About the Collection
The Watson Lewis papers were donated to the University Archives in 1998 by Marjorie Lewis (PhD ’69), Watson Lewis’s daughter. At the time of the donation, University of Chicago Russian scholar Johnathan Bone noted how rare it was to find letters and other first-person accounts in English of this part of Asia in the early 20th century.
The Watson Lewis papers offer researchers a first-hand view of Russia and China in the aftermath of World War I, the political climate of Russia, the presence of the YMCA in Asia, American perceptions of foreign cultures and customs, and observations on American politics. This exhibit explores a few of the highlights of this fascinating set of materials.