Inventory of the Chinese Pictorial Collection

Finding aid prepared by Processed by Hoover Institution Staff, revised by Justyna K. Szulc
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Title: Chinese Pictorial Collection
Date (inclusive): 1868-1991
Collection Number: XX770
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes (1.6 linear feet)
Abstract: Photographs and other audiovisual material, depicting Chinese cities, scenes of daily life, various prominent personalities, and miscellaneous scenes of political activities.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chinese Pictorial Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

China--Pictorial works.


Box 1


2 prints depicting Amoy, China, 1926


Box 2


Chinese scroll painting of the birth of Jesus, undated


Box 3


US Marines in China, 1927

Scope and Contents

Oblong 4to photo album assembled by an anonymous Marine stationed in Shanghai, China, in 1927 to 1928. Consists of 108 photographs with neatly penned, concise captions below (on black album page) plus 132 uncaptioned photos. Captures street scenes around Shanghai (and perhaps also Tientsin) and the harbor; USMC headquarters and camp; leathernecks on duty manning machine-gun batteries, on parade, during rest periods, out on the town; many street scenes, including photos of locals (e.g., beggar, barber, shoemaker, merchant).

Unidentified photograph, undated


Box 4

Box/Folder 4 : 1

XX770 Envelope H, 1936-1938

Scope and Contents

33 prints of Peking (Peiping), China.
Box/Folder 4 : 2

XX770 Envelope I, 1937

Scope and Contents

9 prints of the bombing of Shanghai, China, by the Japanese in 1937.
Box/Folder 4 : 3

XX770 Envelope K, 1910-1930

Scope and Contents

1 print depicting the staff of the Chinese Embassy in Paris, 1909; and 7 photocopies of prints depicting Chinese students in France and Belgium.
Box/Folder 4 : 4

XX770 Envelope M, 1901

Scope and Contents

1 stereoptic slide depicting buildings in the French Concession in Tientsin, destroyed by bombing and one depicting the East Asiatic German Infantry sent to China to suppress the Boxer Rebellion.
Box/Folder 4 : 5

XX770 Envelope O, circa 1980

Scope and Contents

7 prints depicting rooms in Hotel Astor, Tianjin, China, where Herbert Hoover is said to have worked and lived.
Box/Folder 4 : 6

Mao, Zhou and last emperor Pu-Yi, 1956

Scope and Contents

Includes 9 prints depicting last emperor of China Pu-yi in a Communist political prison in Fushun, China, in 1956.
Box/Folder 4 : 7

Photographs of Shanghai, 1941

Box/Folder 4 : 8

Postcards of Northern Chinese City, Harbin, undated

Box/Folder 4 : 9

Photographs and Negatives, Shanghai, 1986

Box/Folder 4 : 10

Photographs of Shanghai, 1991

XX770 Envelope: A

12 prints and 4 negatives depicting Chinese views, including the Great Wall and Inner Mongolia.

XX770 Envelope: mB

3 prints of a house with beautiful art work, given to the missionaries for Kindergarten work.

XX770 Envelope: mC

2 prints depicting the Republican Conference held at Nanking, China, on December 29, 1991, where delegates from 17 provinces elected Dr. Sun Yat-sen president of a provisional government

Scope and Contents note

(1 print is of the article in the Chinese newspaper Min-li pao, which reported the results of the election).
XX770 Envelope: mD

1 print depicting Chinese bandits posing in new uniforms near Chengchow, Honan Province, 1917, after they had been incorporated in the army of the Governor of Kaifeng, capital of the Honan Province; 1 print depicting Standard Oil Chinese agents at farewell party for Charles Forrest Crest, given at his home in Paotingfu, Honan Province, 1920.

XX770 Envelope: mE

1 print of a cartoon by Tom Brooks, entitled "The Thorn," depicting Chiang kai-shek as a thorn in the foot of a Communist Chinese dragon.

XX770 Envelope: mF

1 print of Chang Hsueh-liang, 1927.

XX770 Envelope: G

1 autographed print of Dr. H.H. Kung

XX770 Envelope: mJ

2 prints depicting scenes of the Cultural Revolution, entitled "A Meeting Hall for Workers at a Nitrogenous Fertilizer Factory in Canton," and "Red Guard Posters in the City of Canoton Near the 'Friendship Store'." The prints were taken by Tony Wills in August 1966.

XX770 Envelope: m*L

1 painting by Ching-chuk Yu, 10 October 1969.

XX770 Envelope: mN

1 print depicting the staff of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, 1868; and 1 print depicting the Methodist Episcopal Church in Shanghai, n.d.

XX770 Envelope: m*L

1 print depicting the Diplomatic Corps in Beijing with President Yuan Shih-kai, c. 1913-1914.

Memorabilia cabinet

Decorative Chinese scroll, undated