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Guide to A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language

A1077

circa 1915


Descriptive Summary

Identification: A1077


Creator :Hanson, O., (Ola), 1864-1929


Title: A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language


Dates: circa 1915


Extent: 0.3 cubic feet


Language: Kachin and English



Collection is open for research.


Biographical note

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.

Sources:

Elmer William Smith, ed. Colgate University General Catalogue, vol. 2, (Hamilton, NY: Colgate University, 1939), 526.

Historical note

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.

Sources:

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 note

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."

Subjects

Kachin language--Dictionaries.
Kachin language--Grammar.
Kachin language--Study and teaching.

Contents List

Box 1 Folder 1
circa 1915
A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language, Rev. O. Hanson, p. 1-39
Box 1 Folder 2
circa 1915
A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language, Rev. O. Hanson, p. 44-109
Box 1 Folder 3
circa 1915
A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language, Rev. O. Hanson, p. 110-204
Box 1 Folder 4
circa 1915
A Handbook of the Kachin or Jinghpaw Language, Rev. O. Hanson, p. 205-268

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries

Processing

Finding aid prepared by Mary Cordaro and Allyson Smally, May 1, 2014.

Preferred Citation note

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.



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