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Biographical/Historical note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, 1936-1996

Series II: Academic and diplomatic papers, 1923-1995

Series III: Personal and family papers, c. 1920s-1996

Series IV: Books, 1914-1994

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Chuan-Hua Gershom Lowe, National Party, Chinese diplomat papers, 1923-1996; bulk 1940-1996 MS 588



Title: Chuan-Hua Gershom Lowe, National Party, Chinese diplomat papers
Dates: Bulk, 1940-1996
Dates: 1923-1996; bulk 1940-1996
Abstract The collection consists of the correspondence, papers, and selected books accumulated and saved by Chuan-Hua Gershom Lowe throughout his lifetime as student, journalist, Chinese embassy official, librarian, husband, and father. Lowe was born in China in 1902, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago, lived again in China, in Burma, in India, in Argentina, in Canada, and again in the U.S., dying in 1996.
Identification: MS 588
Quantity: 5.0 cubic ft.
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

Chuan-Hua Gershom Lowe was born in Nanchang, China, on August 2, 1902. His father was Li Chi-fong, an orphaned beggar who had been raised and educated by a German missionary. His mother belonged to the upper class House of Pong. After attending Boone University in China, in September of 1920 he emigrated to the U.S. to attend the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1923 with a Ph.B. degree in commerce. In 1924 he did graduate work in political economy at the University of Chicago.

Returning to China, Lowe served as Dean of the Commercial Department of Footeh Academy in Hankow in 1924 through 1926. His work as a journalist began in that year with the Hankow Herald. In 1927 he was Professor of Economics at Chih Tze University in Shanghai. From 1928 to 1934 he worked as head of the Industrial Relations Department of the YMCA National Council of China. In 1934 he became director of the Shanghai office of the International Famine Relief Commission, serving in that capacity through 1938.

Lowe’s journalism work continued with a variety of publications including the Tien Hsin Monthly and the South China Morning Post, where he was contributing editor. Between 1941 and 1949 he worked as a representative of the Chinese Ministry of Information in various locations outside of China beginning with Rangoon. He served as Director of the Calcutta office, then the South American office (Buenos Aires), and finally the Montreal office.

From 1949 to 1952 he was a consultant on Oriental affairs for Canadian Pacific Airlines. Serving as editor and researcher at the Asia Foundation in San Francisco was Lowe’s work in 1952 through 1954. From 1954 to 1956 he was the Pacific coast representative of the China Institute in America. Then in 1956 he moved to Washington, D.C., to be in charge of information and lecturing services for the Chinese Embassy.

Upon retirement from the Chinese Embassy, Lowe embarked on a new career by enrolkling in a library science degree program at Western Reserve University. In 1962-63 he passé the U.S. Civil Service Commission examination for librarianship and joined the U.S. Department of Labor Library as a cataloger. From 1963 through 1 970 he advanced through several cataloging positions at libraries including those at the Riverside and Santa Cruz campuses of the University of California and at Stanford University, where he finished his career as Special Collections cataloger.

Following his second retirement, Lowe completed two publications, The Chinese in Hawaii: a bibliographic survey (1972), and Notable Books on Chinese Studies (1978). His publication career also includes The Labor Movement in China (1933), Facing Labor Issues in China (1934) , Japan’s Economic Offensive in China (1939), The Yunnan-Burma Highway (1940), and A Time to Advance, Not to Retreat (1962).

Chuan-Hua Lowe was married to Sien-ung Sharon Lowe, and they had three children, Donald, David, and Diana. At the time of his 1969 will, there were six grandchildren, Lisa and Lydia Lowe, Jeffrey, Karen, and Maia Chang, and Galen Lowe.

Lowe died on September 23, 1996, at the age of 94.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of the professional and personal papers created or compiled by Chuan-Hua Lowe over a 94-year lifetime, as well as a collection of 30 books by others and four written by Lowe himself. Series I includes correspondence, both professional and personal, from 1936 to 1996, representing all phases of his career. Series II is his academic and diplomatic papers from 1923 through 1995. Series III is comprised of personal and family papers from 1920 through 1996, and Series IV is a collection of 30 books by others and four by Lowe himself. They range in publication date from 1914 through 1994.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research, and requires 24 hrs. turnaround time for retrieval from off-site storage.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Chuan-Hua Gershom Lowe collection must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Chuan-Hua Gershom Lowe, National Party, Chinese Diplomat Papers, 1923-1996, MS 588, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was a gift donated by Dr. Tani Barlow, November 1, 2011. Gershom-Lowe was her father-in-law.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence, 1936-1996

Box Folder
1 1 Letters to the China International Famine Relief Commission, 1936
2 Business correspondence, 1938-1996
3 William Knowland, 1952-1954
4 Hollington K. Tong, 1956-1957
5 Dr. P. Shaw (Hong Kong), 1960-1972
6 Stanford University Libraries, 1967-1994
7 The Chinese in Hawaii bibliography, 1971-1989
8 Steve Allen, 1975-1980
9 George Kao; Noticeable Books on Chinese Studies, 1977-1979
10 Billie Lee and Ian Gill, 1977-1992
11 Emily Hahn, 1978-1985
12 Lee Kan (Taipei), 1983-1991
13 Asian Culture Quarterly, 1988-1994
14 Chinese Materials Center, 1984-1996
15 Letters of recommendation, 1988-1994
16 China News - "The Roots of China", 1994-1995
17 David Ming-Li Lowe, 1947-1996
18 Diana Lowe, 1950-1996
19 Lou Ming-Yi, 1955-1984
20 Augusta Lowe, 1959-1984
21 Samuel C.Y. Lowe, 1960-1964
22 Grandchildren, 1962-1996
23 Donald and Tani Lowe, 1975-1996
24 Chuan Kwei Lowe and family, 1980-1993
25 Hsieh Hung; Overseas Education, 1983
26 Luo Hsun-Ron (Therasia Lowe), 1989-1991
27 Zheng Ming Zhu, 1990
28 C.H. Lowe articles and correspondence on remarriage, 1990-1991
29 Family and friends, 1940-1969
30 Family and friends, 1970-1974
31 Family and friends, 1975-1979
32 Family and friends, 1980-1984
33 Family and friends, 1985-1989
34 Family and friends, 1990-1996
35 Family and friends (in Chinese), c. 1970s-1994
36 Correspondence, no date

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Series II: Academic and diplomatic papers, 1923-1995

Box Folder
2 1 Newsclippings, 1923-1996
2 C.H. Lowe articles and speeches, 1924-1995
3 Chinese Ministry of Information in Calcutta, India, 1942-1946
4 Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, 1942-1995
5 Ruth Earnshaw and Chuan Fang Lo, 1944-1991
6 Invitations, 1945-1976
7 Chinese Government Information Office, South America, 1946-1947
8 Reviews and comments on China published by the South American Office of Chinese Ministry of Education, 1946-1947
9 C.H. Lowe lecture engagements, 1946-1961
10 Chinese Government Information Office, Canada, 1947-1952
11 Pamphlets and event programs, 1948-1971
12 Manuscript of "How Strong is Red China?", 1953
13 China House Association, 1955-1956
14 Books and reference works on Chinese art, 1956-1973
15 Chinese Embassy, Washington, D.C., 1956-1961
16 Articles on Koxinga, 1956-1961
17 Lecture notes and materials, 1958-1960
18 Ambassador George K.C. Yeh, 1958-1961
19 University of California employment, 1960-1980
20 Western Reserve University School of Library Science, 1961-1975
21 C.H. Lowe term papers from Western Reserve University, 1962
22 Notes and articles on Hawaii, 1969-1971
23 "Selecting a new career, 1961-1962" by C.H. Lowe, c. 1970s
24 Purchases of The Chinese in Hawaii: a bibliographic survey, 1972-1974
25 Copyright registrations, 1972-1978
26 Newsletters, 1976-1977
27 Purchases of Notable Books on Chinese Studies, 1977-1984
28 Pacific Cultural Foundation, 1978-1994
29 Hua Chung University and Francis C.M. Wei Memorial Library, 1979-1994
30 "Chinatown News" article on C.H. Lowe autobiography Vancouver, BC; October 18, 1984
31 Hawaii Chinese History, 1984-1985
32 Chuan-Kuei's translation of Facing Adversities with a Smile (Chinese), 1985
33 "Our China Adventure, June 18-July 12, 1985" by C.H. Lowe, 1985
34 Australia National University, 1985-1991
35 Hainan Island research, 1987-1989
36 National Library of Australia, 1988-1992
37 C.H. Lowe business and research trips to Taipei, 1988-1994
38 University of Sydney Library, 1989-1990
39 Griffith University, 1989-1990
40 University of San Francisco, 1989-1993
41 University of Melbourne Library, 1989-1994
42 National Central Library, Taipei, 1989-1995
43 Books and reference works on sexuality, no date
44 Chinese History Bibliography, no date
45 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, no date

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Series III: Personal and family papers, c. 1920s-1996

Box Folder
3 1 C.H. Lowe biographical sketch (1902-1996)
2 Photographs of C.H. Lowe and family, c. 1920s -1996
3 Sien Ung Lowe medical records, 1950-1980
4 C.H. and Sien Ung Lowe immigration and travel documents, 1952-1962
5 Renter's Assistance and Income Tax Returns, 1952-1992
6 Social Security Benefits for C.H. Lowe, 1954-1994
7 Samuel C.Y. Lowe financial records, 1956-1972
8 U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1962
9 New Zealand Petroleum Compant Ltd. stocks, 1969-1972
10 Benkins Moving Company insurance claims, 1973
11 San Francisco property, 1973
12 Affordable housing problems in California, 1977-1980
13 Sien Ung Lowe death and condolences, 1980
14 Sien Ung and Chuan Hua: "Fifty-two Years of Togetherness", 1980
15 Zheng Ming-Zhu Immingration Application, 1991-1996
16 C.H. Lowe death certificate, 1996
17 Quotes and sayings, no date
18 Giant postcards (blank), no date
19 Ephemera, no date

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Series IV: Books, 1914-1994

Box Folder
4 1 Outlines of Chinese History by Li Ung Bing, 1914
2 Messer Marco Polo by Donn Byrne, 1921
3 Zhongguo Bao Xue Shi (History of Chinese Newspaper) by Ge Gongzhen, 1927 - In Chinese
4 Pan Chao: Foremost Woman Scholar of China by Nancy Swann, 1932
5 Chao Chun: Beauty in Exile by Shu Chung, 1934
6 The Chinese Soviets by Victor A. Yakhontoff, 1934
7 The West Chamber by Henry H. Hart, 1936
8 Japan's Economic Offensive in China by C.H. Lowe, 1939
9 The Spirit of the Brush by Shio Sakanishi, 1939
10 Chinese Love Poems: From Most Ancient to Modern Times, 1942
11 The Public Speaker's Treasure Chest by Herbert V. Prochnow, 1942
12 Inside Wartime China published by the Chinese Ministry of Information, 1943
13 With No Regrets by Krishna Hutheesing, 1944
14 My Twenty-Five Years in China by John B. Powell, 1945
15 Solution in Asia by Owen Lattimore, 1945
Box Folder
5 1 Last Chance in China by Freda Utley, 1947
2 Writer's Handbook of Basic Journalism by Michael L. Simmons, 1947
3 China and the World Press by Hollington K. Tong, 1948
4 dateline: CHINA by Hollington K. Tong, 1950
5 Japanese Sense of Humour by Hollington K. Tong, 1955
6 Musings of a Chinese Gourmet by F.T. Cheng, 1955
7 Huachung University by John L. Coe, 1962
8 When East Met West by Chang Fu-Liang, 1972
9 Gujin Mifang Ji Cheng (The Integration of Ancient & Modern Secrets) by Sihao Jushi, 1975 - In Chinese
10 Mei Ri Yi Zi (Word of the Day) by Zhang Dingbian, 1975 - In Chinese
11 A Doctor's Letters from China Fifty Years Ago by Vivia B. Appleton, 1976
12 McClure: The China Years by Monroe Scott, 1977
13 My Five Incursions into Diplomacy by Ching-Lin Hsia, 1977
14 Zhongguo Yinshuashu de Faming Jiqi Yinxiang (The Invention & Impact of Chinese Printing) by Zhang Xiumin, 1978 - In Chinese
15 Zhongguo Tushuguan Fazhanshi (Chinese Library History) by Yan Wenyu, 1983 - In Chinese
16 Facing Adversities with a Smile by C.H. Lowe, 1984
17 Notable Books on Chinese Studies by C.H. Lowe, 1988
18 The Roots of China by C.H. Lowe, 1994
19 China and Britain by Sir John T. Pratt, no date

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