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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Flora Belle Jan letters
    Dates: 1918-1949
    Collection Number: 2011C26
    Creator: Jan, Flora Belle, 1906-1950
    Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Contains Flora Belle Jan's letters to her friend Ludmelia Holstein, relating to journalism in the United States and China and to personal matters. Published as Unbound Spirit: Letters of Flora Belle Jan (Urbana, 2009).
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information


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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Flora Belle Jan letters, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2011.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Flora Belle Jan, a Chinese American journalist, was born in the United States in 1906 to immigrant parents. She studied literature at University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. Jan worked as a journalist in both the United States and China for The Fresno Herald, The San Francisco Examiner, The Chinese Students' Monthly, The Peking Chronicle, and other periodicals. Her writings reflect the encounters and reflections of a Chinese American woman in an era of race and gender limitations.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of letters by Flora Belle Jan written over a thirty-year period, recording her personal struggles in an environment of political turmoil in the 1930s and 1940s, offering unique insight into the social and political situation of an educated, middle-class, professional Chinese American woman.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Journalism--United States.
    Chinese American women.
    Holstein, Ludmelia, 1905-1976.