Guide to the Small Family Nanking University Collection, 1907-2004

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Small Family Nanking University Collection
Dates: 1907-2004
Bulk Dates: 1907-1928
Identification: OCH/SFN
Creator: Small, Alexander and Mary Schurman, Jacqueline W.
Physical Description: 0.23 linear feet
Language of Materials:

English

Chinese
Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: The Small Family Nanking University Collection consists of a family history, a map of Nanking, copied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials on Nanking University, Lex's career as an architect, and the Nanking Incident, compiled by Jaqueline Schurman, the Smalls' granddaughter.

Biographical Information:

Alexander and Mary Small, also known as Lex and Polly, travelled to China in 1912 shortly after being married. Lex initially worked at the Fati Language School in Canton, where he was the school’s engineer, involved in various small building and maintenance projects. After one year he was assigned to be the Superintendent of Construction for the Nanking University, part of the China Union Universities, created and administered by four US missions in New York. For over thirteen years, Lex supervised the construction of 66 buildings on campus, and he and Polly hosted numerous visiting missionaries. In 1927, the Smalls fled down the Yangtsze River with few of their possessions in the midst of the Nanking Incident, an uprising of Nationalist and Communist soldiers in which foreign residents were attacked and their property looted and destroyed. The family left China for the United States, eventually settling in Pasadena, California, where Lex worked for an architectural firm and then the Los Angeles Board of Education

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Publications

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Related Materials:

Scope and Contents

The Small Family Nanking University Collection consists of a family history, a map of Nanking, copied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials on Nanking University, Lex's career as an architect, and the Nanking Incident,compiled by Jaqueline Schurman, the Smalls' granddaughter.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Nanking University Documents, 1907-1949

Box 1, Folder 2

Articles from The American Architect about Alexander Small's Work at Nanking University, 1925-1928

Box 1, Folder 3

Nanking Incident Documents, 1927

Box 1, Folder 4

Affidavits Regarding Alexander Small's Career Accomplishments in China, 1927

Box 1, Folder 5

Small Family History of Their Experiences in China, Compiled and Edited by Jacqueline W. Schurman, 2004

Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1

Map of Nanking