Guide to the Mabel Haynes Collection

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Title: Mabel Haynes Collection
Creator: Haynes, Mabel, 1918-
Identifier/Call Number: OCH.MBH
Extent: 0.21 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1943-2001
Abstract: Mabel Haynes was born in Shanghai in 1918, and lived and worked in Shanghai and Hong Kong until 1949, when she and her husband fled from the new Communist regime. The collection consists of items collected by Haynes related to Shanghai and the Old China Hands experience, including correspondence, articles, and photographs.
Language of Material: English, French

Biographical Information:

Mabel (Bloomfield) Haynes was born in Shanghai in 1918, to a British-Jewish father and a Japanese mother. She was one of six children, and attended the Shanghai Jewish School and the Public School for Girls on Yu Yuen Road. After graduating, Haynes began working at Andersen, Meyer & Company, a company that represented various manufacturers in China. She worked in their Hong Kong office for three years, before returning to Shanghai in 1941 to be closer to her family in the wake of World War II. As a British citizen, she lost her job when the Japanese invaded Shanghai, and was eventually sent to the Lunghwa internment camp along with two of her siblings in August of 1944. After the camps were liberated she worked as a secretary for the American military, and got married. She and her husband stayed in Shanghai until the Communists took over in 1949, whereupon they moved to Australia, and eventually ended up in Los Angeles, California. Haynes has remained active in the Old China Hands community, even helping put on an Old China Hands reunion in Anaheim in 1996.

Scope and Contents

The Mabel Haynes Collection consists of items collected by Haynes related to Shanghai and the Old China Hands experience. This includes correspondence and articles on aspects of life in Shanghai like the Shanghai Volunteer Corps, Japanese internment camps and the Jewish community, as well as articles on modern Shanghai and its economic development. The collection also includes photocopied and original pictorials of historic Shanghai, and correspondence, photographs, and articles related to the Jewish organization, Igud Yotzei Sin.

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Mabel Haynes, Rose Horowitz.

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


Box 1, Folder 1

Benis M. Frank Correspondence and Articles on the Shanghai Volunteer Corps, 1991-2001

Box 1, Folder 2

Igud Yotzei Sin Bulletin Articles, 1996, 1998

Box 1, Folder 3

Igud Yotzei Sin Kadoorie Memorial Fund, 1996-1997

Box 1, Folder 4

Articles on Japanese Internment Camps in China, 1943-1945

Box 1, Folder 5

Articles on Shanghai and its Jewish Community

Box 1, Folder 6

Articles on Pudong, Shanghai, 1998

Box 1, Folder 7

Photographs of Shanghai - Web Print-outs, 1998

Box 1, Folder 8

Photocopied Pictorials of Shanghai

Box 1, Folder 9

"Made in China" - Flaunt Magazine, March 1999

Box 1, Folder 10

Contact List - 3 1/2" Floppy Disk (PC)