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The Li Zongren papers consist of correspondence, a codebook, and documents from 1944 to 1951 in English, photographs and portraits. The correspondence from/to Li Zongren and his personal secretary, Gan Jiehou (Kan, Chieh-Hou, 甘介侯) and the related documents focus on the 1949 to 1951 transition period, Li's effort in urging US assistance in the political situation within China, as well as his opposition to Chiang Kai-shek. Correspondents include Dean Acheson, Philip C. Jessup, George C. Marshall, Dean Rusk, and Stuart Symington. Another highlight of the papers is the one-of-a-kind Chinese codebook customized and utilized by the KMT for confidential communication.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Zongren Li papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Chinese oral history project collection, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University. Finding Aid. This collection contains administrative information related to the project, including files relating to the Li Zongren interviews.
Reminiscences of Tsung-jen Li, 李宗仁口述回憶錄, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University. (This is the final version of Li Zongren's oral history interview. It was originally cataloged and frequently cited under the Wade-Giles transcription of his name, so the title of the memoir record was not changed.)
Chiu Chung-Wei correspondence, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University. Finding Aid
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Chinese Oral History Project. Method of acquisition--Transferred by Prof. Martin Wilbur; Date of acquisition--1980. Accession number--M-80.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89. Processed in September 2018 by Yingwen Huang. The papers were previously filed with the Wellington Koo papers as box 221 and was digitized.
2009-06-26 File created.
2018-09-14 EAD Finding aid updated.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Li Zongren (pinyin: Li, Zongren; Wade-Giles: Li, Tsung-jen; Chinese: 李宗仁; courtesy name: Delin 德鄰) was born in Guilin, Guangxi province, 1890. He was a Guangxi warlord and participated in the Northern Expedition, Sino-Japanese War, and the Chinese Civil War. He became the Vice-President in 1948 and later the Acting President of the Republic of China in 1949. He left China and moved to the US in 1950. In 1965, he decided to return to China with his wife Guo Dejie, where he died in 1969.
Gan Jiehou (pinyin: Gan, Jiehou; Wade Giles: Kan, Chieh-Hou; Chinese: 甘介侯) was born in Jiangsu, 1897. He graduated from Harvard University, 1926. He was a politician and a scholar. He came to the U.S. as Li Zongren's private secretariat representative and arranged Li's meetings with American officials during the transition period. He died in New York, 1984.