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Merl La Voy China Photographs, ca. 1920s.
Bernath Mss 138LOCAL
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Merl La Voy China Photographs, ca. 1920s


La Voy, Merl., creator


Online Archive of California


The collection contains 104 black and white photographs (with some duplicates) taken by photographer Merl LaVoy in China during the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the photos are taken in the Nanjing (Nanking) and appear to be from the era of KMT rule and civil war strife, many showing evidence of the aftermath of battle and wartime destruction. There are a series of photographs showing U.S. Senator Hiram Bingham (1875-1956) of Connecticut meeting with various government officials including C. C. Wu (Wu Ch'ao-shu), the foreign minister of the Nanjing-based government from May 10, 1927-Jan. 2, 1928. There are also photos of other unidentified officials. Other locales include Canton and a series of photographs of the famous Ming Tombs located north of Beijing.


192u (issued)


La Voy, Merl -- Archives
Bingham, Hiram -- 1875-1956 -- Pictorial works
Wu, Zhaocheng -- Pictorial works
Ming Tombs (China) -- Pictorial works
Nanjing Shi (China) -- Pictorial works
Guangzhou (China) -- Pictorial works


Use of the collection is unrestricted.
The Nanjing (Nanking) area served as China's capital at various times in the nation's history including the Ming Dynasty (14th through 17th centuries). In 1928, Nationalist forces (Kuomingtang/KMT) led by Chiang Kai-shek (Jiang Jieshi), reestablished the capital in Nanjing during the civil war era with opposing Communist forces. Nanjing eventually fell to the Japanese in 1937.
Purchase, 2005.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.
Cite as: [Identification of item], Merl La Voy China Photographs. Bernath Mss 138. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.



Physical Description:

.2 linear ft.






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Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.