Contents and Arrangement

Album of Charles Edouard Henri Alexandre Ruas, Tientsin, China, 1918-1919


Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

M. Ruas began 2 identical albums of the Brossard shipyard in Taku, one each for his son and daughter. This album was for his son, Charles Edouard Henri Ruas.

This album is an official archive of the construction of a boat in the Brossard Shipyard. All photos in this album are numbered and dated, beginning with photo #107, 5/12/18 to #174, 8/5/19. The album continues with personal photographs of business and leisure of M. Ruas senior and his enterprises. It portrays colonial life and the scope of his activities. Included are several photos of local places in Tientsin that were researched. The album concludes with the opening of the International Bridge and Charles Ruas junior as a member of the French Concession municipal council.

Includes: a panorama (2 parts, facing pages) of the Brossard Shipyard in Taku 1919, where the boat construction depicted took place; a panorama (continuous) showing multiple boats under construction in the shipyard, 1919; a panorama (continuous, folded) showing the various shipyards of Taku, 1919; a panorama (continuous, folded) of a boat under construction, 1919.


The collection is arranged into five primary file groups: Author and Artist Files; Interviews, Radio, and Television; Photographs; Translations and Writings; and Family Papers and Tianjin History Collection.

Collection History


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2015-2024 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in January 2015. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in January 2015. Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding with new materials in December 2015, November 2016, March 2017, July 2018, March 2020. Description for the Family Papers and Tianjin History Collection series was added by Kelly Bolding in June 2021, based on description provided by Charles Ruas and Joshua Seufert. The 2023 accrual was processed by Amy C. Vo in 2024, with the finding aid updated to reflect this addition.

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Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

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Credit this material:

Album of Charles Edouard Henri Alexandre Ruas, Tientsin, China ; Charles Ruas Papers, C1372, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Selected first editions and inscribed books from Charles Ruas's library are held in the Rare Books Collection.

Audio files containing many of Charles Ruas's recorded interviews can be accessed on the website of Clocktower Productions in Conversations with Writers and Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas.

WBAI Radio (New York, N.Y.)
Ruas family
Howe, Susan, 1937-
Morrison, Toni
Nin, Anaïs.
Young, Marguerite, 1908-1995