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L. Carrington Goodrich papers, 1890-1991

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0502
Bib ID 4078539 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Goodrich, L. Carrington (Luther Carrington), 1894-1986
Title L. Carrington Goodrich papers, 1890-1991
Physical Description 11 linear feet (25 boxes)
Language(s) English , Chinese .

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-23. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



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.

Using the Collection

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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 three 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.

Preferred Citation

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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of L. Carrington Goodrich, 1974, 1975, 1979.

Gift of Mrs. L. Carrington Goodrich, 1987.

Gift of Mrs. Lea Kisselgoff, 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Goodrich, L. C. and Mrs. L. C. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--09/28/87. Accession number--M-87-09-28.

Correspondence: Source of acquisition--Kisselgoff, Lea. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--04/14/92. Accession number--M-92-04-14.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed 06/17/88.

Correspondence Processed HR 04/30/92.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2013-01-09 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Card files Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dictionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hymnals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Visiting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Alsop, Joseph, 1910-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Art, Chinese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese language -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Administration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cousins, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
History -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jessup, Philip C (Philip Caryl), 1897-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kung, H. H. (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lattimore, Owen, 1900-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pusey, Nathan M (Nathan Marsh), 1907-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sinologists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

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.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Alsop, Joseph

Box 1 Buck, Pearl

(Also available on microfilm MN# 91-2094-2)

Box 1 Cousins, Norman

Box 1 Duggan, Stephen P.

Box 1 Huntington, Archer Milton

Box 1 Hu Shih

Box 1 Ives, Irving M

Box 1 Jessup, Philip C.

Box 1 Kung, H, H.

Box 1 Lattimore, Owen

Box 1 Lehmann-Haupt, Hellman

Box 1 Ochs, Adolph S.

Box 1 Pusey, Nathan M/

Box 1 Rockefeller, John D., Jr.

Box 1 Sansom, George Bailey

Box 1 Sarton, George

Box 1 Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (Mrs. Lester R.)

Box 1 Woodbridge, Frederick J. E.

Series II: Alphabetical File

Box 1 C-H

(A-B were never received)

Box 2 I-S

(T-Z were never received)

Series III: Columbia University Files, 1928-1943

Box 3 Columbia University Files, 1928-1943

Series IV: Arranged Correspondence

Box 4 A-G

Box 5 H-S

Box 6 T-Z, Unidentified

Box 7 Letters of Recommendation, 1925-1983

Series V: Subject Files

Associations, institutions, schools, general topics, published books (by title), etc. (with appropriate correspondence)

Box 8 A-B

Box 9 C-Ea

Box 10 Chinese Civil Service Examination

Box 11 En-N

Box 12 O-Z

Box 12 Slides (Topical)

Individual people their writings, lectures, etc. (with correspondence)

Box 12 A-Chu

Box 13 Ch'u-Hu

Box 14 I-Q

Box 15 R-Z

Card Files Boxes:

Box 24 A to L

Box 25 L (cont.) to Z

Series VI: Manuscripts


Box 16 6x10" Loose Leaf Notebooks

Box 17 Lectures and Teaching

Box 18 Loose Leaf notebooks

Box 18 Business Cards of Associates

Box 19 Writings

Box 19 Carter Book

Box 19 Yuan Book

Box 20 Writings, Book Reviews, Corrections and Comments (by Author)--A-Z

Writings by Title

Box 20 A-G

Box 21 H-Z

Box 22 Biographical, Family History

Box 22 Journals, Travel Experiences, Trips

Box 22 Teaching Materials--Bibliography, Lectures, Etc.

Series VII: Slides and Photographs

Box 22 Slides

Box 22 Photographs

(Family snapshots and portraits)

Series VIII: Family Memorabilia

Box 23 Family Memorabilia