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Chinese Scholarship Committee records

 Collection
Identifier: BMC-1989-30
The Chinese Scholarship Committee records house scattered financial and administrative records, as well as a nice body of correspondence from and about the Chinese students who directly benefitted from the fund. The collection, which dates from 1916-1988, documents the efforts of Bryn Mawr College to diversify its student body and to introduce its students to different cultures.

The collection is arranged into four series: "Administrative records, 1916-1988," "Financial records, 1916-1988," "General correspondence, 1916-1988" and "Margaret Wood Keith papers, 1916-1988."

In the "Administrative records" series, which dates from 1916 to 1988, researchers will find a robust (though incomplete) run of yearly Committee reports. Following, is a handful of files containing random bits of information about Committee administration, finances and history. Of note are the correspondence files directly related to student admission and fundraising, and student evaluations. Please review the folder list for additional details.

The second series, "Financial records," consists of three ledger books, which record the name, date and contribution amount of donors. Also included are a few bank statements, cancelled checks and check stubs and savings books. Of note are the files of correspondence and receipts, documenting donor activities and fundraising.

The third series, "General correspondence," is divided into two subseries: "Correspondence from Chinese students to program administrators" and "Correspondence with/about Chinese students." The letters, which are plentiful, report on student progress and financial need. There are Christmas cards, general greeting cards and handwritten and type-written letters.

The "Margaret Wood Keith papers" series consists almost entirely of correspondence. Included are ten folders of letters and notes regarding the Chinese Scholarship Committee. Prevalent authors include Beatrice MacGeorge, Mrs. Samuel Chew, Margaret Bailey Speer, Anne Vaux, and Bryn Mawr College presidents. These letters are frequently from Chinese students who have received scholarships or are administrative letters regarding finances and logistics of the scholarship program. The letters date from 1938 to 1985 and are arranged in chronological order.

Established in 1916, the Chinese Scholarship Committee gave one full scholarship annually to a young Chinese woman who would not have been able to obtain an education at home. The collection reveals the practical logistics of the scholarship, such as funding and administration, but it also reveals the more personal side of the program: the students' mastery of the English language, and the relationships formed between the students and Committee members. The collection would be of use to those studying international students in the early twentieth century, or the Chinese Scholarship Committee at Bryn Mawr College.

Dates

  • 1916 - 1988

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet

Overview

The Chinese Scholarship Committee was established by Professor Lucy Martin Donnelly in 1916, to provide Chinese women an education who could not otherwise obtain one in China. It was also intended to “deepen the understanding between China and the United States by bringing to this country the type of students who would represent the highest Chinese traditions, and who would in turn interpret to China our western civilization” (“Bryn Mawr Chinese Scholarship Committee,” pamphlet). The fund, as established, provided for one annual scholarship to a Chinese woman who wished to attend Bryn Mawr College.

The Chinese Scholarship Committee records documents the efforts of Bryn Mawr College diverisify its student body and to introduce to its students a different culture. The collection houses scattered financial and administrative records, as well as a nice body of correspondence from and about the Chinese students who directly benfitted from the fund. The collection is arranged into four series: "Administrative records, 1916-1988," "Financial records, 1916-1988," "General correspondence, 1916-1988" and "Margaret Wood Keith papers, 1916-1988."

Biographical/Historical note

The Chinese Scholarship Committee was established by Professor Lucy Martin Donnelly in 1916, to provide Chinese women an education who could not otherwise obtain one in China. It was also intended to “deepen the understanding between China and the United States by bringing to this country the type of students who would represent the highest Chinese traditions, and who would in turn interpret to China our western civilization” (“Bryn Mawr Chinese Scholarship Committee,” pamphlet). The fund, as established, provided for one annual scholarship to a Chinese woman who wished to attend Bryn Mawr College.

The first woman to benefit from the scholarship was Fung Kei Liu, who graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1922. She returned to China in 1925 and established a school, which eventually became a recognized branch of Hong Kong’s Lingnan University. Since Fung Kei Liu, dozens of Chinese and other Asian women have benefitted from the scholarship. Graduates have gone on to become teachers, physicians, researchers and other professions, and have pursued further education at such prestigious institutions as Columbia University and Harvard University, among others.

Bibliography:

"Draft of The Unconquerable Spirit of China: Can Bryn Mawr do Better Than to Foster it?, by Lucy Martin Donnelly," 1978, Box 1, Folder 11, Accession number A89-30, Chinese Scholarship Committee records, 1916-1988, Bryn Mawr College Archives.

"Bryn Mawr Chinese Scholarship Committee," circa 1925, Box 1, Folder 11, Accession number A89-30, Chinese Scholarship Committee records, 1916-1988, Bryn Mawr College Archives.

"Chinese Scholarship Fund Observes 45th Anniversary," The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, November 6, 1962, Box 1, Folder 11, Accession number A89-30, Chinese Scholarship Committee records, 1916-1988, Bryn Mawr College Archives.

"45th Anniversary." Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin (1963):20.

Chew, Lucy Evans. "Scholarships For Chinese Students." Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin (1946): 10.

Donnelly, Lucy Martin. "China and Bryn Mawr." Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin (1921): 6-7.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Margaret Woods Keith (Class of 1932), 1989.

Related Materials

Bryn Mawr College: Liu Fung-Kei papers

Processing Information

The processing of this collection was made possible through a training session "Archives for Non-Archivists" hosted by the Council on Library and Information Resources.

This collection is minimally processed to the folder level.
Title
Chinese Scholarship Committee records, circa 1916-1988
Status
completed
Author
Lorett Treese, Melissa Torquato
Date
2010 October 28
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
Sponsor
The processing of this collection was made possible through a training session "Archives for Non-Archivists" hosted by the Council on Library and Information Resources.

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