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About the Digital Collections

The Old China Hands Archive was established in the fall of 1996 to preserve and publicize the heritage of the many people from other countries and cultures who have resided and worked in China. As various groups and individuals from all over the globe took up residence in China, they changed China for good or ill, and China unmistakably changed them. Because of the many nations and cultures from which Old China Hands were drawn, and because of the great variety of circumstances, which led to their residence in China, the Old China Hand experience is varied and provides many unusual and valuable insights into the nature of China. An Old China Hand might have been an employee of the government of China, a business person, a missionary, in the maritime or military service, a refugee from Nazi Germany or Communist Russia, a civil administrator, a journalist, an adventurer or drifter, a person benign or wicked. These digital images are selected from the Harold Geidt Photographs, 1946.

To inquire about our holdings of this collection and similar collections please visit the Old China Hands Archive page of the Oviatt Library Special Collections and Archives.

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