Guide to the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc., Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Sponsorship Packet, 1991

Summary Information

Title: Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc., Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Sponsorship Packet, 1991
Collection: AC.1161
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

This collection consists of photographs and information found in a promotional fundraising packet from Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc. from Perkasie, Pennsylvania in 1991.

Creator: Pearl S. Buck Foundation

Biographical/Historical Note

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (June 26, 1892 – March 6, 1973), also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu, was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in China. Her novel The Good Earth was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces". She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After returning to the United States in 1935, she continued writing prolifically and became a prominent advocate of the rights of women and minority groups, and wrote widely on Asian cultures, becoming particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption.

In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Buck co-founded Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency, along with James A. Michener, Oscar Hammerstein II and his second wife Dorothy Hammerstein. In nearly five decades of work, Welcome House has placed over five thousand children. In 1964, to support kids who were not eligible for adoption, Buck established the Pearl S. Buck Foundation (now called Pearl S. Buck International) to "address poverty and discrimination faced by children in Asian countries". In 1964, she opened the Opportunity Center and Orphanage in South Korea, and later offices were opened in Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. When establishing Opportunity House, Buck said, "The purpose...is to publicize and eliminate injustices and prejudices suffered by children, who, because of their birth, are not permitted to enjoy the educational, social, economic and civil privileges normally accorded to children."

In 1960, after a long decline in health, her husband, Richard, died. She renewed a warm relation with William Ernest Hocking, who died in 1963. Buck then withdrew from many of her old friends and quarreled with others. In the late 1960s, Buck toured West Virginia to raise money to preserve her family farm in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Today The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace is a historic house museum and cultural center. She hoped the house would "belong to everyone who cares to go there", and serve as a "gateway to new thoughts and dreams and ways of life".

Long before it was considered fashionable or politically safe to do so, Buck challenged the American public by raising consciousness on topics such as racism, sex discrimination and the plight of the thousands of babies born to Asian women left behind and unwanted wherever American soldiers were based in Asia. During her life Buck combined the multiple careers of wife, mother, author, editor and political activist.

Scope and Contents

This collection is an informational mailing packet from the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc. in 1991. The Foundation was founded in 1964 to address needs of children born of American servicemen in Asia. Since that time, it has expanded its mission to help other disadvantaged children across the world. This packet is asking for funds to help pay for its work.

The packet includes the brochure, a personalized letter, a donation slip, and a return envelope.

Arrangement

All materials of the promotional packet are filed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This was purchased from Appalachian Mountain Books in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1161: Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc., Perkasie, Pennsylvania, Sponsorship Packet, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.

Container List

Informative Brochure about the Foundation's service, circa 1991

Letter to Kathryne Williams, with financial plea, October 28, 1991

Return envelope and response slip, circa 1991