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Shuhua Li Papers, 1926-1972

Summary Information

Abstract

The Shuhua Li papers consist of incoming letters from Chinese education administrators to Li Shuhua dating from 1926 to 1972. Also included are letters from Wu Zhihui (吴稚晖) and Li Shizeng (李石曾), Cai Yuanpei (蔡元培) and Hu Shih (胡適). The topics discussed in the letters include higher education policies, changes in the various universities, and political changes in China as well as other personal matters.

At a Glance

Call No.: MA#0778
Bib ID 4079029 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Li, Shuhua, 1890-1979
Title Shuhua Li Papers, 1926-1972
Physical Description 1.7 Linear Feet (500 items (8 volumes) and 1 microfilm in 4 boxes)
Language(s) Chinese .
Other Finding Aids

Legacy finding aid: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/29_LI-LU_02.pdf

Access

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Arrangement

Description

Summary

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Other Finding Aids

Legacy finding aid: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/29_LI-LU_02.pdf

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located on site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Conditions Governing 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); Shuhua Li papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

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 interviews.

Reminiscences of Shu-Hua Li, 李書華口述回憶錄

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Li, Shu-hua. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1973. Accession number--M-73.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

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.

Revision Description

July 2021 Handwritten inventory from each volume converted into EAD by Yingwen Huang

Subject Headings

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Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"CUL Collections:"
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Beijing da xue Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cai, Yuanpei, 1868-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China -- History -- 1912-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- China -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education, Higher -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Educators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hu, Shi, 1891-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Shizeng, 1882-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physicists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
School management and organization -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wu, Zhihui Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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.