Guide to the John and Noele Brockman Collection, ca. 1930s-1940s
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: John and Noele Brockman Collection
Dates: ca. 1930s-1940s
Brockman, John and Noele
2.13 linear feet
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: Noele Brockman was born in Shanghai in
1927, and attended the Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. After World War II,
she worked for the United States military, where she met her husband, John Brockman, an
American soldier. The two married in Shanghai, and lived in numerous places in both
Europe and the United States before settling in San Jose, California. The collection
contains items collected by the Brockmans during their time in China, including a jacket
with hand-embroidered dragons, a sterling silver cigarette case with gold embossed
dragons on the front, and a small sterling silver tray with a 1912 Chinese silver dollar
embedded into the middle.
Noele Brockman was born on December 25, 1927. She grew up in Shanghai, attending the
Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. John Brockman was an American soldier
stationed in China after World War II. The two met when Noele received a position
working for the Military Police Battalion John was a part of, and they were soon married
in Shanghai. They left China when the U.S. troops were evacuated, and due to John's
work for the army, and then for a defense contractor, they lived in numerous locations
in the United States and Europe. They had two daughters and once retired they
permanently settled in San Jose, California.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Jessica Geiser, 2013
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[Identification of item], [date],
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Scope and Contents
The John and Noele Brockman Collection contains items collected by the Brockmans during
their time in China, including a jacket with hand-embroidered dragons, a sterling silver
cigarette case with gold embossed dragons on the front, and a small sterling silver tray
with a 1912 Chinese silver dollar embedded into the middle.
Box 1, Item 1
Sterling Silver Tray with Embedded 1912 Silver Dollar with Portrait of Li
Box 1, Item 2
Sterling Silver Cigarette Case with Gold Plated Interior and Cover
Embossed with a Gold Dragon
Box 2, Item 1
Jacket with Hand-Embroidered Gold Dragons