Guide to the George Simmons Collection, 1906-1927

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: George Simmons Collection
Dates: 1906-1927
Identification: OCH/GSC
Creator: Simmons, George Sr.
Physical Description: 3.29 linear feet
Language of Materials:

English

Chinese
Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: George Simmons, Sr. was a British citizen who moved to China in the 1890s and helped to build the Peking-Mukden Railroad (PMR) in Northern China. He left China briefly during the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, but returned to help complete the railroad. After the railway was completed, he stayed on and trained and supervised the locomotive engineers and railway staff. The collection contains three sterling silver pieces given to Simmons in appreciation for his work on the PMR.

Biographical Information:

George Simmons, Sr. was a British citizen who moved to China in the 1890s and helped to build the Peking-Mukden Railroad (PMR) in Northern China, which was one of the first railroads in the country. He left China briefly during the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, but returned to help complete the railroad. After the railway was completed, he stayed on and trained and supervised the locomotive engineers and railway staff. He retired in 1927, and settled in Tientsin, where his family lived for two more generations before emigrating to the United States.

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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], George Simmons Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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Scope and Contents

The George Simmons Collection contains three sterling silver pieces given to Simmons in appreciation for his work on the Peking-Mukden Railroad in Northen China. This includes a cup and salver from the Viceroy of Chihli and future emperor, Yuan Shih-kai, and a silver and ebony plaque from the locomotive staff of the railroad given to Simmons upon his retirement in 1927.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Item 1

Sterling Silver Bowl with Inscription: "Presented to G. Simmons from His Excellency Yuan Sie Kai Tientsin 1906", 1906

Box 1, Item 2

Sterling Silver Engraved Salver from Yuan Shih-Kai, 1906

Box 2, Item 1

Silver and Ebony Plaque with Inscription "To Mr. Geo. Simmons From Loco Staff Tientsin P.M.R. 1927", 1927