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Series 2: Interviewee Files, 受訪人文件
At a Glance
Arranged in five series. Series 1: Project files. Series 2: Interviewee files. Series 3: Autobiographies and manuscripts. Series 4: Card files. 該檔案分為五個系列。 系列1：項目文件。 系列2：受訪者文件。 系列3：自傳和手稿。 系列4：名稱索引卡片。
The Chinese oral history project (COHP) collection documents the internal and external communication between the COHP staff and its participants as well as other affiliated institutions dating from 1958 to 1980. The collection contains administrative subject files, interviewee files which include correspondence, interview photographs and portraits, transcripts versions, reports, as well as autobiographies and manuscripts related to modern Chinese history collected during the course of the project. The collection also contains audio recordings of interviews and microfilm materials.
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Restrictions on Access
Memoirs, published in microform, may not circulate via interlibrary loan. Microform copies of individual memoirs may be ordered directly from the Columbia University Oral History Research Office (801 Butler Library). Memoirs published in microform are: Franklin Lien Ho; Hu Shih; Wellington Koo; Li Hanhun; Li Huang; Li Shuhua; Tingfu Fuller Tsiang; Zuo Shunsheng.
The following boxes are located off-site: 37-70. 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.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Unpublished memoirs produced by the Academia Sinica and the China Missionaries Project may not be photocopied. For permission to photocopy from these memoirs, write directly to the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, NanKang, Taipei, Taiwan; or China Missionaries Project, Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program, 901 North College, Claremont, CA 91711.
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); Chinese oral history project collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
The following are the finalized memoirs are cataloged individually:
The following are personal paper collections of the interviewees:
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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 05/02/1989. Processed in August 2018 by Yingwen Huang. Title changed from "Autobiographies and related papers" to "Chinese oral history project collection" to reflect the contents of the collection according to DACS standard. Materials were rehoused in appropriate sized and buffered folders and boxes. All photographs were rehoused in mylars. All audio records were rehoused in record carton and planned for Time Based Media digitization project as of 2018; 14 reels of audio recordings with vinegar odors remain housed in a separated box. Some interviewees' personal papers were separated and described as their own collection during processing due to the collection's provenance and also for better access and discovery. Interviewees with personal paper collections: Chen Guangfu, Chen Lifu, Wellington Koo, Kung H.H., Li Hanhun and Mme. Wu Chufang, Li Huang, Li Shuhua, Li Zongren, Liu J. Heng, Huang Fu, Hu Shih, Tsiang Tingfu Fuller, and Zhang Fakui. Researchers may find the personal papers in CLIO or in the related materials of this finding aid.
Interviewees' personal papers were separated and described as their own collection during processing due to their collection's provenance and also for better access and discovery. Interviewees with personal paper collections: Chen Guangfu, Chen Lifu, Wellington Koo, Kung H.H., Li Hanhun and Mme. Wu Chufang, Li Huang, Li Shuhua, Li Zongren, Liu J. Heng, Huang Fu, Tsiang Tingfu Fuller, and Zhang Fakui. Researchers may find the personal papers on CLIO. 受訪者個人歷史檔案在整理過程中被分為各自的個人歷史檔案以便偏目, 搜索, 和利用。有個人檔案的受訪者為：陳光甫, 陳立夫, 顧維鈞, 孔祥熙, 李漢魂與李吳菊芳, 李璜, 李書華, 李宗仁, 劉瑞恆, 黃郛, 蔣廷黻, 張發奎。學者可利用CLIO搜索以上陳列的個人檔案。
2009-06-26 File created.
2018-09-13 EAD finding aid was updated.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Prof. C. Martin Wilbur 韋慕廷 (1907-1997) of the East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and Prof. Franklin L. Ho 何廉 (1905-1975) officially started the Chinese oral history project in 1958 to interview and document the life of prominent Chinese political leaders of Republican China (1911-1949) living abroad. The project was financed by Columbia University, the Ford Foundation, and later by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In designing the project, Professor Wilbur and Professor Ho decided to use an intensive approach instead of the extensive approach as in the American oral history project. They envisioned the project to concentrate on a few outstanding interviewees and to produce more accurate and detailed autobiographies. A total of nineteen prominent Chinese political figures residing in the U.S. and Hong Kong were interviewed. The Chines oral history project staff consisted of a team of scholarly interviewers with outstanding knowledge of modern Chinese history: Julie Lien-ying How (pinyin: Xia, Lianying; simplified Chinese: 夏连荫; traditional Chinese: 夏連蔭), Te-kong Tong (pinyin: Tang, Degang; simplified Chinese: 唐德刚; traditional Chinese: 唐德剛), Minta Chou Wang (王明德), Alice Kwong Bolocan, Kai-fu Tsao, Lillian Chu Chin, James Seymour, and Crystal Lorch Seidman. The scholar interviewers worked as collaborators, translators, and co-authors with the interviewees closely in the process of drafting, editing (and/or translating) the interview transcription, which later becomes their memoir. The project produced a total of sixteen finalized oral history interviews that were deposited at RBML for future scholarly research, many of which were later published. The project officially ended in the 1980s.