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At a Glance
Selected items cataloged; remainder arranged as follows. Box 1: Cataloged correspondence & Alphabetical file, C-H; Box 2: Alphabetical file, I-S; Box 3: Columbia University files, 1928-1943; Box 4-7: Arranged correspondence; Box 8-15: Subject files; Box 16-22: Manuscripts; Box 22: Slides & photographs; Box 23: Family memorabilia.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, notes, notecards, journals, diaries, photographs, slides, memorabilia and printed materials documenting Goodrich's career in the field of Chinese language and history, as well as materials on the cultural affairs of twentieth century China. Among the cataloged correspondence are Joseph Alsop, Pearl S. Buck, Norman Cousins, Philip C. Jessup, H.H. Kung, Owen Lattimore, and Nathan Pusey. Part of the collection is arranged in Goodrich's alphabetical subject/name file and the remainder is arranged alphabetically. The correspondence is from colleagues, students, business associates, friends, etc. The subject files are on a variety of topics concerning China, the Far East, printing, medicine, the arts, and technology; material on the Chinese Civil Service Examination; associations, schools, foundations, missions and their work in the Far East.
The manuscript files include notes on topics, books read, lectures attended; articles, book reviews, comments and criticism; book introductions and revisions. The biographical material includes family histories and recollections by others; journals, diaries and travel experiences; collection of business cards of associates, phone book and family memorabilia including a hymnal from China, Chauncey Goodrich's Chinese/English dictionary and photographs. There are also slides and photographs of views of China, Chinese art objects in various collections throughout the world and various unidentified persons. Also included is a 2,000 item card file containing name and subject entries for (most probably) A Short History of the Chinese People. One box is devoted to Columbia University files, 1928-1943, regarding academic, scholarly, cirricular and administrative matters.
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-23. 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.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Luther Carrington Goodrich papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Alternate Form Available
Pearl S. Buck letters are on: microfilm.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Correspondence Processed HR 04/30/92.
History / Biographical Note
Luther Carrington Goodrich (1894-1986), Columbia, M.A., 1927; Ph.D., 1934; L.L.D., 1962. Dean Long Professor Emeritus of Chinese, former Chairman Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director of Ming Biographical History Project. Born in China, Goodrich travelled widely, teaching and writing on Chinese cultural and historical topics. He served as advisor to numerous art historians, academics, and institutions.