Finding aids to the collections described below are now available through the Online Archive of California.
R. A. F. Penrose miscellaneous correspondence, 1897–1920
As an American geologist, mining engineer, and businessman, Penrose was a mentor to Herbert Hoover. Penrose’s collection consists primarily of letters from Hoover relating to international mining, World War I Belgian relief, and American politics.
A. Verbouwe collection, 1914–18
This printed material about World War I and the German occupation of Belgium was assembled by the collector A. Verbouwe. It contains underground printed matter issued in German-occupied Belgium and ordinances issued by the occupation authorities.
Paramount Pictures Corporation photograph collection, ca. 1914–43
Collected by the research division of Paramount Pictures, these photographs and other research materials were used in the production of two motion pictures released in 1944: Hitler's Gang depicted the Nazi rise to power in Germany; The Story of Dr. Wassell was set in the Dutch East Indies during World War II.
Harriet Mills McKay papers, 1937–2009
The collection consists of Harriet Mills McKay's diaries, manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs, relating primarily to conditions in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation in World War II. McKay was living in the Philippines with her husband when the Japanese invaded, at which time the McKays went into hiding with guerrillas for nearly two years. The collection includes manuscripts describing similar experiences by McKay's daughter Mary Maynard and another American, Evelyn Burchfield.
Katherine Ream Sobeck papers, 1942–2010
Sobeck was an American civilian internee in the Philippines during World War II. She collected these memoirs, correspondence, printed matter, and photographs relating to the experiences of other American civilians interned during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
Peter Oslin Hefron papers, 1961–2005
The memoir, propaganda leaflets, and photographs in this collection relate to American military activities during the Vietnam War, postwar Vietnam, and monuments in Asia and Europe. As a private in the US Army, Hefron served in the 90th Replacement Battalion from 1969 to 1970; he went on to become a political science professor at Troy State University.
David Nelson Rowe papers, 1931–74
An American political scientist, Rowe served as special assistant to the US ambassador to China from 1941 to 1942. His correspondence, reports, photographs, sound recordings, and other material relate to Chinese history and foreign relations, Asian area studies, Japanese World War II propaganda, application of the People's Republic of China for admission to the United Nations, and communism in Asia.