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Correspondence, writings, notes, and other papers documenting the personal life and professional career of Sir Joseph Banks, a British naturalist and explorer, who served on a scientific expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador (1766) and with Captain Cook's expedition to observe the transit of Venus in the Pacific Ocean. Includes documentation on foreign relations between China and Great Britain.
Bullitt (1891-1967, Yale 1912), America's first ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1933 to 1936, wrote about the dangers of communism following World War II. He developed especially close ties to Taiwan, including a friendship with Generalissimo and Madame Chiang Kai-shek. At the request of the Joint Congressional Committee on Foreign Economic Cooperation in 1948, he served as a consultant on a report on the
Economic Cooperation Agency and American aid to China. His files for this committee include primarily research materials. There are also files on China from Bullitt's appointment to the American Commission to Negotiate the Peace (Paris Peace Conference, 1919).
Papers of the politician and adviser to President Woodrow Wilson during the Paris Peace Conference following World War I. Materials on China include diaries, correspondence, and subject files on topics such as Japanese aggression in China and the Shantung Question and Settlement, April-May 1919.
Correspondence, organizational records, reports containing historical and statistical material, maps, and other papers of The Inquiry, a group of experts assembled at the request of President Wilson to collect and collate data in preparation for a peace conference following World War I.
From 1893 to 1936 he was employed by the Chinese Legation in Washington, DC, as an interpreter, first secretary, adviser, and chargé d’affaires ad interim until his retirement, and then general adviser to the Chinese Embassy from 1936 to 1943. He was also a reporter for the New York Herald, 1893-1897.
Papers of an American foreign service officer including reports on Chinese economic and political conditions, memoranda on Nanking and the Nationalist takeover in 1927; an account of the U.S.S. Panay incident in 1937, to which he was an eyewitness; a record of his internment in Nanking by the Japanese in 1942, and articles and letters on his escape from China in 1949.
Foreign policy adviser to Colonel Edward M. House and President Woodrow Wilson. Correspondence and subject files relating to the Far East, with particular emphasis on the Shantung Question; Japanese aggression in China; Reinsch-Polk correspondence on the Special Mission, 1918-1919; loan to China, 1916-1917; and missionaries in China, 1919.
Papers of a diplomat, statesman and cabinet officer Secretary of War under Taft, Roosevelt, and Truman and Secretary of State under Hoover). Documentation on China for the periods 1929-1932 and 1940-1950 concerning its disputes with Russia over rights in North Manchuria, 1929; the Manchurian Crisis of 1931-1932; Stimson’s insistence on the maintenance of China’s independence and territorial integrity; and the China-Burma-India theatre and General Joseph W. Stilwell.
Of particular significance are background materials, correspondence, position papers, and handwritten meeting notes relating to diplomatic relations with China. Relatively little of the materials about China date to Vance’s time as Secretary of State in the Carter administration. Instead, consideration of economic initiatives and new business relations with Southeast Asia, along with the investigation of relevant legal issues, are documented in the China and Shanghai Conferences, 1984-1985, for which Vance represented his law firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett.
The papers consist of correspondence and documents related to Frederick Townsend Ward's role as commanding officer of the "Ever Victorious Army" which helped crush the Taiping Rebellion in China (1850-1864).
Family papers of a missionary, diplomat, and Sinologue who spent almost forty years in China. At a missionary press in Macao, he translated Chinese texts and compiled A Syllabic Dictionary of the Chinese Language. He also wrote The Middle kingdom; a survey of the ... Chinese empire and its inhabitants ... in 1848 which he and his son Frederick Wells (1857-1928) revised in 1883. From 1856 to 1876 Samuel Wells was the secretary and interpreter to the American legation in China. He also accompanied Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1853 and 1854 to negotiate trade relations between Japan and the western world. In 1876 he moved to Yale College where he was appointed the first professor of Chinese language and literature in the United States. Frederick Wells (Yale 1879) taught Central Asian, Indian, and East Asian history at Yale from 1893 to 1925.