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David Lloyd collection on Lao She, 1946-1957

Summary Information


The David Lloyd collection on Lao She consists of records relating to the publications and translations of Lao She's work during and after his stay in New York, dating from 1946 to 1957. Materials in the collection include correspondence, accounts, manuscripts, and a portrait of Lao She.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0741
Bib ID 4079336 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Lao, She, 1899-1966
Title David Lloyd collection on Lao She, 1946-1957
Physical Description 1 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on site. This collection has no restrictions.



Arranged by subject: Correspondence; Accounts; Portrait; Publications and translations; Manuscripts.



The David Lloyd collection on Lao She mainly consists of correspondence, accounts, portrait, manuscripts, and records relating to the publication and translations of Lao She's works into English as well as other languages, dating from 1946 to 1957. The collection includes letters from Lao She, one from Pearl S. Buck, and David Lloyd's correspondence with publishers, agents, translators, editors, and others regarding Lao She's novels. The manuscripts contain the English translation of three short stories and one play. The collection also includes a portrait of Lao She taken in 1946.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); David Lloyd collection on Lao She; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

David Lloyd Agency Records on Pearl S. Buck, 1928-1958 (bulk 1934-1952). Princeton University Library. Finding Aid.

Ida Pruitt and Marjorie King Papers, 1891-1994. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Finding Aid.

June Rose Garrott Papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library. Collection contains materials on Lao She and family. Finding Aid.

Alternate Form Available

Entire collection has been microfilmed.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Andrea Mathews Lloyd, 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Lloyd, Adrea Mathews. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1982. Accession number--M-82.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89. Processed in December 2018 by Yingwen Huang.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2018-12-04 Finding aid updated.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plays (performing arts compositions) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Short stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors, Chinese -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, Chinese -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese -- United States -- Societies, etc -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Herz, Henriette Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literary agents -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lloyd, David D. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novelists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pruitt, Ida Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Lao She (pen name: Lao She, Lau Shaw, Lao Shaw, 老舍; courtesy name in pinyin: Shu, Sheyu; Wade-Giles: Shu, Sheh-yu, Shu, S. Y.; Chinese: 舒舍予; original name in pinyin: Shu, Qingchun; Wade-Giles: Shu, Ch'ing Ch'un; traditional Chinese: 舒慶春; simplified Chinese: 舒庆春) was born to a Manchu family in Beijing, 1899. He attended the Beijing Normal University and graduated in 1918. From 1918 to 1924, he was an educator and administrator in various schools in Beijing and Tianjin. He was highly influenced by the May Fourth Movement in 1919 and later motivated to become a writer. In the fall of 1924, he began teaching Chinese at the London University School of Oriental Studies. After returning to China in 1930, he taught in universities in Jinan and Qingdao province. In 1938, Lao She was nominated as the President of the All-China Resistance Association of Writers and Artists, a cultural organization united against Japanese invasion during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In 1946, he accepted the State Department's invitation to travel to America. During his stay in New York, he wrote a number of novels and published them in English. After returning to China at the end of 1949, he focused on his writing career and produced a number of well-known plays such as Dragon Beard Ditch and Teahouse. He was also the Chairman of the Peking Association of Artists. He died in Beijing, 1966, at the age of 67. Lao She was known as one of the significant contemporary Chinese novelists and playwrights. His most popular works include the novel Rickshaw Boy, Yellow Storm, and the play Teahouse. Other important works are Mr.Ma and Son, Drum Singers, Divorce, Yellow Storm, Cat Country, etc.

Henriette Herz was Lao She's literary agent before 1948, and from 1948, David D. Lloyd was Lao She's literary agent. He was also the literary representative for Pearl S. Buck.