Isaac Leroy Shaver papers, 1893-1982
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- Isaac Leroy Shaver (1893-1984) was a Methodist clergyman and missionary to Japan from the 1920s to the 1960s. The collection includes sermons, correspondence, photographs, printed material and published works related to Shaver's missionary work in Japan and Idaho. The material ranges in date from 1893-1982.
- 13 Linear Feet
- Material in English and Japanese
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- Scope and content:
The collection consists of sermons, personal files, photographs, diaries, and appointment books. The sermons are largely from the 1940s-1960s. The sermon notes are in English, though some were transliterated into Japanese. The personal files include correspondence, church bulletins, baptism and marriage records from Idaho, family papers, passports, and clippings. Some correspondence, largely from 1942, concerns Shaver's work on behalf of Japanese held in U.S. detention centers. The photographs include eight albums and numerous loose pictures which have been placed in archival sleeves. The majority of the images are in black and white and were taken in Japan. Some were take at various locations in the United States. Photographic subjects include children, families, congregations, conference attendees, landscape/exterior views and the Shaver family. The printed matter/published works include books written about Japan and Christianity, the mission field, and sermons. There are also several Bibles, hymnals (some in Japanese), prayer calendars, and appointment books. The material that has been sent to the Preservation Dept. within Perkins Library includes photographs and certificates of achievement. The collection ranges in date from 1893-1982.
- Biographical / historical:
Isaac Leroy Shaver was born in Rowan County, North Carolina in August 1893. He graduated from preparatory school at Rutherford College in 1915 and from Trinity College (now Duke University) in 1919. That same year, he married Pearl Tesh and soon thereafter, moved to Japan to begin work as a Methodist missionary. In 1924, he returned to Durham where he graduated with a master's degree from Duke University in 1925. Over the next several years, Shaver and his family moved between Japan and the United States, spending almost a year in Korea as well. During World War II, Shaver served as a Methodist minister to a Japanese community in Caldwell, Idaho and worked on behalf of Japanese held in U.S. detention centers. After the war, Shaver returned to Japan to continue his missionary work until returning to Idaho in 1959. He retired from his work as a pastor in 1969 and moved back to North Carolina with his wife. Shaver died in 1984.
- Acquisition information:
- The Isaac Leroy Shaver Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 1983-1986.
- Processing information:
Processed by Kimberly Sims, October 2009
Encoded by Kimberly Sims, October 2009; updated October 2010
Updated by Noah Huffman after digitization, August 2012
Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.
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- World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation -- 1942-1945
Missionaries -- Japan -- Correspondence
Evangelicalism -- Japan
Sermons, American -- Translations into Japanese
Photographs -- Japan
- Shaver, Isaac Leroy, b. 1893
- Japan -- History -- 1926-1945
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