The Bodo Zimmermann Papers consist of letters and original drawings by Zimmermann as well as items he collected related to his experiences in China during the 1940s and afterwards. The collection is arranged in three series: Memoirs (1998), Correspondence and Drawings (1996-2003), and China Materials.
Series I, Memoirs, consists of two unpublished memoirs written by Zimmermann about his journey to China by train as a young boy, and his subsequent life in China as a teenager.
Series II, Correspondence and Drawings, contains letters and drawings composed by Zimmermann to friends remembering life in China during the 1940s and after, as well as a translation done by Zimmermann of a family friend’s letter about taking the Shanghai Express to China from Germany in 1940. The series is arranged chronologically.
Series III, China Materials, consists of a card and newspaper article collected by Zimmermann that relate to China.