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Old China Hands Archives, California State University, Northridge. Oviatt Library
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330
Phone: (818) 677-2285
Email: oviattsca@csun.edu
Physical collections: 57
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Andermann (Greg) Collection

Greg Andermann is an Old China Hand who attended St. Francis Xavier’s College and the Jiao Tong University of Shanghai. He currently works in the film industry, and has directed, produced, and written many films, including , a documentary about...

 
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Bailey (Philip E.) Collection

Philip E. Bailey was a Lieutenant in the United States military, who was stationed in China during the final years of World War II. The collection contains a set of Chinese porcelain soup bowls, saucers and soup spoons made during...

 
Bell Family Collection

Kitty Bell was born in Paris, but moved to Shanghai at eight years of age to live with her new adoptive parents. At age 15, she was sent to an internment camp in China by the Japanese, where she met...

 
Brewer (Shirley G.) Collection

Shirley G. Brewer lived and attended school in Shanghai, China during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The collection consists of photographs of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Shanghai, group photographs of students at the Shanghai British School, the Convent...

 
Butler (Thomas A.) Collection

Thomas (Tom) A. Butler was an editor for the English-language in Shanghai from the early 1930s until 1948, when he and his family fled from Communist forces to Hong Kong. The collection consists of a selection of editorials written by...

 
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Carrington, (Colonel George W.) Collection

Colonel George Williams Carrington was a United States Marine who served in China following World War II in 1946, and became the aide to Oscar Badger, the Commander of Naval Forces in the Far East. With a military career spanning...

 
Chen (Joseph) Collection

The Joseph Chen Collection consists of various maps of China in the 1940s and 1960s, as well as organizational charts of the Chinese Communist and Nationalist military and government in 1964 and 1965.

 
Covitt (Isidore) Photograph Collection

Isidore Covitt lived in Shanghai during the 1930s, and was heavily involved in the Jewish community in the city. The collection contains two photographs from the early 1930s, consisting of a large group portrait of the Jewish Cub Scouts, Boy...

 
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de Vries (Bob) Collection

Bob de Vries is an Old China Hand, whose Dutch father was involved in the Holland China Trading Company. He lived in Shanghai, and was interned by the Japanese at the Chapei internment camp during World War II. The collection...

 
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Einreinhofer (Bill) Collection

Bill Einreinhofer is an Emmy Award winning producer, director and writer who has produced several television programs related to China and Old China Hands. The collection contains videos from the production of three television shows related to China, most notably...

 
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Filman (Norman) Collection

The Norman Filman Collection consists of papers saved by Old China Hand Norman Filman, mostly consisting of materials related to his uncle J. Arthur Duff and Old China Hands reunions. Materials in the collection include correspondence, news clippings, essays, a...

 
Forjaz (Jorge P.) Collection

Jorge P. Forjaz is an historian and published author whose works focus primarily on the genealogies of Macanese families, most notably , published in 1996. The collection consists largely of research materials compiled by Forjaz and used in . Records...

 
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Gaddis (William) Collection

William (Bill) Gaddis was born in Berkeley, California in 1920.  Gaddis was about ten years old when his father, a Captain in the United States Navy, was posted to command a ship on the China Station. He spent two years...

 
Greguras (Fred M.) Papers

Fred M. Greguras is a former United States Marine who served in Vietnam in 1970 with Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment. While he is currently employed as a partner at a law firm in California, he also has...

 
Gusek (Julia De Souza) Collection

Julia De Souza Gusek is an Old China Hand currently living in California. The collection consists of a photo envelope from the Burr Photo Company in Shanghai, as well as sheet music for "Good-Bye Shanghai," a fox trot song written...

 
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Haynes (Mabel) Collection

Mabel Haynes was born in Shanghai in 1918, and lived and worked in Shanghai and Hong Kong until 1949, when she and her husband fled from the new Communist regime. The collection consists of items collected by Haynes related to...

 
Heartwell (H.L.) Collection

H.L. "Sea-biscuit" Heartwell served as a civilian attached to the United States Army Air Corps in China in the 1940s, and as a technician for the Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (CNRRA) after the war. The collection contains items...

 
Heimendinger (Julien) Collection

Julien Heimendinger was a Renault salesman, with exclusive contracts to sell Renault vehicles in Shanghai in the 1930s. The collection consists of exclusivity contracts from 1934-1936 between Heimendinger and Renault, a letter from Renault offering discounts on certain Renault vehicles,...

 
Hertzka (Arpad Richard) Collection

Arpad Richard (A.R.) Hertzka was a businessman involved in paper importing, first in Thailand from the early 1900s to the late 1910s, then in Shanghai from the early 1920s to 1949. The collection consists of loose photographs, photography books, and...

 
Horowitz (Rose) Collection

Rose Horowitz grew up in Shanghai, China from roughly the 1920s until the late 1940s.  Horowitz remained interested in China throughout her career, writing about her experiences in China and eventually establishing with California State University, Fullerton and the Skirball...

 
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Jedeikin (Joseph) Collection

Joseph Jedeikin was born in Kobe, Japan to a Russian mother and Latvian father. After living in Switzerland as a child, his family moved to Shanghai in 1940 to escape German persecution against Jews which they felt would eventually reach...

 
John and Noele Brockman Collection

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...

 
Jonah (Sydney and Ruth) Collection

Sydney Jonah was born in China, and moved to the United States in the 1930s. In 1935, he married Ruth (Rudy) Cohen in Los Angeles, California. The collection consists mainly of personal photographs belonging to both the Jonah and Cohen...

 
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Kennedy (Alex D.) Collection

Alex D. Kennedy was born in Shanghai in 1930. He was the fourth son of Colonle Dimitry Vasilivich and Ekaterina Nikitichna Kochneff, and attended both the Public & Thomas Hanbury School and St. Francis Xavier’s College in Shanghai. The collection...

 
Kliene Family Collection

The Kliene family lived in Shanghai from 1922 to 1947, and consisted of Albert, Fernande, and their three sons Albert (Bert), Denis, and Ronald. All three brothers were active members of the British Boy Scouts Association serving with the 9...

 
Koch (Erik J.) Collection

Erik J. Koch was born in Denmark in 1895, and traveled to China in 1923 to work as a sea captain. The collection contains various documents belonging to Koch related to his time in China, including his Foreigners’ Resident Certificate,...

 
Krasno (Rena) Collection

Rena Krasno was born in Shanghai in 1923. Her parents, two stateless Russian Jews, fled Russia two years before her birth. Krasno grew up in a Jewish community in Shanghai, but fled to Israel in 1949 just before communist forces...

 
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Laan Tau Mountain Camp Collection

The Laan Tau (Lantau) Mountain Camp was a retreat above the city of Hong Kong dating back to 1925, which consisted of a number of stone cabins owned by both individuals and church organizations, and which served as a well-loved...

 
Lee (Kyle K.) Record Collection

The Kyle K. Lee Record Collection contains LP records collected by Lee of both instrumental Chinese music and recordings of multiple Peking (Beijing) Operas.

 
Levaco (Benjamin M.) Papers

Benjamin Levaco was a Russian-born Jew who moved to China with his family in 1915 at the age of four. He grew up in Harbin and Tientsin, and after graduating high school began working for a sausage casing company in...

 
Levoff (Joseph) Collection

Joseph Levoff was born on July 7, 1930 in Shanghai, China. His father was born in Manchuria while his mother came from Siberia in Russia. Levoff grew up in Shanghai's French Concession and went to the Shanghai Jewish School. In...

 
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Machado (Mario J.) Collection

Mario Jose de Souza Machado, a Portuguese-Chinese descendant, was born in Shanghai, China on April 22, 1935. He helped organize the 1996 Old China Hands Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada, and invited special guest speakers from various governments, media, and...

 
Markarian (Yervand) Collection

Yervand Markarian was born in Harbin, China, to Armenian refugees, and he grew up in Tientsin where his father ran a billiards hall. He attended St. Louis College in Tientsin, and in 1939 volunteered to fight in World War II...

 
McHaney (Charles) China Marines Photograph Collection

Charles McHaney was a U.S. Marine stationed in Tientsin, China during and after World War II. While in Tientsin, he took numerous photographs, the subjects of which are primarily his fellow Marines, local geography, and local culture. The collection consists...

 
Meyer (Milton W.) Collection

Milton W. Meyer is a professor emeritus of history at California State University, Los Angeles, and has written multiple books on the history of Asia. The collection contains items collected by Meyer related to the history of China, including a...

 
Miller (Elsa Shelton) Collection

Elsa Shelton Miller was born in 1916, and lived in China and Japan until the early 1950s. She worked as a stenographer for a variety of employers, including the U.S. forces in Peiping after World War II, and Time Life...

 
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Olaussen (Harold) Collection

Harold (Harry) Olaussen was born in Shanghai in 1929. His father was a Norwegian sea captain, and his mother was Italian. He went to St. Francis Xavier’s College, and lived above a bar owned by his grandmother. In 1949, he...

 
Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection

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...

 
Old China Hands Unpublished Manuscripts Collection

The Old China Hands Unpublished Manuscripts Collection consists of unpublished autobiographical works written by multiple people who lived in China before the Communist takeover in 1949.

 
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Parker (William J.) China Marines Association Collection

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...

 
Poltere (Lillian) Collection

Lillian Poltere lived in Shanghai, and attended the Shanghai American School, graduating in 1939. In 1940, she and her family emigrated to the United States, where she eventually settled in San Diego. The collection contains materials mostly related to Poltere’s...

 
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Reinisch (Erica) Collection

Erica Reinisch lived in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s. The collection consists of photographs depicting the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1937, Shanghai foreign residents ration coupons from 1949, an alien resident certificate from1949, Chinese sketches by the artist...

 
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Sager (William H.) China Marines Photograph Collection

Maj. William H. Sager, USMCR (Retired), served with the United States Naval Group, China, from 1944 to 1945 as commander of the American officers who trained Chinese troops at a location called Camp 10. The majority of the collection consists...

 
Sawyer (John B.) Photograph Collection

John B. Sawyer was American Vice Consul in Shanghai, China, from 1921 to 1938. The collection consists of photographs Sawyer took of China while stationed in Shanghai.

 
Schmidt (Eric J.) Collection

Eric J. Schmidt is an Old China Hand that taught at the Shanghai American School and was interned by the Japanese in the Chapei camp outside of Shanghai. The collection contains drawings done by Schmidt, including pencil portraits of fellow...

 
Shestakoff (Nina) Collection

Nina (Deniakin) Shestakoff was born in 1919, and moved to Shanghai from Russia with her family, where her father worked as a lighthouse keeper for multiple lighthouses in China. Shestakoff attended boarding school at both the St. Joseph Convent and...

 
Shlakis (Zoya) Collection

Zoya Shlakis was born in Mukden, China in 1927, to Stayses and Alexandra Shlakis. Her father was of Lithuanian descent and her mother a White Russian. The Shlakis family fled Russia for China, eventually settling in Shanghai in 1936. In...

 
Simmons (George) Collection

George Simmons, Sr. was a British citizen who moved to China in the 1890s and helped to build the Peking-Mukden Railroad (PMR) in Northern China. He left China briefly during the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, but...

 
Small Family Nanking University Collection

The Small Family Nanking University Collection consists of a family history, a map of Nanking, copied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials on Nanking University, Lex's career as an architect, and the Nanking Incident, compiled by Jaqueline Schurman, the Smalls'...

 
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Tharp (Robert and Eva) Collection

Robert and Eva Tharp were both born in China to missionary parents, and both took on missionary work in China individually and after they married in 1938. After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, Robert was imprisoned by the Japanese,...

 
Torgersen (Olaf) Collection

Olaf Torgersen was born in 1885 in Larvik, Norway. He left Norway in 1914 to work as a sea captain in China and Hong Kong, where he captained a number of ships until returning to Oslo, Norway, with his wife...

 
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U.S. Marine Tientsin Photograph Collection

The U.S. Marine Tientsin Photograph Collection consists of photographs taken by an unknown United States Marine Corps member stationed in Tientsin (Tianjin), China in 1946. The photographs capture street scenes, Marines, Chinese soldiers, Chinese citizens, and life on military naval...

 
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Vogelweid (Hanni Sondheimer) Collection

Hanni Sondheimer Vogelweid was born on October 5, 1923, in Berlin, Germany. Her family was living in Lithuania when World War II began, and fled to Japan in an attempt to emigrate to America where they had relatives. This did...

 
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Wachsner (Frank and Trixie) Collection

Frank and Trixie Wachsner were both children of Jewish refugees that came to Shanghai to escape persecution during World War II. The collection consists of items related to their fathers' experiences in Shanghai, including a photograph of the opening of...

 
Wugalter (Harry) Collection

Harry Wugalter was a United States Marine who served in Northern China from 1945-1947. The collection contains copies of photographs taken by Wugalter during his tour in China, and includes photographs of Marines, Japanese prisoners of war, Allied internees, and...

 
Wyatt (Richard) Collection

Richard Wyatt lived in China during the 1930s, and was an active member of the Boy Scouts Association in Shanghai. As part of the Seventh Shanghai Rovers troop, Wyatt became one of the most highly decorated Scouts in Shanghai troop...

 
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Zimmermann (Bodo) Papers

Bodo Zimmermann was born in 1928 in Berlin, Germany, and moved to Shanghai with his family in 1940 after their home and business were confiscated by Nazi officials. The family was left destitute after the move, so at age 13...