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Rose Horowitz Collection



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Old China Hands Oral History Project

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Title: Rose Horowitz Collection, 1937-2008Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1989-1994


Primary Creator: Horowitz, Rose

Extent: 1.52 Linear Feet


Series I: Old China Hands History Project, 1981-2000

Series II: Research and Writings, 1937-1992

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Paper records, Video recordings

Languages: English


Rose Horowitz grew up in Shanghai, China from roughly the 1920s until the late 1940s.  Horowitz remained interested in China throughout her career, writing about her experiences in China and eventually establishing with California State University, Fullerton and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles an Old China Hands Oral History Project. The collection consists mostly of Horowitz’s files from the Old China Hands Oral History Project, including correspondence between her and interviewees as well as her notes on the progress of the project. Also included are Horowitz’s writings and research materials, including newspaper articles and information on China, correspondence with archival institutions, and her finished works on her life as well as the Jewish experience in China.

Biographical Note

Rahma-Rose Jacobs was born in Shanghai, China, in 1924 to a Sephardic Jewish family. Her father, who moved to Shanghai from Iraq, worked as the senior accountant for the Sassoon family while her mother's family had roots in China going back to 1863. As a child, Rose was often ill, but she was still able to attend the Western Public School for Girls. After graduating, she began attending a business college, but had to stop when the school was shut down in 1941 during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai.

After the war, Rose and her mother attempted to immigrate to America, and eventually settled in California after temporarily being offered asylum in Vancouver, Canada. During this time, Rose also met and married her husband George Horowitz, who was originally from Vienna but had fled to Shanghai to escape religious persecution.

After retiring early, Rose dedicated herself to volunteering for various causes, including working as a docent for the Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She also worked with The Center for Oral and Public History at California State University, Fullerton to conduct a series of oral history interviews of Old China Hands to document their experiences living as foreigners in China.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rose Horowitz Collection is divided into two series: Old China Hands History Project (1981-2000), and Research and Writings (1937-1992).

Series I, Old China Hands History Project, consists of materials related to Horowitz's work facilitating and conducting oral history interviews for the Old China Hands History Project at California State University, Fullerton. Items in the series include correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings and interview guidelines. Folders in the series have been maintained in their original order.

Series II, Research and Writings consists of correspondence, research material, newspaper clippings, VHS tapes, and an audio cassette related to Horowitz's research into her family and the overall Jewish community's experience in Shanghai. Also included are drafts of "Growing Up Jewish in Shanghai," a work written and presented by Horowitz at the Harvard University Fairbanks Center's Symposium on Jewish Diasporas in China.

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: Rose Horowitz

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 and Eric Yin, 2013

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[Series I: Old China Hands Oral History Project, 1981-2000]
[Series II: Research and Writings, 1937-2008],

Series II: Research and Writings, 1937-2008Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: "Growing Up Jewish in Shanghai" by Rose Horowitz, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 2: "China and the Jewish Diaspora" Symposium at Harvard University, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 3: Correspondence with Benis M. Frank about China Marines, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 4: Correspondence with Hoover Institute at Stanford University, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 5: Irene Kuhn - Gourmet Article on Shanghai, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 6: Photocopies of New York Times Articles on China, 1937-1949Save to your list.
Folder 7: Cassette Tape - National Public Radio Recording, "Shanghai & the Jews", 1990Save to your list.
Folder 8: Jacob Family Information, 2001-2008Save to your list.
Folder 9: "Shanghai Schools" by Rose Horowitz, 2002Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Item 1: VHS Tape - Footage from a Family Wedding, circa 1940Save to your list.
Item 2: VHS Tape - Rose Horowitz Interviewed by Frank Eiklor on "Growing Up Jewish in China", 1996 August 15Save to your list.
Item 3: VHS Tape - Sephardic Igud Yotzei Sin Functions and Oral Histories, 1998Save to your list.

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