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William Andrew & Aurine Wilkins McIlwaine

Manuscript Collection #043
Boxes #479–488

Content Summary: Correspondence, records and ephemera from the missions career of William A. and Aurine W. McIlwaine.

Span dates: 1874-1985 Size: 10.0 cu. ft. (ten boxes)

Access: This collection is open to researchers.

Preferred citation:
William A. & Aurine W. McIlwaine Manuscript Collection, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Related Collections:Manuscript collections of James A. & Pauline S. McAlpine; R. Heber McIlwaine; and John M. L. Young; Japan Missions Library

William Andrew McIlwaine
[24 April 1893 - 30 November 1985]
Links to the finding aids for this collection:
Box 479: Correspondence, Bell - Young, including additional family correspondence


Box 480: Correspondence, 1906 - 1984; W.B. McIlwaine correspondence, 1874 - 1949

Box 481: Executive Committee on Overseas Evangelism; Consultation on World Missions (PCUS)

Box 482: Executive Committee on Overseas Evangelism; International Christian University; Japan Mission

Box 483: Missionary prayer letters, 1934 - 1984; Reformed Theological Seminary, 1964 - 1978

Box 484: Kobe Reformed Theological Seminary, 1953 - 1960; Japan Mission (PCUS); Photographs

Box 485: Shikoku Christian College; Westminster Theological Seminary, 1962 - 1968; Van Til Lectures


Box 486: Writings, articles, sermons and course notes; Comparative Study of Non-Christian Religions


Box 487: Atlanta Presbytery (PCUS), 1963 - 1973; Japan Protestant Centennial; Correspondence

Box 488: Ephemera - Diplomas and Plaques

Biographical Sketch:
William Andrew McIlwaine was born on April 24, 1893 in Kochi, Japan. He attended Davidson College, graduating with the AB in 1915 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1919 with the BD degree. Upon completion of his studies, he was ordained in May of 1919 and from 1919 until 1942 served as a missionary to Japan, including six months in detention immediately following the outbreak of the war. He returned to the US on an exchange ship in the summer of 1942. Rev. McIlwaine was then commissioned on June 11, 1943, attending US Army Chaplain School at Harvard University, graduating there in July, 1943. Duty assignments included Station Complement, Camp Ellis, IL, July 1943 to Feb. 1945; Percy Jones Hospital Center, Battle Creek, MI, Feb. to Aug. 1945; special Projects Division, Provost Marshall General's Office, with duty in Washington, D.C. and Prisoner of War Camp, Huntsville, TX, August 1945 to April 1946. On May 14, 1946 he was separated from active service with the rank of Major. Dr. McIlwaine then returned to service as a missionary in Japan from 1946 until 1963. He later served as Stated Supply for the McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church of Pensacola, Florida from 1969 to 1971. In 1976 he served as moderator of the 4th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He died on November 30, 1985, at the age of 92.

Aurine Wilkins McIlwaine:
Born on January 14, 1904 in Hopkinsville, KY and educated at Bethel Women's Academy and College, obtaining her BS from Cumberland University in 1926. She then graduated from the PCUS Assembly Training School in 1929 and was appointed a missionary on Feb. 13, 1929. On September 3, 1931 she sailed for Korea and remained in faithful service there until 1939. She married the Rev. William A. McIlwaine on December 28, 1939 in Kwangju, Korea and then went with him to Japan, where together they served as evangelistic missionaries. With only the war years of 1942-1946 interrupting, they served there until their retirement on December 31, 1963. Mrs. McIlwaine died on December 20, 1982, at the age of 78, following a brief illness. She is buried in Bayview Memorial Park in Pensacola, FL.


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