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   H. H. Kung papers, 1936-1958 bulk 1936-1944

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); H.H. Kung papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The H. H. Kung papers document Dr. Kung’s political career from 1936 to 1944. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence and political documents during the time when he was serving as the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank of China, and the Vice Premier of the Executive Yuan. Materials in the collection include correspondence, writings, speeches, documents, reports, and telegrams relating to the Xi’an Incident, Sino-Japanese War, financial situation in China during the war year, his involvement in foreign diplomacy, Executive Yuan, the KMT Central committee, etc.

At a Glance

Bib ID:13527768 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Kung, H. H. (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967
Title:H. H. Kung papers, 1936-1958 bulk 1936-1944
Physical description:0.2 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box; 10 microfilm reels)
Language(s):In Chinese. in English.
Access: The following microfilms are located off-site: Reel 1-10. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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

Arranged in original order.

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Description

Scope and Content

The H. H. Kung papers contain an estimate of 21 items in paper format and 10 reels of microfilms consist of correspondence, political documents, and chronological event records. The items in paper format consist of correspondence, reports, poems, documents related to various topics such as the Xi’an Incident, agricultural development in China, Sino-Japanese War, loan agreements, and financial matters, etc. Materials in microfilm are correspondence and files relating to the Xi’an Incident, documents on foreign diplomacy, Executive Yuan, KMT Central Standing Committee meeting and plenums, intelligence reports, correspondence and documents relating to the developments in some province such as Fujian, Jiangxi, Anhui, Gansu, Qinghai, and Ningxia. There are also seven reels of chronological records of events prepared by the Ministry of Finance documenting the events of H. H. Kung when he was the Premier and the Vice Premier of the Executive Yuan during the Sino-Japanese War, dating from 1938 to 1943.

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following microfilms are located off-site: Reel 1-10. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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); H.H. Kung 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 H. H. Kung's interviews.

Reminiscences of H. H. Kung, 孔祥熙口述回憶錄.

H. H. Kung papers, 1917-1949, Hoover Institution Archives.Finding aid.

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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

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.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion September 30, 2018 Finding aid written in English.
    2018-09-30 File created.

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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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AnnouncementsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
CorrespondencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
DocumentsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MicrofilmsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ReportsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
SpeechesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
TelegramsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
CalligraphyPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China,--Xing zheng yuanPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Economic conditionsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Economic policyPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Foreign relations--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--History--1928-1937PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--History--Xi'an Incident, 1936PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Politics and governmentPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Politics and government--1912-1949PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Politics and government--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Economic development--China--20th centuryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Finance, Public--ChinaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Finance, Public--China--HistoryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Han, Fuju, 1890-1938PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
He, Yingqin, 1890-1987PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Money--China--HistoryPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
PoemsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945--Economic aspectsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Song, Zheyuan, -1940PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Statesmen--ChinaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
WritingPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Yan, Xishan, 1883-1960PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Yang, Hucheng, 1893-1949PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zhang, Xueliang, 1901-2001PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dangPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

H. H. Kung (pinyin: Kong, Xiangxi; Wade-Giles: Kung, Hsiang-hsi, Kung, H. H.; Chinese: 孔祥熙; courtesy name: Yongzhi, 庸之) was born in Shanxi province, 1881. He was a prominent banker and a politician in the early 20th century. He received his B.A from Oberlin College in 1906 and his master’s degree in economics from Yale University in 1907. After returning to China, he supported Yan Xishan (閻錫山) to overthrow the Qing imperial government in Shanxi. He married Soong Ailing in 1914. In 1928, he served as the Minister of Industry and Commerce and then later elected to the KMT Central Executive Committee and served from 1929 to 1932. He later served as the commissioner to Europe and assigned to secure foreign aid for China. After returning to China in 1933, he served as the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the Central Bank of China, and the Vice Premier (and Premier from 1938 to 1939) of the Executive Yuan until 1945. In 1944, he resigned from his positions. He later moved to the New York in 1948, where he resided till his death in 1967.

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