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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: O. Edmund Clubb Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1988
    Collection number: 93003
    Creator: Clubb, O. Edmund (Oliver Edmund), 1901-
    Collection Size: 25 manuscript boxes, 9 card file boxes (12.3 linear feet)
    Repository: 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 Vietnamese War.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.
    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.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], O. Edmund Clubb Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Access Points

    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
    Diplomats--United States


    American diplomat and political scientist; consul general, Peking, China, 1947-1950; director, Office of Chinese Affairs, Department of State, 1950-1952

    Biographical Note

    1901 February 16 Born, South Park, Minnesota
    1927 Receives bachelor's degree, University of Minnesota
    1928-1952 Foreign service officer, U.S. Department of State, including term as Consul General, Beijing
    1951 Faces charges of "disloyalty" during McCarthy period and is suspended from the China desk of the State Department
    1952 Suspension is overturned on appeal by Clubb, who nonetheless resigns from the State Department
    1959-1966 Visiting lecturer at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, New York University, the New School for Social Research, and Cornell University
    1964 Author, 20th Century China
    1971 Author, 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.