Scope and Content
Title: O. Edmund Clubb Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1988
Collection number: 93003
Clubb, O. Edmund (Oliver Edmund), 1901-
25 manuscript boxes, 9 card file boxes
(12.3 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, loyalty- security board hearing transcripts, conference papers and agenda, and
printed matter, relating to Sino-American relations; the post- World War II loyalty-security program in the Department of
State; various aspects of Chinese history and politics, especially in the twentieth century; and American policy during the
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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[Identification of item], O. Edmund Clubb Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.
China--Foreign relations--United States
United States--Foreign relations--China
China--Politics and government--20th century
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
United States--Foreign relations
United States--Politics and government
United States. Dept. of State
Internal security--United States
American diplomat and political scientist; consul general, Peking, China, 1947-1950; director, Office of Chinese Affairs,
Department of State, 1950-1952
|1901 February 16
||Born, South Park, Minnesota
||Receives bachelor's degree, University of Minnesota
||Foreign service officer, U.S. Department of State, including term as Consul General, Beijing
||Faces charges of "disloyalty" during McCarthy period and is suspended from the China desk of the State Department
||Suspension is overturned on appeal by Clubb, who nonetheless resigns from the State Department
||Visiting lecturer at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, New York University, the New School for Social Research, and Cornell
20th Century China
China and Russia: The 'Great Game'
Scope and Content
Received at the Hoover Institution Archives in 1993, the O. Edmund Clubb Papers consist primarily of writings, correspondence,
and research materials relating to Clubb's lifelong interest in the politics and history of China. From the time of his experience
as Foreign Service officer in China, Clubb wrote extensively on issues of China policy, and in particular Sino-American relations.
Having been a "China Hand," Clubb had been a direct witness to the Chinese civil war and was critical of unconditional American
support for the forces of Chiang Kai-shek in this conflict. Clubb's position would later bring him difficulties in terms of
his career in the State Department.
During the McCarthy period, Clubb faced accusations of "disloyalty" and was suspended from his policy position within the
State Department (a transcript of Clubb's hearing before the Loyalty Security Board can be found in the Biographical File).
Although he was later vindicated on the appeal of his suspension, he resigned from the Foreign Service and pursued a career
as a writer and academic, concentrating again on issues relating to China. His writings reflect a consistent viewpoint challenging
American foreign policy during the Cold War, and he emerged as an early critic of the American intervention in Vietnam.
In presenting Clubb's scholarly and journalistic publications in one place, the collection affords researchers the opportunity
to trace the development of Clubb's thinking on issues of foreign policy and Chinese politics. The correspondence also reveals
Clubb's relations with other China scholars and his role as a foreign policy adviser to several prominent American politicians.