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Guide to the Sydney and Ruth Jonah Collection, circa 1890-circa 1990
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Sydney and Ruth Jonah Collection
    Dates: circa 1890-circa 1990
    Identification: OCH/SRJ
    Creator: Jonah, Sydney and Ruth
    Physical Description: 4.66 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Old China Hands Archives
    Abstract: Sydney Jonah was born in China, and moved to the United States in the 1930s. In 1935, he married Ruth (Rudy) Cohen in Los Angeles, California. The collection consists mainly of personal photographs belonging to both the Jonah and Cohen families, which show some of Sydney’s time in China, their life and travels together as a married couple, and family photos sent to and collected by Sydney and Ruth. Also included in the collection is a small amount of personal correspondence and collected papers, most notably letters between Sydney and his family regarding a relative living in Shanghai during the 1940s.

    Biographical Information:

    Sydney Jonah was born in China in 1910, to Ephraim and Gertrude Jonah. He attended the Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Boys in Shanghai, and immigrated to the United States, settling in San Francisco in the 1930s. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, and became a naturalized US citizen in 1944.
    Ruth (Rudy) Cohen was born in Michigan in 1912 to Philip and Yetta Cohen, and moved with her family to Los Angeles sometime before 1930.
    Sydney and Ruth were married in Los Angeles in 1945.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Jessica Geiser and Eric Yin, 2013

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Sydney and Ruth Jonah Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Personal Materials, 1912-1985
              Subseries A: Correspondence and Clippings, 1912-1985
              Subseries B: Arts and Commerce Magazine, 1928-1930
    Series II: Photographs, ca. 1890s-1990s
              Subseries A: Loose Photographs, ca. 1890s-1990s
              Subseries B: Photographs Albums, ca. 1890s-1985

    Scope and Contents

    The Sydney and Ruth Jonah Collection consists of family photographs spanning from the 1890s to the 1990s, as well as some correspondence, news articles, and publications collected by the Jonahs. The collection is divided into two series: Personal Materials (1912-1985) and Photographs (circa 1890-1999).
    Series I, Personal Materials, is sorted into two subseries: Correspondence and Clippings (1912-1985) and Arts and Commerce Magazine (1928-1930). The Correspondence and Clippings subseries consists firstly of correspondence between Sydney's family, including postcards of China sent to Sydney from his father, Christmas cards sent to Sydney and Ruth, and a series of letters written in 1945 concerning Sydney's aunt still living in Shanghai. Also included in the subseries are clippings related to China, including a picture of Hongkew schools and an article on Dr. Ma Haide. The Arts and Commerce Magazine subseries consists of five issues of the magazine, which was published by students at the Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Boys.
    Series II, Photographs, is divided into two subseries, Loose Photographs (circa 1890-1999) and Photograph Albums (circa 1890-1985). The Loose Photographs subseries consists of miscellaneous photographs of the Jonah family, as well as some photographs of members of Ruth's family, the Cohens. The Photograph Albums subseries consists of photographs placed into albums by the Jonahs, including two albums of Sydney's early life in Shanghai and San Francisco with captions written by Sydney.