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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2799

John Gordon Garrard China after Mao collection


Collection consists of original color slides and ephemera collected by Carol and John Gordon Garrard in China, Hong Kong, and Japan in 1978.


  • Creation: 1972-1978

Language of Materials

Some material in Chinese.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


Copyright in the images represented in color slides found in this collection is held by Harvard University. For permission to reproduce these images, contact the Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, Houghton Library.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)
1.4 Gigabytes (2 CDs)

Collection created by Carol and John Gordon Garrard. Includes a travel diary, color slides, photographs, coins and other miscellaneous objects, maps, posters, printed material, and ephemera associated with China and Japan in 1978. Slides are accompanied by a catalog with thumbnail prints, a separate listing of the shots, and two CDs of the images.

Biographical / Historical

John Gordon Garrard is Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at the University of Arizona.


Collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Color Slides
  2. Ephemera

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2011M-19. Gift of John and Carol Garrard; received: 2011 August 8, October 5 and 2012 April 10 and May 17.

2018M-28. Gift of John and Carol Garrard; received: 2017 September 1.

2019M-24. Gift of John and Carol Garrard, 2018.

2020M-96. Gift of John and Carol Garrard, 2020.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am2799BD

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2011-2018.

Color slide list and most of remaining description prepared by donor.

Processing Information

This collection was revised in 2024 to address euphemistic and potentially harmful descriptive language. During that revision, description was changed in the titles of three items, with an unnecessary adjective that implied judgement from a colonialist lens removed. If you have questions or comments about these revisions, please contact Houghton Library. For more information on reparative archival description at Harvard, see Harvard Library’s Statement on Harmful Language in Archival Description.

Garrard, John Gordon, collector. John Gordon Garrard China after Mao Collection, 1972-1978 (MS Am 2799): Guide.
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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