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Finding Aid for the Verne Dyson Papers, 1914-1962
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Books and Manuscripts by Verne Dyson



Box 1

Forgotten Tales of Ancient China. Shanghai: The Commercial Press Limited, 1934.

Box 1

Foreword, Obedience, and Who's Who in the Short Story Club, in: Short Stories Written in Shanghai By Members of the Short Story Club. Shanghai: the Oriental Press, 1924.

Box 1

Secrets of the Roll, by Secretary Verne Dyson... Shanghai: the Shanghai Times, 1927.

Box 2

Land of the Yellow Spring. New York: Chinese Studies Press, 1937.

Box 2

Remington Typewriter School... bulletin and announcements. Shanghai, 1925.



Box 1

Ancient China; the Myths, Proto-History and History of the Chinese People to the End of the Chou Dynasty (225 B.C.).

Physical Description: 689 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections. illustrated. Unpublished manuscript.
Box 2

Festive China; the Celestial Book of Days.

Physical Description: 618 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections [unpublished manuscript].

Manuscripts by Verne Dyson

Box 3

Illustrations for Festive China...

Physical Description: 187 leaves. Mounted illustrations with typescript & holograph captions.
Box 3

The illustrations are cuttings from various publications ca. 1850-1928 and a few photographs; China, Russia, and Japan in Manchuria.

Physical Description: 466 leaves. Bound typescript with holograph corrections. illustrated [unpublished manuscript].
Box 4

Appendices to China, Russia, and Japan in Manchuria.

Physical Description: 506 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections [unpublished manuscript].


(see Box 3)
Box 4

The Cultural Development of the Philippines.

Physical Description: 231 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections. illustrated [unpublished manuscript]. Both manuscripts are bound.
Box 5

Canton; the City of Five Rams, 886 B.C. - A.D. 1930.

Physical Description: 184 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections [unpublished manuscript].
Box 5

History of Macao.

Physical Description: Variously paged. typescript, holograph, and mounted printed material. map [unpublished manuscript].

Research Material on China Compiled by Verne Dyson

Box 6

Chiefly typescript copies of articles by various persons on historical, political, social, and cultural aspects of China, but including some printed articles and clippings.



Scope and Content Note

(6 vol.) compiled from Chinese historical materials gathered in the United States, China, and the Philippines. Including clippings, typescripts, letters to Dyson, and related printed ephemera, ca. 1830-1946, arranged alphabetically by subject. See Verne Dyson's typescript note at beginning of vol.1.
Box 7

vol.1 & vol.2.

Box 8

vol.3 & vol.4.

Box 9

vol.5 & vol.6.


Material Concerning Chinese Famine Relief ca. 1928-1932

Box 10

Typescript reports, maps and related printed ephemera concerning Chinese famine relief work and floods in China during the early 1930s.


Compositions by Chinese Students, 1922

Box 10

ca. 150 handwritten compositions by Chinese students in Verne Dyson's English Class at Williams College, Shanghai, 1922.


Miscellaneous Material Concerning China

Box 11

Newspaper clippings and related printed material.

Scope and Content Note

re the Opium War, the Nanking Incident, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Shanghai, Chinese literature and social life and customs.
Box 12

Chiefly offprints, pamphlets, brochures and related printed material concerning Chinese history, social life, customs, literature, music, the British and American consular services at Shanghai and Canton, Institution for the Chinese Blind at Shanghai, and the International Institute of the Methodist Church at Shanghai.

Scope and Content Note

Also included are a series of negative photographic views from some of which prints were made to illustrate Dyson's unpublished manuscripts on Chinese history.

Miscellaneous Material Concerning China and the Institute of Pacific Relations

Box 13

Printed and manuscript material ( ca. 1940).

Physical Description: (In black spring binder)

Scope and Content Note

Including a typescript and manuscript list of American Sinologists with biographical information and excerpts from their works compiled by Dyson
Box 13

Material relating to the 5th Biennial Conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations, held at Banff, Canada, August 14-26, 1933.

Scope and Content Note

Including agendas of meetings, releases of proceedings and memorabilia of the trip to the Conference, photographs, etc.


[Dyson was a member of the Philippine delegation to this conference]

Miscellaneous Material Concerning China and the Philippine Islands

Box 14

Maps, manuscripts and printed material.

Scope and Content Note

Including mounted and large folded maps of China, typescript material with chronology relating to Chinese drama, two typescripts by Dyson containing holograph corrections and in binders: Pre-Spanish Relations Between China and the Philippine Islands
Box 14

Sino-Russian Relations, A.D. 1206-1930.


Chinese Pictures Collected by Verne Dyson

Boxes 15-17

Ca. 1000 pictures.

Physical Description: [Photographs, post cards, clippings from newspapers and periodicals, and some original prints. Mounted on 8.5 × 11 paper and in envelopes].

Scope and Content Note

The pictures cover the whole range of Chinese history from earliest times to ca. 1940 and include views of persons, places, emperors, buildings, landscapes, temples, etc.

Manuscripts by Verne Dyson: History of Los Angeles

Box 18

The Life of Los Angeles, the City of the Century. v.p., 1914-1962.

Physical Description: 527 leaves. Typescript with holograph corrections. [unpublished manuscript].

Scope and Content Note

Written between 1914 and 1962 in various parts of the world. The manuscript is based largely on the collection of early Los Angeles resident, George W. Hazard which he had assembled for the purpose of writing a history, and which Dyson purchased from the Hazard Family after the death of George Hazard [See rare book catalog, Special Collections: George W. Hazard. History of Los Angeles and Vicinity... [prospectus]