Guide to the William Gaddis Collection, 1928-2006
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: William Gaddis Collection
Bulk Dates: 1928-1932
Gaddis, William, 1920-
4.73 linear feet
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: 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 in Shanghai and Manila with his mother and sister while his father was at sea.
While in Manila, Gaddis attended the American School and participated in local theater.
During his travels he collected a number of playbills, menus, business cards, and maps
which he organized into scrapbooks.
William (Bill) Gaddis was born in Berkeley, California, in 1920. Gaddis was about twelve
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 in Shanghai with his mother and sister
while his father was at sea. While in Shanghai, Gaddis attended the American School and
participated in local theater. He assembled a collection of playbills, menus, business
cards, and maps which he organized into two scrapbooks.
At the beginning of World War II, William Gaddis joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the
rank of lieutenant before being discharged from the military because he was homosexual.
This discharge occurred in late 1943 or early 1944. After his time in the military, he
went on to become an electrician by trade and he traveled extensively around the globe
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Tim Kaufler, 2012
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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)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,
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that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
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Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
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Scope and Contents
This collection consists of playbills, menus, business cards, maps, and travel documents
from William Gaddis's travels in Shanghai, Nanking, Japan, and the Philippines
during the late 1920s to the early 1930s. Also included in the collection is a scrapbook
of photographs given to Gaddis by his father of various locations in Asia in the early
1930s, a scrapbook compiled by Gaddis of his life in the San Francisco area in the late
1930s, and two binders from Gaddis' time in middle school.
Box 1, Folder 1
Box 1, Folder 2
Japan: Documents from Travel
Box 1, Folder 3
Manila, Philippines: Documents from Travel, Dentist Records, and
Box 1, Folder 7
Postcards from China, Japan, and the U.S.
Box 1, Folder 8
The Sunday Tribune Magazine,
The Grant Gazette,
April 1931-December 1930
Box 4, Folder 1
Photographs of Asia Scrapbook,
Box 5, Item 1
Binder from Willard School
Box 5, Item 2
Binder from Willard School
Box 6, Item 1
San Francisco Scrapbook,