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Arthur William Hummel papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3841

Scope and Contents

Collection includes notebooks, publications and writings, correspondence, Chinese language study materials, and ephemera created and collected by Arthur Hummel between 1905 and 1975. Most of the materials focus on Hummel's professional life and his work with Chinese materials. However, there is some biographical materials, including a diary and a interview transcript outlining Hummel's life and works.


  • 1905-1975


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Arthur William Hummel papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Arthur William Hummel (1884-1975) was a missionary to China and Chief of the Orientalia Collection at the Library of Congress. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. and B.D., and worked as a English teacher and missionary in Peking and Fenchow, China. After his return he was hired to work at the Library of Congress, where he remained until his retirement in 1954. After his retirement he taught at the American University and renewed his missionary efforts.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)


Organized in five series: I. Notebooks, undated. II. Publications and writings, 1915-1975. III. Correspondence, circa 1916-1970. IV. Chinese language and study materials, undated. V. Ephemera, circa 1905-1933.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid Available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Sharman B. Hummel; 2007.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of Arthur William Hummel papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 8
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States