Guide to the William J. Parker China Marines
Association Collection, 1929-2010
Special Collections & Archives
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: William J. Parker China Marines
Parker, William J.
Physical Description: 3.86
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: William J. Parker is a retired United
States Marine who was formerly stationed in China. He is an active member of the China
Marines Association, and in 2008 began serving as the editor of their newsletter,
"Scuttlebutt." The collection consists mainly of items related to the
publication of "Scuttlebutt" in the late 2000s, including correspondence,
member submissions of photographs and articles, and drafts of issues. Also included are
some photographs and print materials related to the China Marines Association in
general, as well as historic flags and a wooden plaque given to Parker by fellow China
William J. (Bill) Parker is a retired United States Marine who served in China prior to
the 1950s. He is also an active member of the China Marines Association (CMA), having
served as President, Treasurer, Executive Board Member, Chair of the Reunion Committee
and a chair and member of many other committees in the organization. In 2008, he also
took on the role of Editor of the CMA newsletter, "Scuttlebutt," which is
produced on a quarterly basis.
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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)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
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.
[Identification of item], [date],
William J. Parker China
Marines Association Collection
, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt
Library, California State University, Northridge.
Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Scuttlebutt Files, 1929-2010
Subseries 1: Publication Files, 1929-2010
Subseries 2: Johnson Thomas Materials, 1936-2009
Series II: China Marines Association Materials, circa 1940s-2009
Scope and Contents
The William J. Parker China Marines Association Collection consists of correspondence,
photographs, articles, draft publications, and artifacts related to the China Marines
Association and its newsletter, "Scuttlebutt." The collection is divided into
two series: Scuttlebutt Files (1929-2010), and China Marines Association Materials (ca.
Series I, Scuttlebutt Files, is sorted into two subseries: Publication Files (1929-2010)
and Johnson Thomas Materials (1936-2009). The Publication Files subseries consists of
materials related to the publication of the China Marines Association quarterly
newsletter, "Scuttlebutt." This includes correspondence, drafts of various
issues, and submissions of photographs, remembrances, and articles for publication. The
Johnson Thomas Materials subseries consists of materials related to Johnson Thomas, who
was an auxiliary member of the China Marines Association and the son of General Gerald
Thomas who served in China. He researched and wrote numerous articles for
"Scuttlebutt" and the Assocation in general, becoming a staff writer for the
newsletter in 2009. Items in the subseries include correspondence between Thomas and
multiple China Marines, photographs of the Thomas family and other China Marines, and
articles written by Thomas. Each subseries is arranged chronologically.
Series II, China Marines Association Materials, consists of both print materials and
artifacts related or donated to the association. This includes reunion booklets, member
directories, programs, photographs, historic flags and a handmade wooden plaque.
Detailed List of Contents
Miscellaneous Printed Materials
Photocopies of Other Marine Publications,
Johnson Thomas Materials,
Correspondence - From Thomas to William (Bill)
Correspondence - From Thomas to Robert (Bob) Shovar,
Correspondence between Art Goetz, William (Bill) Parker, Robert
(Bob) Shovar, William Sager and Johnson Thomas,
Photographs - Peking, Tsingtao, and Chungking,
Photograph - Former China Marines in Korea,
Photographs - Thomas's Trip to China,
Photographs - General Gerald Thomas and Family
China Marines Association Materials,
Fourth U.S. Marines Telephone Directory,
United States 48 Star Flag,
ca. 1940-ca. 1949
Republic of China Flag,
ca. 1940-ca. 1949
China Marines Association Wooden Plaque