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William J. Parker China Marine Association Collection

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Scuttlebutt Files

Reunions and Ephemera



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Collection Overview

Title: William J. Parker China Marine Association Collection, 1929-2014Save to your list.

ID: OCH/WPCM

Primary Creator: Parker, William J.

Extent: 10.88 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

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

Date Acquired: 00/00/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English, Chinese

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 Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 2011, 2015

Alternate Extent Statement: 1.40 GB

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: 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.

Acquisition Source: William J. Parker

Related Materials:

Old China Hands Archives

Scuttlebutt

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

Processing Information: Jessica Geiser, 2013

Finding Aid Revision History:

Christine Hertzel, 2015

Mallory Furnier, 2017


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Series II: Reunions and Ephemera, ca. 1940-2014Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 12: Fourth U.S. Marines Telephone Directory, May 1940Save to your list.
Folder 13: Reunion Booklets, 1997-1998Save to your list.
Folder 14: Membership Directory, 2005Save to your list.
Folder 15: Printed Materials, 2005-2009Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Item 1: United States 48 Star Flag, ca. 1940-ca. 1949Save to your list.
Item 2: Republic of China Flag, ca. 1940-ca. 1949Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Item 1: China Marine Association Wooden PlaqueSave to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Item 1: Reunion BannerSave to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Item 1: Reunion Banner with Member SignaturesSave to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Item 1: China Marine Association BannerSave to your list.
Item 2: China Marine Association Flag with Campaign StreamersSave to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Item 1: Reunion Tabletop Memorial, ca. 1989-2014Save to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Reunion Posters - Personal Mementos, ca. 1946-ca.1949Save to your list.
Folder 2: Reunion Posters - Chinese Pin-Ups, ca. 1947Save to your list.
Folder 3: Reunion Posters - MapsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Reunion Posters - Hawaii Draft Army War Savings Parade ReproductionSave to your list.
Folder 5: Reunion Posters - Scuttlebutt and Related ExcerptsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Reunion Posters - Military Memorials and China Marine Association Group Photograph, 2005, 2011Save to your list.
Digital Box 10Save to your list.
Item 1: China Marine Reunion Nashville, Tennessee Video, 1989 June 7-9Save to your list.

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