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   Kwang Pu Chen papers, 1936-1958

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Kwang Pu Chen papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079003 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Chen, Guangfu, 1881-1976.
Title:Kwang Pu Chen papers, 1936-1958
Physical description:4.27 linear ft (11 boxes and 2 reels of microfilm).
Language(s):In English and Chinese
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on site.  More information »



Arranged in original order.

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Scope and Content

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.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on site.

Restrictions on Use

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.

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

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

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.
    2014-03-04 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi.
    2018-10-23 Finding aid 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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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Black and white photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Business correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clippings, newspaper.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial documents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial statements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notes (documents).PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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

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History / Biographical Note


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 prominent banker, entrepreneur, finance advisor, and the founder of the Shanghai Commercial and 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 and 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.

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