Guide to the Bell Family Collection, circa 1930-1946

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Bell Family Collection
Dates: circa 1930-1946
Identification: OCH/BFC
Creator: Bell Family
Physical Description: 1.96 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: 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 her husband, Chris Bell, who was interned at the Chapei camp outside of Shanghai. They were married soon after their release, and immigrated to the United States where they had four children. The collection mainly consists of photographs of Shanghai, the Bell family, and Chris Bell’s extended family during the 1930s and 1940s. Also included are postcards from China and California, print materials saved by the Bell family, and the board game "Shanghai Millionaire."

Family History:

Kitty Bell was born in Paris, France, but moved to Shanghai at eight years of age to live with her new adoptive parents. She attended Sacred Heart and the Holy Ghost Convent in Tsingtao among other schools. At age 15, she was sent to an internment camp in China by the Japanese, where she met her husband, Chris Bell, who was interned at the Chapei camp outside of Shanghai. The Bells were married shortly after their release, then immigrated to the United States, where they had four children. Most of the family now resides in the San Francisco Bay area.

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera
Paper records
Photographic material

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Bell Family Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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Scope and Contents

The Bell Family Collection mainly consists of photographs of Shanghai, the Bell family, and Chris Bell’s extended family during the 1930s and 1940s. Also included are postcards from China and California, a pamphlet on the Medal of Immaculate Conception, a transcript of a toast given by Francisco Noodtosan, and a Monopoly knockoff board game called "Shanghai Millionaire."

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs, ca. 1930-1946

Box 1, Folder 2

Postcards

Box 1, Folder 3

"The Miraculous Medal" Pamphlet, 1934

Box 1, Folder 4

Francisco Noodtosan Toast

Box 2, Item 1

"Shanghai Millionaire" Board Game