Katharine Hastings Dodd Schoerner - Collection 51

Billy Graham Center

Katharine Hastings Dodd Schoerner - Collection 51

[Note: What follows is a description of the documents in this collection which are available for use at BGC Archives in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. The actual documents are not, in most cases, available online, only this description of them. Nor are they available for sale or rent. Some or all of this collection can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. ]

Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Katharine Hastings Dodd Schoerner

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection


Transcript 1 Transcript includes a link to an audio file of the entire interview

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Oral history interview for the Missionary Sources Collection taped with a Wheaton alumnus and missionary to China from 1931 to 1951 recorded in 1978. Also in the collection are five letters written during her stay in China describing her life there. A transcript of the interview is available. For more information, please see guide.

Collection 51
[September 19, 2000]

Schoerner, Katharine Hastings Dodd; 1908-2000

Papers; 1978

1 Folder (.1 cubic feet), Audio tape


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Katharine was the first of four children born to Albert B. and Mabel Minnie Dodd, missionaries working in Shantung Province, China. As a senior in high school, she came to the United States for her higher education. After two years at Park College in Parkville, Missouri, she transferred to Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, from which she graduated in 1930 with a degree in zoology. She then attended two terms at Moody Bible Institute where she met her future husband, Otto Schoerner. In 1932, she returned to China as a missionary of the China Inland Mission. She served her term working with Chinese women and children as a Bible teacher in the province of Anhwei. In 1939, at the end of her term, she traveled to Shanghai to be married. She served with her husband through two more terms, finally leaving China in 1951. The Schoerners and their five children settled in Chicago upon their return to America. Upon their retirement, they moved to Windsor Park in Carol Stream, Illinois. Katharine died September 16, 2000.

Scope and Content

Mrs. Schoerner was interviewed by Wheaton College student Gary Ziccardi on October 20, 1978 at her home in Evergreen Park. The time period covered by the interviews is 1908 to 1978. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. The index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original.

Tape T1 -Side 1 (Click to link to the transcript of this tape)
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:03 Family background
00:45 U. S. education
01:25 Decision to come to Wheaton
02:00 Activities at Wheaton
02:45 Reason for going to mission field
03:00 Reason for going to China
03:45 Choice of China Inland Mission
05:00 Description of China Inland Mission
05:30 Special training for going to mission field
06:30 Modes of travel to/in China
07:00 Work involved in during early years in China
10:45 Attitude of Chinese government toward early mission work (early 1930's)
11:00 Contact with other mission boards
11:45 Meeting and correspondence of/with future husband
12:15 Travel by fiancee for wedding
14:15 Classes of people interacted with in China
16:00 Values of Chinese
16:30 Communication of Gospel to chinese in their culture
18:00 Chinese church service format
20:00 Changes in lifestyle following marriage
22:30 Work with interracially married Russian women to Chinese merchants
25:00 Evangelistic work with lepers/small children in a hospital
25:45 Motivation to work with lepers
27:30 Chinese attitudes toward modern medicines
28:30 Anti-foreignism attitude of Chinese
29:30 Chinese attitude toward democracy
29:45 Marxist philosophy affects Chinese
31:30 Decay of Chinese political life - corruption in government
32:30 Impressions of Communists
34:00 Communist attitude toward missionary work
36:00 Effect of WWII on lifestyle
37:00 Contact with Japanese
38:45 Contact/treatment with/by allied troops
42:00 Confucianism ingrained in lifestyle
44:30 Christianity vs. Confucianism
46:30 Christianity vs. Buddhism
48:00 End of Side one

Tape T1 - Side 2
00:00 Beginning of Side two
00:10 Daoism vs. Christianity
00:30 Islam vs. Christianity
01:00 Chinese superstitions
01:15 Comments on acupuncture
01:40 Differences between Chinese/American culture
02:00 Chinese Believers reaction to Christian lifestyle
03:30 Highlights of 20 years in China
04:15 Raising children on mission field
07:30 Circumstances surrounding return to U.S.
09:00 Return to U.S.
09:45 Greatest trials during 20 years in China
10:15 Involvement in U.S. ministry since return from field
11:30 Final remarks
13:15 Demonology in China
15:00 End of tape

Also in this collection are a series of five letters written by Mrs. Schoerner during her years in China. There were written to family, friends, and supporters and describe her everyday activities, the background of the children she worked with, and the family's harrowing evacuation experience to Kansu Province in 1944. The two letters from 1944 are copies of ones written by Mrs. Schoerner to her mother, and the last letter, written from Lanchow in Kansu Province contains a handwritten note added on by Mrs. Schoerner's mother as she passed the letter on to another of her daughters.


Interview with Schoerner was taped on October 20, 1978 by Wheaton College student Gary Ziccardi and given to the Billy Graham Center Archives.

Accession #: None
December 19, 1978
Robert Shuster
M. Shimmels
G. Ziccardi

Revised and retyped
March 30, 1993
M. L. Wohlschlegel
J. Archer

Revised, June 17, 1993
M. L. Larson

Accession #: None
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The tapes listed below are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 63 minutes. Interview with Katharine Hastings Dodd Schoerner by Gary Ziccardi. Discussion of missionary service in China with China Inland Mission, different religions versus Christianity, comparisons of Chinese and American way of life; October 20, 1978.


Box Folder Description
1 1 Correspondence; 1932-1944

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