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Hung-Hsun Ling papers, 1916-1974

Summary Information

Abstract

The Hung-Hsun Ling papers document Ling's life as a railway engineer and his contribution to the development of rail infrastructure in China during the Republican period. The papers include two manuscripts of his autobiographies and 14 photographs depicting him as an engineer taken during and after the construction of various railway projects in China and other locations dating from 1916 to 1965, as well as a portrait of him at age 80. The papers also include five books related to the history and the development of railways in China written in Chinese by Ling from 1954 to 1977.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0786
Bib ID 4079033 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ling, Hongxun, 1894-1981
Title Hung-Hsun Ling papers, 1916-1974
Physical Description 0.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)
Language(s) Chinese , English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged by material type: manuscripts, photographs, and printed materials.

Description

Summary

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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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); Hung-Hsun Ling papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Hung-Hsun Ling, 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Ling Hung-hsün. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1974. Accession number--M-74.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged in July 1989 by Christina Hilton Fenn. Processed by Yingwen Huang in 2018.

Revision Description

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.

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Chinese Eastern Railway Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Communication policy -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Railroads -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhan, Tianyou, 1861-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.

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Manuscripts, 1964, 1973



Box 1 Folder 2 My memoir at age 70, 七十自述:對日抗戰八年交通大事記原稿, 1964

One volume of original handwritten manuscript


Box 1 Folder 3 Chronological Autobiography of Myself, 凌鴻勛自訂年譜, 1973

One volume of autobiography

Photographs, 1916-1974


Box 1 Folder 4 1. H. H. Ling, Designing Office, American Bridge Co., Pencord, PA. USA., 1916


Box 1 Folder 4 2. H. H. Ling, Bridge Engineer, Peking-Hankow Ry. inspecting the Yellow River Bridge (2100M), 1922


Box 1 Folder 4 3-4. H. H. Ling. Bridge Engineer, Peking-Hankow Ry., leading a team inspecting many bridges along the line, 1929


Box 1 Folder 4 5. H. H, Ling, Inspecting an ancient stone bridge near Paoting, 1929


Box 1 Folder 4 6.H. H. Ling, Chief Engineer, Lunghai Ry. Western Section, locating the line near the gate of Tungkwan, 1929


Box 1 Folder 4 7. H. H. Ling, Chief Engineer, Lunghai Ry, finding a bridge site across a river, 1932


Box 1 Folder 4 8. H. H. Ling, Chief Engineer, Canton-Hankow Ry. (center holding hat) inspecting a bridge and a tunnel under construction, 1933


Box 1 Folder 4 9. H. H. Ling, (right), Chief Engineer, Canton-Hankow Ry. inspecting a bridge under construction, 1934


Box 1 Folder 4 10. H. H. Ling, Chief Engineer, Canton-Hankow Ry. driving the last spike to complete the N-S Trunk Line (1096 Km), 1936


Box 1 Folder 4 11. H. H. Ling, Chief Engineer, Canton-Hankow Ry. Driving the last spike to complete the N-S Trunk Line, 1936


Box 1 Folder 4 12. H. H. Ling, (center, front row, holding a hat) Chief Engineer, Canton -Hankow Ry. during the inaugurations of first passenger through train from Canton to Hankow (1096 Km), 1936


Box 1 Folder 4 13. H. H, Ling, Chief Engineer, Canton-Hankow Ry. Inspecting the whole line after completion, 1936


Box 1 Folder 4 14. H. H. Ling, China's chief delegate to the 14th International Congress. Lucern, Switzerland, when presiding a fourth Section, 1947


Box 1 Folder 4 15. H. H. Ling, one of the commissioners, Shihmen Dam Project, Taiwan, inspecting the dam near completion, 1965


Box 1 Folder 5 Portrait at age 80, 1974

Printed materials, 1954-1977


Box 1 Folder 1 Zhongguo tie lu zhi / Ling Hongxun zhu. 中國 鐵路 志 / 凌 鴻勛 著., 1954


Box 1 Folder 1 Qi shi nian lai Dong Qing, Zhong dong, Zhong Chang tie lu bian qian zhi jing guo / Ling Hongxun bian zhu. 七十年來 東清・中東・中長 鐵路 變遷 之 經過 / 淩 鴻勛 編著., 1965


Box 1 Folder 1 Shi liu nian zhu lu sheng ya / Ling Hongxun zhu. 十六年 築路 生涯 / 凌 鴻勛 著., 1968


Box 1 Folder 1 Zhan Tianyou yu Zhongguo tie lu / Ling Hongxun, Gao Zonglu he bian. 詹 天佑 與 中國 鐵路 / 凌 鴻勛, 高 宗魯 合編., 1977


Box 1 Folder 1 Jing zhang tie lu gong cheng zhao pian ji. 京張鐵路工程照片集., 1974