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Ch'en (Shou-yi) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: H-Mss-0176

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Professional and personal correspondence, 1930s-1970s; Photos, including those of family and friends; Personal documents including employment letters from Peking University; Lingnan University related documents, including photos, exams, reading notes; memoranda and reports pertaining to Pomona College’s administrative and department matters; personal library of Chinese manuscripts, ephemera, and photos from the 19th to early 20th century.

Dates

  • 1900 - 1978

Creator

Language of Materials

Langugages represented in the collection: Chinese and English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography

Ch'en Shou-yi received his B.A from Lingnan University in 1920, and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago in 1929. He served as a professor and chair of the History Department, Peking University, 1931-1936. He was a visiting professor at Pomona College 1936-1937, and at University of Hawaii 1937-1941. In 1941 he joined the Pomona College faculty and retired in 1967. Prof. Ch'en was chiefly instrumental in establishing the Asian Studies Program at Pomona College which led eventually to the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. Appointed the first chairman of that department in 1941, he served until 1976. Dr. Ch'en passed away in February 1978.

Throughout his career, Prof. Ch'en maintained life-long friendships and connections with several prominent figures in modern Chinese intellectual history, most notably Hu Shih, Lin Yutang, Fu Sinian, and Chiang Monlin. Correspondence and letters to and from these and a few others form the majority of what has been processed so far.

Extent

29 boxes (9 document boxes located in Blaisdell Room 20 records boxes located in Asian Library) : Professional and personal correspondence, 1930s-1970s; Photos, including those of family and friends; Personal documents including employment letters from Peking University; Lingnan University related documents, including photos, exams, reading notes; memoranda and reports pertaining to Pomona Colleges administrative and department matters; personal library of Chinese manuscripts, ephemera, and photos from the 18th to early 20th century.

Abstract

Professor Ch'en Shou-yi (Chinese: 陳受頤, 1899-1978) was a Chinese scholar known for his groundbreaking contribution to the comparative cultural studies of modern China and the historical studies of Sino- western cultural exchange. He was born into a prestigious literati family in Panyu, Canton (Guangdong). Ch'en Shou-yi graduated from the Canton Christian College (later Lingnan University) in 1920. In 1929 he received a Ph.D. degree in comparative literature from the University of Chicago. He served as the Chair of the History Department of the Peking University from 1931-1937. He was a highly acclaimed scholar, developed close ties with prestigious scholars of the time such as Hu Shih (胡适)Fu Sinian (傅斯年) Lin Yutang (林語堂), and Chiang Monlin (蔣夢麟), and maintained life-long friendships with them. In 1941 he joined the Pomona College faculty as a full-time professor and remained on that post until his retirement in 1967. After he passed away in 1978, his family donated his correspondence, photos, private library collections, work notes, manuscripts, and more to the Claremont Colleges. The collection consists of Prof. Ch'en's following professional and personal correspondence from the 1930s-1970s: photos, including those of family and friends; Personal documents including employment letters from Peking University; Lingnan University-related documents, including photos, exams, and reading notes; memoranda and reports pertaining to Pomona Colleges administrative and department matters; personal library of Chinese manuscripts, ephemera, and photos from the 18th to early 20th century.

Organization and Arrangement

To date, only the correspondence, photographs and other documents have been processed. They are arranged as follows:

Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Photographs Series 3: Biographical materials Series 4: Teaching and research materials

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ch'en Shou-yi family, 1978.

Accruals

No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Related Materials

Ch'en Shou-yi Papers, 陳受頤文書, Academia Sinica, http://tais.ith.sinica.edu.tw/sinicafrsFront/browsingLevel1.jsp?xmlId=0000290576

Shau Wing Chan Papers (SC0421), Stanford University, https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt796nf4tz/

Creator

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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

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