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   American Bureau for Medical Aid to China Records, 1937-2005

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Preferred Citation

Cite as: ABMAC Records. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079642 View CLIO record
Creator(s):American Bureau for Medical Aid to China
Title:American Bureau for Medical Aid to China Records, 1937-2005
Physical description:330 linear ft 270 boxes; 2 tube boxes)
Language(s):In English
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Scope and Content

Papers of the American Bureau for Medical Aid to China, Inc., consisting of correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, committee files, membership records, financial records, fund raising records, motion pictures, audio tapes, phonograph records, photographs, posters, publications of ABMAC and other printed materials. Also included are the files of related Chinese relief organizations: Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals, 1954-1969; American Emergency Relief, 1941-1946; United Services to China, 1941-1977. Of particular interest are approximately 6,000 photographs of Chinese medical colleges, hospitals, laboratories and personnel and 45 phonograph records including speeches by such ABMAC supporters as Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek, Pearl S. Buck, Wendell Willkie, Fiorello LaGuardia and a number of movie stars.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Permanent File

Series III: Program Files

Series IV: Alfred Kohlberg File

Series V: Development Files

Series VI: Fellowship Name File

Arranged chronologically and subarranged according to first letter of last name.

Series VII: Fellowships and Program Files

Series VIII: Aid Refugee Chinese Intellectuals

Series IX: American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees

Series X: Free China Fund

Series XI: United China Relief and Subject File

Series XII: United Service to China: Subject File

Series XIII: Photographs

Series XIV: Printed Materials

Series XV: 1986 Addition

Series XVI: Printed Materials

Series XVII: Audio Visual, etc.

Series XVIII: Additions (Various)

A significant addition to the collection, made up of various accessions. Of particular interest, is the planning for the dissolution of ABMAC in 2003

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Using the Collection


Restrictions on Use

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: ABMAC Records. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 06/11/90 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2011-11-30 EAD created by PTL
    2015-09-10 Addition (Series XVIII) processed by PTL

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Annual reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bank statements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Legal documents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion pictures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tape recordings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chiang Kai-shek.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Health and hygiene.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Social conditions.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
China--Social life and customs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Medical assistance--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Medical education--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Medical sciences--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Public health--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Public health--International cooperation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United China Relief (U.S.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


ABMAC was founded in 1937 to give aid to Chinese medical and public health services by working through existing Chinese medical agencies. Between 1937 and 1945 more than ten million dollars in aid was given to China. After World War II, ABMAC concentrated on aiding six national medical colleges by administering a fellowship program for faculty members of these colleges to spend a year of study in the United States, by sending American medical faculty members to the six colleges as visiting professors, and by providing technical assistance in the form of books for medical libraries, text books for the classroom, equipment for laboratories and other educational materials. In 1949 when the Peoples Republic of China was established, ABMAC shifted its aid to Taiwan.

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