Preliminary Inventory to the Alonzo Bland Calder papers

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Title: Alonzo Bland Calder papers
Date (inclusive): 1911-1956
Collection Number: 75007
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 46 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (19.2 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Memoranda, reports, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and pamphlets, relating to American foreign and economic relations with China in the interwar period and immediately after World War II, and to American foreign and trade relations with the Soviet Union, Egypt and Malaya.
Creator: Calder, Alonzo Bland, 1892-
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alonzo Bland Calder papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

1892 Born, Iowa
1915 Secretary to Jeremiah Smith, Jr. on relief mission to Turkey, Rockefeller Foundation
1916 Clerk, American Legation, Berne, and American Embassy, Petrograd
1917-1920 Petrograd, New York City and Shanghai in various capacities for W.R. Grace & Co.
1920-1922 Department of Commerce clerk, Peking; later, Trade Commissioner and Assistant Commercial Attache under Julean Arnold
1923-1926 Assistant Trade Commissioner, Tokyo
1926-1928 Trade Commissioner, Shanghai
1928-1930 Assistant Commercial Attache, Peking
1930-1939 Assistant Commercial Attache, Shanghai
1939-1941 Consul, Shanghai
1940 (?) Held in diplomatic custody by the Japanese until June 1942
1942 Repatriated and assigned to Moscow as First Secretary in charge of economic studies
1942-1943 Second Secretary and Consul, American Embassy, Moscow
1943-1945 First Secretary and Consul, Moscow
1945 First Secretary, American Embassy, Cairo
1945 First Secretary, American Embassy, Chungking
1945-1949 Commercial Attache, Shanghai
1952 Retired

Subjects and Indexing Terms

China -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- China
Diplomats -- United States
Soviet Union -- Commerce -- United States
United States -- Commerce -- Soviet Union
China -- Commerce -- United States
United States -- Commerce -- China
Egypt -- Commerce -- United States
Malaya -- Commerce -- United States
United States -- Commerce -- Egypt
United States -- Commerce -- Malaysia -- Malaya
United States. Department of State

box 1

Correspondence, family 1930-1940




Shanghai Rotary Club handbook

box 47

Pamphlets and reports on China

box 2

Correspondence, family 1940's

box 2

The Shanghai Times, issues and clippings

box 2

Pamphlet by J. Stalin, Moscow 1943


bank statements 1940's

box 3

Issues of Monthly Trade Report-China 1939


Correspondence, family 1930's


"A Study of China's Financial Situation," submitted by Calder, Assistant Commercial Attache, and approved by Julean Arnold, Commercial Attache


Private file, scrap and clipping book, Japan. Binder

box 4

Correspondence 1940-1950




Storijec case


Memoranda 1940


Foreign Service Journal (article about John S. Service) January 1952


Items for scrapbook

box 5

Material for scrapbook


Correspondence 1940-1950



box 6

Rotary Club of Shanghai talks


Formosa, reports


Calder's weekly reports as Assistant Commercial Attache 1920's


Reports on railways and aviation 1920's


Mantell's General Report and Recommendation on Chinese Railways 1930



box 7

Correspondence 1945-1954


Calder's personnel files 1943-


Foreign Service Office Class 4 certificates


USSR identification card 1945


Family photographs


Clippings 1948-1955

box 8

Correspondence, family and professional 1944-1954


Moscow apartment rent receipts 1943-1944


Intelligence Digest, produced by Kenneth de Courcy. Also December 1948, June 1951 and July 1953


Bulletins, Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired, Inc. (DACOR)


Clippings 1951


Articles, bulletins, memoranda on China and commerce

box 9

U.S. Department of Commerce Bulletins 1925


Monthly trade and economic reports on Japan 1924, 1925


American Chamber of Commerce reports and bulletins 1927


1925, incident propaganda May 30,


Correspondence 1925-1929


Issues: The Shanghai Evening Post, 1930; Shanghai News, ; others 1951

box 10

Textile Procurement in the Military Services, USGPO 1955,


Charges and Countercharges Involving...Senator Jose McCarthy...USGPO


Salient Facts About China, by Julean Arnold, Pamphlet 1926.


Speeches 1926


Correspondence, personal and business, , Includes Julean Arnold 1918-1951


The Botanic Garden, The Sun Yat-sen Tomb and Memorial Park, Nanking, China.


Address book. Pamphlet with diagram of garden and description


Booklet of information, The American Company, Shanghai Volunteer Corps 1917

box 11

Calder family photographs


Album of pictures of factories in China


Correspondence 1932-1948

box 12

Calder family photographs and pictures of the Calders in China

box 13

Correspondence 1928-1957


Speeches 1926, 1928



box 14

Unbreakable China; Coalition Government (Original copy from Yenan), by Mao Tse-tung, (?) 1947


Clippings: Washington Post, New York Times, Singapore Standard, others

box 15

Correspondence and memoranda 1930-1955


Speech material


Weekly reports of activities 1934-1937


Clippings 1932-1952


The scrapbook of life for Rowland


Diary May 6-8, 1946


Contacts, Chinese and foreign


Chinese American Trade


Congressional hearings: Security-Government Printing Office; Subversive Influence in the Educational Process; Transfer of Occupation Currency Plates-Espionage Phase

box 16

Correspondence and memoranda 1925-1955


American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, correspondence and bulletins 1927


China in Chaos, North China Herald, April 1927; Bolshevik Activities in China; Some Documents Seized in the Soviet Military Attache's Office in Peking on April 6, 1927, American Chamber of Commerce Memorandum No. 13; two pamphlets by Chiang Kai-shek, April 1927; Manifesto to the People and Declaration to Kuomingtang Members


Weekly Reports 1927-1928


Tariff reports


Activities/Diary 1926-1929

box 17

Clippings on China-Japan controversy 1931


Sino-Japanese conflict clippings, map; Official Documents Relating to Japan's Undeclared War in Shanghai, Lowe Chuan-hua, compiler and editor, published by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai 1932


Soviet Russia bibliography; Sino-Soviet relations


Speeches 1928, 1931, 1936


Weekly Economic Reports, Special Report No. S-52 1937; February 15, 1940


Weekly Reports May-July 1935


Maps of China, Japan, others


Correspondence, memoranda, pamphlets 1927-1941

box 18

Correspondence 1940-1956


Correspondence with R. J. Phillips 1926


Institute of Pacific Relations hearings in U.S. Senate 1952


A Study of China's Financial Situation, by Calder 1937


Clippings 1949-1952

box 19

Correspondence 1928-1951

box 20

Pamphlets include: Mutual Security Agency, The Economic cooperation Administration (The Marshal Plan), China's Fate and America's Future, by Julean Arnold Why Not Recognize Red China Now? by Ernest K. Moy, Report of the China-United States Agricultural Mission, Office of Foreign Agricultural Relations, U.S.D.A. 1950-1952; 1940; 1952; May 1947


Clippings 1950-1954


Congressional hearings: Communist Infiltration Among Army Civilian Workers; Communist Infiltration in the Army


Correspondence 1935-1954

box 21

Correspondence 1937-1952


Pension data


Tobacco (trade)


Pamphlets include American Business With East Asia, by Gunther Stein, Institute of Pacific Relations, Intelligence Digest September 1947; January 1951


Soviets: Issues of Novosty Dnia, Novaya Zhizn 1945, 1946;


Clippings 1945-1951

box 22

Correspondence 1948-1952


Road maps


United Business Service Reports 1953

box 23

Log book October 23, 1945-September 1947


Letters from Nelle and Rowland, (wife and son) 1951


U.S. Senate Hearing, Special Senate Investigation on Charles and Countercharges Involving: Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens, John G. Adams, H. Struve Hensel and Senator Joe McCarthy, Roy M. Cohn, and Francis P. Carr, Par 40-Park 64


Arnold, Mrs. Julean, letter about Arnold's suicide



box 24

Correspondence and miscellaneous 1947-1953


Father's letters




Clippings 1948-1951


Calder's Desk File, a binder with photographs, issues of China Trade Bulletin, correspondence about products, trade, customs 1918,

box 25

Address books


desk calendar 1935


Statements of account and correspondence with T. Bone 1951


Soviets. Includes Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of the U.S.S.R., Munich 1953


Correspondence 1945-1952


Pamphlets and miscellaneous

box 26

U.S. Senate Hearing, Special Senate Investigation on Charges and Countercharges Involving: Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens, John G. Adams, H. Struve Hensel and Senator Joe McCarthy, Roy M. Cohn, and Francis P. Carr, Part 13-Part 20; Part 21-Part 39


Study Group, U.S.S.R.


Alonzo Bland Carter August-October 1954

box 27

Correspondence 1918-1938




Miscellaneous notes, addressed, etc.


U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Commerce Service, China Monthly Trade Report January 1, 1932

box 28

U.S. Department of Commerce, American Commercial Attache, China Monthly Trade Report January 1927-January 1928; November 15, 1938; March 15, 1939






American Chamber of Commerce Bulletins, Shanghai 1928


Soviet Union


Pamphlets and reports, including China Through the American Window, by Julean Arnold 1932

box 29

Private file of A. Bland Calder. Letters of commendation


Speeches and writings


China Lobby


Visitor's (business) cards, Two binders 1927.


Personal file of Alonzo Bland Calder Speeches and special articles on China situation

box 30

Congressional hearings on National and International Movements; Harold E. Talbott, Secretary of the Air Force;


Subversion and Espionage in Defense Establishments and Industry; Joe McCarthy


Diary 1933


Correspondence 1940-1955


Clippings and pamphlets


Study Group, U.S.S.R.


Egypt 1944, 1945



box 31

Correspondence 1942-1953






Speeches and writings


Telephone directory of Singapore and Johore Bahru 1950


China Annual Economic Report for 1937


Monthly Trade Report, China November 15, 1938



box 32


box 32







Pamphlets include Travel Diary of a Shanghai Editor: 1948, by Randall Gould

box 33

Correspondence 1919-1930


Correspondence - Ethel 1919-1923




Lecture on the economy of the Soviet Union


Speech, Kiwanis Club, Carmel, California July 8, 1954


Kohlberg, Alfred


McConaughy, Walter


Letters to reference people


World Affairs Council, study group on U.S.S.R.

box 34

Calder, personal 1945-1948


Miscellany 1946-1947


China and other briefings (commerce) 1946-1947


Russian individuals and suspects 1945-1949


Letters to and from Nelle 1945-1949


Economic information on the U.S.S.R.


Moscow papers (correspondence 1943-1944)

box 35

Clippings and pamphlets




Correspondence 1925-1952




World affairs


Schwarz, Ernest, Dr. and Dr. Bruce L. Canaga

box 36

Matters to take up in the U.S.


Storojev, S.


Correspondence 1932-1948


Digaut, M.




House at 593 Amherst Avenue, Shanghai. House No. 11, 1945-1947


campaign to ungoof goofs (Chinese communism) 1950


M.W. Hudson's affairs (fund in trust)




Meigs & Co.


Christopher's affairs (James Christopher)


Packing list



box 37



European tour papers


Representation allowance


Rationing, food, consumer goods




U.S.S.R. reports, clippings and pamphlet, XXV Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution by J. Stalin, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow 1942


Clippings 1951


Personal 1942, 1951

box 38

Schrifrin, G. 2 House, 366 Tunsin Road, Shanghai


Letters to be answered on vessel


Pamphlet, clippings 1945-1946


Hong Kong, Calcutta, London


Motor car documents


Scroll (retirement 1952)


Correspondence with Nelle 1922-1923


Department of State appointments, leaves, etc.


Status - Bureau authorizations, salary, pay-cuts, etc.


Inventory of household goods, insurance

box 39



Assets and liabilities














Calder, A.B. (father)


Calder, Wilhelmina (mother)


Calder, Willard (brother)




Hall, Joseph


Kilham, George








Peking Work


Slogan, mottoes, etc.


Souvenir documents




Taxes, income




Family photographs

box 40





Correspondence 1950-1955


Carmel (California) 1952-1954


Railways, Chinese




News release material


Pertinent sayings


Status and salary


Private papers

box 41

Correspondence, Personal and miscellaneous 1922-1950


Lawrence's letters (Lawrence Tsang) 1950


ECAFE (Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East) 1948


Speeches and writings


Alonzo Bland Calder's salary, etc.


Appointment certificates




Travel orders for family




Grace Rowland correspondence 1950






Coke file (Coca Cola)


Singapore 1948


Travel to Tokyo


Home leave 1948


Inspector's report, Commercial Section 1948


List of reports and dispatches 1946-1947


Russian data


Clippings 1945

box 42

Congressional committee hearings


Reciprocal trade agreements


Briefing of VIPs. Includes Albert C. Wedemeyer


Wedemeyer, Albert C.


Annual report on Soviet Union 1944

box 43

Correspondence 1918


Speeches and writings




Hong Kong 1947-1948


Lawrence Tsang correspondence 1950-1952




Travel vouchers






Soviet Union; Albert C. Wedemeyer

box 44

China trade and industry


Household accounts 1929-1948





box 45

Shanghai; scrapbook




Special reports, Japan 1935


Notes for reports


Monthly trade and economic reports, Japan 1926




Advertising matter to be dealt with


Moore, Letters to


Newspaper issues

box 46

China Courier July 13, 1927

box 46

China Mail November 1, 1948


China Press

box 46

July 2, 1932

box 46

July 18, 1941

box 46

July 20, 1946


Malaya Tribune

box 46

May 27, 1949

box 46

June 30, 1950

box 46

Moscow News May 1, 1943

box 46

The Municipal Gazette July 1, 1932

box 46

The New Leader March 8, 1947

box 46

Our Life. Nasha zhizn: Natsional'nyi nezavisimyi demokratich. Organ evr. (eiskoi) mysli May 1946


Shanghai Evening Post

box 46

January 31, 1930

box 46

July 2, 1932

box 46

March 21, 1941

box 46

April 27, 1949

box 46

April 28, 1949

box 46

Shanghai News July 17-22, 1951

box 46

Siberian newspaper, "purchased at a station by me en route from Petrograd to Vladiskvostok by 'get away' express. Trip took 33 days and nights." 1918

box 46

South China Morning Post November 1, 1948