Papers, primarily family correspondence, 1902-1954, of Carlisle V. Hibbard, a Y.M.C.A. executive involved with World War I and II relief work and of his daughter, Esther L. Hibbard, a missionary and educator in Japan. The letters from the Hibbards' stay in East Asia (1902-1914) and during Esther's teaching career (1929-1940, 1946-1952) describe customs, living conditions, and Japanese culture. Described are Carlisle's work in prisoner of war camps (1915-1924), and general conditions in Europe, particularly Russia in 1922. Carlisle's office correspondence (1943-1944) from the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council concerns efforts to get interned students back into colleges. Also included are 15 letters from Daniel Densmore, most written while he served in the Union Army during the Civil War, concerning the 1864 Sanitary Fair in St. Louis, Indian skirmishes in Minnesota, and conditions in the lower Mississippi region.
The album of photographs relates to experiences of Carlisle Hibbard in Manchuria and Korea, and includes group portraits and images of camp life and activities, 1904-1905.
Presented by Mr. and Mrs. Carlisle V. Hibbard, Madison, Wis., June 26, 1953 and July 27, 1954. Transcriptions of several of the Densmore letters presented by Margaret A. Lee, Victoria, Australia, 1996. Additional items transferred from the University of Wisconsin Archives, 1972.
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