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Dearing Guest Books, Yokohama, 1895-1919


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Dearing Guest Books, Yokohama, 1895-1919, 1895-1919 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Aaron M. Lisec

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ID: 1/2/MSS 327

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Three individual leather-bound books housed in preservation phase boxes.

Date Acquired: 02/04/1994

Subjects: American Baptist Missionary Union in Japan, Dewey, John, 1859-1952, Tourism - Japan

Languages: English


Three guest books kept by American missionaries in Yokohama, 1895-1919.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Three leather-bound guest books for the Dearing house at 67-a Bluff in Yokohama, Japan.  John Lincoln Dearing and Mary Hinckley Dearing, American Baptist Missionary Union, opened their home to travelers from all over the world who passed through Yokohama at the turn of the 20th Century.  Visitors included missionaries and other clergy, university presidents and Asia scholars, industrialists, adventurers, military officers, and the wealthy elite of America and Europe touring the world.  Among many notable entries are inscriptions by John Dewey, Henry Babson, Charles Cuthbert Hall, Emma Boose and Francis Fisher Tucker, William Ashmore, Davida Catherine French, Ella Stimson Cate, Thomas S. Barbour, Reginald Augustus Studd, Henry Grattan Guinness, John Henry Barrows, John Marshall Foster, Henry Pratt Judson. Franklin Johnson, and Grace Webb Tenny.  Each entry page included a line for  home address, "whence" and "whither," and "sentiment," where guests thanked their hosts and often included words of advice, humor, or wisdom.  Many guests attached photographs.

The three books span the periods 1895-1904, 1911-1914, and 1914-1919.

Collection Historical Note

John Lincoln Dearing (1858-1916) married Mary Lyon Hinckley (1868-1963) in 1891.  Together they served the American Baptist Missionary Union as missionaries in Japan for a quarter century.  Ordained in 1889, Reverend Dearing relocated to Yokohama the same year and served as president of the Japan Baptist Theological Seminary from 1894 to 1908.

Their son Vinton A. Dearing, killed at the Second Battle of the Marne, July 18. 1918, was memorialized in a book of his letters, My Galahad of the Trenches, published the same year by his mother.

Subject/Index Terms

American Baptist Missionary Union in Japan
Dewey, John, 1859-1952
Tourism - Japan

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Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted

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 contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Center for Dewey Studies

Acquisition Method: Transfer

Related Materials: John Dewey Papers, 1858-1970, MSS 102.

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