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Last modified: September 8, 2015
Guide to A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language
Creator :Hanson, O. (Ola)
Title: A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language
Dates: circa 1915
Extent: 0.3 Cubic Feet
Collection is open for research.
Ola Hanson was born in Ahus, Kristianstad, Sweden on June 25, 1864. He came to Colgate from Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from the seminary in 1890.
Hanson studied at Swedish Theological Seminaries in St. Paul, Minnesota and Stromsburg, Nebraska and was ordained in Minneapolis on June 23, 1890. He was a missionary to Kachins, Bhamo Burma with the American Baptist Missionary Union/American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society from 1890 until his death in St. Paul on October 17,1929, during which time he wrote and translated a number of works in the Kachin language. Hanson was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature from Colgate in 1909 and the Kaisar-i-Hind gold medal in 1929.
Elmer William Smith, ed. Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 2, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 526.
The guide states that the Kachin language is spoken "in Northern Burma, western Yunnan, eastern Assam, and in borders of Tibet."
Some of Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution's earliest students were missionaries in this area, and student and faculty interest in missions continued throughout the nineteenth century.
Howard Williams, A History of Colgate, 1819-1869 (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1969), 46, 52-56 http://cu-cel.org/cuhist/.
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of unbound pages, both handwritten and typed, that make up a guide to the Kachin language, also known as the Jinghpaw language. The preface states that the handbook "aims to explain the grammar, idioms and everyday vocabulary, in as complete yet simple manner, as is necessary to gain a fair working knowledge of the dialect within a reasonable time."
Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries
Mary Cordaro and Allyson Smally, May 1, 2014.
September 2, 2015: Filing title added by Frances Holmes
Identification of item (Author, Title, and Date of item if known), A1077, A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.