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The Hung-Hsun Ling papers include one handwritten volume of his memoir completed in 1964, one volume of "Chronological Autobiography of Myself" printed in 1973, five printed books by him, 15 photographs depicting his career as a civil engineer in the U.S., China, and Taiwan dating from 1916 to 1965, as well as a portrait of him at age 80 taken in 1974. The papers highlight his career as a railway engineer and his involvement in the development of rail infrastructure in China during the Republican era.
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Hung-Hsun Ling papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Hung-Hsun Ling, 1974.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged in July 1989 by Christina Hilton Fenn. Processed by Yingwen Huang in 2018.
2009-06-26 File created.
2018-08-09 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
Ling, Hung-Hsun (pinyin: Ling, Hongxun; Wade Giles: Ling, Hung-Hsun, Ling, H. H.; Traditional Chinese: 凌鴻勛; Simplified Chinese: 凌鸿勋; courtesy name: Chuming, Zhuming, 竹銘) was born in Panyu, Guangdong province, 1894. He graduated from Jiaotong Bu Nanyang University (交通部南洋大學, later became the Shanghai Jiaotong University, 上海交通大學) in 1915. From 1916 to 1917, Ling interned in the New York office of the American Bridge Division under the United States Steel Corporation and studied at the Columbia University School of Engineering. After returning to China in 1918, he started his railway career in Tangshan, where the first railway in China was built. He spent thirty years working with the Chinese Government Railway and spent fifteen years constructing the Canton-Hankow railway (also known as the Guangzhou–Hankou railway, 粵漢鐵路) as the Chief Engineer. The railway later served as an effort to resist the Japanese invasion as it was completed in 1936, one year before the Sino-Japanese War in Northern China. At the same time, he also served as the President at his alma mater from 1924 to 1927. He also served as the Deputy Minister of Communications for the Nationalist government from 1945 to 1949. He also work on building railways such as the Lunghai (隴海鐵路) and the Hunan-Guangxi (湘桂鐵路) railway in the far northwest and south west of China. After the fall of the Nationalist government in mainland China, Ling moved to Taiwan. He served as the Chairman of the state-owned Chinese Petroleum Corporation (中國石油股份有限公司; 中油公司) for 20 years from 1950 to 1970. In 1981 at age 88, Ling passed away in Taiwan. The Chu-Ming Memorial Room (竹銘紀念室) at the National Chiao Tung University (國立交通大學) was opened in honor of Ling's contribution as a great railway engineer.