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Guide to the Sidney D. Gamble Photographs, 1906-2007

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Abstract

The Sidney D. Gamble collection consists primarily of contact sheets, hand-colored glass slides, 35mm duplicate slides, contact prints, negatives, and other photographic formats documenting Gamble's four visits to China from 1908 to 1932. In total, there are over 5,000 unique images in the collection depicting urban and rural life, economic conditions, public events, agriculture, religious statuary, architecture, and the countryside. In addition to photographs of China, the collection contains a handful of images captured by Gamble from Japan and Korea and images captured by David Gamble in the western United States, circa 1906. Also included are artifacts, audiovisual materials, including moving images captured by Gamble in China from 1926 to 1933, scrapbooks, a small selection of Gamble's personal papers, and records of the Sidney D. Gamble Foundation for China Studies, which relate to the exhibition of Gamble's photographs in China and the United States, 1980s-2000s. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Sidney D. Gamble photographs
Creator
Gamble, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1890-1968
Extent
15.0 linear feet, 11,250 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Material in English and Chinese (Mandarin)

Collection Overview

The collection consists primarily of contact sheets and contact prints, hand-colored glass slides, 35mm duplicate slides, negatives, and other photographic formats documenting Sidney Gamble's four visits to China from 1908 to 1932. In total, there are over 5,000 unique images, which depict urban and rural life, economic conditions, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside.

Other materials in the collection include artifacts; audiovisual materials, including moving images captured by Gamble in China from 1926 to 1933; a small collection of Sidney D. Gamble's personal papers; records of the Sidney D. Gamble Foundation; and printed materials. The Personal Papers series includes biographical information, correspondence, scrapbooks, notebooks, and writings documenting Gamble's travels in China and his study of the country's social life and customs. The Gamble Foundation Records series consists of correspondence, printed materials, and reports documenting the Foundation's curation and exhibition of Gamble's photographs in the United States and China from the 1980s to the 2000s. The rinted Materials series includes Mandarin character drill cards, and Mandarin readers used in Chinese language schools, as well as a thesis describing the origins and evolution of the Princeton in Asia program. In addition to photographs of China, the collection contains a handful of images captured by Sidney Gamble from Japan and Korea, and images captured by his father David Gamble in the western United States around 1906.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. However, nitrate negatives can be consulted only with permission of Curator of Documentary Arts.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Rosewood slide boxes (empty)

These boxes originally housed hand-colored glass slides and include an index to their former contents on the underside of the lid.

Box 1-1a

Audiovisual Material Series, 1926-2004 and undated

2 boxes

Audiovisual materials include footage captured by Gamble in China, 1926-1933; audiocassettes with commentary on the Gamble photographs; CD-Rs and a DVD-R containing image files used in a 2004 exhibition; and later video productions reflecting on Gamble's life and work.

Arrangement note

Materials are arranged by format.

Audiocassettes Subseries, 1980 and undated

[CLOSED: Originals closed to use. No use copies are currently available. Technical Services staff need to produce use copies before contents can be accessed. Please contact Research Services staff before coming to use the collection.]

China Between Revolutions (inaudible), 1980 October 10.
Box 2
Cohen talk, undated
Box 2
Ann comment on video I, II, and III
Box 2
Ann comment on list of photos, slides, photobook, chronology, and video I
Box 2
Ann, March 20 afternoon
Box 2
Images used in 2004 exhibit, Sidney D. Gamble's China, 1917-1932.
(2 CD-Rs, 1 DVD-R)
Box 2

Film and Video Subseries, 1926-1989 and undated

Contains footage captured by Gamble in Tientsin, 1926-1928, 1931; in Peking and Paoting, 1926-1927, 1931; and footage from Miao Feng Shan, 1926-1928, and Shanghai, 1929. The footage was transferred from 16mm film reels to VHS and depicts urban and rural life, focusing on a variety of craftsman and farmers using the tools of their trade. Of interest is footage of martial arts demonstrations, celebrations related to the Mass Education Movement, street parades, and irrigation techniques. Also included are later productions reflecting on Gamble's life and work.

[RESTRICTIONS: Originals closed to use. Some use copies available. Technical Services staff need to produce use copies before contents can be accessed. Please contact Research Services staff before coming to use the collection.]

Originals (CLOSED)
OR1. Pilgrimage to Miao Feng Shan (1940), 1989 [1 inch tape and VHS. TRT 16:34]

Produced by China Institute in America and the Sidney D. Gamble Foundation for China Studies [use digital version: Pilgrimage to Miao Feng Shan or use copy UC1 in Box 3]

Box 2
OR2-4. Footage captured by Gamble in China, 1926-1933 [VHS]
(3 videocassettes)

[Use UC2-4 in Box 3]

Box 2
OR5. The Barrel of a Gun, Show 3, Sidney Gamble Stills, undated [VHS. TRT 38:00]

[No use copy. Please consult research services before coming to use this collection.]

Box 2
OR6. China Between Revolutions: Hand Colored Slides by Sidney D. Gamble (1917-1927), undated [VHS]

Sponsored by the Sidney D. Gamble Foundation for China Studies, written and narrated by Wayne W. J. Xing, and produced by Pallavi Shah. [No use copy. Please consult research services before coming to use this collection.]

Box 2
OR7. Looking Back Over a Century, undated [VHS]

Contains five segments which aired on Beijing TV and CCTV. [No use copy. Please consult research services before coming to use this collection.]

Box 2
Preservation Copies [Not for reference use. Use copies are available.]
PC1 [Format: Betacam. Created 2008]
Box 2
Use Copies
Box 3
UC1 [Format: DVD. Created 2008]
Box 3
UC2-4 [Format: VHS]
Box 3

Sidney D. Gamble Personal Papers, 1920-1991

5 boxes

Personal papers include correspondence and a letterbook documenting Gamble's travels in Asia and Russia; biographical materials; notebooks consisting of lectures notes, supply lists, letter excerpts, and account records; scrapbooks containing reviews of Gamble's Peking: A Social Survey (1921) and other articles related to his travels in China; and various writings and publications by and about Gamble.

Biographical materials, 1921-1970 and undated
Box 4
Biographical notes prepared by Gamble, undated
Box 4
List of photographs taken by Gamble for Ting Hsien, undated
Box 4
List of published works by Gamble and book jacket for North China Villages (1963)
Box 4
The Princeton University Center in Peking and brief curriculum vitae, 1932
Box 4
List of Gamble correspondence, 1918-1965 and undated
Box 4
Letterbook, 1924-1927

Consists of typed form letters from Gamble describing his travels. Topics discussed include war in China, the Chinese New Year, traveling to Russia, economic conditions and communism, family, Chiang Kai-shek, and education in China. Materials are arranged by format.

Box 4
Letters to Uncle Ray and Aunt Persis, 1925-1932; and letters to Catherine Curran from Barbara Armour Garber, 1991
Box 4
Telegrams, handwritten account of Meeting of the Gang in Peking, and a comic newspaper.
Box 4
Photocopies of typed correspondence, 1924-1932
Box 4
Photocopies of handwritten memoir, A Trip to Miao Feng Shan, and circular letters written by Gamble.
Box 4
Notebook, circa 1920-1927

Contains lists of supplies, grocery orders, and other notes related to Gamble's sojourns, notes on the history of the British labor movement and the American Federation of Labor, and notes on trips to London, Prague, and Germany. Also included is a diary, 1920 June 12-July 15, that documents a trip across the United States from New York to California.

Box 5
Notebook, circa 1921-1924

Contains Gamble's notes on suggested programs for the Department of Sociology at Peking University; a wedding trip, 1924; the Jehol trip, 1924; and the Miao Feng Shan trip. Also included are lecture notes, research notes, lists, letter excerpts, and account records, 1924.

Box 5
Notebook, circa 1921-1924

Contains extracts of letters to Gamble concerning his book Peking: A Social Survey, lists tracking receipt and sales of the book, and notes on lectures by Ogburn, Fosdick, Pettit, Harrison, and Carruthers.

Box 6
Notebook, circa 1924-1926

Contains typed and handwritten notes on A Trip to Miao Feng Shan, notes on lectures given by H. Ward, and Chinese history, the Mass Education Movement, and WanPing Hsien.

Box 6
Scrapbook, 1921-1922

Includes clippings of reviews and letters regarding the publication of Peking: A Social Survey.

Box 7
Scrapbook, 1924-1929

Chiefly consists of clippings of newspaper articles related to Gamble's travels in China.

[Clippings photocopied and moved to Oversize Material Series, Folder 1]

Box 8
National Geographic Magazine articles containing Gamble photographs, 1930 and undated
Box 4
Articles related to China, Asia, and photography, 1982-1986

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 4
Eyster, James Parry. A Princetonian in Asia, in the Princeton University Library Chronicle, (Spring 1987)
Box 4
Eyster, Jason. Sidney Gamble's Photos of China (1918-1934), undated
Box 4
Fitch, R. F. Contributed Articles: Northwestern Szechwan, in The Chinese Reader (1918)
Box 4
Forman, Craig I. Bridging Two Cultures, in Princeton Alumni Weekly (January 1981)
Box 4
Gamble, Sidney D.
Book Review: Doctors East, Doctors West: An American Physician's Life in China, in The Far Eastern Quarterly (1946)
Box 4
Criminals in Russia Have Chance to Make Good, in The Emmet County Graphic, undated
Box 4
A Chinese Mutual Savings Society, in The Far Eastern Quarterly (November 1944)
Box 4
Daily Wages of Unskilled Chinese Laborers, 1807-1902, in The Far Eastern Quarterly (November 1943)
Box 4
The Disappearance of Foot-Binding in Tinghsien, in the American Journal of Sociology (September 1943)
Box 4
Educational Advancement in China, in The Emmet County Graphic, undated
Box 4
Four Hundred Chinese Farms, in The Far Eastern Quarterly (August 1945)
Box 4
The Garden of a Manchu Prince, in Princeton Alumni Weekly (March 1933)
Box 4
The Household Accounts of Two Chinese Families (1931)
(2 folders)
Box 4
Hsin Chuang: A Study of Chinese Village Finance, in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (March 1944)
Box 4
Peiping Family Budgets, in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (November 1930)
Box 4
When Students Overthrow a Government, in The Continent (January 1920)
Box 4
Meng, T'ien-p'ei and Sidney D. Gamble. Prices, Wages, and the Standard of Living in Peking, 1900-1924 (1926)
(2 folders)
Box 4
Reynolds, Ella. Glimpses of Koreans and Korean Life undated
Box 4
Notes regarding Peking: A Social Survey, undated
Box 4
Notes on Miao Feng Shan, 1929, 1931 and undated

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 4
Reviews of Peking: A Social Survey, 1921-1922 and undated
Box 4

Sidney D. Gamble Foundation Records, 1919-2006

5 boxes

Records consist chiefly of correspondence, printed material, reports, and photographs documenting the Foundation's curation of the Sidney D. Gamble photograph collection and sponsorship of several exhibitions of Gamble's photographs in the United States and China. Exhibitions included China Between Revolutions (1989-1993), and Turbulent Years: Sidney D. Gamble's Photographs of China (1996-2001). Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Alvin Rosenbaum Projects, Inc.: Research materials for Sidney D. Gamble's China, 1988
Box 9
China Institute in America
Annual report, 1988-1989; and annual review 1990-1992
Box 9
Correspondence related to Gamble photographs exhibit, 1984-1989
Box 9
Curriculum vitae of Nancy Jervis, undated
Box 9
Press release for exhibition, 1989
Box 9
Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.: Correspondence, 1987-1999
Box 9
Hong Kong Museum of History: Requests for prints related to exhibition on Chinese students, 2001-2003
Box 9
Hong Kong Museum of History: The Rise of Modern China: A Century of Self-Determination, exhibition, 1999.
Box 9
Beijing Cultural Development Fund, 1997 and undated
Box 9
Bernard Handzel's digital imaging, 1986, 2002 and undated
Box 9
Bernard Handzel's photographer bills, 1987-2006
Box 9
Bills and receipts, 1986-2001 and undated
Box 9
China Between Revolutions, an exhibition
Columbia Museum of Art, 1991
Box 9
Chinese Culture Foundation, 1992
Box 9
Dane G. Hansen Museum, 1991
Box 9
Dickinson College, 1992
Box 9
Field Museum, Chicago, 1993
Box 9
George Mason University, 1992
(2 folders)
Box 10
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 1992
Box 10
Hub Galleries, Pennsylvania State University, 1991
Box 10
McCune Art Center, 1993
(2 folders)
Box 10
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 1993
Box 10
Newport Art Museum, 1991
Box 10
Presentation House, 1989
Box 10
The Thacher School, 1992
Box 10
University of Cincinnati, 1990

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 10
University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Box 10
Washington State University, 1992
Box 10
Wing Luke Asian Museum, 1990
Box 10
Clippings and correspondence related to exhibition in China, 1998-1999
Box 10
Copyright and certificate for incorporation, 1986-1991
Box 10
Copyright information regarding Sidney D. Gamble's books, 1948-2000 and undated
Box 10
Correspondence related to photograph requests, 1986-2001
(3 folders)
Box 11
Correspondence related to potential film projects, 1988-1992 and undated
Box 11
Correspondence with Frank Fischbeck of Form Asia Boos, 1993-1996
Box 11
Correspondence with the Endeavor Group UK, 1994-1996
Box 11
Exhibition at Changsha Museum in China, 2007

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 11
Exhibition in Singapore, 1994-1998
Box 11
Exhibition in China, 1999-2001 and undated
Box 11
Correspondence related to traveling exhibition in China, 1999-2000
Box 11
Invitation from the University of Science and Technology of China, 2006
Box 11
Life in China around the May 4th Movement, an exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 2001-2004
(2 folders)

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 11
List of exhibitions in the United States and China, 1991; 2006-2007

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 11
List of people invited to China exhibitions, 1999 and undated
Box 11
Magazine and newspaper articles about China Between Revolutions exhibition, 1988-2000 and undated

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 12
Material related to ISBN application for exhibition catalog, 1989
Box 12
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1970-2000 and undated
Box 12
Miscellaneous mail, 2001
Box 12
Miscellaneous materials about China, 1986-1995 and undated
Box 12
Museum bookings and letters to museums about exhibition, 1989-1990
Box 12
Photographs from exhibition in Hefei, Anhui Province, 2006
Box 12
Photographs of exhibitions at unidentified locations
Box 12
Photographs, Following Gamble's Footsteps, 2006
Box 12
Photographs from exhibition at Fujian Museum, 2006
Box 12
Photographs from exhibition at Shanxi Art Museum, 2006 and undated
Box 12
Photographs from exhibition at Shaoxing Museum, 2006
Box 12
Photographs from exhibition at Hohhut, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 2006
Box 12
Proposals and letters from Wayne Xing regarding an exhibition in China, 1993-1997 and undated
Box 12
List of photographs sent to China for exhibition, 1997 and undated
Box 12
Public relations information for exhibitions in China from Paula Webster Public Relations, 1999
Box 12
Requests for books and permission to use Sidney D. Gamble photographs, 1995-2007 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 12
Turbulent Years: Sidney D. Gamble's Photographs of China, an exhibition
Box 13
Chengdu, 2000
Box 13
Chongquing, 2000
Box 13
Guangzhou, 2000
Box 13
Hangzhou, 2000
Box 13
Jinan, 1989-2000
Box 13
Jinhua, 2000
Box 13
Nanjing, 2000
Box 13
Shanghai, 1996-1997 and undated
Box 13
Shenzhen, 2000

[Some items removed to Oversize Material Series]

Box 13
Shijiazhuang, 2000
Box 13
Tianjin, 2001
Box 13
Zhengzhou, 2000
Box 13
W. W. Norton and Company: Correspondence and catalogs, 1989-1991, 1998
Box 13
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA): Photocopies of annual report, 1919; and correspondence, 1925-1926, 1931
Box 13

Photographic Material Series, 1906-1992

24 boxes

Photographic materials in the collection chiefly consist of several formats of the approximately 5,000 images that Gamble captured during his four sojourns in China (1908, 1917-1919, 1924-1927, and 1931-1932) and visits to other locales including Korea, Japan, Russia, Hawaii, and San Francisco. The images document urban and rural life, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside. Gamble used the images to illustrate scholarly publications and in slide lectures. Formats include contact sheets, hand-colored glass slides, duplicate slides (35mm), copy prints, a photograph album (120 contact prints), and nitrate negatives. Also included are print and card indexes to the photographs, and the original negative sleeves (with annotations).

NOTE: The same numbering scheme is applied to contact sheets, negatives, hand-colored glass slides, and duplicate slides in the collection. Identification numbers typically include the roll number and the exposure number (e.g. 54/294), although some materials only bear the exposure number.

Card Index to Photographs

The card index provides access to images by location, name, and subject.

Card index
Box 14

Contact Sheets, 1917-1932

Contact sheets were created by the donor in the 1980s from the original nitrate negatives to serve as a reference tool for the collection. There are typically six images per contact sheet with brief descriptions of each image including the location and subject matter.

Arrangement note

Contact sheets are arranged by roll and exposure number

Photograph/slide subject index, undated
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (1A/1-3A/17)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (4A/18-8A/41)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (8A/42-13A/62)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (13A/63-17A/84)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (17A/85-20A/103)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (20A/104-23A/121)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (23A/122-26A/141)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (27A/142-30A/161)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (30A/162-33A/179)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (33A/180-37A/199)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (37A/200-41A/220)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (41A/221-44A/242)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (45A/243-47A/261)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (48A/262-51A/278)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (51A/279-54A/294)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (55A/295-58A/314)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (58A/315-61A/334)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (61A/335-65A/354)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (65A/355-68A/375)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (69A/376-72A/395)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (72A/396-75A/416)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (75A/417-78A/436)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (79A/437-82A/456)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (82A/457-85A/476)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (85A/477-89A/496)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (89A/477-92A/515)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (92A/516-96/535)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 96/536-99/555)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 99/556-102/574)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 103/575-106/595)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 106/594-110/614)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 110/615-112/631)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 112/632-116/651)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 116/652-118/667)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 118/667A-121/684)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 122/686-125/706)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 126/707-129/726)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 129/727-132/745)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (65A/355-68A/375)
Box 15
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 137/746-136/765)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (136/766-139/782)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (139-783-142/801)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (142/802-145/816)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (145/817-148/832)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (151/850-155/866)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (155/867-158/886)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (158/887-162/905)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (162/905B-164/922)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (168/942-171/961)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (171/962-174/980)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (175/981-178/1000)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (178/1001-182/1919A)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (182/1020-185/1037)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (185/1038-189/1056)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (189/1057-192/1075)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 193/1076-195/1092)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (195/1093-196/1098)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (196/1097-199/1116)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (200/1117-203/1143)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (203/1135-206/1153)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (207/1154-210/1171)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 ( 211/1172-214/1195)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (214/1196-218/1215)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (218/1216-221/1235)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (221/1236-224/1255)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (225/1256-228/1278)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (228/1279-232/1301)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (231/1295-235/1318)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (235/1319-237/1330)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (237/1331-240/1349)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (240/1350-243/1366)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (243/1367-246/1383)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (247/1387-250/1409)
Box 16
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (250/1406-253/1425)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (253/1426-254/1444)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (254/1445-256/1461)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (256/1462-259/1479)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (260/1484-263/1501)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (263/1502-266/1519)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (266/1520-269/1539)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (269/1540-272/1557)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (273/1561-275/1576)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (276/1577-279/1595)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (279/1596-281/1612)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (282/1613-284/1628)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (285/1629-287/1646)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (287/1646-290/1662)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (291/1663-294/1681)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (294/1682-298/1704)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (298/1705-301/1722)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (301/1723-305/1747)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (305/1748-308/1763)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (308/1746-312/1783)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1917-1919 (312/1784-313/1794)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (314/1795-312/1816)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (317/1817-321/1840)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (322/1841-326/1864)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (326/1865-330/1890)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (351/2001-354/2022)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (354/2023-359/2053)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (360/2056-363/2078)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (364/2083-369/2111)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (369/2112-373/2137)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (373/2138-377/2161)
Box 17
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (377/2162-383/2193)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (383/2194-389/2231)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (389/2232-395/2265)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1919, 1924 (395/2266-400/2299)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (400/2300-408/2344)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (408/2345-415/2385)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (415/2386-422/2426)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (422/2427-429/2471)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (430/2472-438/2518)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (438/2519-445/2562)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (445/2563-452/2600)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (452/2601-459/2644)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (459/2645-463/2671)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1924-1925 (464/2672-468/2698)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (468/2699-274/2733)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (474/2734-481/2771)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (481/2771-487/2808)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (487/2809-492/2841)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (493/2842-497/2867)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (497/2868-502/2898)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (502/2899-508/2935)
Box 18
Sojourn, 1925 (508/2936-514/2975)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925 (515/2976-520/3012)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925 (521/3013-523/3030)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925 (524/3032-530/3068)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925 (530/3069-535/3100)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (536/3101-542/3140)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (542/3141-549/3130)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (549/3181-555/3217)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (557/3226-563/3266)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (563/3266-571/3311)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (572/3312-579/3358)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (579/3359-586/3408)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (586/3410-593/3458)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1925-1926 (594/3459-599/3497)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (615/3591-623/3636)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (600/3498-607/3544)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (607/3544-615/3588)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (623/3637-630/3683)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (630/3683-638/3729)
Box 19
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (638/3730-646/3776)
Box 20
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (646/3777-653/3819)
Box 20
Sojourn, 1927, 1931-1932 (654/3840-663/3825)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (1B/1-8B/66)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (8B/67-14B/131)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (14B/132-20B/197)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (20B/198-26B/269)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (26B/266-32B/333)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (32B/334-39B/405)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (39B/406-45B/475)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (45B/476-51B/545)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (51B/546-57B/616)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (51B/617-63B/676)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (63B/677-69B/747)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (69B/748-74B/799)
Box 20
B-Film, 1917-1927 (74B/800-77B/843)
Box 20

Duplicate Prints, 1917-1932

Large (8x10) and small (2x4) photographic prints made for various publications and exhibitions of Gamble's work.

Contact Print Extras
Box 20
Color Transparencies
Box 20
Duplicate Prints (Large)
Box 21
Select Duplicate Prints (Large and Small)
Box 21
Duplicate prints and photocopies
Box 21
Computerized prints
Box 21
Duplicate prints
Box 22

Duplicate Slides (35mm), 1917-1932

Multiple sets of approximately 500 35mm duplicate slides. Each set consists of 13 small individually labeled slide cases. The 35mm slides are duplicates of selected hand-colored glass slides and black and white negatives in the collection. Also included are three small slide cases labeled test extras, containing slides of artwork and other scenes unrelated to the bulk of the collection.

Arrangement note

Duplicate slides are arranged numerically by exposure number. Labels on each case note the exposures in that case. Sets are distinguished by a colored dot marked on each box in that set.

Duplicate slides (35mm)
Box 23-24
China Between Revolutions (1989-1993)
Box 25
Turbulent Years: China Before and After the May 4th Movement (1999)
Box 25
Sidney Gamble's China Revisited (2004)
Box 25
Glass slides: China, 1908-1927

Approximately 600 glass slides, mostly depicting Gamble's travels in China. The bulk of the slides are hand-colored versions of black-and-white images found elsewhere in the collection, but there are also slides featuring charts and graphs that Gamble used in his lectures and presentations on China.

Arrangement note

The original order of the hand-colored glass slides has been preserved. These slides were loosely arranged in alphabetical order by topic. Some slides are labeled with an exposure number and a brief description of the subject matter, while other slides contain no identifiers.

Box 26-34
Glass slides: Western United States, circa 1906

Approximately 50 glass slides belonging to David Gamble, mostly depicting landscapes and other scenes in the Western United States such as: Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Canyon, bears, and waterfalls. Also included are portraits of unidentified women.

Box 35

Microfilm

Microfilm of the Sidney D. Gamble Photographs, 1911-1919, held at Princeton University.

Microfilm
Box 24
Original negative sleeves (with annotations)
Box 36-37
Photograph album, circa 1908

Contains 120 prints, most likely taken during Gamble's 1908 sojourn to China.

Box 38

Printed Material Series, circa 1910s-1996

Includes mandarin character drill cards and Mandarin Readers used in the North China Union Language School, and a 1996 senior thesis on the origins and evolution of the Princeton in Asia program.

Character drill cards, circa 1910s
Box 39
Mandarin Readers, undated
(5 envelopes)
Box 39
Men of Faith, Men of Action: The Origins and Evolution of the Princeton in Asia Program, 1898-1937.

A senior thesis by Andrea Yun-Woei Au, Department of History, Princeton University, 1996.

Box 39
Card index to Sidney Gamble's private library.
Box 39
Preservation photocopies of Scrapbook, 1924-1929
Box 40
Articles related to China, Asia, or photography, 1982-1986
Box 40
Chinese aphorisms with English translations, undated
Box 40
Information and map about educational sessions in Ding county, undated
Box 40
Special editions of newspaper Peking Ching Pao, focusing on Miao Feng Shan, 1925 May 13, 23, and 29
Box 40
Year of the Photograph: Gamble on China; Delano's Bittersweet Harvest, Siteline, Winter 1990
Box 40
Clippings, Shenzhen Evening News, Shenzhen Daily, and Guangzhou Morning Post, 2000 August and undated
Box 40
Windows on the Many Chinese Revolutions, Political and Personal, The New York Times, 2004 July 2
Box 40
Exhibition poster from the University of Cincinnati's Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery, 1990 September 18
Box 40
Magazine and newspaper articles about China Between Revolutions exhibition, 1986-1995
(2 folders)
Box 40
Newspaper articles related to Life in China around the May Fourth Movement, an exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 2003
Box 40
Newspaper publicity related to exhibition at Changsha Museum in China, 2007 March
Box 40
Poster, 1997
Oversize-folder 1

Historical Note

Date Event(s)
1890 Born on July 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to David Berry and Mary Huggins Gamble; grandson of James Gamble, who, with William Proctor, founded Proctor & Gamble in 1837.
1896-1907 Attended Miss Sattler's School and University School on Cincinnati, and Thacher School in Ojai, California.
1908 First sojourn in China. Traveled with parents to Hangzhou by way of Honolulu, Japan, and Korea.
1912 Graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Literature degree; elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
1913-1914 Served as secretary and treasurer of Escondido Land and Town Company, San Diego, California.
1914-1916 Worked part-time for the California State Commission on Immigration and Housing while studying for a Master of Arts degree in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Awarded fellowship in 1915 which involved a six-month residence at the Preston School of Industry in Ione, California.
1916-1917 Taught in the economics department, University of California at Berkeley.
1916-1917 Arrived in China in May for second sojourn. Together with Robert Fitch and J.H. Arthur, traveled up the Yangzi River, from Zheijiang province deep into Sichuan province, taking numerous photographs.
1918 Spring Visited flood relief camps in Tianjin and traveled to Beijing. Traveled with G. Sherwood Eddy to Xiamen, Fuzhou, Ningbo, Hong Kong, and Manila. Joined the international staff of the YMCA in Beijing and became a member of Princeton University Center in China (Princeton Court).
1918 Summer Visited Beidaihe and Bei Niu Ding (Hebei).
1918 Fall Conducted field-work for a social survey of Beijing with John Stewart Burgess while teaching elementary economics and the principles of philanthropic and institutional work at Yenching University.
1919 Spring Visited Baoding and Kaifeng during Spring Festival, and Taishan, Jinan, and Qufu in March.
1919 Summer Worked on survey materials at Beidaihe.
1919 Fall Traveled to Hangzhou.
1919 Winter Returned to Pasadena, California, in December, with negatives of some 2,500 photographs taken during second sojourn.
1921 Published first book, Peking: A Social Survey, with the assistance of J. Stewart Burgess. Traveled as member of a commission headed by G. Sherwood Eddy to study the labor movement in England and relief work in Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.
1922-1923 Prepared for third sojourn in China at New York Union Theological Seminary, New York School of Social Work, and Columbia University.
1924 Spring Married Elizabeth Pritchard Lowe, daughter of Dr. Walter I. Lowe and Catherine Caskey Lowe of Hamilton, New York, on January 18. Arrived in Beijing on March 13 to resume post as secretary of the International Committee of the YMCA. Began studying Chinese at the North China Union Language School and conducting socio-economic surveys of Chinese family life. First trip to Miao Feng Shan in April, a popular pilgrimage site northwest of Beijing.
1924 Fall Traveled to Chengde, Lanxian, Tangshan, And Tianjin.
1925 Spring Traveled to Shanghai in January to meet a commission on social and economic research, and returned to Beijing by way of Qinhuangdao and Tianjin. Second trip to Miao Feng Shan with Arthur W. Hummel, Franklin C.H. Lee, and L. Carrington Goodrich in April.
1925 Fall Taught at Yenching University, Union Medical College, and the American Women's College Club.
1925 Summer Traveled to Japan to join Dr. and Mrs. Lowe, and accompanied them to Beijing, Beidaihe, and Shanhaiguan.
1926 Spring Conducted research on prices, wages, and the standard of living in Beijing. Gamble's first child born on March 21st.
1926 Fall Traveled for three weeks in the Soviet Union with G. Sherwood Eddy and 25 Americans, including brother Dr. Clarence Gamble.
1926 Winter Accompanied wife and daughter back to the United States on November 11, and stayed in Pasadena until early 1927.
1927 Spring Sailed for China on February 26, arriving in Shanghai on March 25; then traveled to Beijing by way of Qingdao and Tianjin. Took film footage of pilgrimage activities on a third trip to Miao Feng Shan in April.
1927 Fall Visited Dingxian where the National Association for the Mass Education Movement, led by Dr. James Yen, was based.
1927 Winter Returned to the United States.
1929 Elected President of Princeton-Yenching Foundation.
1931 Summer Returned to China for fourth and last sojourn, following a second trip to the Soviet Union. Became involved in the administration of Yenching University.
1931 Fall Moved Dingxian to serve as research secretary of the National Association for the Mass Education Movement, and carried out surveys of village life in northern China.
1932 Spring Departed Shanghai for the United States on February 23.
1933 Published How Chinese Families Live in Peiping.
1934-1968 Continued to publish books and articles on aspects of Chinese village and family life. Elected member of the National Council of the YMCA. Became Treasurer, Vice Chairman, Chairman, and President Emeritus of Church World Service; Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation; President and Honorary Chairman of Princeton-in-Asia.
1968 Died in New York on March 29 at the age of 78, survived by his widow and four children; Catherine, Louise, David, and Anne.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Sidney D. Gamble Photographs, 1911-1919 (Princeton University)
  • China Photographs, 1920s (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sidney D. Gamble Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from Catherine Gamble Curran of the Sidney D. Gamble Foundation for China Studies in October 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Marlyse H. MacDonald and Noah Huffman, June 2008

Encoded by Noah Huffman, March 2009

Accessions 2006-0104, 2006-0091, 2007-0174, 2008-0017, 2008-0062, and 2008-0068 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.