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Chen Lifu papers, 1926-1989, bulk 1926-1951

Summary Information

Abstract

The Chen Lifu papers mainly document his involvement in Chinese politics during the Republican era, dating from 1926 to 1989, with the bulk dates from 1926 to 1951. The papers consist of correspondence, portrait, meeting documents, reports, plans, speeches, writings, memoir, and printed materials. The papers focus on Chen Lifu's political career as the Head of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Statistics and the Minister of Education, as well as his general involvement in politics dating from 1926 to 1949.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1949
Bib ID 13527744 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chen, Lifu, 1900-2001
Title Chen Lifu papers, 1926-1989, bulk 1926-1951
Physical Description 1.25 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) Chinese .
Access

This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged by material type: incoming correspondence and portrait, political documents, speech and writings, printed materials.

Description

Scope and Contents

The Chen Lifu papers consist of incoming correspondence and portrait, meeting records and policy plans as well as documents of the KMT Central Committee, People's Political Council, and National Assembly relating to his role as the Minister of Education during the Sino-Japanese War, as well as speeches and writings, and printed materials, dating from 1926 to 1989 with the bulk dating from 1926 to 1951. There are also investigative reports about activities during the Northern Expedition, reports about the assassination of Wang Jingwei (汪精衛), and the crime of Ding Mocun (丁默邨) and Li Shiqun (李士群) during the time when he was the Head of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Statistics.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing 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 Lifu papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

Chinese oral history project collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University. Finding Aid. This collection contains administrative information related to the project, including the interviewee files relating to Chen Lifu's interviews.

Reminiscences of Li-fu Ch'en, 陳立夫口述回憶錄. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

Chen Lifu typescript: The storm clouds clear over China: the memoir of Chen Li-fu, 1900-1993. Hoover Institution Archives. Finding aid.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Separated from the Chinese oral history project collection due to the papers' historical and research value and to allow better discovery and access. Processed in September 2018 by Yingwen Huang.

Revision Description

2018-09-30 File created.

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

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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"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
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Agendas (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Autobiographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proposals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resolutions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Guofu, 1892-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China -- History -- 1912-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ji, Yuanpu, 1906-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meetings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wang, Jingwei, 1883-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Writing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang. Zhong yang wei yuan hui Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang. Zhong yang zhi xing wei yuan hui. Diao cha tong ji ju Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhou, Enlai, 1898-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical/Historical

Chen Lifu (pinyin: Chen, Lifu; Wade-Giles: Ch'en, Li-Fu; traditional Chinese: 陳立夫; simplified Chinese: 陈立夫; original name: Zuyan祖燕; courtesy name: Lifu 立夫; other names: Li Rongqing, 李融清, Gu Junming, 辜君明) was born in Zhejiang province, 1900. He received his master degree in mining engineering from the University of Pittsburg in 1925. After returning to China in the same year, he and his older brother, Chen Guofu (陳果夫) held important positions in the KMT under Chiang Kai-shek, who was the sworn blood brother of Chen Lifu's uncle, Chen Qimei (陳其美). In 1926, Chen was Chiang Kai-shek's confidential secretary (機要秘書). In 1928, he was promoted to be the Head of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Statistics (中央執行委員會調查統計局, also known as Zhongtongju, 中統局). From 1938 to 1944, he was the Minister of Education (教育部长) during the Sino-Japanese War and was responsible for the relocation of the major universities in war-torn regions of China as well as advocating for funds and supports in higher education. In addition, Chen Lifu and his older brother were also the prominent figures of the Central Club Clique (also known as the CC Clique; Chinese: CC派 or 中央俱樂部組織), a powerful political faction within the KMT, which was known to represent traditionalist, anti-communist, and anti-Japanese. In 1949, Chen left China for Taiwan and later moved to the U. S. in 1951. In 1966, he returned to Taiwan and lived there until his death in 2001, at the age of 101.