Guide to the Small Family Nanking University
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Small Family Nanking University
Bulk Dates: 1907-1928
Small, Alexander and Mary
Schurman, Jacqueline W.
Physical Description: 0.23
Language of Materials:
Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: 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'
Alexander and Mary Small, also known as Lex and Polly, travelled to China in 1912
shortly after being married. Lex initially worked at the Fati Language School in Canton,
where he was the school’s engineer, involved in various small building and maintenance
projects. After one year he was assigned to be the Superintendent of Construction for
the Nanking University, part of the China Union Universities, created and administered
by four US missions in New York. For over thirteen years, Lex supervised the
construction of 66 buildings on campus, and he and Polly hosted numerous visiting
missionaries. In 1927, the Smalls fled down the Yangtsze River with few of their
possessions in the midst of the Nanking Incident, an uprising of Nationalist and
Communist soldiers in which foreign residents were attacked and their property looted
and destroyed. The family left China for the United States, eventually settling in
Pasadena, California, where Lex worked for an architectural firm and then the Los
Angeles Board of Education
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Ellen Jarosz and Tim Kauffler, 2012
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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)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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Scope and Contents
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' granddaughter.
Box 1, Folder 1
Nanking University Documents,
Box 1, Folder 2
The American Architect about
Alexander Small's Work at Nanking University,
Box 1, Folder 3
Nanking Incident Documents,
Box 1, Folder 4
Affidavits Regarding Alexander Small's Career Accomplishments in
Box 1, Folder 5
Small Family History of Their Experiences in China, Compiled and Edited by
Jacqueline W. Schurman,
Flat File Cabinet 2, Folder 1