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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 There is an unpublished translation of a Japanese biography by Haruichi Yokoyama in the collection.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150 books in Japanese) is the third of his autobiographical novels, Listening to the Walls, which is translated but unpublished in English.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 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Sermons and Addresses - Kagawa],
[Series 3: Typescripts of Kagawa's Books and Mrs. Kagawa's Work],
[Series 4: Kagawa's Life],
[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],
[Series 12: Miscellaneous],
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Series 9: Research Material - Asia, Europe, United StatesAdd to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Two student papers on Kagawa
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Student work
Sub-Series 1: EuropeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Statements of Kerken Verde (Church and Peace)
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Christian Labor Movement, Netherlands
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International Union of Anti-militarist Ministers and Clergy
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European Cooperatives
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The Peace Army, 1932
Sub-Series 2: ChinaAdd to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Articles by Mabel R. Nowlin on rural education for women in China, April 25, 1929
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Summary of a statement by Paul Goforth on Manchuria, September 26, 1931
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Report of the Executive Committee of the Biennial Meeting of the National Christian Council, 1929-1931
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Minutes of the Joint Committee of Shanghai Women’s Organizations, January 20, 1932
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An address by Frederick Moore, “The Condition of China,” September 19, 1932
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Paper by Chang Fu Liang, “The Christian Church and Rural Reconstruction in China”
Sub-Series 3: PhilippinesAdd to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Northern Christian College, Laoag, Ilocos Norte
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Methodism; report of Evangelical literature and publications
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Credit union material
Sub-Series 4: Japan-Rural EvangelismAdd to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
“The Evangelization of the Villages,” Sugiyama, August 1927
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Article by A.R. Stone, “Experimenting in Agricultural Missions in Japan,” June 1929
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Materials by Motojiro Sugiyama on peasant gospel schools
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Article by Tihiko Masuzaki, “Evangelizing a Fishing Village,” (ca. 1932, April)
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Speech by Gurney Binford on Rural Evangelism, November 1933
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Report on Farmer’s gospel schools, 1933
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A report on Nagano Nomin Fukaun Gakko by Dorothy Norman, n.d.
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An account of the work of Tohiko Masuzaki by Elizabeth Kilburn
Sub-Series 5: Japan-LaborAdd to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Address by Caroline MacDonald on the 1929 International Labor Conference, April 8, 1930
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Book chapter by Helen Topping, “Dr. Kagawa’s Story of the Japanese Labor Movement,” (with notes)
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“The National Farmer’s Union up to the Achievement of Manhood Suffrage in 1925,” by Helen Topping
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An Account by Helen Topping, “Christianity and Communism in the Peasant Union”
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Source Materials on the Japanese labor movement

First Group - the Labor Movement to 1923

“The Rise and Underlying Philosophy of the Japanese Labor Movement,”  by Toyohiko  Kagawa, address to the International Industrial Service League, Shanghai, August 29, 1927

“Liberal Thinking in Unity Hall,” by Isoh Abe, (ca. July 1928)

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Second Group - Christianity and the Labor Movement in Honjo

    The Building up of Labor Union in Honjo

    Cooperative next door to the church; Why the Pawn Shop?

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Third Group - Manhood Suffrage and the Movement since 1923

    Progress toward Manhood Suffrage, 1919-1924

    “Changing Japan,” by Toyohiko Kagawa, YMCA, New York, March 6,1925

    “The First Use of Manhood Suffrage in Prefectural Elections, in 1927,” by

          HarrietRietveld, for the Baltimore Sun, January 11, 1928

    The 1928 Diet Election

    Politics and the Suffrage in 1929, Municipal Elections

    The 1930 National Diet Election

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Fourth Group

    “Women Workers in Japanese Factories and Mines,” by Margaret Wells

          Wood, Christian Movement in Japan, 1923

    Gandhi and Kagawa

    The “Special Quality” of the Japanese

    Democratic and Undemocratic Elements of Japanese Education

Sub-Series 6: Japan-ReligionAdd to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
“Chapel Talks,” unknown author, May 1927
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“A Study of Personnel,” by Helen Topping, 1931 (correspondence regarding Harold Fey)
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American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. Budget letters, February 1, 1934 and February 13, 1934
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American Baptist Foreign Mission Society.  Minutes of the Committee on Relation, William Axling, 1949
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“Notes form my Diary,” William Axling, 1949
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“Report on Hokkaido Tour of Investigation,” by Carl C. Beck and Ralph E. Buckwalter, September 1, 1950 (Accounts of Mennonite Missionary Work)
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Bulletin of the Interboard Missionary Field Committee, 1949-1950
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American Baptist Foreign Mission Society.  Minutes of the Committee on Relations, 1950
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American Baptist Foreign Mission Society.  Minutes of the Committee on Relations, 1951
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American Baptist Foreign Mission Society.  Other matters, 1950-1951
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“The Cross and the Manger in Kanazawa,” by Mrs. M.A, Tramain, n.d.
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“God’s Severest Love.” by Mildred Paind, n.d.
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“Elizabeth Gallaway Learns of Shintoism,” by Jessie N. Trout, n.d.
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Excerpt form The Lotus of the Wonderful Law, by W.E. Soothill
Sub-Series 7: Japan-EducationAdd to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Minutes of Kanto Gakuin Trustees Meeting, 1949,  Japanese and English
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“Social Thinking in Japanese Univeristies and Colleges,” by Kenji Sugiyama, n.d.
Sub-Series 8: Japan-Economic and Social ConditionsAdd to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Research on the Eta, by Helen Topping for Dr. Robert Park; interviews of Dr. Park
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Report on Doriendan Nursery, January 1, 1934
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Facts about the Japanese War Scare,” by Mrs. Frank Osenberg and Elizabeth Haswell, 1935
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“Two Opposing Forces,” by Elizabeth Kilburn, 1945
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Interview of Bob Wilson and Mrs.Roert Elliott by Helen Topping re. post-war conditions in Japan, April 11, 1946
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“Warless Constitution of Japan,” (ca. 1946)
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“The Story of Kodomo-no-uchi,” by Warabi Kobayashi, February 1967
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“Economic and Social Problems in Japan,” n.d.
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“World Land Planning,” by Yasaburno Shimonaka, n.d.
Sub-Series 9: Japan-PeaceAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
“Letter from Japanese Christian,” n.d.
Sub-Series 10: Japan-CooperativesAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Statements of the Japan FOR, August 26, 1960
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Material on Japanese cooperatives
Sub-Series 11: Japan-World FederalismAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
First Asian Congress on World Federation, Hiroshima, November 3-6, 1952; various papers
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Speech of Lord Boyd-Orr at the First Asian Congress, November 1952
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Conference of Non-Members of the UNO, Tokyo, May 2-4, 1954; various papers
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Second Asian Congress for World Federation, Tokyo, Kyoto, August 24-30, 1963; various papers
Sub-Series 12: United States-PeaceAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
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“Suggestions to the Economic Committee of the National Study conference on ‘The Churches and a Just and Durable Peace.’”
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No More Hiroshimas, 1948-1950; various papers
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Midwest FOR, 1950; organized memo
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National Council for the prevention of War, Report to Annual Meeting, October 25, 1963
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“Spring is Coming,” by Margretta Lawler.  A play, n.d.
Sub-Series 13: United States-CooperativesAdd to your cart.
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Material on Cooperatives
Sub-Series 14: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Summaries of various interviews in N.Y.C. covering social service and the condition of women, June 1925
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AAUP, membership lists of Japan and Shanghai, 1929-1931; report of the program committee, 1932-1933
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Australia and New Zealand; social conditions and child welfare, 1932-1935
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Rock River Conference, Methodist, June 1946; papers
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Korean Student Dormitory, 1953
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Camps Farthest Out; list of camps, 1954
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Nova Scotia Cooperatives; three articles by Evelyn Tufts for the Halifax Herald; other articles
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Mennonite literature, 1943
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Student organizations, n.d.
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Miscellaneous manuscripts and papers

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Sermons and Addresses - Kagawa],
[Series 3: Typescripts of Kagawa's Books and Mrs. Kagawa's Work],
[Series 4: Kagawa's Life],
[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],
[Series 12: Miscellaneous],
[All]

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