Guide to the William J. Parker China Marine Association Collection, 1929-2014

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: William J. Parker China Marine Association Collection
Dates: 1929-2014
Identification: OCH/WPCM
Creator: Parker, William J.
Physical Description: 10.88 linear feet
Alternate Extent Statement: 1.40 GB
Language of Materials:


Repository: Old China Hands Archives
Abstract: William J. Parker is a retired United States Marine who was formerly stationed in China. He is an active member of the China Marine Association, and in 2008 began serving as Editor of their newsletter, Scuttlebutt. The collection consists mainly of items related to the publication of Scuttlebutt in the late 2000s, including correspondence, member submissions of photographs and articles, and drafts of issues. Also included are some photographs and print materials related to the China Marine Association in general, as well as artifacts from the organization's reunions.

Biographical Information:

William J. (Bill) Parker is a retired United States Marine who served in China prior to the 1950s. He is also an active member of the China Marine Association, having served as President, Treasurer, Executive Board Member, Chair of the Reunion Committee, and a chair and member of many other committees in the organization. In 2008 he became Editor of the association's newsletter, Scuttlebutt. The China Marine Association hosted annual reunions through 2014 and continues to publish Scuttlebutt on a quarterly basis under Parker's direction.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Photographic material

Administrative Information


2011, 2015

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2013

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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

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

Related Materials:

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Scuttlebutt Files, 1929-2010
    Subseries A: Publication Files, 1929-2010
    Subseries B: Johnson Thomas Materials, 1936-2009
Series II: Reunions and Ephemera, ca. 1940-2014

Scope and Contents

The William J. Parker China Marine Association Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, articles, draft publications, and artifacts related to the China Marine Association and its newsletter, Scuttlebutt. The collection is divided into two series: Scuttlebutt Files (1929-2010) and Reunions and Ephemera (circa 1940-2014).
Series I, Scuttlebutt Files, is sorted into two subseries. Subseries A, Publication Files (1929-2010), consists of materials related to the publication of the China Marine Association quarterly newsletter, Scuttlebutt. This includes correspondence, drafts of various issues, and submissions of photographs, remembrances, and articles for publication. Subseries B, Johnson Thomas Materials (1936-2009), consists of materials related to Johnson Thomas, who was an auxiliary member of the China Marine Association and the son of General Gerald Thomas who served in China. He researched and wrote numerous articles for Scuttlebutt and the association in general, becoming a staff writer for the newsletter in 2009. Items in the subseries include correspondence between Thomas and multiple China Marines, photographs of the Thomas family and other China Marines, and articles written by Thomas. Each subseries is arranged chronologically.
Series II, Reunions and Ephemera, consists of both print materials and artifacts related or donated to the association, many of which were used during the association's annual reunion. Items include banners and flags, booklets, programs, directories, photographs, a video, a handmade wooden plaque, and a handmade tabletop display crafted from wooden, metal, and cloth objects, including a brass bell which was rung at reunions to commemorate the passing of China Marines. Also included in the series are a number of posters featuring personal mementos, maps, publication excerpts, military memorials, and Chinese pin-ups encapsulated onto foam board by the China Marine Association for display at their reunions. The maps are reproductions and depict areas of military activity throughout China including Chin-Huang-Tao (Qinhuangdao), Tang-Shan-Chen (Tangshan), and Peitaiho Beach (Beidaihe). The series dates from circa 1940-2014 and is arranged chronologically.

Collection Contents


Series I: Scuttlebutt Files,1929-2010


Subseries A: Publication Files, 1929-2010

Box 1, Folder 1

December Issue, 2000

Box 1, Folder 2

General Correspondence, 2005-2006

Box 1, Folder 3

December Issue, 2005

Box 1, Folder 4

December Issue, 2006

Box 1, Folder 5

General Correspondence, 2008

Box 1, Folder 6

March Issue, 2008

Box 1, Folder 7

June Issue, 2008

Box 1, Folder 8

September Issue, 2008

Box 1, Folder 9

December Issue, 2008

Box 1, Folder 10

General Correspondence, 2009

Box 1, Folder 11

March Issue, 2009

Box 1, Folder 12

June Issue, 2009

Box 1, Folder 13

September Issue, 2009

Box 2, Folder 1

December Issue, 2009

Box 2, Folder 2

December Issue, 2009

Box 2, Folder 3

General Correspondence, 2010

Box 2, Folder 4

March Issue, 2010

Box 2, Folder 5

March Issue, 2010

Box 2, Folder 6

June Issue, 2010

Box 2, Folder 7

September Issue, 2010

Box 2, Folder 8

Miscellaneous Articles

Box 2, Folder 9

Miscellaneous Photographs

Box 2, Folder 10

Miscellaneous Printed Materials

Box 2, Folder 11

Photocopies of Other Marine Publications, 1929-2009


Subseries B: Johnson Thomas Materials, 1936-2009

Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence - From Thomas to William (Bill) Parker, 2003-2009

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence - From Thomas to Robert (Bob) Shovar, 2004-2007

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence between Art Goetz, William (Bill) Parker, Robert (Bob) Shovar, William Sager and Johnson Thomas, 2007-2008

Box 3, Folder 4

Photographs - Peking, Tsingtao, and Chungking, 1936-1948

Box 3, Folder 5

Photograph - Former China Marines in Korea, 1951

Box 3, Folder 6

Photographs - Thomas's Trip to China, 2005

Box 3, Folder 7

Photographs - General Gerald Thomas and Family


Series II: Reunions and Ephemera, ca. 1940-2014

Box 2, Folder 12

Fourth U.S. Marines Telephone Directory, May 1940

Box 2, Folder 13

Reunion Booklets, 1997-1998

Box 2, Folder 14

Membership Directory, 2005

Box 2, Folder 15

Printed Materials, 2005-2009

Box 4, Item 1

United States 48 Star Flag, ca. 1940-ca. 1949

Box 4, Item 2

Republic of China Flag, ca. 1940-ca. 1949

Box 5, Item 1

China Marine Association Wooden Plaque

Box 6, Item 1

Reunion Banner

Box 7, Item 1

Reunion Banner with Member Signatures

Box 8, Item 1

China Marine Association Banner

Box 8, Item 2

China Marine Association Flag with Campaign Streamers

Box 9, Item 1

Reunion Tabletop Memorial, ca. 1989-2014

Flat File Cabinet 5, Folder 1

Reunion Posters - Personal Mementos, ca. 1946-ca.1949

Flat File Cabinet 5, Folder 2

Reunion Posters - Chinese Pin-Ups, ca. 1947

Flat File Cabinet 5, Folder 3

Reunion Posters - Maps

Flat File Cabinet 5, Folder 4

Reunion Posters - Hawaii Draft Army War Savings Parade Reproduction

Flat File Cabinet 5, Folder 5

Reunion Posters - Scuttlebutt and Related Excerpts

Flat File Cabinet 5, Folder 6

Reunion Posters - Military Memorials and China Marine Association Group Photograph, 2005, 2011

Digital Box 10, Item 1

China Marine Reunion Nashville, Tennessee Video, 1989 June 7-9