Guide to the George Simmons Collection, 1906-1927
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: George Simmons Collection
Simmons, George Sr.
Physical Description: 3.29
Language of Materials:
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.
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.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)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
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that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
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Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
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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.
Detailed List of Contents
Sterling Silver Bowl with Inscription: "Presented to G. Simmons
from His Excellency Yuan Sie Kai Tientsin 1906",
Sterling Silver Engraved Salver from Yuan Shih-Kai,
Silver and Ebony Plaque with Inscription "To Mr. Geo. Simmons From
Loco Staff Tientsin P.M.R. 1927",