William Rufus Foote fonds

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William Rufus Foote fonds

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    Accession 2009-045

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    • 1888-1920 (Creation)
      Foote, William Rufus, 1869-1930

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    10 cm of textual records

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    William Rufus Foote was born on 29 April 1869, the son of J.H. Pope and Maria (Morton) Foote in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended Truro Normal School and in 1895 received his BA and in 1896 his MA, both from Acadia University. He graduated from Pine Hill College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, completed post-graduate work in Edinburgh, Scotland and was ordained a Presbyterian minister on 1 June 1898. On June 27 he married Edith Sprott in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. They raised four daughters and two sons. He subsequently travelled as a missionary with Rev. Duncan MacRae and Dr. Robert Grierson to Korea to establish a mission under the Foreign Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. While there he served as the principal of the Boys' Academy at Wonsan, Korea, and served as a lecturer at the Theological Seminary of Korea in Pyong Yang. He did a great deal of translation work and was most noted for his Bible Dictionary which he completed in 1927. He also worked in Manchuria and Siberia as an evangelist. He died on 19 March 1930 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and was buried in Grafton, Nova Scotia.

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    Fonds consists of two daybooks, correspondence notebooks, certificates and an historical account of Rev. William Chalmers Burns. The contents of the fonds document Foote's missionary work in Korea and provide his personal observations about the work that he was undertaking there on behalf of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

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    Believed to have been received from Rev. Foote's son, Rev. Charles H. Foote and daughter, Mrs. Beatrice McIsaac.


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        Some of the materials are in Korean and Chinese.

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        Manuscript diaries and letters of Canadian Pioneer Presbyterian missions in Korea. MG 1 Vols. 2272-2274.

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