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During his long life, the Reverend Claude L. Pickens, Jr. spent many years as a Christian missionary in China. Working with his wife, Elizabeth, he maintained a particular interest in China's Muslim population. Pickens spent time in central China as the Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, and he also spent time making surveys of Muslims in northwest China, northeast Tibet, and Inner Mongolia. This digital collection brings together over 1000 photos taken by Pickens during his travels through the region in the 1920s and 1930s. Visitors should start their journey by reading the "Biographical Note" on Pickens, and then giving the finding aid a quick look. The photographs can be viewed via Harvard's VIA catalog, and they just need to search on the name Claude L. Pickens. Overall, the collection provides a fascinating look into this very intriguing facet of Chinese cultural and social history.
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