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Bucklin, Harold Stephen, 1886-1967
Bucklin Family Experience in
8.5 linear feet (13 boxes)
While in Shanghai in 1923,
Bucklin produced large format photographs of pre-Revolutionary China using a Graflex
camera. The collection consists of three
albums containing 1,000 black and white photographs, all of which have captions.
SERIES I. Photograph Albums SERIES II. Material Related to Trip
A. Diary and Printed Material
Scope and Content Note
While in Shanghai in 1923, Bucklin produced large format photographs of
pre-Revolutionary China using a Graflex camera. The collection consists of three
albums containing 1,000 black and white photographs, all of which have captions. The
albums include approximately 298 postcards to supplement the documentation of the
trip. The collection also includes Hazel Bucklin's diary, ephemera collected by the
family, printed copies of Harold Bucklin's lectures, publications from Shanghai
College and negatives and transparencies for all the photographs contained in the
albums. The collection has been organized into two series.
Series I. Photograph Albums contains the albums
described above, negatives, and photocopies of the albums. The material originally
located in boxes 7, 8, and 9 was combined into Box 7, so there are only 11 boxes in
the collection, although they are numbered 1 through 13.
Series II. Material Related to the Trip contains some
printed material, Hazel's diary, two yearbooks, ephemera, and more. The ephemera is
arranged in alphabetical order.
Harold Stephen Bucklin (1886-1967) was born in Pawtucket,
Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University in 1910. While he was an
undergraduate, he also served as Principal of the Evening Grammar School in
Pawtucket from 1908 to 1910. From 1910 to 1913 he taught school in Ironwood,
Michigan. While a graduate student at the New York School of Social Work, he was
both a resident and Playground Director of the Henry Street Settlement; he earned a
Master of Arts degree in 1915. He returned to Brown University as an Instructor in
Social Science in 1915; he earned his Ph.D. degree in 1918.
In 1920, he married Hazel D. Hartwell (1898-1962). They had four children
(Donald, John, Mary and Ruth). In 1923, while an Assistant Professor of Sociology at
Brown University, Harold traveled to Shanghai with his wife, Hazel, and their
two-year-old son, Donald, to serve as a Visiting Professor of Sociology at Shanghai
College for one year. As part of the program, he directed a social settlement center
and helped college students conduct a survey of a Chinese village.
Bucklin specialized in social problems, surveys, and social legislation. He was
involved with many of the social institutions in Rhode Island; he served as chairman
of the Americanization Commission in 1919; he was as a member of the Children's Law
Commission in 1926; and he served on the Juvenile Court Commission in 1938. In 1922,
Bucklin published a series of articles surveying the institutions dealing with
disadvantaged children. At Brown, he was promoted to Associate Professor of
Sociology in 1929, and became a full Professor in 1949. In 1946, Bucklin was the
Chairman of Sociology within the Department of Political Science and Sociology. From
1947 to 1948 he served as the Chairman of the separate Department of Sociology. He
retired in 1951. He died on September 29, 1967, while visiting his daughter in
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
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Bucklin, Harold Stephen, 1886-1967
Bucklin, Hazel Hartwell, 1898-1962
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
Bucklin Family Experience in China, MSS 392, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
This material was donated by Donald H. and Hope C. Bucklin (acc # 2008.009).
Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, April 2009.
While in Shanghai in 1923, Bucklin produced large format photographs of pre-Revolutionary China using a Graflex camera. The collection consists of three albums containing 1,000 black and white photographs, all of which have captions.
Photographs; Bucklin, Harold Stephen, 1886-1967; Bucklin, Hazel Hartwell, 1898-1962; Bucklin, Donald; Photography--1920-1930; Photography, China
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.