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Margaret and Kenneth P. Landon Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Biographical

Siam Missions Papers and Research

Government Service

Academic Activities

Literary Works - Kenneth Landon

Literary Works - Margaret Landon

Media

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Margaret and Kenneth P. Landon Papers, 1824-2000 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Margaret and Kenneth P. Landon Papers, 1824-2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1927-1990

ID: SC/038

Primary Creator: Landon, Margaret (1903-1993)

Other Creators: Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)

Extent: 348.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1990

Subjects: American University (Washington, D.C.) - Faculty., Bradley, Dan Beach, 1804-1873, Bradley, Dan Beach, 1804-1873 - Correspondence., Chinese - Thailand., Cole, Edna Sarah, Cole, Edna Sarah - Correspondence., Davenport, Mary Frances Greenhow Roper, 1819-1896, Davenport, Mary Frances Greenhow Roper, 1819-1896 - Correspondence., Foreign Service Institute (U.S.), Hammerstein, Oscar, 1895-1960. King and I., King and I (Motion picture), Kingsmill, Hugh, 1889-1949, Landon, Kenneth Perry, 1903-, Landon, Kenneth Perry, 1903- - Archives., Landon, Margaret, 1903-1993 - Archives., Leonowens, Anna Harriette, 1834-1914, Matoon, Stephen, Matoon, Stephen - Correspondence., Missionaries - Thailand., Missions - China - 1900-1944., Missions - Soviet Union., Missions - Theory., Mongkut, King of Siam, 1804-1868, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Clergy., Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. - Missions., Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. King and I, Southeast Asia - Politics and government - 1945-, Southeast Asia Development Advisory Group, Thailand - Courts and courtiers., Thailand - Religion., Thailand - Social life and customs., Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation., United States. Dept. of State., United States. Office of Strategic Services, Wheaton College (Ill.) - Alumni.

Forms of Material: Articles, Audiotapes, Correspondence, Diaries, Interviews, Lectures, Legal Documents, Photographs, Reviews, Serials, Sermons, Theses, Videotapes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Kenneth P. and Margaret Landon present unique views into the life and culture of Southeast Asia. Margaret, best known for her work Anna and the King of Siam, and Kenneth, a Presbyterian missionary and later Southeast Asia specialist with the U.S. State Department, were both graduates of Wheaton College. Both exhibit distinct qualities that offer the researcher many opportunities.

The collection is organized into 12 series (Biography/Correspondence, Siam Missionary Correspondence, Publications, and Research, Government Service, Academic Activities, Literary Works, Photographs/Slides, Maps/Atlases, Audio, Secondary).

Includes secondary materials and correspondence of other missionaries to Thailand: Edna Cole, Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Matoon, Mary Frances Davenport and Dr. Dan Beach Bradley, as well as significant primary and secondary materials about King Mongkut of Siam and royal governess, Anna Leonowens, the subjects of Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam (1944) which provided the basis for Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, The King and I. Audio recordings in the collection include 94 CDs of oral history interviews with Kenneth and Margaret Landon.

Biographical Note

Margaret Landon (September 7, 1903 – December 4, 1993) was an American writer who became famous for Anna and the King of Siam, her 1944 novel of the life of Anna Leonowens. Her book on Leonowens was published in 1944 and became an instant bestseller. It eventually sold over a million copies and was published in more than twenty languages. In 1950, Mrs. Landon sold the musical play rights to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammenstein II, who created the musical The King and I from her book. A later work, Never Dies the Dream, about her own experiences, appeared in 1949.

Born as Margaret Dorothea Mortenson to Anenus Duabus "A.D." and Adelle Mortensen in Somers, Wisconsin, she was one of three daughters in a devout Methodist family. The family moved to Evanston, Illinois, where she graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1921. She attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, graduating in 1925. She taught school for a year, then married Kenneth Landon, who she knew from Wheaton, and in 1927 they signed up as Presbyterian missionaries to Thailand. Between 1927-1937, in addition to having three children, Margaret Schoeherr, Carol Pearson, and William, while also running a mission school in Trang, Landon read extensively about the country. During her readings, she learned about Leonowens. When the family returned to America in 1937, she soon began writing articles and then began researching material for a book on Leonowens. The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942 when her husband joined the United States Department of State as an expert adviser on Southeast Asia. In 1947, Kenneth authored "Southeast Asia, Crossroad of Religion," subsequently reprinted in 1969 and 1974. He also wrote "The Chinese in Thailand" and "Siam in Transition." Her 4th child, Kenneth, Jr., was born in Washington, D.C. He followed the lead of his parents and took up writing about his own field of interest, releasing a weighty (904 pages) tome, "God of Glory: The Promise of Relationship" in 1992. Margaret Landon was married sixty-seven years. She died in Alexandria, Virginia, December 4, 1993, aged 90, leaving 13 grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. One of her great grandchildren is also a writer. Mrs. Landon is interred in Wheaton Cemetery in Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

American University (Washington, D.C.) - Faculty.
Bradley, Dan Beach, 1804-1873
Bradley, Dan Beach, 1804-1873 - Correspondence.
Chinese - Thailand.
Cole, Edna Sarah
Cole, Edna Sarah - Correspondence.
Davenport, Mary Frances Greenhow Roper, 1819-1896
Davenport, Mary Frances Greenhow Roper, 1819-1896 - Correspondence.
Foreign Service Institute (U.S.)
Hammerstein, Oscar, 1895-1960. King and I.
King and I (Motion picture)
Kingsmill, Hugh, 1889-1949
Landon, Kenneth Perry, 1903-
Landon, Kenneth Perry, 1903- - Archives.
Landon, Margaret, 1903-1993 - Archives.
Leonowens, Anna Harriette, 1834-1914
Matoon, Stephen
Matoon, Stephen - Correspondence.
Missionaries - Thailand.
Missions - China - 1900-1944.
Missions - Soviet Union.
Missions - Theory.
Mongkut, King of Siam, 1804-1868
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Clergy.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. - Missions.
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. King and I
Southeast Asia - Politics and government - 1945-
Southeast Asia Development Advisory Group
Thailand - Courts and courtiers.
Thailand - Religion.
Thailand - Social life and customs.
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.
United States. Dept. of State.
United States. Office of Strategic Services
Wheaton College (Ill.) - Alumni.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 198 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Major portions of Margaret's correspondence and a small portion of Kenneth's correspondence from 1927-1990 are restricted until 2010. Additional restricted material pertains to legal matters involving a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox. These legal files will open in 2010.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items. Materials may not be loaned out to family members or the general public.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Acquisition Method: The collection was received through personal donation in 1990.

Preferred Citation: Margaret and Kenneth Landon Papers (SC-38), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The papers of Kenneth and Margaret Landon, graduates of Wheaton College, present unique views into the life and culture of Southeast Asia. Margaret was best known for her work Anna and the King of Siam, and Kenneth served as a Presbyterian missionary and later Southeast Asia specialist with the U.S. State Department. Includes secondary materials and correspondence of other missionaries to Thailand: Edna Cole, Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Matoon, Mary Frances Davenport and Dr. Dan Beach Bradley, as well as significant primary and secondary materials about King Mongkut of Siam and royal governess, Anna Leonowens, the subjects of Margaret Landon

Other URL: http://library.wheaton.edu


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Siam Missions Papers and Research],
[Series 3: Government Service, 1941-1965],
[Series 4: Academic Activities],
[Series 5: Literary Works - Kenneth Landon],
[Series 6: Literary Works - Margaret Landon],
[Series 7: Media],
[Series 8: Maps and Atlases],
[Series 9: Secondary],
[Series 10: Filing Cabinet],
[All]

Series 9: SecondaryAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Kenneth LandonAdd to your cart.
Box 261Add to your cart.
Folder 1: News clipping, Washington D.C., First YearsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Foxhall Road, MacArthur Blvd. Area, Historical NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Brief History of Wesley HeightsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous: checks (William B. Landon), birthday cards, and invitations to official functionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Margaret Landon's letter to "Mr. Spicer," providing biographical information about Kenneth LandonAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Newspaper clipping announcing the wedding of Patricia Wanvig and William LandonAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Newspaper clipping announcing the wedding of Miss Margaret Landon to Charles William SchoenherrAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Thomas J. Murray, The Social List of Washington, D.C., 1989Add to your cart.
Box 262Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Press Releases: Southeast Asia, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 263Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book list, The Christian BookstoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Yale, Elihu, 1649-1721Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Life in Siam during the Third and Fourth Reigns, 1824-1868Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Siam, Natural History, Siamese Cat, Siamese FishAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Wood, W.A.R.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Bernard, H.M. Vlekke, Nusantara, A History of the East India ArchipelagoAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Margaret Burr Wells, Cremation of the Chao Dara RatsamiAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Woman's Work for a Woman, 1886-1891Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Siamese Language Texts (Used in Kenneth Landon's Siam in Transition)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 1963-1991Add to your cart.
Box 264Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Map of Wheaton, Illinois, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 2: City of Wheaton News clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: History of Dupage County, The Daily Journal (Wheaton), August 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Maps of Wheaton, Illinois, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Margaret Landon Award (Wheaton Historic Preservation Society)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Department of State Newsletter, July 1962, (Kenneth Landon's photo, p. 14) (2 Copies), 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Newsweek, December 19, 1966, Kenneth Landon briefly featured in a "Where are They Now?"Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Picture of Wheaton College Buswell Memorial Library's Landon ExhibitAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Margaret LandonAdd to your cart.
Box 265: Secondary Materials Removed From Landon LibrariesAdd to your cart.
Missing
Box 266Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Amyot, P. "Description of the Solemnities Observed at Peking when the Emperor's Mother Entered Her 60th Year," London Magazine, 1763, 1763Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Asia, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Barth, M.A. "Stele de vat phou," Bulletin de Locale Francaise D'Extreme-Orient 2, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Baldinotti, Guiliano, "Relation du voyage de Tunguin," Bulletin de L'ecole Francaise D'Extreme-Orient, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Bernard, Maurice et Yvonne, "Lettre auxamis d'Hanoi"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Beyer, H. Otley, Early History of Phillipine relations with foreign countries, especially China, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Bodde, Derk, "The Chinese view of Immortality." The Review of Religion, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bodde, Derk, "The Philosophy of Chu His," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 7, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bonifacy, Lt. Col. "Une mission chez le man," Oct. 1901 - Jan. 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Bhuriband, Luang Borbal and A.B. Griswold, "Sculpture of peninsular Siam in the Ayuthya period," The Journal of the Siam Society 38, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Boualt, J., "Geographie de L'Indochine," Bibliotheque Scolaire Indochinoise. La Cochinchine, Imprimerie d'Extreme-Orient, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Chalermnit, Orientalist Books, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Chassigneux, Edmond, Le Canal Cu'U-Yen, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 14: China at War, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Morgan, H.T. ed., 101 Chinese Proverbs: What Confucius say, the Chinese wayAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Disintegration and Integration of Political Systems in Twentieth-Century China," Chinese Republican Studies Newsletter 1, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Christ Church, Bangkok, "A Century of Worship", 1864-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Coedes, G., Tablettes Votives Bouddhiques du Siam, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Cosmo Club, Annual Report, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Peilliot, Paul, "Memoires sur les Coutumes du Cambodge"; Tchou, Tan-kuan, "Appendix"Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Cabaton, Antoine, A propos d'une langue speciale de l'indochine, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Cordier, G., Cung oan Ngam chuc poeme annamite, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Daudin, Pierre, Vo-di-nguy- (1745-1801) Admiral de Gialong, Saigon, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Embree, John F., "Anthropology during the war," American Anthropologist 50, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Fairbank, J.K., "Tributary trade and China's relations with the west," The Far Eastern Quarterly, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Fegen, William W., "More Retold Tales," Bangkok, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Fistie, Pierre, "Nouveaux etats d'assie du sud et du sud-est", 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Fistie, Pierre ,"La Thailande", 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Fisher, Walter K., "A Pilgrimmage to the Home of Confucius," Orientalia, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Finot, Louis, "Inscriptions d'Ankor", 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Finot, Louis, "Lokevara en Indonchine", 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Far Eastern Lunch ClubAdd to your cart.
Box 267Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oskar Frankfurter, "A Siamese Eulenspiegel"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 2: Gard, Richard "Buddhism and Political Authority"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 3: "Going to the Play in China"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 4: Guides to Thai Towns and Imperial PalacesAdd to your cart.
Missing
Folder 5: Victor Goloubew "Die Harihara de Mahia Resei"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 6: Donn V. Hart and Harriett C. Hart "Cinderella in the Eastern Bisayas'Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 7: Donn V. Hart "Homosexuality and Transvestism in the Philippines"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 8: Donn V. Hart and Harriett C. Hart "Maka-andog"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 9: Donn V. Hart "A personal narrative of a Samaran Fillipina, April, 1965"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 10: Guide to Important Places and Monuments of Krong RattanakosinAdd to your cart.
Missing
Folder 11: George Lichteim "Imperialism"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 12: Institute of Pacific Relations "Asian Nationalism and Western Policies"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 13: The Ohio University Review "Contributions in the Humanities"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 14: Pham van Dong "War veterans, invalids and orphans in Viet Nam"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 15: Royal Forest Department, Bangkok Times PressAdd to your cart.
Missing
Folder 16: Thailand Grand Palace Souvenir Guide BooksAdd to your cart.
Missing
Folder 17: Vietnam Embassy "A Guide to Vietnam"Add to your cart.
Missing
Folder 18: U.S. Information Service, Asian Studies Book ExhibitAdd to your cart.
Missing
Folder 19: U.S. Government Printing Office: "A Staff Report for the Committee on Foreign Relations", 1972Add to your cart.
Missing
Box 273Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Life Magazine, paintings by Chinese Artists based on the New Testament, 1941 December 22Add to your cart.
Box 274Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Pictures of ML in the "Diplomat" magazine, 1951 May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Community chronicle, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Community chronicle, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Community chronicle, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Community chronicle, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Community chronicle, 1952Add to your cart.
Box 284Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The 'Art' of Diplomacy, 1971Add to your cart.
Box 285Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Presbyterian College and Clinton, 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Box 287Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Presbyterian College Report, 1977 December-1979 MayAdd to your cart.
8 issues between these dates
Folder 20: The Quill (Sigma Tau Delta), 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Clinton (SC) Chronicle, newspaper clippings, 1978 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Annual Report of Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 288Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, 1980 October-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Box 292Add to your cart.
Folder 55: unlabeled folder containing a photocopy of Business Week p. 40 - re: The A. C. Nielsen Company, 1987 September 14Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical],
[Series 2: Siam Missions Papers and Research],
[Series 3: Government Service, 1941-1965],
[Series 4: Academic Activities],
[Series 5: Literary Works - Kenneth Landon],
[Series 6: Literary Works - Margaret Landon],
[Series 7: Media],
[Series 8: Maps and Atlases],
[Series 9: Secondary],
[Series 10: Filing Cabinet],
[All]


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