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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chinese oral history project collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The Chinese oral history project collection provides a wealth of information on the development of the project and its interviews with eminent Chinese political figures abroad in the United States and Hong Kong from 1958 to 1980s. The highlights of the collection consist of the administrative subject files, correspondence, interview photographs and reports, transcript drafts, collected autobiographies and manuscripts, audio recordings, and card files of names mentioned in the transcripts.

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078603 View CLIO record
Title:Chinese oral history project collection, 1914-1989, bulk 1958-1980
Physical description:37 linear feet in 86 manuscript boxes, 1 record carton, and 7 card catalog drawers
Language(s):English. Chinese.
Access: 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. Some materials are restricted due to personal information or have restriction set by interviewee. The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6 to 8 weeks. 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 Han-hun; Li Huang; Li Shuhua ; Tingfu Fuller Tsiang; and Shun-sheng Tso.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in five series as the following. 該檔案分為五個系列如下。

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Description

Scope and Content

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.

Series 1: Project Files, 項目文件, 1949-1988

Series 1 consists of administrative subject files which includes annual reports, correspondence, budgets, NEH grant files, information about publications in microform, publication issues as well as other subject matters. Materials also include correspondence and index to the affiliated projects such as the Academia Sinica oral history project and the China Missionaries oral history project.

Series 2: Interviewee Files, 受訪人文件, 1914-1989

Series 2 consists of correspondence, interview photographs and/or portraits of interviewees, interview records, and transcript draft versions and copies.

Series 3: Autobiographies and manuscripts, 自傳和手稿, circa 1960s-1984, undated

Series 3 consists of autobiographies and manuscripts collected by the COHP.

Series 4: Audio recordings, 錄音帶, 1958-1980

Series 4 consists of audio recordings. Audio recordings do not include the full content of the interviews. Most of the interview audio recordings were not retained, but the remaining recordings provide a sample of the interviews.

Series 5: Card files, 人名索引卡片

Series 5 consists of 7 name card file drawers of names mentioned in the interview transcripts. Available in the RBML Reference area.

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 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.

Some materials are restricted due to personal information or have restriction set by interviewee.

The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6 to 8 weeks.

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 Han-hun; Li Huang; Li Shuhua ; Tingfu Fuller Tsiang; and Shun-sheng Tso.

Restrictions on Use

Not more than 25% of any published or unpublished memoir produced by the Columbia University Chinese Oral History Project may be photocopied. A microfilm of the entire memoir may be ordered if there are no donor restrictions.

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); Chinese oral history project collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

The following are the affiliated oral history projects: Academia Sinica oral history project ; China missionaries project.

The following are the finalized memoirs are cataloged individually:

Reminiscences of Choy Jun-ke, 蔡增基口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Kuang-fu Ch’en, 陳光甫口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Li-fu Ch’en, 陳立夫口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Ho Lien (Franklin L. Ho), 何廉口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Shih Hu, 胡適口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo, 顧維鈞口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of H. H. Kung, 孔祥熙口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Han-hun Li, 李漢魂口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Huang Li: manuscript, 李璜口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Shu-Hua Li, 李書華口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Tsung-jen Li, 李宗仁口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Huang Shen I-yun, 黃沈亦云口述回憶錄

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

Reminiscences of Wu KuoCheng, 吳國楨口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Fa-k’uei Chang, 張發奎口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Shun-sheng Tso, 左舜生口述回憶錄

The following are personal paper collections of the interviewees:

Kwang Pu Chen papers, 陳光甫檔案

Chen Lifu papers, 陳立夫檔案

Hu Chuan and Hu Shih papers, 胡傳與胡適檔案

Huang Fu papers, 黃郛檔案

Wellington Koo papers, 顧維鈞檔案

H.H. Kung papers, 孔祥熙檔案

Hanhun Li and Chu Fang Wu papers, 李漢魂與李吳菊芳檔案

Li Huang papers, 李璜檔案

Li Shuhua Papers, 李書華檔案

Li Zongren papers, 李宗仁檔案

Collection on Liu Ruiheng, 劉瑞恆彙集

Tingfu Tsiang papers, 蔣廷黻檔案

Zhang Fakui papers, 張發奎檔案

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

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, photographs are housed in mylars. All audio records are rehoused in record carton and planned for Time Based Media digitization project; 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 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 in CLIO.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2018-09-13 EAD finding aid was updated.

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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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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Annual reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Audio recordings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Audio tapes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Catalogs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clipping.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Documents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Inventories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ledgers (account books).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Letters.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (for publication).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memoir.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Microfilms.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Negatives (photographic).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oral histories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Portraits.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Transcripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bolocan, Alice Kwong.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cai, Zengji.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chang, Kia-ngau, 1889-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chen, Guangfu, 1881-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chen, Lifu, 1900-2001.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chen, Qitian, 1893-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chin, Lillian Chu.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Description and travel--Views.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Politics and government.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Social life and customs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chinese Missionaries Project.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chung yang hen chiu yüan.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Claremont Graduate School.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--Chinese Oral History Project.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--East Asian Institute.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Durham, Donald.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fritz, Chester.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ho, Franklin L.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
How, Julie Lien-ying, -1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hu, Shi, 1891-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Huang-Shen, Yiyun.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Koo, V. K. Wellington, 1888-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kung, H. H (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Li, Hanhun, 1895-.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Li, Huang, 1895-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Li, Shuhua, 1889-.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Li, Zongren, 1891-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Liu, Ruiheng, 1890-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Meng, Chih, 1900.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Missionaries--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Seidman, Crystal Lorch.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Seymour, James.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taiwan--History--1945-.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tong, Te-kong, 1920-2009.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tsao, Kai-fu, 1921-.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tsiang, Tingfu F. (Tingfu Fuller), 1895-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wang, Minta Chou.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wang, Zhengting, 1882-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wilbur, C. Martin (Clarence Martin), 1908-1997.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wu, Kuo-Cheng, 1903-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Xu, Enzeng, 1898-.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zhang, Fakui, 1896-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zuo, Shunsheng, 1893-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

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.

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