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James E. Boring papers

Identifier: RHC-90

Collection Description

Collection contains the business and personal papers of James Boring, spanning from 1949 to 1986. The business files primarily document Boring's activities as the Director of Ground Transportation Division of Air Asia Company Limited in Taipei, Taiwan in the 1960s and early 1970s. Also included in the collection are personal papers, including documentation of Boring's employment history, moving records, personal correspondence.


  • 1949-1986


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Biographical Note

James E. Boring, son of Lillian I. Boring, was born December 24, 1912 in New York state, and worked as mechanic and machinist. He served in the U.S. Navy as a fire controlman, and was discharged in Shanghai in March 1946 to work with United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). He was assigned to UNRRA Highway Transport as assembly plant manager, and set up the assembly and overhaul of approximately 4,000 vehicles. Following that success, Boring was assigned by UNRRA to the National Agricultural Engineering Corp (NAEC) as Chief of Transportation.

In January 1949, Boring began his employment with Civil Air Transport, as Chief of Ground Transportation Department in Taipei, Taiwan. Boring married Nadia Saharova (b. ca. 1922, Shanghai, China) in 1953. Boring was transferred to the Air Asia Company Limited as Director of the Ground Transportation Division, when it split from Civil Air Transport in 1955. He remained employed there until 1973, when he and his family returned to the United States. James Boring died September 26, 1982 and was survived by his wife and son, Frank Boring.


0.85 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1) Business files, and 2) Personal papers.



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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States