Register of the Lauchlin Bernard Currie Papers, 1941-1993

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Register of the Lauchlin Bernard Currie Papers, 1941-1993

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

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Prepared by:
Grace M. Hawes
Date Completed:
March 1980
© 1999 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lauchlin Bernard Currie papers,
Date (inclusive): 1941-1993
Collection number: 80013
Creator: Currie, Lauchlin Bernard
Collection Size: 5 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope. (2 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, and summaries of interviews, relating to American aid to China during World War II, conditions in China, and military operations in the China-Burma-India Theater.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lauchlin Bernard Currie papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Access Points

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--China.
China--Foreign relations--United States.
China--History--Republic, 1912-1949.
United States--Foreign relations.
United States--Armed Forces.
United States--Foreign relations--China.

Biographical Note

1902, October 8 born, Nova Scotia, Canada
1925 B.S., London University
1931 Ph.D., Harvard University
1929-1934 Instructor, Harvard University
1932-1934 Professor, Fletcher Graduate School
1934 Economist, U.S. Treasury
1934 Author, The Supply and Control of Money
1935-1939 Asst. Director Research, Federal Reserve Board
1939-1945 Administrative Assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1940-1941 Director, Lend-Lease for China
1942 Personal Representative of President Roosevelt to China
1943-1944 Deputy Director, Foreign Economic Administration
1945-1949 President, Lauchlin Currie and Company, New York
1949-1950 Director, International Bank Mission to Colombia
1950-1951 Adviser and Director, Comite de Desarrollo Economico, Colombia
1951-1953 Adviser, Colombian Planning Committee, 1951-1953
1953-1959 In retirement
1959 Director, Robert Nathan Magadalena Valley Study
1961-1967 Director, Fundación para el Progreso de Colómbia
1965 Editor and co-author, Una Política Urbana para un País en Desarrollo
1965 Author, Plan Socio-Económico para el Atlantico
1965 Professor of Economics, National University of Colombia
1965 Visiting Professor, Michigan State University
1966 Author, Accelerating Development
1966 Royer Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
1966-1967 Director and Professor, Department of Economics, National University, Colombia
1966-1967 Director, Center of Development Research, National University, Colombia
1967 Co-author, Governmental Planning and Political Economy
1967-1968 Visiting Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
1968 Author, Obstacles to Development
1968-1969 Visiting Professor, Glasgow University
1969-1971 Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
1971-1976 Adviser, National Planning Agency, Colombia
1972-1974 Member, Board of Savings and Housing, Colombia
1974 Author, Ahorro, Correccion Monetaria y Construccion
1974-1976 Consultant to the United Nations on Urban Matters
1976 Author, Taming the Megalopolis: A Design for Urban Growth
1976- Member of Board of Directors, Instituto de Estudios Colombianos

Series Description

Box 1


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Box 2-5

SUBJECT FILE, 1940-1976.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, reports correspondence, notes, and printed material, arranged alphabetically by subject.



See photo card catalog.
Box 5


Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of a memorandum for the president written by L. Currie relating to the situation in China and to U.S. foreign policy vis-a-vis that country
Reading room workstation


Scope and Content Note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Available as PDF files. The PDF files are page images, so full-text search is not possible. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover, thereunder by date of creation.

Container List



Box 1

Bond, W. L., 1941


Brainard, Rear Admiral Roland M., 1941


Carpenter, S.R., 1941


Chang, Carsun, 1941


Chennault, General Claire L., (code name - Groco), 1941-1942


Chiang Kai-shek, 1941


Chiang Kai-shek, Mme., 1941-1943


Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Kai-shek, Mme., (code name - Segac), 1941-1942


Chien, C. C., 1941


Chih Tsang, 1942


Churchill, Winston, 1942


Davies, John Paton, 1942


Donovan, William J., 1942


Eccles, Marriner S., 1941


Fortas, Abe, 1950


Greene, Robert S., 1941-1943


Holbrook, Major Lucius R., 1942-1943


Hopkins, Harry, 1941-1943


Howe, C. D., 1941


Keating, John G., 1941


Kung, H. H., 1941-1944


Li Ming, 1945


Little, L. K., 1943-1945


Liu Chieh, 1942


Luce, Henry R., 1942


McCammon, Colonel J. E., 1942


McHugh, Colonel J. M., 1941-1945


Magruder, Brigadier General John, 1942


Marshall, General George C., 1942


Messersmith, George S., 1941


Meyberg, Manfred, 1942


Morganthau, Henry, Jr., 1942-1943


People's Political Council, 1941


Price, Frank W., 1941-1942


Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1943


Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1941-1942


Sayre, Francis B., 1941


Smith, General Walter Bedell, 1942


Soong, T. V., 1941-1942


Stilwell, General Joseph, 1942


Stimson, Henry L., 1942


Thompson, Malvina, 1942


Tong, Hollington, 1941-1945


Tully, Grace, 1942-1943


Vincent, John Carter, 1941-1943


Walsh, R. J., 1942


Wang Shih-chieh, 1941


Wei Tao-ming, 1945


Welles, Sumner, 1941-1943


Wheeler, General R. A., 1941-1943


Wong Wen-hao, 1941-1976


SUBJECT FILE, 1940-1976

Box 2

American Volunteer Group (AVG)


Correspondence and memoranda


January 1940-April 1941


May-September 1941


October 1941


November 1941


December 1941


January-March 1942


April-May 1942


June-July 1942


September 1942-September 1943




History and Status of the First American Volunteer Group, Toungoo, Burma, October 19, 1941


Notes on Strategic Possibilities of A Small American Air Force in China




Burma Road


Correspondence and memoranda, August 1941- January 1942




Present Trucking Operations as Conducted on the Burma Road and Recommendations for Their Improvement, by Daniel G. Arnstein, Harold C. Davis, and Marco F. Hellman, August 9, 1941


Some Observations and Impressions on the Yunnan-Burma Transportation Situation, n.d.


Yui Fei-pang, Chairman of the Yunnan-Burma Highway, Report 1, June 16, 1941 and Report 2, June 17, 1941

Box 3

Canada - Foreign relations


Chang Kia-ngau - Notes on conference, February 21, 1941


Chen Pao-chuang - Notes on conference, February 14, 1941


Chennault, General Claire L. - Memoranda, August, 1942


Chiang Kai-shek


Biographical notes




Churchill, Winston, 1941


Lo Ying-ching, 1942


Roosevelt, President Franklin D., 1941-1942


Soong, T. V., 1941-1942


Stilwell, General Joseph, 1942




To Lauchlin Currie (2), n.d. and February 26, 1941


To Franklin Roosevelt (2), July 30, August 6, 1942


Report by Lauchlin Currie for Chiang Kai-shek


Speeches and writings


China's Destiny


Summary translation


Comments on the book by two American observers in China


Impressions of My Visit to India and Observations on the War Situation in the Pacific. Address delivered at Memorial Service, March 9, 1942


Speech to Kuomintang leaders, March 24, 1941


Chiang Kai-shek, Mme.


Ch'ien, T. S., excerpt from letter, August, 1941






Economic conditions






Correspondence, 1941-1942










Rural economy


State monopolies








Politics and government

Box 4

Chinese Exclusion Act


Chinese Flying Cadets - Training in U.S.


Chinese Industrial Cooperatives


Chou En-lai (see Currie, Lauchlin - First Trip to China, February, 1941 - Chiang Kai-shek - Interviews)


Clark-Kerr, Sir Archibald - Notes on conference, February 8, 1941


Cooper, Meriam - Notes on conversation, December 29, 1942


Currie, Lauchlin


First trip to China, February 1941


Awards - Decoration of the Order of Ching Hsin, February 19, 1947


Expense report


Interviews with Chiang Kai-shek, February 7, February 8, and compiled notes on interviews, March 17, 1941 (latter includes notes on interview with Chou En-lai, February 14, 1941)




Plans and letters of introduction


Press clippings


Report by American Ambassador Nelson Johnson, March 3, 1941


Report by Lauchlin Currie to President Roosevelt, March 15, 1941


Second trip to China, July - August, 1942


Conference notes


Interviews with Chiang Kai-shek, July 21, July 22, July 26, July 29, July 30, August 3, August 4, August 5, August 6, 1942








Press clippings


Report by Lauchlin Currie to President Roosevelt, August 24, 1942


Travel arrangements and expense


Davies, John Paton - The China-Burma-India Theater - a Reappraisal, July 31, 1942


Eisenhower, President Dwight D. - Memoranda, 1942; copy of letter, March 25, 1942

Box 5

Fairbank, John K. - Memorandum on Air Program for China, 1942 (attached note by Lauchlin Currie, April 13, 1976); memoranda, January-March, 1944


Flying Tigers (see American Volunteer Group)


Freeman, Fulton? - Conference on situation in China, February, 1941


Ho Ying-chin - Conference, February 17, 1941


Hopkins, Harry - Memoranda, August-September, 1941


Hsu Yung-chang - Notes on conversation, February 20, 1941


Hull, Cordell - Notes and memoranda, April-May 1941, September, 1942


International business enterprises, January, 1944


Jones, Joseph - Memoranda, April-May, 1941


Koo, Y. C. - Notes on conference, February 13, 1941


Kung, H. H. - Notes on conference, February 17, 1941; letter from Henry Luce, March 3, 1944; letter to Franklin Roosevelt, November 11, 1942


Lattimore, Owen (code name - Omita)


Correspondence, 1941-1942


Meeting notes, December 4, 1942


Memoranda on appointment as political adviser to Chiang Kai-shek, May-June, 1941


LeHand, Miss - Memorandum, March 16, 1941


Liu Wei-chang - Notes on conversation, February 25, 1941


Lo Ying-ching - Report to Chiang Kai-shek. June 25, 1942


Luce, Henry - Memorandum on Luce, November 10, 1942


Lynch, - Notes on conference, February 14, 1941


Magruder, Brigadier General John. Holograph report by Lauchlin Currie entitled The Magruder Mission, n.d.


Marshall, General George C. - notes on interview, December 7, 1942; memorandum from Lieutenant General Brehon Somervell, August 28, 1942


Pai Chung-hsi - Notes on conversation, February 20, February 26, 1941


Philippine Islands - Letter to Department of State from Laurence Salisbury, December 13, 1940


Price, Harry B. - Memorandum on China's Economic Needs and American Aid, February 19, 1941


Roosevelt, Eleanor - Memoranda (2), undated and September 16, 1942


Roosevelt, President Franklin D.


Meeting notes, June 26, 1942


Memoranda, 1941-1944


Roy, Andrew T. - Notes on conference, February, 1941


Schaberg, Benjamin F., Jr. - Memorandum on Russia as a Source of Supply for China, September 4, 1942


Stein, Gunther - Notes on conference, February 1941


Situation in China Since Stilwell's Recall, December 22, 1942 (carbon of article by Newsweek correspondent Harold Isaacs)


Somervell, Lieutenant General Brehon - Memorandum for General Clay, August 29, 1942


Soong, T. V. - Memorandum for Franklin Roosevelt, October 31, 1941; newspaper clipping about Soong; notes on Soong, 1942-1944


Stilwell, General Joseph - Memoranda, 1942; notes; proposed message, n.d.; holograph and typewritten memorandum by Stilwell entitled, General View of the Situation, August, 1942


Stimson, Henry - Memorandum, April 22, 1941


Sun Fo - Notes on conference, January 18, 1941


Sun Yat-sen, Mme. - proposed trip to the United States


Tong, Hollington - excerpts from memoranda, 1941; notes on Tong, 1941, 1943


United China Relief


United States


Department of the Treasury


Economic assistance - China


Foreign relations






Military assistance - China


War Production Board, 1944


Watson, General Edwin M.? - Memorandum, February 11, 1942


Wei Tao-ming - Biography; seating arrangement at Chinese Ambassador's dinner, October 21, 1942


Welles, Sumner - Memoranda, 1941-1942


Wheeler, Major General R. A. - Memorandum for General Stilwell on "Monthly Shipping Tonnage Required from United States to Supply One Triangular Division in India," August 11, 1942


White, Theodore - Dispatch from Loyang, March 13, 1943 (also correspondence received by Lauchlin Currie about dispatch)


Willauer, Whiting - notes on conversation, June 4, 1942


World War, 1939-1945




Pacific theater


Wu, K. C. - Notes on conference, February 15, 1941



Additional Note

See photo card catalog.


Box 5

Photocopy of a memorandum for the president written by L. Currie on May 18, 1943, relating to the situation in China and to U.S. foreign policy vis-a-vis that country



Reading room workstation

Record released in 2010, 1945