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Wellington Koo papers, [ca. 1906]-1976. 

Koo, V. K. Wellington, 1888-1985.
Phys. Desc: 
105 linear ft. (ca. 90,000 items in 227 boxes).
Call Number: 
Ms Coll\Koo
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Biographical Note

Diplomat. Columbia University A.B., 1908, A.M. 1909, Ph.D., 1912, LL.D., 1917.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, memoranda, manuscripts, notes, printed material, and photographs of Koo. The papers deal with all aspects of Koo's career as a diplomat and representative of the government of the Republic of China. Specifically included are papers from Koo's work on the Lytton Commission, 1932-1933; the League of Nations, 1931-1940; and from his ambassadorships to France, 1932-1941; England, 1941-1946; the United Nations, 1944-1946, and the United States, 1946-1956. The correspondence includes extensive files of telegrams (primarily carbon copies) to and from the Foreign Office of the Republic of China, in Chinese and English, on both domestic and international affairs. Also, notes taken during Koo's conversations with world leaders from 1931 to 1956. Among the major correspondents are Chiang Kai-shek, Mayling Soong Chiang (Mme. Chiang Kai-shek), Thomas E. Dewey, John Foster Dulles, Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., and George K.C. Yeh. The papers, primarily in English, Chinese, and French, document the course of affairs in the Republic of China, including the Sino-Japanese War and the takeover of the mainland by the People's Republic of China. They chronicle as well the course of world events from 1931 to 1956.