Finding aids to the collections described below are now available through the Online Archive of California.
China Defense Supplies records, 1940–47
China Defense Supplies coordinated lend-lease aid to China from the United States in the 1940s. Its correspondence, memoranda, reports, and other records relate to the procurement and shipment of war materials from the United States to China during World War II, military operations in the China-Burma-India theater, and diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Office files of William S. Youngman Jr., president of the company, are included.
William Sterling Youngman papers, 1945–92
In addition to his work with China Defense Supplies, Youngman was involved with the American Volunteer Group, better known as the Flying Tigers, and the company Rio Cathay, S.A., which sought to establish a commercial airline company in China. His papers, which include correspondence, writings, interview transcripts, and printed matter, relate to US military assistance to China during World War II and to US foreign policy in China.
Harry Schmidt papers, 1909–64
During World War II, Harry Schmidt commanded the US Fourth Marine Division during the Marshall Islands campaign and the Battle of Saipan and the Fifth Amphibious Corps during the battles of Tinian and Iwo Jima. His correspondence, orders, printed matter, and photographs relate to the activities of the marines in the war's Pacific theater.
Margaret E. Hill papers, 1940–49
This collection contains printed matter, correspondence, photographs, motion picture film and sound recordings related to fund-raising in Southern California for World War II relief activities. Hill, the executive secretary of the United Nations War Relief Council for Southern California, also worked for several other relief organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Truman Smith papers, 1913–2007
A colonel in the US Army, Smith served as military attaché to Germany in the late 1930s. His papers relate to the German army between World Wars I and II, National Socialism in Germany, US military intelligence activities before and during World War II, and postwar US military policy. They include correspondence, memoirs, diaries, intelligence reports and photographs. The collection also includes papers of his wife, Katharine Alling Hollister Smith.