The Norman Filman Collection consists
of papers saved by Old China Hand Norman Filman, mostly consisting of materials related to
his uncle J. Arthur Duff and Old China Hands reunions. Materials in the collection include
correspondence, news clippings, essays, a family tree, and audiovisual materials on
Norman J. Filman was born on November 23, 1920, in Calgary, Canada, and was taken to China
soon after to live with his grandparents, John L. and Margaret Duff who had served as
missionaries in the country since the early 1890s. He grew up in Kuling, China before
attending the Western District Public School in Shanghai. He returned to Canada after
graduating high school, where he attended the University of British Columbia and graduated
as an electrical engineer in 1944. He moved to Los Angeles in 1949, where he worked for
Hughes Aircraft for 31 years. He was also very involved in Old China Hands Reunions, and
maintaining contacts with other Old China Hands. He passed away in 2010.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of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.
The collection is open for research use.