Scope and Content of Collection
Title: H. H. Kung papers, 1917-1949
Collection Number: 2006C51
Creator: Kung, H. H. (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967
100 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes
(46.75 linear feet linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, reports, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, and audiovisual material, relating
to political and economic conditions in China and to Chinese diplomatic policy and finances during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
51 of the 103 boxes in this collection are open for research on January 19, 2010. Due to the fragility of the original documents,
only microfilm copies (68 reels) will be provided for researchers' use.
The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to
copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives
at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see
or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
[Identification of item], H. H. Kung papers, 1917-1949, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Kia-ngau Chang papers, 1889-1979, Hoover Institution Archives
Chiang Kai-shek diaries, 1917-1972, Hoover Institution Archives
T. V. Soong papers, 1916-2005, Hoover Institution Archives
Zhongguo guo min dang records, 1894-1957, Hoover Institution Archives
||Born, Shanxi Province, China
||Studied at North China Union College in Tongzhou
||Graduated from Oberlin College, Ohio
||Graduated from Yale University, M.A. in Economics
||Secretary of the Chinese YMCA, in Tokyo, Japan
||Married Soong Ailing
||Joined the Kuomintang (KMT)
||Received honorary LL.D. degree from Oberlin College
||Named Minister of Industry and Commerce
||Elected to the KMT Central Executive Committee
||Appointed special commissioner to study European industrial conditions, assigned to secure foreign aid for the development
of China's national defense
||Governor, Bank of China
||Minister of Finance
||Vice-Premier, Executive Yuan
||Represented the Chinese National Government as special envoy during the coronation of King George VI
||Received honorary degree from Yale University
||Premier, Executive Yuan
||President, Chinese-American Institute of Cultural Relations
||Moved to New York, United States
|1967 August 15
||Died, Long Island, New York
Scope and Content of Collection
The Hoover Institution received on deposit, 103 boxes of H. H. Kung papers in 2006. Of this material, contents of 51 boxes
are available for research. Due to the fragility of the original documents, only microfilm copies will be provided for researchers'
use. This finding aid describes the papers in these 51 boxes. A microfilm reel list, which indicates corresponding box and
reel numbers, is available at the Hoover Institution Archives.
The other boxes are closed due to the hazardous physical condition of the papers. A significant portion of the papers suffered
mold infestation, and displayed other signs of deterioration when received at the Hoover Archives.
The microfilmed Kung papers at Hoover bear witness to and describe turning points of the Republic China era, such as the passing
of Sun Yatsen in 1925, the Manchurian Incident of 1931, the Xi'an Incident of 1936, the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945),
the Chinese Civil War (1946-1949), and the reformation of China's modern banking and monetary system.
Among the previously less-known historical accounts now revealed from Kung's personal papers are Nationalist China's endeavors
to manufacture its own military weapons before and during World War II, intelligence reports concerning the Chinese Communist
Party's financial, economic, and military operations in the Shaaxi-Gansu-Ningxi Border Region, Japanese secret activities
in China in the early war years, and the intricate relationship between Chiang Kai-shek's central government and regional
warlords and political factions.
A major component of the collection includes KMT records, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, resolutions,
and other support documents from the Central Executive Committee and the Supreme National Defense Commission (bulk 1930-1943).
The collection also includes core domestic and foreign policy making files compiled during Kung's political career as Minister
of Industry and Commerce, Minister of Finance, and Premier of the Executive Yuan.
The papers also exhibit Kung's charitable and educational endeavors such as his involvement in disaster relief efforts and
the establishment of the Oberlin Shansi Ming Hsien School (see English correspondence files, 1917-1948) which fostered cross-cultural
and education exchange programs.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order of the papers when received from the donors.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Kung, H.H. (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967
World War, 1939-1945--China.
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects
China--Politics and government--1912-1949.