Guide to the Alex D. Kennedy Collection

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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Alex D. Kennedy Collection
Creator: Kennedy, Alex D., 1930-
Identifier/Call Number: OCH.ADK
Extent: 1.64 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1923-2002
Abstract: Alex D. Kennedy was born in Shanghai in 1930. He was the fourth son of Colonle Dimitry Vasilivich and Ekaterina Nikitichna Kochneff, and attended both the Public & Thomas Hanbury School and St. Francis Xavier's College in Shanghai. The collection contains items saved by Kennedy that relate to his experience living in Shanghai, and visiting China and Hong Kong multiple times later in life, including articles, brochures, a book of illustrations, postcards, maps, yearbooks, programs, newsletters, photographs and correspondence.
Language of Material: English, Russian, French, Chinese

Scope and Contents

The Alex D. Kennedy Collection consists of items relating to Kennedy's childhood in Shanghai as well as his continued interest in China and trips he and his wife took to Asia and Old China Hands Reunions. The collection is divided into three series: Shanghai Materials (1923-1949), Trips (1982-2002), and General China Information (1980-2000).
Series I, Shanghai Materials, consists of items from Kennedy's childhood growing up in Shanghai. This includes a photograph of his parents, greeting cards, and yearbooks, newsletters and photographs from multiple schools attended by Kennedy.
Series II, Trips, consists of materials from various vacations taken by Kennedy and his wife, including trips to Hong Kong, multiple cities in China, and the Old China Hands Reunion in Las Vegas in 1996. Materials in the series include postcards, itineraries, brochures, business cards, guidebooks, general information, programs, and maps.
Series III, General China Information, consists of print items collected by Kennedy related to Shanghai, China and Chinese culture in general. This includes multiple magazine and newspaper articles, notes, Chinese workbooks, and correspondence about a documentary on Jewish refugees in Shanghai.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Shanghai Materials, 1923-1949
Series II: Trips, 1982-2002
Series III: General China Information, 1980-2000

Biographical Information:

Alex D. Kennedy, originally named Alex Kochneff, was born in Shanghai in 1930. He was the fourth son of Colonel Dimitry Vasilivich and Ekaterina Nikitichna Kochneff, who had fled to Shanghai in the wake of the Russian Revolution in 1921. Kennedy attended the Public & Thomas Hanbury School starting at the age of six, and transferred to St. Francis Xavier's College during World War II. After the war, the family left China for the Philippines, where as stateless Russians, they lived in a displaced persons' camp for almost two years. They were then able to travel to the United States, where they arrived in San Francisco in November of 1950. Kennedy became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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

Alex D. Kennedy, 2010.

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2013

Subjects and Indexing Terms



Series I: Shanghai Materials, 1923-1949

Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph of Dimitry Vasilivich, Ekaterina Nikitchna Kochneff and son Yuri, ca. 1923

Box 1, Folder 2

French Municipal College Yearbook, 1936

Box 1, Folder 3

In Uno - Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Boys Yearbook, 1936

Box 1, Folder 4

St. Francis Xavier's College Annual Athletic Meeting Programme, 1947

Box 1, Folder 5

St. Francis Xavier's College Class Photograph, 1949

Box 1, Folder 6

Birthday and Christmas Cards

Box 2, Item 1

Album of Illustrations of Various Landmarks and Scenery Throughout China

Folder 1, Item 1

In Uno - Public & Thomas Hanbury School for Boys Newsletter - Vol. 1 No. 1, 1943 November 1

Folder 1, Item 2

In Uno - Public & Thomas Hanbury School for Boys Newsletter - Vol. 25 No. 1, 1944 March 1

Folder 1, Item 3

In Uno - Public & Thomas Hanbury School for Boys Newsletter - Vol. 25 No. 2, 1944 April 17

Folder 1, Item 4

In Uno - Public & Thomas Hanbury School for Boys Newsletter - Vol. 25 No. 3, 1944 June 28

Folder 2, Item 1

Panoramic Photograph of The Bund, Shanghai

Folder 2, Item 2

New Map of Shanghai, July 1945


Series II: Trips, 1982-2002

Box 1, Folder 7

Xi'an Guidebook, 1982

Box 1, Folder 8

Hong Kong Trip - Business Cards, Itinerary, Information, May 1990

Box 1, Folder 9

Shanghai Informational Brochure, ca. 1990-1999

Box 1, Folder 10

Old China Hands Reunion Materials, September 1996

Box 1, Folder 11

"Silk and Spice Cruise" Trip to Hong Kong and China - Brochure and Article Written by Caroline Kennedy, 1996

Box 1, Folder 12

Information about China from Eastern Journeys (Travel Company), ca. 2002

Box 3, Item 1

44 Blank Postcards of Beijing, The National Palace, Tiananmen, Ming Tombs, Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City

Box 3, Item 2

2 Blank Postcards of Dalian, China

Box 3, Item 3

16 Blank Postcards of The Great Wall

Box 3, Item 4

23 Blank Postcards of Hong Kong

Box 3, Item 5

3 Blank Postcards of Macau

Box 3, Item 6

33 Blank Postcards of Shanghai

Box 3, Item 7

19 Blank Postcards of Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Folder 3, Item 1

Beijing Tourist Map, 1996

Folder 3, Item 2

Map of the People's Republic of China, 1980

Folder 3, Item 3

Hong Kong Guide Map

Folder 3, Item 4

Shanghai Tourist Map, 1984

Folder 3, Item 5

Map of Shanghai, 1985


Series III: General China Information, 1980-2000

Box 1, Folder 13

National Geographic, Vol. 158 No. 1 - Two Articles on Shanghai, July 1980

Box 1, Folder 14

"China - 50 Years Later" - Novoye Russkoye Slovo, 1933 October 24

Box 1, Folder 15

"Shanghai Surprise" - Atlantic Monthly, July 1988

Box 1, Folder 16

Cond é Nast Traveler - Article on Shanghai, August 1994

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence about Documentary "The Port of Last Resort," 2000

Box 1, Folder 18

Chinese: 16 Cultural Activities for K-6 Children by Barbara Schubert and Marlene Bird

Box 1, Folder 19

Notes Written by Kennedy on Chinese Culture

Folder 4, Item 1

"Many Tourists Miss 'Chinatown' in Shanghai"

Folder 4, Item 2

"Ambitious, Brash Shanghai Showing Tinges of Past Glories," The Sunday Oregonian, 1981 November 8

Folder 4, Item 3

"Ballard Finds No Flaws in Film Made From His Novel," The Sunday Oregonian (with written commentary from Kennedy), 1988 January 10

Folder 4, Item 4

"Shanghai: The Talk of People's Park," The New York Times Magazine, 1988 April 3

Folder 4, Item 5

Chinatown Clatter Vol. 1, 1996

Folder 4, Item 6

"Lunar New Year Offers Reasons to Celebrate," The Sunday Oregonian, 1999 February 7

Folder 4, Item 7

The Asian Wall Street Journal, 1999 November 12-13

Folder 4, Item 8

"Character Study: Chinese American Elders Reconnect With Their Culture by Learning Caligraphy," The Oregonian, 2001 December 11