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Kwang Pu Chen papers, 1936-1968

Summary Information

Abstract

The K.P. Chen papers documented the banking and finance career of a banker, entrepreneur, and finance advisor, Kwang Pu Chen dating from 1936 to 1968. Materials in the papers include accounts, loan contracts, correspondence, telegrams, diaries, financial reports, , letters, news clippings, notes, photographs, press releases, printed materials, and reports.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0215
Bib ID 4079003 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chen, Guangfu, 1881-1976
Title Kwang Pu Chen papers, 1936-1968
Physical Description 4.27 linear feet (11 boxes); 2 Reels (Microfilms)
Language(s) English , Chinese .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in original order.

Description

Summary

The Kwang Pu Chen papers consist of documents and printed materials assembled during Chen's career in banking and finance, including his negotiations for American loans (1938-1940), his affiliation with the Universal Trading Corporation (1938-1958), Foreign Trade Commission (1939-1940), Burma Road (1939-1940), Chinese Currency Stabilization Fund and the Stabilization Board of China (1939-1943), and Foreign Exchange Equalization Fund Committee (1947-1948). Other files including memoranda, diaries, and notes, printed papers, and the biography of K.P.Chen written by Chang Kia-ngau.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on site.

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); Kwang Pu Chen 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 his oral history interviews.

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

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Kwang Pu Chen, 1968.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Chen, K. P. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1968. Accession number--M-68.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89. Processed in October 2018 and finding aid updated by Yingwen Huang.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2014-03-04 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi.

2018-10-23 Finding aid updated

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commercial correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial statements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Telegrams Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
black-and-white photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
indexes (reference sources) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Bank management -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bankers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Banks and banking -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Banks and banking -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Banks and banking, Chinese Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Business enterprises, Foreign -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chang, Kia-ngau, 1889-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Commerce Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Commerce -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Commerce -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Economic conditions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Economic conditions -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- Foreign relations -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Corporations -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Corporations -- China -- Finance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Currency question -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic development -- China -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Exchange Stabilization Fund Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Exports -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Finance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Finance, Public -- China -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hu, Shi, 1891-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Industries -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International Monetary Fund Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International trade Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kung, H. H. (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lochhead, Archie Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miao, Yuntai, 1894-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Money -- China -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Negotiation in business -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pei, Tsuyee, 1893-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shanghai shang ye chu xu yin hang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soong, T. V (Tzu-wen), 1894-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- Foreign relations -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Universal Trading Corporation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young, Arthur N. (Arthur Nichols), 1890- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

K. P. Chen (Wade Giles: Chen, Kwang Pu, Chen, K. P.; Pinyin: Chen, Guangfu; traditional Chinese: 陳光甫; simplified Chinese: 陈光甫; original name: Huizu, 輝祖, Huide, 辉德; courtesy name: Guangfu, 光甫) was born in Jiangsu province, 1880. He is a banker, entrepreneur, finance advisor, and the founder of the Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank and the China Travel Service. He began studying aboard in the United States in 1904 and received his B.S. from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1909. In 1912, he was the General Manager of the Jiangsu Bank and moved headquarter of the bank to Shanghai. After he left Jiangsu Bank, he became a financial consultant to the Bank of China and became close to Chang Kia-ngau. In 1915, he founded the Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank. In 1928, he founded the China Travel Service. During the Sino-Japanese War, he was responsible for consolidating the economy and the negotiation of American loans. In 1941, H. H. Kung appointed K.P. Chen as the Director of the Stabilization Board of China to stabilize the Chinese currency. He also held other leading financial advisor positions in various committees such the Chairman of the Cotton Control Commission, the Universal Trading Corporation, Committee of International Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Trade Commission, and Foreign Exchange Equalization Fund Committee. After the Communist occupied most of mainland China, he followed the Nationalist government to Taiwan, where he resided until his death in 1976 at the age of 96.