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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

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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 There is an unpublished translation of a Japanese biography by Haruichi Yokoyama in the collection.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150 books in Japanese) is the third of his autobiographical novels, Listening to the Walls, which is translated but unpublished in English.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],
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Publications; part in Japanese and part in English
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Japanese receipts, bills, and estimates
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Chinese materials
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Item 1: Scrapbook, clippings, alphabetically arrangedAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Calling cards; memorabilia, tape: "The Man in Leather Breeches"; film: Mother Topping and Japanese WomenAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: Helen Topping's diplomas; large photographsAdd to your cart.
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Kagawa
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Helen Topping and family
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Helen Topping and family
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Japanese activities
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Identified photographs and duplicates
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Package 1: Package 1 Photographs, oversizeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Name Index of CorrespondentsAdd to your cart.
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[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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