Finding Aid to the George Bradley McFarland Family Papers, circa 1862-1964, bulk 1880-1951

Finding Aid written by Alison E. Bridger
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Finding Aid to the George Bradley McFarland Family Papers, circa 1862-1964, bulk 1880-1951

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/104

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Alison E. Bridger
Date Completed:
January 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: George Bradley McFarland family papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1862-1964,
Date (bulk): bulk 1880-1951
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2007/104
Creators : McFarland, George Bradley, 1866-1942

McFarland, Bertha Blount
Extent: Number of containers: 7 boxes and 2 volumes Linear feet: 3.25
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Contains correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, writings, photographs, and books relating to missionaries in Siam (now Thailand) and Cambodia. Photographs include pictures of life in Thailand and Cambodia, including Angkor Wat; of the royal family, including the coronations of King Vajiravudh and King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the funeral of King Chulalongkorn; and of missions in Thailand. Also includes the American Civil War diary of James Gooding Blount.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Thai and Cambodian
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Bradley McFarland Family Papers, BANC MSS 2007/104, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.
Additional Notes on Collection:
Collection transferred from the South/Southeast Asian Library in 2003.

Separated Material

Photographs of the Blount family in the United States, relatives of Bertha Blount McFarland, have been transferred to the Pictorial Collection of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2007.015--PIC). Other photographs have been retained in the McFarland papers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
McFarland, George Bradley, 1866-1942--Archives
McFarland, Bertha Blount--Archives
Vajiravudh, King of Siam, 1881-1925--Coronation
Vajiravudh, King of Siam, 1881-1925--Pictorial works
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, 1927--Pictorial works
Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, 1927--Coronation
Chulalongkorn, King of Siam, 1853-1910--Pictorial works
Chulalongkorn, King of Siam, 1853-1910--Death and burial
Blount, James Gooding, 1843-1862--Diaries
Angkor Wat (Angkor)--Pictorial works
Missionaries--Thailand
Missionaries--Thailand--Pictorial works
Thailand--History--19th century
Thailand--Pictorial works
Cambodia--Pictorial works
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Photographs

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The George Bradley McFarland family papers, were given to the South/Southeast Asia Library by Bertha Blount Hallquist, niece of Bertha Blount McFarland, in 1976. The collection was transferred to The Bancroft Library in 2003.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Alison E. Bridger in 2007.

Biographical Information

George Bradley McFarland was born in 1866 to Rev. Samuel Gamble McFarland and Jane Hays McFarland while they were serving as missionaries in Siam (now Thailand). Except for a few years spent in the United States to obtain medical and dental degrees, George McFarland lived most of his life in Siam. After his first wife Mary Root McFarland died in 1923, he married missionary Bertha Blount in 1925.
The McFarland family contributed many things to their adopted land of Siam. Samuel Gamble McFarland not only worked as a missionary but also published one of the first Siamese-English dictionaries, which his son George revised after his father's death. Jane Hays McFarland ran one of the first schools for girls in Thailand and later had a school named in her honor. William Hays McFarland, George's brother, served as Siam's Ministry of War and introduced Western military methods to Siam. Edwin McFarland, another brother, also served in the Siamese government and developed the first Siamese typewriter. George McFarland not only expanded on the work of his parents and siblings after their deaths, but also taught at the Royal Medical College and translated many medical texts into Siamese.
George McFarland died in 1942. At some point his wife Bertha returned to the United States, where she continued contact with the Missions in Thailand.
-McFarland, George B. Reminiscences of Twelve Decades of Service to Siam 1860-1936. [Bangkok]: Bangkok Times Press, 1936.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Scope and Content of Collection

The George Bradley McFarland Family Papers contain correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, writings, photographs, and books relating to missionaries in Siam (now Thailand) and Cambodia. Photographs include pictures of life in Thailand and Cambodia, including Angkor Wat; of the royal family, including the coronations of King Vajiravudh and King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the funeral of King Chulalongkorn; and of missions in Thailand. Also includes the American Civil War diary of James Gooding Blount.

Container List

 

Series 1 Manuscripts 1862-1964

Physical Description: Box 1; volumes 1-2

Arrangement

Arranged by type of document.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, mostly to and from Bertha Blount McFarland, relating to missionary work and life in Thailand, Java, and Cambodia; notebooks on Thailand and Cambodia by various westerners; an oral history on Rev. S.J. Smith's life in Thailand; writings on the customs of and missionary work in Thailand; clippings and greeting cards from Thailand. Also includes a small amount of family papers for the Blount family, including the American Civil War diary of James Gooding Blount. Photographs of the Blount family have been transferred to the Pictorial collection.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1919-1923

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1945-1951

Box 1, Folder 3

Notebook, entries by Laura J. Olmstead (Eakin), John A. Eakin and Mrs. MacLaren circa 1885

Box 1, Folder 4

David P. Barrons field notes 1903

Box 1, Folder 5

Bertha Blount McFarland notebook circa 1912-1914

Box 1, Folder 6

Bertha Blount McFarland journal of trip to Angkor Wat 1924

Oversize Volume 1

Bertha Blount McFarland scrapbook 1925-1927

Box 1, Folders 7-8

The Olden Days of Bangkok, related by Rev. S.J. Smith to Dr. George Bradley McFarland 1906

Box 1, Folder 9

Writings on Thailand undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Letters and writings on death and burial in Thailand undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Missionary reports on Thailand, by Bertha Blount McFarland 1932-1935

Box 1, Folder 12

Cambodian manuscript circa 1963-1964

Scope and Content Note

in Cambodian
Box 1, Folder 13

Clippings circa 1896-1951

Box 1, Folder 14

Greeting cards, Thailand undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Miscellaneous family papers undated

Box 1, Folder 16

Blount family papers undated

Volume 2

James Gooding Blount diary 1862

 

Series 2 Photographs circa 1870-1950

Physical Description: Box 2-3

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Contains photographs of life in Thailand and Cambodia, the Thai royal family, Thai Missions, and the McFarland family.
 

Life in Thailand

Box 2, Folder 1

Families, occupations circa 1870-1900

Box 2, Folder 2

Urban life circa 1870-1900

Box 2, Folder 3

Rural Life circa 1870-1900

Box 2, Folder 4

Life in Bangkok 1870-1900

Box 2, Folder 5

Life in Bangkok 1901-1950

Box 2, Folder 6

NaiKawn and family circa 1870-1900

 

Thai Royal Family

Box 2, Folders 7-8

Portraits undated

 

Ceremonies

Box 2, Folder 9

Queen Saovabha's funeral undated

Box 2, Folder 10

King Vajiravudh's coronation circa 1910

Box 2, Folders 11-12

King Chulalongkorn's cremation circa 1911

Box 2, Folder 13

Coronation of Rama IX (Bhumibol Adulyadej) circa 1946

Box 2, Folder 14

"Plowing" ceremony undated

Box 2, Folder 15

General undated

Box 2, Folder 16

Prince Damrong's library undated

Box 2, Folder 17

Miscellaneous Thai photographs undated

 

Cambodia

Box 3, Folder 1

Angkor Wat 1878

Box 3, Folder 2

Phimai 1878

Box 3, Folder 3

General 1928

Box 3, Folder 4

Rubbings 1928

 

Missions

Box 3, Folder 5

Early photographs circa 1870-1900

Box 3, Folder 6

Travels to Ayutthaya, Borobudur (Java), Sukothai and Phimai undated

Box 3, Folder 7

Buildings undated

 

People

Box 3, Folder 8

Household staff undated

Box 3, Folder 9

Students and faculty undated

Box 3, Folder 10

Guests and travels undated

Box 3, Folder 11

Various celebrations and luncheons undated

Box 3, Folder 12

S. R. House circa 1870-1900

 

McFarland family

Box 3, Folder 13

General undated

Box 3, Folder 14

Remington typewriter store, Bangkok undated

Box 3, Folder 15

Miscellaneous undated

Box 3, Folders 16-17

Holyrood album and negatives circa 1940

 

Series 3 Printed materials 1865-1950

Physical Description: Boxes 4-7

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains books in George B. McFarland's library including volumes written by him and his family members that relate to Thailand.
Box 4, Folder 1

The Modern Buddhist, translated by Henry Alabaster 1870

Box 4, Folder 2

History of Siam, Reign of H. M. Somdetch, P'ra Narai, 1657-1682, A. D., by Samuel J. Smith 1880

Box 4, Folder 3

King Mong Kut, by Dr. O. Frankfurter circa 1904

Box 4, Folder 4

Postal Progress in Siam: 1885-1925 1925

Box 4, Folder 5

Reminiscences of Twelve Decades of Services to Siam, 1860-1936, by George B. McFarland 1936

Box 4, Folders 6-7

Siam Today 1936

Box 4, Folder 8

Siam undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Letters from Siam 1946

Box 4, Folder 10

A New Guide to Bangkok, compiled by Kim Korwong and Jaivid Rangthong 1950

Box 4, Folder 11

Child's catechism 1874

Scope and Content Note

in Thai
Box 4, Folder 12

Unidentified publication undated

Scope and Content Note

in Thai
Box 4, Folder 13

Naton sangha anrot paen chabap luang - kam jaruk le utisakut kong puusang undated

Scope and Content Note

in Thai
Box 4, Folder 14

David Prescott Barrows dinner menu circa 1909

Box 5, Folder 1

English and Siamese Vocabulary 1865

Box 5, Folder 2

An English-Siamese Pronouncing Handbook, by W. H. McFarland 1894

Box 5, Folder 3

An English-Siamese Pronouncing Hand-book, 2nd ed., revised and enlarged by Geo. B. McFarland 1900

Box 5, Folder 4

Practical Exercises in English, by S. E. H. McFarland 1891

Box 5, Folder 5

Siam Directory for 1883, 1884, 1885 and 1886 circa 1886

Boxes 6-7

Siam Repository 1869-1874

Scope and Content Note

Volumes I, IV, V and VI