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American Bureau for Medical Aid to China Records, 1937-2005

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\ABMAC
Bib ID 4079642 View CLIO record
Creator(s) American Bureau for Medical Aid to China ; American Bureau for Medical Advancement in China
Title American Bureau for Medical Aid to China Records, 1937-2005
Physical Description 331 Linear Feet (271 boxes; 2 tube boxes; 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .
Access

Boxes 1-270 are 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. Tube boxes are on-site.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Papers of the American Bureau for Medical Aid to China consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, committee files, membership records, financial records, fund raising records, motion pictures, audio tapes, phonograph records, photographs, posters, publications of ABMAC and other printed materials. Also included are the files of related Chinese relief organizations: Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, 1954-1969; American Emergency Relief, 1941-1946; United Services to China, 1941-1977. Of particular interest are approximately 6,000 photographs of Chinese medical colleges, hospitals, laboratories and personnel and 45 phonograph records including speeches by such ABMAC supporters as Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek, Pearl S. Buck, Wendell Willkie, Fiorello LaGuardia and a number of movie stars

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Boxes 1-270 are 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. Tube boxes are on-site.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above. 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

Cite as: ABMAC Records. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

Alternate Form Available

Pearl S. Buck letters are on: microfilm.

Boxes 1-3 are on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed HR 06/11/90.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2011-11-30 EAD created by PTL

2015-09-10 Addition (Series XVIII) processed by PTL

2017-03-30 Website Arhcive (Series XIX) added by JG

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.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Agenda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bank statements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bulletins Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bylaws (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phonodiscs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tape recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chiang Kai-shek Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
La Guardia, Fiorello H (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Legal documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medical assistance -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medical education -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medical sciences -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medicine -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public health -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public health -- International cooperation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United China Relief (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Willkie, Wendell L (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The American Bureau for Medical Aid to China (ABMAC) was founded in 1937 to give aid to Chinese medical and public health services by working through existing Chinese medical agencies. Between 1937 and 1945 more than ten million dollars in aid was given to China. After World War II, ABMAC concentrated on aiding six national medical colleges by administering a fellowship program for faculty members of these colleges to spend a year of study in the United States, by sending American medical faculty members to the six colleges as visiting professors, and by providing technical assistance in the form of books for medical libraries, text books for the classroom, equipment for laboratories and other educational materials. In 1949 when the Peoples Republic of China was established, ABMAC shifted its aid to Taiwan.