Notebooks, exams, reading notes, and a draft of his thesis from
his graduate studies, 1930-1933; professional and personal correspondence, 1938-1949,
including letters pertaining to his immigration status; correspondence, memoranda, and
reports pertaining to Stanford administrative and departmental matters, 1935-1982; and
family papers, 1911-1994. Included in the family papers are extensive correspondence
between Chan and his wife Anna during his trips away from home, 1938-1960; letters (many
in Chinese) from his brothers Shou Yi Ch'en, 1937-1977, Stanley Hong (Shou Hong) Chan,
1938-1975, and Shau Wa (Wally) Chan, 1941-1950; correspondence of Chan's son Loren B.
Chan with his parents and uncles, 1964-1989; personal documents of Anna Mae Chan,
1911-1994; Shau Wing Chan's passports and travel papers, 1937-1982; and some ephemera
from China, 1925-1926.
Chan received his M.A. (1932) and his Ph.D. (1937) in English from Stanford University.
He joined the Stanford faculty in 1938 and retired in 1972. He was instrumental in
founding what is now the Department of Asian Languages, serving as its executive head
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