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Series I: Correspondence with Non-Columbia Persons and Organizations
Series II: Subject Files Columbia University
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The collection is arranged in 11 series, with 3 additions.
Correspondence, subject files, manuscripts and printed materials documenting the work of C. Martin Wilbur, George Sansom Professor Emeritus of Chinese History, Columbia University. Correspondence with non-Columbia organizations includes the Institute of Pacific Relations, Far Eastern Association, INDUSCO, Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Foundation, and American Council of Learned Societies, among others. Subject files relevant to Columbia University include items pertaining to the Department of Chinese and Japanese, later renamed the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, as well as teaching files, student files and research projects directed. The manuscript files contain the notes and, in some cases, printed copies of published and unpublished works and public talks. Wilbur's writings and research concentrate on the history and politics of twentieth century China, with emphasis on the Chinese Revolution, 1920-1929, Sun Yat-sen, and communism in China. There are translations of minutes for the first and second Kuomintang Congresses, copies of documents from the Kuomintang Archives, and photographs of members of the Young China Party, Sun Yat-sen and several historical events in the 1920s. Files on fund raising efforts for the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Wellington Koo Fellowship also contain relevant correspondence. Biographical information includes a curriculum vitae (ca. 1968)
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); C. Martin Wilbur papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of C. Martin Wilbur, 1988 & 1992.
Transferred from East Asian Library, 1993.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Wilbur, C. Martin. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/02/88. Accession number--M-88-12-02.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Wilbur C. Martin. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1992. Accession number--M-1992.
Scrolls & rubbings: Source of acquisition--East Asian Library. Method of acquisition--Transfer; Date of acquisition--02/15/93. Accession number--M-93-02-15.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed H.H 03/23/89.
Papers Processed AN 10/01/92.
Scrolls & rubbings Processed HR 02/17/93.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Columbia M.A., 1933; Ph.D., 1941. Curator, Chinese Archaeology & Ethnology, Field Museum of Natural History, 1936-1947. Staff member, Office of Strategic Services & U.S. Dept. of State, 1943-1947. Associate Professor, Professor, George Sanson Professor of Chinese History, Columbia University, 1947-1976. Professor Emeritus & Senior Research Associate, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, 1976-. Co-director of the Chinese Oral History Project, ca. 1958-1980.