John William Foster Fonds Lantern Slides

Clock Tower, West China Union UniversityClock Tower, West China Union University, Miss Lo and Dr. Fu in foreground. n.d.


In 2016, Archives and Research Collections at Carleton University Library acquired a set of 193 hand-painted Lantern Slides through a donation from Dr. John William Foster.  The slides depict Christian missionary work of the pre-union Methodist and Presbyterian churches in South China (Kwangtung), North China (Honan), and West China (Szechwan) ranging from 1892-1948. Accompanying the slides is Dr. Foster’s 1976 PhD Thesis on the topic: The Imperialism of Righteousness Canadian Protestant Missions and the Chinese Revolution: 1925-1928.

This exhibit explores the topic of Canadian missionary work within the context of China using the collection of lantern slides found in the John William Foster fonds. By exploring different regions of China through these images, the lives of missionaries and Chinese Christians can be properly illustrated and placed within the context of Canadian history and Canada-Chinese relations.

Unless otherwise noted, all material for this exhibit originates in the John William Foster fonds housed at Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University Library.