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   Li Zongren Papers, 1926-1951

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

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Summary Information

Abstract

The Li Zongren papers consist of materials on the life and political career of Li Zongren dating from 1926-1951. The materials were given to the Chinese oral history project during the oral history interview with Li Zongren. The papers primarily documented the period when Li was the Acting President of the Republic of China from 1949 to 1951 in the U.S. urging for assistance to stabilize the internal conflicts in China. Materials also include photocopies of selected pages from his diaries between 1923 and 1946 during his involvement in the Northern Expedition, Sino-Japanese War, and the Chinese Civil War.

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079027 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Li, Zongren, 1891-1969.
Title:Li Zongren Papers, 1926-1951
Physical description:0.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)
Language(s):English. Chinese.
Access: This collection is located on-site. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

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Description

Scope and Content

The Li Zongren papers consist of correspondence, a codebook, and documents from 1944 to 1951 in English, photographs and portraits, and photocopies of selected pages from his 1926-1945 diaries in Chinese. 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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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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); Li Zongren 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 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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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 07/--/89. Processed in September 2018 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.
    2018-09-14 EAD 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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Contract.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Diaries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Letters.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memoranda.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Portraits.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Politics and government--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gan, Jiehou.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jessup, Philip C. (Philip Caryl), 1897-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Li, Zongren, 1891-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Statesmen.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Symington, Stuart, 1901-1988.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Taiwan--Politics and government.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World politics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

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 prominent 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.

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