Guide to the John and Noele Brockman Collection, ca. 1930s-1940s

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Finding aid completed: July 23, 2013
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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: John and Noele Brockman Collection
Dates: ca. 1930s-1940s
Identification: OCH/JNB
Creator: Brockman, John and Noele
Physical Description: 2.13 linear feet
Language of Materials: Chinese
Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: 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 two married in Shanghai, and lived in numerous places in both Europe and the United States before settling in San Jose, California. The collection contains items collected by the Brockmans during their time in China, including a jacket with hand-embroidered dragons, a sterling silver cigarette case with gold embossed dragons on the front, and a small sterling silver tray with a 1912 Chinese silver dollar embedded into the middle.

Biographical Information:

Noele Brockman was born on December 25, 1927. She grew up in Shanghai, attending the Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. John Brockman was an American soldier stationed in China after World War II. The two met when Noele received a position working for the Military Police Battalion John was a part of, and they were soon married in Shanghai. They left China when the U.S. troops were evacuated, and due to John's work for the army, and then for a defense contractor, they lived in numerous locations in the United States and Europe. They had two daughters and once retired they permanently settled in San Jose, California.

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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], John and Noele Brockman Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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Scope and Contents

The John and Noele Brockman Collection contains items collected by the Brockmans during their time in China, including a jacket with hand-embroidered dragons, a sterling silver cigarette case with gold embossed dragons on the front, and a small sterling silver tray with a 1912 Chinese silver dollar embedded into the middle.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Item 1

Sterling Silver Tray with Embedded 1912 Silver Dollar with Portrait of Li Yuanhong, ca. 1930

Box 1, Item 2

Sterling Silver Cigarette Case with Gold Plated Interior and Cover Embossed with a Gold Dragon

Box 2, Item 1

Jacket with Hand-Embroidered Gold Dragons