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Fanny Kean Leake Patton diary

Identifier: 2024.138

Content Description

Collection contains a single diary of an American woman named Fanny Kean Leake Pattaon (1867-1939) during her time with the American Episcopal Mission in Kyoto, Japan. She and her husband, Rev. J. Lindsay Patton (1966-1915) worked in Japan as missionaries for fifteen years starting in the late 1880s. By the time the diary was written, they had been overseas for several years and had five children, some of whom were born in Japan. The diary includes documentation about Fanny and her husband's religious activity and travel, as well as details about her every day life doing missionary work and teaching. It also has information about the Otsu Incident (an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Czar Nicholas Alexandrovich during his visit to Japan in 1891), and Russia and Japan's falling out afterwards. Fanny in fact visited the Czar the day after the Otsu Incident.

Acquisition Type



Bought from James Arsenault & Company for $2800

Language of Description


Script of Description


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  • Creation: 1891 February 26 - 1891 June 27



.1 Linear Feet (One legal size folder)