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C. Martin Wilbur papers, 1950-1992

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1344
Bib ID 4079428 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Wilbur, C. Martin (Clarence Martin), 1908-1997
Title C. Martin Wilbur papers, 1950-1992
Physical Description 53 linear feet (117 boxes 4 tube boxes)
Language(s) English .

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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 The manuscript files contain the notes and, in some cases, printed copies of published and unpublished works and public talks.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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Restrictions on Access

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); C. Martin Wilbur papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of C. Martin Wilbur, 1988 & 1992.

Transferred from East Asian Library, 1993.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed H.H 03/23/89.

Papers Processed AN 10/01/92.

Scrolls & rubbings Processed HR 02/17/93.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

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

Subject Headings

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lecture notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resume Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rubbings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrolls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
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American Council of Learned Societies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Historical Association Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Asia Foundation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Association for Asian Studies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calligraphy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
China Institute in America Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. East Asian Institute Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Communist parties -- China -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Council on Foreign Relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dong, Zuobin, 1895-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Institute of Pacific Relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Yunhan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nixon, Richard M (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pu, Ru, 1896-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sinologists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social Science Research Council (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sun, Yat-sen, 1866-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wang, Beiyue, 1926- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Xue, Yue, 1896- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yu, Youren, 1879-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhong yang yan jiu yuan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo qing nian dang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.