- Book written about Calvin:
"Calvin Wilson Mateer - A Biography" by David W. Fisher
"Forty Five Years a Missionary in Shantung, China"
Philadelphia, The Westminster Press, 1911
Within months of their marriage Calvin and Julia Mateer set sail for China and
more than twenty years of service to the cause of Missionary and Christian
Education which culminated in the establishment and recognition of Shantung
Christian University. Dr. Mateer was also active in the translation of
textbooks and was a principal editor of the revised Madarin Bible.
Julia Mateer shared in vaious teaching responsibilities, in the construction of
Chinese textbooks and was particularly successful in counselling students and
their families, in giving aid and comfort to the sick, and in conducting
religious classes for Chinese women.
As Ada Haven, the second Mrs. Mateer, came to China in 1879 to take charge of a
school for girls. During the Boxer Uprising, June to August 1900, she and some
thirty of her charges were among the foreigners and Christian Chinese who were
beseiged in the British Legation at Peking awaiting the arrival of American
In addition to missionary work and teaching Ada Mateer was a fine linguist and
a pioneer in the development of a simplified set of Chinese characters, which
could be used for mass publication and general education.
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 110.