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

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

Call No.: MS#1952
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 0.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box (10 microfilm reels); 1 half manuscript box)
Language(s) Chinese , English .
Other Finding Aids

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

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in original order.

Description

Content Description

The H. H. Kung papers contain an estimate of 21 items in paper format and 10 reels of microfilms in 2 manuscript boxes 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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Other Finding Aids

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

Conditions Governing Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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); 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.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Chinese oral history project by H. H. Kung between 1958 and 1961 during interview with Julie How. Materials later microfilmed with Dr. Kung's permission. Transfer from the East Asian InstituteChinese oral history project collection in 1980.

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

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Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China. Xing zheng yuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Han, Fuju, 1890-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
He, Yingqin, 1890-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Money -- China -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Song, Zheyuan, -1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Yan, Xishan, 1883-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yang, Hucheng, 1893-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhang, Xueliang, 1901-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical/Historical

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 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 New York in 1948, where he resided till his death in 1967.

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H. H. Kung papers, 1936-1958



Box 1 Folder 1 Xi'an Incident announcement and writings, 西安事件與戡亂, 西安事件本末, 1936, 1953


Box 1 Folder 2 Development of agricultural and animal husbandary documents, 規定林業建設時期並設立模範墾區以謀林業事業之發展案, 發展畜牧事業案, circa 1937


Box 1 Folder 3 Sino-Japanese War intelligence report by Wang Yusheng (4 items), 王芃生情報報告 (4份), circa 1937


Box 1 Folder 4 Letter from H. H. Kung to Chiang Kai-shek (photocopy), circa 1938


Box 1 Folder 5 60th birthday tribute written in calligraphy by Chiang Kai-shek to H. H. Kung (copy), 1941


Box 1 Folder 6 60th birthday tribute written in calligraphy by various Republican figures to H. H. Kung (copy), 1941


Box 1 Folder 7 Political documents, 國家總動員設計委員會組織大綱, 國防最高委員會第十七次常務會議決議案, circa 1937, 1940


Box 1 Folder 8 China-US Loan agreement, handwritten copy, 中美五萬萬元美金借款協定正本譯文抄件, circa 1942


Box 1 Folder 9 China-US Loan resolutions, handwritten copy, 關於清算美軍墊欽一案抄本, 1944


Box 1 Folder 10 A General Survey of the Financial Administration of the Republic of China, circa 1944


Box 1 Folder 11 Truth about US aid to China after victory over Japan day, 1947


Box 1 Folder 12 Correspondence, 1950, 1956


Box 1 Folder 13 Oberlin Shansi Fiftieth Anniversary, 1958


Box 1 Folder 14 Index to microfilmed materials, 1958



Box 2 Reel 1 Microfilm Reel 1: Xi'an Incident files, 西安事件, 1936-1937

More than 600 telegrams originals, copies, or drafts dating from December 12 onward between Dr. Kung and Zhang Xueliang (張學良), Yang Hucheng (楊虎城), Song Zheyuan (宋哲元), Yan Xishan (閻錫山), Han Fuju (韓復榘), He Yingqin (何應欽), and other important Chinese political or military figures at the time. Some are copies of communications between them, or are circular telegrams from regional leader such as the Guangxi clique or from elder statesmen.


Box 2 Reel 2 Microfilm Reel 2: Documents on foreign diplomacy, Executive Yuan, KMT Central Standing Committee meeting records, CEC Plenums, 外交, 行政院, 中央執行委員會會議紀錄, 1936-1944

Telegrams to and from Chinese diplomatic missions abroad, records of Dr. Kung's conversation with foreign diplomats in Nanking, as well as his activities, letters, reports, and his resolutions on the Xi'an Incident. There are also telegrams from Chinese diplomats abroad to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to Dr. Kung dating from 1936 to 1944; three work reports of the Executive Yuan between 1938 and 1939 and meeting records from 1941 and 1943; records of three meetings of the KMT Central Standing Committee in November 1939 and resolutions proposed by Dr. Kung to the CEC Plenums from November 1938 to December 1941.


Box 2 Reel 3 Microfilm Reel 3: Intelligence reports, correspondence and documents relating to the developments in various province, 情報報告和省份發展文件, 1933-1938

Documents relating to the developments in some province: Fujian from 1934 to 1935, Jiangxi in 1933 and 1938, and undated reports and letters on Anhui, Gansu, Qinghai, and Ningxia. 省份發展的文件: 福建1934年至1935年, 江西1933年和1938年,有關安徽, 甘肅, 青海, 寧夏未註明日期的報告和信件.


H. H. Kung's Chronological Records of Events, 孔祥熙大事記

Prepared by the Ministry of Finance.


Box 2 Reel 4 Microfilm Reel 4, 1938


Box 2 Reel 5 Microfilm Reel 5, 1939


Box 2 Reel 6 Microfilm Reel 6, 1940


Box 2 Reel 7 Microfilm Reel 7, 1941


Box 2 Reel 8 Microfilm Reel 8, 1942


Box 2 Reel 9 Microfilm Reel 9, 1943


Box 2 Reel 10 Microfilm Reel 10, 1943