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Chiu Chang-Wei correspondence, 1949-1950

Summary Information


The Chiu Chang-wei correspondence consists of outgoing and incoming letters and telegrams from and to Chiu when he was the Secretary of the President serving under the Acting President, Li Zongren, from 1949 to 1950. Other materials also include newspaper clippings and memoranda.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1863
Bib ID 12916681 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chiu, Chang-Wei
Title Chiu Chang-Wei correspondence, 1949-1950
Physical Description 0.2 linear feet (4 folders in 1 manuscript box)
Language(s) Chinese .

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The Chiu Chang-Wei correspondence consists of outgoing correspondence and telegrams drafts by Chiu and incoming correspondence relating to the Acting President of the Republic of China, Li Zongren, dating from 1949 to 1950 and the move of the Chinese Republican government to Taiwan.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chiu Chang-Wei correspondence; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

Li Zongren papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library. Finding aid.

Reminiscences of Tsung-jen Li : oral history, 1961, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library. CLIO record.

Reminiscences of Tsung-jen Li, 李宗仁口述回憶錄, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers appraised Chengzhi Wang, 2005. Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative. Processed September 2018 by Yingwen Huang.

Revision Description

2018-09-07 File created.

2018-09-17 EAD finding aid updated.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Politics and government Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chiu, Chang-Wei Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kuomintang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Zongren, 1891-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taiwan -- Politics and government -- 1912-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Chiu Chang-wei (pinyin: Qiu, Changwei; Wade-Giles: Chiu, Chung-wei, Chiu, Chang-wei; Chinese: 邱昌渭; courtesy name: Yiwu, 毅吾) was born in Hunan, 1898. He attended Changsha Yali High School (長沙雅禮中學). He began studied abroad and obtained his B. A. from Pomena College in 1923. He later received his M.A. in political science in 1924 and Ph.D in philosophy from Columbia University in 1928. After returning to China, he was the departmental head of political science at the Peking University and also taught at the Northwest University, Tsinghua University, and the Sun Yat-sen University. In 1932, he served as the Chief Secretary of Intelligence at the Nanking headquarter (國民政府外交部情報司司長) responsible for the promotion of communication and cultural activities. In 1936, he became the Director of the Guangxi Education Department (廣西省政府委員兼教育廳廳長) and later the Head of Guangxi provincial Civil Administration (廣西省政府民政廳廳長) in 1939. In 1942, he was the Deputy Secretary General of the Central Design Bureau (中央設計局副秘書長), the Representative at the People's Fourth National Council (國民參政會參政員) in 1945, and the committee member of the Legislative Yuan (立法院立法委員) in 1948. From 1949 to 1950, he was the Presidential Secretary (總統府秘書長) of Li Zongren. Chiu died in 1956 at the age of 58.

Li Zongren (Wade-Giles: Li, Tsung-jen; Chinese: 李宗仁; courtesy name Delin, 德鄰; born: August 13, 1890 - death: January 30, 1969) was a prominent Guangxi warlord and Kuomintang (KMT) military commander during the Northern Expedition, Second Sino-Japanese War and Chinese Civil War. He served as the Vice-President (1948) and the Acting President of the Republic of China under the 1947 Chinese Constitution from 1949 to 1950.