Established in the late 1860s, the Shanghai Municipal Council (SMC) was the official governing body of the Shanghai International Settlement established after the merger of British and American settlements. Among the SMC administrative departments were the police, fire control, public health, and public works, controlling a large proportion of the settlement's businesses such as gas, water and power supply, rickshaws, and tramways. On top of that, the SMC also maintained a multinational volunteer force, the Shanghai Volunteer Corps (SVC) between 1853 and 1942. It needs to be noted that the SMC was formed based on the votes of ratepayers in the settlement. In other words, the actual power of the SMC rested with the ratepayers. This collection consists of the SMC annual reports and budgets compiled between 1867 and 1941; reports and documents produced by SMC departments such as fire control, police, public works, and public health; minutes of Shanghai land renters and ratepayers meetings held from 1868 to 1893; and two illustrated pamphlets on the SVC history, personnel, and events
Correspondence, writings, clippings, and photographs, relating to political and military events in the Far East, especially in China during the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945. Includes photographs of the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1937.
Includes records produced by the Sino-Judaic Institute, as well as other Jewish communal organizations in China, especially in Shanghai. Material includes correspondence, minutes, reports, publications, personal identification documents, financial reports, annual meeting documentation, bylaws, printed matter, and photographs. Also includes writings, memoirs, and other personal papers belonging to Russian, Polish, and other European Jews in China.
Memoirs, letters, clippings, reviews, pictorial book, certificates, identification documents, printed matter, photographs, video tapes, and miscellany, relating to the Russian Jewish community in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s. Video use copies of selected items also available.
Photographs, motion picture film, video tape, maps, letters, printed matter, miscellany, and memorabilia, relating to social conditions and the European community in Shanghai from the 1910s through the 1940s. Includes printed copies of writings by G. Spunt.
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, press releases, press summaries, radio broadcast scripts, propaganda leaflets, studies, newsletters, financial records, printed matter, sound recordings, and photographs, relating to Shanghai American School and activities of its former students in the Shanghai American School Association; American psychological warfare activities during the Korean War, especially in radio broadcasting to North Korea and in management of prisoners of war; and post-World War II American administration of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, and their reversion to Japan in 1972. Sound use copies of sound recordings available.