16)

“The Dream of Establishing an Interantional State,” October 16, 1945

“Acts of Jesus Christ,” Translated by Jasako Ikezuki, December 2, 1945

“The Redemptive Love of Christ,” Christmas message, Imperial University Auditorium, December 23, 1945

“The World in Which Jesus Lived,” Translated by Masako Ikezuki, January 14, 1946

“Meditation upon the Hymn of Virgin Mother Mary,” translated by Masako Ikezuki, January 14, 1946

“Christianity in Japan,” translated by Masaki Ikezuki, December 28, 1945

“The Hope and Preview of 1946,” February 15, 1946, published in Jikyoku-joho, January 1946

“Address on Easter,” tanslated by Masako Ikezuki, April 21, 1946

“Address at the First Methodist Church,” Akron, Ohio, November 15, 1950

“Divine Calling,” Christian Youth Rally, Indianapolis, November 20, 1950

“Christianity and World Federation,” Japanese Language School Students, Tokyo, January 16, 1953

“Christ as Seen by John, the Disciple,” Friends of Jesus, n.d.

“Why is There so Much Sin in the World if God is Guiding Everyone?, n.d.

Sub-Series 9: Excerpts from Kagawa's Work and Short StatementsAdd to your cart.
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Table of Contents, On Medical Guilds (also titled Medical Cooperatives,) 1934

Excerpts form Christ and Japan, 1934

Fragment from Person-Centered Socialism (also titled Personalistic Socialism and Principles of Personalistice Socialism), 1949

Passages, short meditations, short statements, and fragments

Sub-Series 10: Articles by KagawaAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 11: Short MeditationsAdd to your cart.
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Additional addresses by Kagawa on the labor movement in Japan can be found under Source Materials on the Japanese Labor Movement.  Materials arranged by subject section

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[Series 5: Kagawa's Organizations and Kagawa-Related Organizations],
[Series 6: Research Material - Kagawa & Topping],
[Series 7: Helen Topping's Sermons, Addresses, and Papers],
[Series 8: Educational Materials],
[Series 9: Research Material - Asia, Europe, United States],
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