Inventory of the Lydia Bubeshko Schmüser papers

Finding aid prepared by Sally DeBauche
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Lydia Bubeshko Schmüser papers
Date (inclusive): 1944-1994
Collection Number: 2003C74
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes (1.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Diary and correspondence, relating to social conditions in China during and after World War II. Includes letters written by Carl Otto Hans Schmüser, German citizen and husband of Lydia Schmüser. Also includes form letters and printed ephemera relating to postwar American politics.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Schmüser, Lydia Bubeshko, d. 2002

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lydia Bubeshko Schmüser papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2003.

Accruals

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Biographical/Historical Note

Lydia Bubeshko Schmüser, an American of Russian descent, lived in China with her husband, German citizen, Carl Otto Hans Schmüser, and their daughter before and during World War II. The family owned and operated a paper and stationary shop in Tientsin, which they sold shortly after the outbreak of World War II. During World War II and the Japanese occupation of China, the family fled to the relative quiet of Bedaihe (Peitaiho), a village in northern China, where they owned a summer cottage. After the war, Schmüser and her daughter immigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles in 1947. Carl Otto Hans Schmüser was unable to join them, due to the restrictive immigration laws of the time. In 1952, the Senate passed a special relief bill authorizing a visa for Schmüser however he died on the very same day and was never reunited with his wife and daughter.

Scope and Content of Collection

Diary and correspondence, relating to social conditions in China during and after World War II. Includes letters written by Carl Otto Hans Schmüser, German citizen and husband of Lydia Schmüser. Also includes form letters and printed ephemera relating to postwar American politics.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Schmüser, Carl Otto Hans, dd. 1952.
Americans--China.
China--Social conditions.
Germans--China.
World War, 1939-1945--China.

 

Writings 1944-1974, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Diary, handwritten copy 1945

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Notes undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Diary "Introduction," draft undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Diary "Fair Copy" undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

"Little Pictures of China in the Year 1944," draft 1944

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

"Wartime Diary of Lydia Bubeshko Schmüser, Los Angeles, California" 1974

 

Correspondence 1947-1994

 

Hans Schmüser Correspondence 1947-1952

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

April 1947-May 1949 1947-1949

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

May 1949-May 1952 1949-1952

 

Political Correspondence 1969-1994

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Pamphlets and ephemera 1969-1982

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Democratic Members of Congress correspondence 1969-1982

Box/Folder: 2 : 3, Box/Folder: 3 : 1-2

General political correspondence and ephemera 1978-1989

Box/Folder: 2 : 4-6

Republican National Committee correspondence 1977-1994