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Guide to the Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection, 1996-2012
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection
    Dates: 1996-2012
    Identification: OCH/OCHOH
    Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
    Physical Description: 0.08 linear feet
    Alternate Extent Statement: 76.5 GB Digital Audio
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    Repository: Old China Hands Archives
    Abstract: The Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection consists of oral histories of "Old China Hands," individuals who lived in China before or shortly after 1949. The experiences of Old China Hands are particulary valuable to historians studying modern Chinese history and modern world history.

    Historical Note:

    The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

    Access Terms

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

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Audio recordings

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Jessica Geiser, 2014

    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    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Digital Audio, 1996-2012
    Series II: Audiocassettes, 2005

    Scope and Contents

    The Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection consists of over 150 interviews with "Old China Hands," individuals who lived in China before or shortly after 1949. Interviews discuss various topics, including daily life in China, interactions with and impressions of the local Chinese, experiences of historic events like World War II and Japanese occupation, and escaping the country after the Communist takeover of the country.
    Many of the interviews were recorded at Old China Hands reunions, most notably at a 1996 reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a 2006 reunion in Portland, Oregon.
    The collection is divided into two series, Digital Audio (1996-2012), and Audiocassettes (2005).