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James D. Hinchliff collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 10.0086

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to U.S. Army Major James D. Hinchliff who served with the 76th Division Artillery and Field Artillery Training Center (F.A.T.C.) in Kunming, China. He attained the rank of Major in the U.S. Army during his service in China from 1943-1945.  This collection contains two scrapbooks of Hinchliff, which include rich materials of his experiences during WWII in the China Burma India Theater. Those materials include photographs, maps, order books, newspaper cuts, letters, postcards, and artifacts. The materials in the scrapbooks were carefully arranged, and annotated by Hinchliff. Most of the materials of this collection relate to China and training the Chinese Nationalists. Hinchliff also includes many photographs he took during his trips to India.


  • Created: 1942-1978
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/08/2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

James D. Hinchliff was born on July 4, 1915, in New Haven, CT.  He earned a BA from Yale University (1938) and an MBA from Harvard University (1940). During WWII, Hinchliff served with the 76th Division Artillery and Field Artillery Training Center (F.A.T.C.) in Kunming, China. In 1942, he was ordered to work in the C.B.I. theater and leave the 76th Division Artillery as a 1st Lt. He took the "Ile de France" ship to Bombay, India, then drove by car to Ramgarh, Assam, and took a flight to Kunming, China. In China, Hinchliff was appointed as a captain teaching officer of artillery for Chinese military officers as well as a 2nd Class quartermaster. He attained the rank of Major in the U.S. Army during his service in China, 1943-1945.

After the war, Hinchliff spent many years employed with the Northern Trust Company, where he was a Senior Vice President. He also served on the boards of a number of Chicago organizations, including the Ravinia Festival, the Luther I. Replogle Foundation, the Girl Scouts, and the Chicago Tennis Patrons. Upon retirement in 1978, Hinchliff moved to Tequesta, Florida, where he served as president of the Tequesta Country Club and the Turtle Creek Condominium Association. He passed away on April 18, 2009.


6.00 items

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Elizabeth Hinchliff

Method of Acquisition


James D. Hinchliff collection
Huaqing Shi
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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