Guide to the William Gaddis Collection, 1928-2006

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: William Gaddis Collection
Dates: 1928-2006
Bulk Dates: 1928-1932
Identification: OCH/WGC
Creator: Gaddis, William, 1920-
Physical Description: 4.73 linear feet
Language of Materials:

English

Chinese
Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: William (Bill) Gaddis was born in Berkeley, California in 1920.  Gaddis was about ten years old when his father, a Captain in the United States Navy, was posted to command a ship on the China Station. He spent two years in Shanghai and Manila with his mother and sister while his father was at sea. While in Manila, Gaddis attended the American School and participated in local theater. During his travels he collected a number of playbills, menus, business cards, and maps which he organized into scrapbooks.

Biographical Information:

William (Bill) Gaddis was born in Berkeley, California, in 1920. Gaddis was about twelve years old when his father, a Captain in the United States Navy, was posted to command a ship on the China Station. He spent two years in Shanghai with his mother and sister while his father was at sea. While in Shanghai, Gaddis attended the American School and participated in local theater. He assembled a collection of playbills, menus, business cards, and maps which he organized into two scrapbooks.
At the beginning of World War II, William Gaddis joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of lieutenant before being discharged from the military because he was homosexual. This discharge occurred in late 1943 or early 1944. After his time in the military, he went on to become an electrician by trade and he traveled extensively around the globe from 1956-1958.

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera
Paper records
Photographic material
Publications

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Tim Kaufler, 2012

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Related Materials:

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of playbills, menus, business cards, maps, and travel documents from William Gaddis's travels in Shanghai, Nanking, Japan, and the Philippines during the late 1920s to the early 1930s. Also included in the collection is a scrapbook of photographs given to Gaddis by his father of various locations in Asia in the early 1930s, a scrapbook compiled by Gaddis of his life in the San Francisco area in the late 1930s, and two binders from Gaddis' time in middle school.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 2000-2003

Box 1, Folder 2

Japan: Documents from Travel

Box 1, Folder 3

Manila, Philippines: Documents from Travel, Dentist Records, and Map, 1928-1931

Box 1, Folder 4

Media: CDs, 2006

Box 1, Folder 5

Menus, 1930-1931

Box 1, Folder 6

Playbills, 1931

Box 1, Folder 7

Postcards from China, Japan, and the U.S.

Box 1, Folder 8

Publications: The Sunday Tribune Magazine, The Grant Gazette, April 1931-December 1930

Box 1, Folder 9

Scrapbook: Photocopies

Box 1, Folder 10

Scrapbook: Photocopies

Box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook, 1931-1932

Box 2, Folder 2

Scrapbook, 1931-1932

Box 2, Folder 3

Scrapbook, 1931-1932

Box 3, Folder 1

Scrapbook, 1931-1932

Box 3, Folder 2

Scrapbook, 1929-1931

Box 3, Folder 3

Scrapbook, 1931-1933

Box 4, Folder 1

Photographs of Asia Scrapbook, ca. 1931

Box 5, Item 1

Binder from Willard School

Box 5, Item 2

Binder from Willard School

Box 6, Item 1

San Francisco Scrapbook, 1935-1940