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   Chen Gongbo papers, 1925-2003 [bulk 1930-1946]

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chen Gongbo Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

This collection includes original correspondence, reproductions, printed materials, and biographical information relating Chinese nationalist politician Chen Gongbo (Chen Gong-Bo, Chen Kung-Po, Ch’en Kung-Po, 陳公博).

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1866
Bib ID:12917575 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Chen, Gongbo, 1892-1946.
Title:Chen Gongbo papers, 1925-2003 [bulk 1930-1946]
Physical description:1 linear foot (2 boxes).
Language(s):English and Chinese .
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The materials are arranged into two series, Series I: Personal Papers, and Series II: Writings.

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Description

Scope and Content

The Chen Gongbo Papers include original correspondence, reproductions, printed materials, and biographical information, collected and organized by his son Kan Chen. The collection details his academic study at Columbia (1923-1924), his governmental work, and his detainment, trial, and execution. The latter includes letters written to Chiang Kai-chek while Chen Gongbo was awaiting trial and execution. More personal materials include the manuscript of his five volume memoir, “Bitter Smile,” poetry, and material relating to his wife Li-cheong Chen (Shun Mi Chen).

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

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); Chen Gongbo Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Materials

Two additional copies of the CD-ROM disk are held by the Starr East Asian Library (DS777.488.C484 A2 2003a ).

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed 02/18/2018 by Kevin Schlottmann

“Bitter Smile” manuscript and "The Communist Movement in China" pamphlet removed from the general Author’s Manuscript Collection and added to this collection (Box 2, Folders 4-6) 02/18/2018 kws

Two copies of a CD-ROM disk, containing a slide show of selected digitized documents from the collection in JPEG format, and bundled with a viewer software called FlipAlbum, removed to the born-digital collection.

Arranged and described in 2003 by Kan Chen, Chen Gongbo’s son. This finding aid is based on his description.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion February 23, 2018 Finding aid written in English.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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MemoirsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Personal papersPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PoetryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Chen, Gongbo, 1892-1946.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Politics and government--1912-1949.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PoliticiansPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Politics--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Statesmen--China--Biography.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Chen Gongbo (Chen Gong-Bo, Chen Kung-Po, Ch’en Kung-Po, 陳公博) was born October 19, 1892 (sometimes incorrectly given as 1890). He studied at Peking National University, graduating in 1920. After a brief period as a journalist, he came to New York and studied at Columbia (1923-1924). His Master’s degree thesis was titled “The Communist Movement in China." A Chinese politician with an extensive resumé both in and outside of government, Chen Gongbo was a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party, but left the CCP to join the leftist faction of the Kuomintang and became a close associate of Wang Jingwei and a vocal critic of Chiang Kai-shek from the mid-1920s onward. He served minister of industry (1932-35) and was a leader in the Japanese-sponsored government in Nanking (1940-1945), serving as the president of the Legislative Yuan, the Mayor of Shanghai, and the member of the Kuomintang Central Executive Committee. Even though Chen did not agree with the Peace Movement and opposed the Sino-Japanese Basic Relations Treaty, Wang’s separation from the Kuomintang and establishment of the Nanjing Nationalist Government, Chen remained with Wang for both pragmatic and personal reasons. After Wang’s death in Japan in 1944, Chen became the second and final premier and chairman of the Nationalist Government. In 1946, he was declared a hanjian (traitor to China) and executed by firing squad in June 1946.

For more information, see the Ch’en Kung-Po entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Republican China (New York:Columbia University Press, 1967)

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