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Annetta Thompson Mills papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00455

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of materials about the life of Annetta Thompson Mills and the history of the Yantai (Chefoo) School for the Deaf in Yantai, China. Also included are documents pertaining to Anna Aschenbach's visit to China in 1987 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school. It is a comprehensive collection consisting mostly of photocopies of documents. There are also some original photographs as well as reproductions and photocopies of images.

NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Dates

  • 1857-1993

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open with caveat: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

Annetta Eugenia Thompson (Mills) was born in Portage, NY on July 20, 1853 to Robert W. Thompson and Sarah van Slyke. She had an older sister, Alletta, and a half brother, Lincoln, who was deaf. Annetta taught at the Western New York Institution for Deaf- Mutes in Rochester, NY (later the Rochester School for the Deaf), where her brother and another boy, Charles G. Mills, were students. There she met the Rev. Dr. Charles R. Mills, father of Charles G. Mills and a widowed missionary to Chefoo, China, who had come to Rochester to visit his son. She accompanied him back to China, they married in 1884, and in 1887 she founded the Chefoo School for the Deaf. They had three children, Samuel John Mills (1886-1970), Roger Sherman Mills (1889-1964), and Ruth Edna Mills (1891-1898; died of scarlet fever). Annetta administered the Chefoo School school until her retirement circa 1924; her niece Anita E. Carter succeeded her. She lived in Kuling for several years and 1926 moved to Nanking where her son, Samuel, ran the language school for new missionaries. Following the Nanking Incident in 1927, Annetta left China and lived with her son, Roger, in Chicago, until her death on April 19, 1929. As of 1989 the school still existed; the name of the school had been changed to the Yantai School for the Deaf, to reflect the name change of the town in which it was/is located.

Extent

1 boxes (1.25 linear feet)

Overview

Missionary; Teacher. Collection consists primarily of materials about the life of Annetta Thompson Mills and the history of the Yantai (Chefoo) School for the Deaf in Yantai, China. NOTE: There is no container list online for this finding aid. You may contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you want one sent to you.

Additions to the Collection

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Related Material

Additional papers at the Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester, N.Y.; the Yale Divinity School China Collection; and the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Title
Annetta Thompson Mills papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
© 2006
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:18-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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