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   C. Martin Wilbur Papers, ca.1950-1992.

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C. Martin Wilbur Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079428 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Wilbur, C. Martin (Clarence Martin), 1908-
Title:C. Martin Wilbur Papers, ca.1950-1992.
Physical description:53 linear ft. (ca.54,000 items in 117 boxes & 4 tube boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »



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Scope and Content

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 The manuscript files contain the notes and, in some cases, printed copies of published and unpublished works and public talks.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

Series II: Subject Files Columbia University

Subseries II.1: East Asian Institute, 1948-1980

Files could contribute to a history of the Institute.

Correspondence with faculty members; Department of Chinese and Japanese (later, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures); History Department; East Asian Library; Columbia Central Administration; School of International Affairs; Graduate Faculties, etc., 1949-1976.

Subseries II.2: Teaching and Relations with Students

Series III: Bibliographic and translation project on Chinese Communism

Series IV: Translations and Interviews concerning modern Chinese history

Series V: Manuscript files

Series VI: Fund Raising

Series VII: Martin Wilbur Box List Home Files

Series VIII: Research notes on the developing Chinese Revolution

Series IX: Translated Russian Sources

Series X: Primary Materials and Translations

Series XI: Writings and Research Materials


The following Information is provided to assist persons interested in CMW's activities, if there should be any. Entries of are arranged according to the sequence accompany list of files, and there under roughly according to date when the activity began. Materials will appear in the files.

1992 Addition:

1993 Addition:

Chinese calligraphy scrolls written by prominent Republican-era Chinese which were presented to Professor C. Martin Wilbur. Many are inscribed by the writers. Also included are 2 "Rubbings from the Forest of Tablets" (Shensi Provincial Museum)

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Using the Collection


Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

C. Martin Wilbur Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 03/23/89 H.H.

Papers Processed 10/01/92 AN

Scrolls & rubbings Processed 02/17/93 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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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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HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Book reviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lecture notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

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.

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