The Robert and Eva Tharp Collection consists of items related to both Robert and Eva's family and experiences in China, their careers in the United States, and the publication of They Called Us White Chinese. The collection is divided into five series: Family and Personal Materials (1924-2002), Friends and Colleagues (1943-2000), Mission Work and Professional Employment (circa 1930-1989), They Called Us White Chinese (circa 1920-2004), and Publications (1902-1996).
Series I, Family and Personal Materials, consists of ephemera. photographs, articles, personal narratives, mendicant chants, correspondence and genealogical information written by or related to the Tharps and their family members. Also included are the Tharp's passports, driver's licenses, and applications for United States visas and citizenship.
Series II, Friends and Colleagues, consists of correspondence and articles written by or about Tharp family friends and colleagues, usually discussing their experiences in China.
Series III, Mission Work and Professional Employment, consists of materials related to both Robert and Eva's various mean of employment and their mission work. This includes the Inland China Mission, Robert's work in shipping cases and importing cars into China, his work as a Chinese professor, and Eva's Jyuadz Factory.
Series IV, They Called Us White Chinese, consists of photographs used in the book, and correspondence sent to Eva by readers ordering additional copies, talking about the book, and sharing their own stories of living in China.
Series V, Publications, consists of advertisements for books by other Old China Hands, as well as articles and books collected by the Tharps related to China and the Peking American School.