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Bock Ark papers

Abstract

Title:
Bock Ark papers
Author/Creator:
Bock Ark
Collection number:
75-1
Size:
1.00 linear foot, 15 memorabilia items, and 24 photographic prints
Bulk dates:
1938-1969
Inclusive dates:
1938-1972
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The papers of Chinese immigrant Bock Ark (1896-1974), a Baltimore restauranteur and active member of the Chinese community, relate to Chinese-American activities in Baltimore and on the East Coast. Subjects include immigration laws, refugee relief, World War II, child welfare, the New Life movement, emergency army training, and Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-Chek. Also included are materials concerning Bock's wife, Sue Bock, who was president of the Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Bock Ark papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1698
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Bock Ark was born August 27, 1896 in Toisan, China and came to the United States in 1911. He lived with an uncle who had a laundry in Baltimore, Maryland. While attending Sunday School at Grace and St. Peter's Church he worked in his uncle's laundry. He went back to China in 1920 and married there in 1921. He returned to Baltimore and started a restaurant during World War I at 208 W. Fayette Street. During the depression Mr. Bock closed the restaurant and managed a laundry until 1937.

He became involved in Chinese-American organizations in 1937, becoming president of the Consolidated Chinese Association of Baltimore in 1938. He was also a leader of the Chinese Benevolent Society, Secretary of the Chinese Merchant's Association, and representative of the Chungking Government. In 1944, he started Chunking Restaurant and continued until 1960. He was a prominent figure in Baltimore Chinese affairs and a business leader of the local Chinese community.

His wife, Mrs. Sue Bock, was the president of the Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore and was also active in other Chinese women's associations.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bock Ark papers cover the period from 1938 to 1969.

Important subjects covered in this collection include child welfare, war funds, refugee relief, the New Life movement, foreign exchanges, medical aid, Madame Chang Kai Shek, war bond drives, the movement against Japan, the productive relief fund, contributions, war orphans, emergency army training, Refugee Relief Act, communism, immigration law, the Revolution of March 29, 1910, Chinese history, and linen cloth.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Mrs. Bock Ark deposited the Bock Ark papers with the University of Maryland Libraries in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by HJW, April 22, 1975. Revised by Caitlin Wells, July 6, 2011.

Processing note:

One folder of photographs from the Biographical Print Files was reintegrated back into the collection on July 6, 2011.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine.

Arrangement of Collection

Organized as three series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Bock Ark, 1938 to 1969 (1.00 linear foot)

There is one series in which folders are arranged alphabetically by organizations and subjects.

Important subjects covered in this collection include child welfare, war funds, refugee relief, the New Life movement, foreign exchanges, medical aid, Madame Chang Kai Shek, war bond drives, the movement against Japan, the productive relief fund, contributions, war orphans, emergency army training, Refugee Relief Act, communism, immigration law, the Revolution of March 29, 1910, Chinese history, and linen cloth.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chinese History -- Chronicles, 1910-1939 series 1box 1folder 1
Chinese History -- Heroes of March 29, 1910 Revolution, 1910-1939 series 1box 1folder 2
Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore -- Contributions -- and Thank You notes for contributions, undated series 1box 1folder 4
Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore -- List of contributions by association, undated series 1box 1folder 5
Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore -- Financial records, 1941-1945 series 1box 1folder 6
Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore -- Official letters and notices -- From: the Treasury Department Headquarters in Chungking, 1940-1955 series 1box 1folder 7
Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore -- Official letters and notices -- Chinese government. Madame Chang. Ta:sun County Government., 1940-1955 series 1box 1folder 8
Chinese Women's New Life Movement Association, undated series 1box 1folder 9
Chungking Restaurant -- Menu, undated series 1box 1folder 10
Federation of Overseas Chinese Association -- Statement of Anti-Communist Conference of Overseas Chinese in The Americas, 1954-1963 series 1box 1folder 11
Federation of Overseas Chinese Association -- Official notes for anniversary of the Memorial Day, International Women's Day, 1954-1963 series 1box 1folder 12
Federation of Overseas Chinese Association -- Certificates, 1954-1963 series 1box 1folder 13
Goodwill Mission of Chinese Anti-Communists -- Five Chinese anti-communists returnees from Korea, 1954 series 1box 1folder 14
Goodwill Mission of Chinese Anti-Communists -- New York's Rally against Communists, 1954 series 1box 1folder 15
Kuo Min Tang of China in America -- List of Representatives -- certificates, 1964-1970 series 1box 1folder 16
Kwang Tung Sheng Government -- Certificates, 1942 series 1box 1folder 17
Miscellaneous -- Invitation cards, undated series 1box 1folder 18
Miscellaneous -- Receipts of contributions to child welfare and refugee relief, undated series 1box 1folder 19
Miscellaneous -- Post card. New Year card., undated series 1box 1folder 20
National Chinese Welfare Council -- Includes: Rules of the Council, meeting reports, proceedings of national conference, list of members, schedules of meeting, financial reports, resolution of immigration law, New York chapter notices, 1963-67 series 1box 1folder 21
Conference of Chinese Communities in America -- Proceedings, resolutions on Immigration and Refugee Relief Act. -- resolutions of, 1957 series 1box 1folder 22
Scrapbook, undated series 1box 1folder 23
Photo Album, undated series 1box 2folder 1

Series 2: Memorabilia, 1945-1972 (15 items)

This series consists of name tags, rubber stamps, badges, and pins from Chinese organizations in Baltimore, Maryland. These items are located in the Memorabilia collection, memorabilia items 328-343.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Memorabilia series 2box 1folder 1
Name Tags. cardboard, 3 1/2" x 2", undated series 2box 1folder 1item 328
Name Tags. metal pin on 1 1/8"x2 1/8", undated series 2box 1folder 1item 329
Stamps, rubber. Chinese Women's Association of Baltimore, undated series 2box 1folder 1item 330
Stamps, rubber. Chinese Women's New Life Movement Association of Baltimore, undated series 2box 1folder 1item 331
Badges. On Leong Chinese Merchants Association. Convention of Leong, Cleveland, 1948 series 2box 1folder 1item 332
Badges. On Leong Chinese Merchants Association. 45th Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO, 1949 series 2box 1folder 1item 333
Badges. On Leong Chinese Merchants Association. Dedication and opening of building, 1951 series 2box 1folder 1item 334
Badges. On Leong Chinese Merchants Association. 49th Annual Convention, Baltimore, 1953 series 2box 1folder 1item 335
Badges. On Leong Chinese Merchants Association. Dedication and opening of building, Boston, MA, 1957 series 2box 1folder 1item 336
Badges. Metal shield, 2"x2 1/2" special police officer, Baltimore, 1774, undated series 2box 1folder 1item 337
Pins. Anti-communist chinese heroes, 1972 series 2box 1folder 1item 338
Pins. Sun Yatt Sen 100th Anniversary, 1972 series 2box 1folder 1item 339
Pins. Chinese boys' newspaper [62], 1972 series 2box 1folder 1item 340
Pins. V for Victory pin, American and Chinese flags, 1972 series 2box 1folder 1item 341
Pins. Circular pin with Chinese flag, 1972 series 2box 1folder 1item 342
Sticker. Red Cross sticker, 4"x4", 1945 series 2box 1folder 1item 343

Series 3: Photographs, Late 1930s (24 prints)

The Photograph series includes 24 black and white prints. Prints include depictions of wounded soldiers; embroidered flags; celebrations of Women's Day in Chungking; children in an orphanage; young and old in a production line making shoes for soldiers; Madam Chiang Kai-Shek giving speeches and receiving awards; the three Sung sisters inspecting hospitals and orphanages; Hilda Yen in pilots uniform circa 1938; people working in the spinning industry; Kuang Ping-chun inspecting and orphanage; female members of the New Life movement; artwork by female New Life members; members of the executive training class of the New Life movement; and an orphanage after Japanese bombardment of Chungking in 1938.

This series has been transferred to the Photograph collection. Photographs that were previously removed to the Biographical Print Files have been reintegrated into the collection.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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