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William P. Turner Photograph collection, circa 1890-1935

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/g23fq

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Turner, William Pattillo, 1864-1912.
Title: William P. Turner Photograph collection, circa 1890-1935
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 136
Extent: 1.4 cubic ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract:Contains lantern slides, black and white photographs, and two volumes of commercial prints.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

The collection of lantern slides in this collection (boxes 1-4) reflect activities of William and Martha Callahan and duplicates printed photos in the Callahan collection (MSS 063). These slides may have originally belonged with the Callahan collection, though their provenance is uncertain.


[after identification of item(s)], William P. Turner Photograph Collection, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Nancy Watkins and Anne Graham, 1996, 2001.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

William Pattillo Turner was born on April 6, 1864 in Troup County, Georgia, to H. S. and Martha Pattillo Turner. He graduated from Emory College in 1889. He joined the Japan Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1893 after having served as a supply instructor at the Palmore Institute, a night school for young men, in Kobe, Japan, for two years. He remained at Palmore until 1897 when he was appointed to the Uwajima circuit in the Kobe district where he served with his wife and children until 1911. He died in Hiroshima on March 10, 1912, shortly after leaving Uwajima.

Turner was from the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He married Mrs. Allie (Alice Mae) Burke of Benton Harbor, Michigan, on September 8, 1896. The Turners had three children: Katharyn, William, and John.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of lantern slides, black and white photographs, and two volumes of commercial prints. The slides and photographs contain images of the Turner and Callahan families during the time that they served together as Methodist missionaries to Japan. William Jackson Callahan, a cousin of Turner, was also from the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Included in the slide collection are images of Japanese natives including governmental officials, Buddhist priests, and Methodist ministers. Also included are temples and other buildings and the Japanese countryside. Few of the slides are labeled. Some were commercially produced.

The two bound volumes contain commercially produced prints with handwritten commentary by Turner, addressing the historical or cultural significance of each scene. An exception is Turner's description of the Kobe Club, which although constructed for foreigners, is Anot for Missionaries. The first volume includes fifty tinted prints of various tourist attractions, street scenes, and agricultural products. There is a photograph of Bishop Galloway and Rev. W. W. Wadsworth pasted onto the print of the great bell at Nara. The second volume contains fifty prints of staged domestic scenes, merchants and artisans at work, and silk production. The last print is a collage of the faces of 1700 babies taken by a Tokyo photographer during a ten year period. Of interest to the researcher will be the dress and culture of late nineteenth century Japan represented in the prints.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 Lantern slides 1-25, circa 1910-1935

Note: the lantern slides in boxes 1-4 may have originally belonged to the Callahan collection (MSS 063), although their provenance is unknown.

2 Lantern slides 26-50, circa 1910-1935
3 Lantern slides 51-75, circa 1910-1935
4 Lantern slides 76-91, circa 1910-1935
5 Bound commercial prints, circa 1895
5 1 Turner family photographs, 1898-1908
5 2 Passport certificates for W. P. Turner and Thomas Walter Bascom Demaree, 1892