Extent: 4.73 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1928-1932
William (Bill) Gaddis was born in Berkeley, California in 1920. Gaddis was about ten years old when his father, a Captain in the United States Navy, was posted to command a ship on the China Station. He spent two years in Shanghai and Manila with his mother and sister while his father was at sea. While in Manila, Gaddis attended the American School and participated in local theater. During his travels he collected a number of playbills, menus, business cards, and maps which he organized into scrapbooks.
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Scope and Contents: This collection consists of playbills, menus, business cards, maps, and travel documents from William Gaddis's travels in Shanghai, Nanking, Japan, and the Philipines during the late 1920s to the early 1930s. Also included in the collection is a scrapbook of photographs given to Gaddis by his father of various locations in Asia in the early 1930s, a scrapbook compiled by Gaddis of his life in the San Francisco area in the late 1930s, and two binders from Gaddis' time in middle school.