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Title: Lauchlin Bernard Currie papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1993
Collection Number: 80013
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope (2.0 linear feet)
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. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Currie, Lauchlan Bernard.

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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

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

 

Correspondence, 1941-1950

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
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

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda, reports correspondence, notes, and printed material, arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 2

American Volunteer Group (AVG)

 

Correspondence and memoranda

 

1940 January - 1941 April

 

1941 May-September

 

1941 October

 

1941 November

 

1941 December

 

1942 January-March

 

1942 April-May

 

1942 June-July 1942

 

1942 September - 1943 September

 

Reports

 

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

 

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

 

Burma

 

Burma Road

 

Correspondence and memoranda, 1941 August - 1942 January

 

Reports

 

"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, 1941 August 9

 

"Some Observations and Impressions on the Yunnan-Burma Transportation Situation," undated

 

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

Box 3

Canada - Foreign relations

 

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

 

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

 

Chennault, General Claire L. - Memoranda, 1942 August

 

Chiang Kai-shek

 

Biographical notes

 

Correspondence

 

Churchill, Winston, 1941

 

Lo Ying-ching, 1942

 

Roosevelt, President Franklin D., 1941-1942

 

Soong, T. V., 1941-1942

 

Stilwell, General Joseph, 1942

 

Memoranda

 

To Lauchlin Currie (2), 1941 February 26 and undated

 

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

 

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, 1942 March 9

 

Speech to Kuomintang leaders, 1941 March 24

 

Chiang Kai-shek, Mme.

 

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

 

China

 

Communists

 

Economic conditions

 

General

 

Banknotes

 

Correspondence, 1941-1942

 

Currency

 

Exchange

 

Gold

 

Loans

 

Rural economy

 

State monopolies

 

Trade

 

Labor

 

Military

 

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, - Chiang Kai-shek - Interviews) 1941 February

 

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

 

Cooper, Meriam - Notes on conversation, 1942 December 29

 

Currie, Lauchlin

 

First trip to China, 1941 February

 

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

 

Expense report

 

Interviews with Chiang Kai-shek, and compiled notes on interviews, (latter includes notes on interview with Chou En-lai), 1941

 

Notes

 

Plans and letters of introduction

 

Press clippings

 

Report by American Ambassador Nelson Johnson, 1941 March 3

 

Report by Lauchlin Currie to President Roosevelt, 1941 March 15

 

Second trip to China, 1942 July - August

 

Conference notes

 

Interviews with Chiang Kai-shek, 1942

 

Miscellaneous

 

Notes

 

Plans

 

Press clippings

 

Report by Lauchlin Currie to President Roosevelt, 1942 August 24

 

Travel arrangements and expense

 

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

 

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

Box 5

Fairbank, John K. - Memorandum on Air Program for China, (attached note by Lauchlin Currie 1942), memoranda, 1944

 

Flying Tigers (see American Volunteer Group)

 

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

 

Ho Ying-chin - Conference, 1941 February 17

 

Hopkins, Harry - Memoranda, 1941 August-September

 

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

 

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

 

International business enterprises, 1944 January

 

Jones, Joseph - Memoranda, 1941 April-May

 

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

 

Kung, H. H. - Notes on conference, letter from Henry Luce, letter to Franklin Roosevelt, 1941-1942, 1944

 

Lattimore, Owen (code name - Omita)

 

Correspondence, 1941-1942

 

Meeting notes, 1942 December 4

 

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

 

LeHand, Miss - Memorandum, 1941 March 16

 

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

 

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

 

Luce, Henry - Memorandum on Luce, 1942 November 10

 

Lynch, - Notes on conference, 1941 February 14

 

Magruder, Brigadier General John. Holograph report by Lauchlin Currie entitled "The Magruder Mission," undated

 

Marshall, General George C. - notes on interview, memorandum from Lieutenant General Brehon Somervell, 1942

 

Pai Chung-hsi - Notes on conversation, 1941 February

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Roosevelt, President Franklin D.

 

Meeting notes, 1942 June 26

 

Memoranda, 1941-1944

 

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

 

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

 

Stein, Gunther - Notes on conference, 1941 February

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Stilwell, General Joseph - Memoranda, notes; proposed message, holograph and typewritten memorandum by Stilwell entitled, "General View of the Situation," 1942 and undated

 

Stimson, Henry - Memorandum, 1941 April 22

 

Sun Fo - Notes on conference, 1941 January 18

 

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

 

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

 

United China Relief

 

United States

 

Department of the Treasury

 

Economic assistance - China

 

Foreign relations

 

Canada

 

Russia

 

Military assistance - China

 

War Production Board, 1944

 

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

 

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

 

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," 1942 August 11

 

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

 

Willauer, Whiting - notes on conversation, 1942 June 4

 

World War, 1939-1945

 

General

 

Pacific theater

 

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

Envelope A

Photographs, circa 1942

Scope and Contents note

16 prints (some duplicates) of bombing of Haiphong, French Indo-China (Vietnam) August 9, 1942(?)
Box 5

1985 October Increment, 1943 May 18

Scope and Contents 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.
 

Declassified U.S. Government Records, 1941, 1945

Scope and Contents 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.
Reading Room Workstation

2010 release of records, 1945

OSS Research and Analysis Branch report: American Cooperation with China during the First Year of the War, 1945 June 11

Reading Room Workstation

2017 release of records, 1941

E. L. Hall-Paten, British Embassy, Chungking, letter to Mr. Currie, 1941 February 18