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COLLECTION Identifier: hyl00005

Papers of American Branch of The Science Society of China 中國科學社美洲分社檔案 Digital

Scope and Contents

This collection, kept in 1 box, contains rich raw materials of the Science Society of China, American Branch, dated between 1919 and 1936. There are hundreds of original correspondences between members and officers, documents of member list and their address list, information about their annual conventions, and receipts of their membership fees. Highlights include correspondences between Qiu Kaiming裘开明, Zhao Yuanren赵元任, Mei Yiqi梅贻琦 and others, both in Chinese and English. Several related booklets are included as well.


  • Creation: 1928 - 1936

Language of Materials

Materials in English, Chinese


5 boxes

Biographical / Historical

The Science Society of China (simplified Chinese: 中国科学社; traditional Chinese: 中國科學社, 1915-1960) was a major science organization in the modern history of China. It was initiated by Chinese students at Cornell University in 1914 and later renamed Science Society of China. In 1915 it began publication in China of a major journal, Kexue科学 (Science), which was patterned on the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1918 Science Society of China founded headquarters in Nanjing. In 1922 the Society established a major biological research laboratory in Nanjing. The Society devoted itself to the popularization of science, the improvement of science education, the standardization in Chinese translation of scientific vocabularies, and participation in international scientific meetings. It was the leading scientific organization in China prior to the establishment of government-sponsored Academia Sinica (1928) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (1949). Related Ref.:

General note

Hollis Number: 990094240480203941

Papers of American Branch of The Science Society of China 中國科學社美洲分社檔案 : A finding aid.
Harvard Yenching Library, Harvard College Library
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