The papers of Gertrude M. Hoffman consist of letters written to her family while she was teaching at the Oberlin Shansi Memorial School in Taiku, Shansi, China, from 1933 to 1936. These letters describe her daily activities, classes taught, Chinese customs observed, visits to other parts of China and to Japan and Korea, and her study of the Chinese language. The March 1936 correspondence discusses the Communist army's movements in Shansi Province which caused Hoffman and her colleagues to leave Taiku for Peiping. Hoffman's letters frequently mention other teachers and fellow Americans in China; they include Raymond T. Moyer (A.B. 1921), Paul Corbin (B.D. 1903), Joseph Hamilton (A.B. 1933), Richard G. (Dick) Irwin (A.B. 1932, A.M. 1936), Elizabeth (Betty) James (Mrs. R.G. Irwin; A.B. 1932, A.M. 1936) , Mark Wu, Josephine Hamilton (Mrs. H.E. Van Meter; S.Mus.B. 1935, A.B. 1939), Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wilbur, and Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Burton.
Correspondence, 18 August 1933-27 August 1934
Correspondence, 21 September 1934-28 June 1935
Correspondence, 5 July 1935-16 June 1936