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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  • Hoover Institution Archives
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  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
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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.

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Access Points

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--China.
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

CORRESPONDENCE, 1941-1950.

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.
 

AUDIO-VISUAL.

Note

See photo card catalog.
Box 5

INCREMENT RECEIVED OCTOBER 1985, May 18, 1943

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

DECLASSIFIED U.S. GOVERNMENT RECORDS, 1945.

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

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1941-1950

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

 

Reports

 

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

 

Burma Road

 

Correspondence and memoranda, August 1941- January 1942

 

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, 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

 

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), 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

 

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, 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)

 

Notes

 

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

 

Miscellaneous

 

Notes

 

Plans

 

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

 

Canada

 

Russia

 

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

 

General

 

Pacific theater

 

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

 

AUDIO-VISUAL

Additional Note

See photo card catalog.
 

INCREMENT RECEIVED OCTOBER 1985, May 18, 1943

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

 

DECLASSIFIED U.S. GOVERNMENT RECORDS, 1945

Reading room workstation

Record released in 2010, 1945