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George Simmons Collection

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George Simmons Collection, 1906-1927 | Special Collections & Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: George Simmons Collection, 1906-1927Save to your list.

ID: OCH/GSC

Primary Creator: Simmons, George Sr.

Extent: 3.29 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/08/2004

Forms of Material: Ephemera

Languages: English, Chinese

Abstract

George Simmons, Sr. was a British citizen who moved to China in the 1890s and helped to build the Peking-Mukden Railroad (PMR) in Northern China. He left China briefly during the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, but returned to help complete the railroad. After the railway was completed, he stayed on and trained and supervised the locomotive engineers and railway staff. The collection contains three sterling silver pieces given to Simmons in appreciation for his work on the PMR.

Biographical Note

George Simmons, Sr. was a British citizen who moved to China in the 1890s and helped to build the Peking-Mukden Railroad (PMR) in Northern China, which was one of the first railroads in the country. He left China briefly during the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, but returned to help complete the railroad. After the railway was completed, he stayed on and trained and supervised the locomotive engineers and railway staff. He retired in 1927, and settled in Tientsin, where his family lived for two more generations before emigrating to the United States.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The George Simmons Collection contains three sterling silver pieces given to Simmons in appreciation for his work on the Peking-Mukden Railroad in Northen China. This includes a cup and salver from the Viceroy of Chihli and future emperor, Yuan Shih-kai, and a silver and ebony plaque from the locomotive staff of the railroad given to Simmons upon his retirement in 1927.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

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Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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: Pamela Masters

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


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Box 1Save to your list.
Item 1: Sterling Silver Bowl with Inscription: "Presented to G. Simmons from His Excellency Yuan Sie Kai Tientsin 1906", 1906Save to your list.
Item 2: Sterling Silver Engraved Salver from Yuan Shih-Kai, 1906Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Item 1: Silver and Ebony Plaque with Inscription "To Mr. Geo. Simmons From Loco Staff Tientsin P.M.R. 1927", 1927Save to your list.


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