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Tingfu Tsiang papers, 1942-1965

Summary Information


The Tingfu Tsiang papers contains materials relating to Dr. Tsiang's life and his career as a Representative to the United Nations and an Ambassador to the United States, between 1942 and 1965. Materials included are correspondences, memoranda, press release, documents, statements, and news clippings.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1954
Bib ID 13527773 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Tsiang, Tingfu F. (Tingfu Fuller), 1895-1965
Title Tingfu Tsiang papers, 1942-1965
Physical Description 1.25 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes); 8 Reels (Microfilm (4 reels and 2 copies))
Language(s) Chinese , English .

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



Arranged in original order by material type.


Content Description

The Tingfu Tsiang papers mainly document Dr. Tsiang's diplomatic career as an ambassador in the United States and the United Nations. Materials included in the papers are his personal and official correspondence, memoranda, press release, documents and statements presented at the United Nation, and news clippings relating to his activities as China and then later Taiwan's Ambassador to the U.N. and the U.S., dating from 1942 to 1965. There are also documents related to the Russian interference in the Chinese Civil War, as well as materials about the China Foundation dating from 1962 to 1964, and also general news clippings are articles about him and his visit to Taiwan in 1956.

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); Tingfu Tsiang 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 Tsiang Tingfu's interviews.

Reminiscences of Ting-fu Fuller Tsiang, 蔣廷黻口述回憶錄

Papers of Dr. Tingfu Tsiang, 蔣廷黻资料集; Harvard-Yenching Library.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Statements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Diplomatic and consular service, Taiwan -- United Nations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diplomatic and consular service, Taiwan -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China -- History -- 1912-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education, Higher -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foreign relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meetings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note


Tingfu Fuller Tsiang (Wade Giles: Tsiang, Tingfu; pinyin: Jiang, Tingfu; Chinese: 蔣廷黻) was born in Hunan province, 1895. He began studying abroad in 1911 at the age of 16. In 1914, he studied history at the Oberlin College in Ohio and obtained his B.A. in 1918. In 1919, he began his graduate study at Columbia University and he received his Ph.D in history, 1923. After returning to China, he was a professor at Nankai University then Tsinghua University, where he later became the head of the history department and published numerous works in Chinese and English. In 1935, he left academia and became involved in politics. He was an Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1936 to 1938. In 1945, he served as the Permanent Representative of China to the U.N., and was also the Ambassador to the United States. He died in New York, 1965, at the age of 70.