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Robert B. Jay Collection



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Robert B. Jay Collection, 1937-2001 | Special Collections & Archives

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Title: Robert B. Jay Collection, 1937-2001Save to your list.


Primary Creator: Jay, Robert B.

Extent: 0.69 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 05/05/2016

Forms of Material: Electronic records, Maps, Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English, Uighur;Uyghur, Chinese


The Robert B. Jay Collection consists of photographs, maps, correspondence, and research materials collected by Jay related to World War II-era China. Of particular note is a toy Chinese Yo-Yo and original photographic prints possibly depicting the Tientsin flood of 1939.

Biographical Note

Robert B. Jay was a U.S. Marine stationed in China during World War II.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Robert B. Jay Collection documents some of the research Jay conducted on various topics related to WWII-era China, including the Hempel Family who ran a butchery and restaurant in Peking [present day Beijing]. The Hempel's shop was frequented by U.S. Marines who called themselves "Knights of the Round Table," named so for the round table they would gather around in the back of the shop. Other research topics include Catholicism and Catholic landmarks in China; Chinese traditions; U.S. Marine service in China; Chinese cities such as Tientsin [present day Tianjin], Peking/Peiping [Beijing], and Shanghai; the Boxer Rebellion; and Israel Epstein, an Old China Hand. The materials include reproductions of maps, research articles, correspondence, and photographic prints. Of particular note are Rashed's Pictures, possibility depicting the Tientsin flood of 1939, with captions on the back written in Uighur and English.

Also included in the collection are two video recordings of a China Marine Reunion Tour of Mainland China recorded in 1990 and a bamboo or wooden Chinese Yo-Yo, known as a diabolo in other cultures.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 5.50 GB digital video

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Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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: Robert B. Jay

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

Processing Information: Christine Hertzel and Tiffney Sanford, 2016

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1]
[Box 2]
[Digital Box 1]
[Flat File Cabinet 4],

Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Catholicism in China and Chinese Traditions, 1974, 1982-1987Save to your list.
Folder 2: China and Marines, 1937-1938, 1980-1994Save to your list.
Folder 3: Hempel Family, 1973-2001Save to your list.
Folder 4: Israel Epstein, 1990, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 5: Rashed's Pictures, Photographic Prints, ca. 1939Save to your list.
Folder 6: Tientsin, Photographic Prints, 1996Save to your list.

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