John B. Appleton (1891-1953) was a geographer and intelligence analyst. He traveled and researched in China, Japan and Korea in 1934-1936.The collection documents Appleton's travels in China, Japan, Korea and Manchuria in the 1930s including his passage through Oahu, Aden Port Said, Malta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The primary subject matter is the monuments of China and Japan, the landscapes and agriculture, and the lives of the workers. Aspects of rice, soybean and tea cultivation are captured, as are silkworm cultivation and silk processing; coal mining; and steel processing.
Bailey Millard (1859-1941) was a printer, journalist and publisher who published works by upcoming authors like Jack London and Joaquin Miller. The collection includes correspondence, an autobiography, a biography of Edwin Markham, two albums of Oregon life in the 1880s-1890s, and eight images of literary figures including Jack London, Frank Norris, Edwin Markham, David Graham Phillips, and Robert Louis Stevenson.