Guide to the H.L. Heartwell Collection

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Title: H.L. Heartwell Collection
Creator: Heartwell, H.L.
Identifier/Call Number: OCH.HLH
Extent: 7.38 linear feet
Date (inclusive): circa 1940-circa 1949
Abstract: H.L. "Sea-biscuit" Heartwell served as a civilian attached to the United States Army Air Corps in China in the 1940s, and as a technician for the Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (CNRRA) after the war. The collection contains items of clothing worn and collected by Heartwell during his time in China as well as four small wood carvings.
Language of Material: English

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Kay Franz, 2004

Biographical Information:

H.L. "Sea-biscuit" Heartwell joined the United States Army in 1941, first serving time in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor attack. In 1942 he was given a special classification as a civilian attached to the Army Air Corps and sent to China. After the war, he signed on with the Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (CNRRA) as a technician until his return to the United States in 1947.

Preferred Citation:

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Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2013

Scope and Contents

The H.L. Heartwell Collection consists mainly of items of clothing worn or collected by Heartwell during his military service in China, as well as four small wooden figurines.

Subjects and Indexing Terms


Box 1, Item 1

Khaki Riding Pants

Box 1, Item 2

Olive Green Short Jacket

Box 1, Item 3

Olive Green Heavy Coat

Box 2, Item 1

Khaki Overcoat

Box 2, Item 2

Khaki Short Jacket

Box 2, Item 3

Olive Green Oilcloth Raincoat

Box 3, Item 1

Ivory Silk Shirt No.1

Box 3, Item 2

Ivory Silk Shirt No.2

Box 4, Item 1

Wooden Figurine: Man Riding an Ox

Box 4, Item 2

Wooden Figurine: Man Pushing Cart

Box 4, Item 3

Wooden Figurine: Chinese Pagoda

Box 4, Item 4

Wooden Figurine: Men on a Boat

Box 5, Item 1

Leather Flight Suit