Guide to the Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection

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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection
Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Identifier/Call Number: OCH.OCHOH
Extent: 2.00 linear feet
Extent: 76.5 Gigabytes
Date (inclusive): 1996-2019
Abstract: The Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection consists of oral histories of "Old China Hands," foreigners who lived and worked in China before or shortly after the Communist takeover of the country in 1949. The experiences of Old China Hands are particulary valuable to historians studying modern Chinese history and world history, as well as those interested in intercultural communications.
Language of Material: English, Chinese, German, Russian

Historical Note:

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Scope and Contents

The Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection consists of over 150 audio interviews with "Old China Hands," foreigners who lived and worked in China before or shortly after the Communist takeover of China in 1949. Interview topics include daily life in China, impressions of local culture and business, and experiences related to World War II such as the Japanese occupation and internment of Allied country citizens residing in China. Transcripts are available for most audio interviews.
Many of the interviews were recorded at Old China Hands reunions, beginning with the 1996 reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The collection is divided into seven series arranged chronologically, Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion (1996), Northridge, California (2002), Independent Interviews (2004-2019), Portland, Oregon Reunion (2006), Fremont, California (2011), Shanghai, China (2012), and China Marines (2014). Interviews are arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the narrator for all series.
Series I, Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion contains oral histories conducted at the Las Vegas Old China Hands Reunion by a team led by Sue Fawn Chung, professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Series II, Northridge, California contains interviews conducted in 2002 at Northridge.
Series III, Independent Interviews contains interviews unconnected with a particular event.
Series IV, Portland, Oregon Reunion contains interviews conducted by the Old China Hands Archives at the Portland Old China Hands Reunion.
Series V, Fremont, California contains oral history interviews conducted by the Old China Hands Archives primarily at the Macau Cultural Center in Fremont, California. The bulk of these interviews are with descendents of Portuguese emigrants.
Series VI, Shanghai, China contains oral history interviews conducted by the Old China Hands Archives during a trip to Shanghai.
Series VII, China Marines Reunion, contains oral histories recorded at the China Marines Reunion in Charleston, South Carolina by the Old China Hands Archives.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion, 1996
Series II: Northridge, California, 2002
Series III: Independent Interviews, 2004-2015
Series IV: Portland, Oregon Reunion, 2006
Series V: Fremont, California, 2011
Series VI: Shanghai, China, 2012
Series VII: China Marines Reunion, 2014

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.

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, 2014

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Audiovisual materials

 

Series I: Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion, 1996

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Allen, Maria Lumsdaine, 1996 September 5

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Allred, Howard, 1996 September 9

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Angus, Fay, September 1996

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Aronovsky, Morris, September 1996

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Augestad, Robert, 1996 September 7

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Berthier, Alain, 1996 September 5

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Bojesen, Hans, 1996 September 5-6

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Borodovsky, Leopold, 1996 September 6

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Braga, Bruno, 1996 September 4

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Brockman, Noele, 1996 September 5

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Burke, Mary, 1996 September 6

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Chaikin, Malcolm, 1996 September 7

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Coates, Gertrude Fuller, 1996 September 6

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Durso, Josephine, 1996 September 6

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Fajardo, Lieselotte, September 1996

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Furnas, Wendell, 1996 September 5

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Gelb, Fritz and Steffi, 1996 September 7

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Gonsalves, Ernesto, 1996 September 7

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Gore, Pearl, September 1996

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Grebenschikoff, Igor, September 1996

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Grebenschikoff, Oleg and Betty, September 1996

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Hahn, Joseph Harry, September 1996

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Hartmann, Helmut, September 1996

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Heftman, Kurt, September 1996

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Henkin, Benjamin, September 1996

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Hickman, Shar, 1996 September 7

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Hoagland, Doris, 1996 September 5

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Huseman, Betty, September 1996

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Isaack, John and Harriet, September 1996

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Janich, Angelina, 1996 September 6

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Katz, Bruno, 1996 September 5

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Kennedy, Alex, 1996 September 6

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Kliene, Albert, 1996 September 7

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Komor, Leonard, 1996 September 6

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Komor, Peter, 1996 September 6

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Kramer, Eva Burstein, 1996 September 7

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Krebs, Henry, 1996 September 6

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Krikoriantz, Nicholas Ivan, 1996 September 5

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Lambourne, Anna, 1996 September 5

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Lazar, Linda, 1996 September 9

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Levaco, Benjamin, September 1996

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Leyser, Henry, 1996 September 4

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Lobban, William, 1996 September 5

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Mascarenhas, Alarico, September 1996

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McGuire, Lionel, September 1996

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Melnikoff, Robert, 1996 September 6

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Mendelson, Janice, 1996 September 5

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Merdinian, George, 1996 September 5

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Mermel, Michael and Florence, 1996 September 6

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Mokrejs, Dorothea, 1996 September 7

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Morse, Cecille, September 1996

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Nissl, Edith, 1996 September 7

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Olaussen, Harold, 1996 September 7

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Pereira, Gabriel, 1996 September 6

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Puchert, Serge, 1996 September 7

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Ransom, Liliane, 1996 September 7

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Ransom, Richard, 1996 September 7

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Raudso, Robert, September 1996

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Riggins, Patrick, September 1996

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Rivero, Reynold, 1996 September 6

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Rubin, Evelyn, September 1996

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Sanborn, Allie, September 1996

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Schmidt, Eric, 1996 September 5

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Shaw, Barbara, 1996 September 6

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Shick, Victor Vladimir, 1996 September 7

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Shifren, Ester, September 1996

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Shlakis, Zoya, September 1996

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Smilo, Paula, 1996 September 7

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Spokoiny, Albert, 1996 September 5

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Stein, Peter, September 1996

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Stortz, Hilda, September 1996

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Tanner, Ruth, September 1996

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Tebneff, Igor, 1996 September 7

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Towne, Edith, September 1996

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Vevurka, Nina, 1996 September 7

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Walton, Mara, 1996 September 4

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Wilton, Claude, 1996 September 5

Digital Folder

Woodall, Daphne, 1996 September 4

Digital Folder

Zunterstein, Alfred, September 1996

 

Series II: Northridge, California, 2002-2015

Digital Folder

Ashe, Walter, 2002 October 1

Digital Folder

Edwards, Roman, 2002 October 5

Digital Folder

Gates, William and Gates, Sylvia, 2009 May 19

Digital Folder

Giedt, Harold, 2006 July 7

Digital Folder

Guitterez, Rinaldo, 2015 April 28

Digital Folder

Hoffman, Jurgen, 2002 October 5

Digital Folder

Kuegler, Helga, 2011 September 17

 

Series III: Independent Interviews, 2004-2019

Digital Folder

Ball, Jesse, 2005 May 13

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Beraha, Mickey, 2007 August 19

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Carrington, George, 2004 November 16

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Durso, Josephine, 2002 October 5

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Eaton, Muzza, 2012 February 23

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Familiant, Allan, 2002 October 5

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Gaupp, Ursula, 1996 September 4

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Huffman, Fon, 2002 October 21

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Jedeikin, Joseph, 2002 October 5

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Jedeikin, Joseph, 2006

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Keplinger, Denver, 2002 September 30

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Lobban, Joan, 2004 January 29

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Markarian, Yervand, 2004 November 21

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Maynard, Isabelle, 2006 July 21

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McDougal, Edward, 2002 October 5

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Nissim, Matthew Albert, October 2002

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Person, Ivy, 1996 September 6

Digital Folder

Rand, Mark, 2012 February 22

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Schmidt, Eric, October 2002

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Schmidt, Herman, October 2002

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Sharp-Willard, Diana, October 2002

Digital Folder

Sherman, Ruth, 2019 March 26

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Shifren, Ester, 2002 October 4

Digital Folder

Young, Patrick and Young, Sadie, 2015 July 4

 

Series IV: Portland, Oregon Reunion, 2006

Digital Folder

Aronovsky, Morris, 2006 September 10

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Baptiste, Ronald, 2006 September 10

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Bernikoff, Alex, 2006 September 11

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Booriakin, Walter, 2006 September 11

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Brown, John, 2006 September 11

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Canavarro, Priscilla, 2006 September 11

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Da Costa, Frank Richards, 2006 September 11

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Edwards, Roman, 2006 September 12

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Ellers, Eric, 2006 September 11

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Fleming, Jennifer, 2006 September 11

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Franke, George, 2006 September 12

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Gaul, Bob, 2006 September 11

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Gerson, Susan, 2006 September 12

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Glass, Werner, 2006 September 11

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Hall, Lillian, Poulson, Joyce and Bishop, Stanley, 2006 September 12

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Jones, Margaret Kliene, 2006 September 12

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Kalageorgi, Leo, 2006 September 12

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Kim, Reverend Richard, 2006 September 11

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Kriger, Abe, 2006 September 12

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Levenspiel, Octave, 2006 September 10

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Long, Pho Ba, 2006 September 12

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Maas, Helen, 2006 September 12

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Machado, Edward, 2006 September 11

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Ninaud, Emile, 2006 September 11

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Nyland, Harold, 2006 September 10

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Olaussen, Harold, 2006 September 12

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Parrott, Ivor, 2006 September 11

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Pistophides, Alexis, 2006 September 11

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Ronis-Raeburn, Elizabeth, 2006 September 11

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Sherman, Lori, 2006 September 13

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Sollars, Stella, 2006 September 12

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Sopher, Robert, 2006 September 12

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Sopher, Stephen, 2006 September 12

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Stam, Marina, 2006 September 12

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Stannard, R.E. and Noyce, Dorothy, 2006 September 11

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Stein, Peter, 2006 September 12

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Thomas, Terence, 2006 September 12

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Towne, Edith, 2006 September 12

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Versaw, Donald, 2006 September 12

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Walker, Millidge, 2006 September 12

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Whipple, Dwight, 2006 September 11

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Wilmot, Ingrid, 2006 September 11

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Young, Patrick and Young, Sadie, 2006 September 12

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Zimmerman, Isaiah, 2006 September 12

 

Series V: Fremont, California, 2011

Digital Folder

Brockman, Noele, 2011 November 7

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DaCosta, Carlos and Ferras, Jack, 2011 November 6

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England, Lorraine, 2011 November 6

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Ferras, Miguel, 2011 November 6

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Fulps, Mamie and McLoone, Lilia, 2011 November 6

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Jorge Da Silva, Antonio, 2011 November 6

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Maher, Amelia Roliz, 2011 November 6

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Meyer, Aurea Collaço and Collaço, Ricardo, 2011 November 6

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Nyland, Evelyn, 2011 November 6

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Roliz, Antonio Collaço, 2011 November 6

 

Series VI: Shanghai, China, 2012

Digital Folder

Johnston, Tess, 2012 May 31

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Wang, Betty Barr, 2012 May 31

 

Series VII: China Marines Reunion, 2014

Digital Folder

Bridges, Fred, 2014 September 19

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De La Torre, Edward, 2014 September 18

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Fitzpatrick, Richard, 2014 September 19

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Fulwider, Edgar, 2014 September 19

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Hook, Bill, 2014 September 19

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Jackson, Horace, 2014 September 19

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Laur, Milton, 2014 September 19

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Nallen, Thomas, 2014 September 19

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Pinkston, William, 2014 September 19

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Rogers, James, 2014 September 19

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Staley, Ken, 2014 September 18

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Stokley, William, 2014 September 19

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Thorpe, Donald, 2014 September 18