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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence/手札, 1926-1972
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Letters of Chinese educators to Li Shuhua. The volume one and two contain incoming letters from miscellaneous correspondents; volume three and four include correspondence from Wu Zhihui; and volume five to eight are incoming letters from Li Shizeng.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Li, Shu-hua. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1973. Accession number--M-73.
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Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
Original inventory in Chinese and Wade-Giles created by Mr. Fa-Kao Chou/周法光 in 1964 (noted in volume I list: volume has been used for publication in 1964). Inventory list from each volume converted into EAD with added Pinyin names by Yingwen Huang, July 2021.
July 2021 Handwritten inventory from each volume converted into EAD by Yingwen Huang
History / Biographical Note
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Li Shuhua (Pinyin: Lǐ, Shūhuá; Wade-Giles: Li, Shu-hua; traditional and simplified Chinese: 李書華, 李书华; courtesy name: Rùnzhāng, 润章) was born in Hebei, 1890. He was a Chinese physical scientist, diplomat, educator and university administrator at the Peking University. He began studying abroad in France in 1912 and later attended the Université de Paris in 1919. During his study in Paris, he studied under Nobel laureates such as Paul Sabatier, Gabriel Lippmann and Marie Curie. He obtained his Ph.D in Physics in 1922. After returning to China, he served as the Professor of physics at Peking University until 1930, and he was also the Acting President of the University Franco-Chinois in Peking from 1926 to 1928, and the Acting President of Peiping University from 1928 to 1929. He also served as the Vice Minister and the Minister of Education, as well as a member and later the Director of the Research Council of the Academia Sinica. He was also elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Society of Physics, the Chinese Society of Astronomers, and served on the Board of Directors of the Beijing Natural History Museum, the Beijing National Central Museum, and the Peiping Palace Museum. He later served as the vice president of the National Academy of Peiping from 1929 to 1949. He left to Taiwan as the Communist took over in China. He moved from Taiwan to New York City in 1953 and became close friends with Hu Shih. In 1979, he died in New York at the age of 88.