Guide to the Thomas La Fargue Papers 1873-1946
Cage 255

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
La Fargue, Thomas
Title
Thomas La Fargue Papers
ID
Cage 255
Date [inclusive]
1873-1946
Extent
2.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Abstract
Correspondence, notes, clippings, photographs, printed materials, and typescript of China's First Hundred (Pullman, 1942) re: the Chinese Educational Mission, 1872-1881. Includes biographical information and letters of individual students collected by LaFargue and Arthur G. Robinson.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 255, Thomas La Fargue Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Thomas La Fargue (b. 1900) was a history professor at the State College of Washington during the period in which he researched and wrote China's First Hundred (1942). The book is a study of one hundred Chinese boys who studied in the United States from 1872-1881 as part of the Chinese Educational Mission to America. La Fargue earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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Scope and Contents note

In the first series, the Group Biographical Information subseries includes general or group biographical information about the students, such as lists of names, newspaper or magazine group photos, personal accounts, addresses and birth dates. The Commemorations subseries includes transcripts of speeches, published photos, newspaper articles and related material concerning commemorative events for the students. The Correspondence subseries consists of lists of personal letters written by twelve of the Chinese students and letters received by the same twelve. The Published Writings subseries includes pamphlets and articles on the mission project or Chinese history. Many are written by Emil S. Fischer on the subject of Tong Shao-yi who was a mission student and premier of China.

In the La Fargue series, the book-related correspondence primarily concerns La Fargue's requests for research material and responses to his inquiries. The WSU related correspondence, between the State College of Washington representatives and La Fargue, relates to La Fargue's summer of 1940 trip to China and Japan. Itinerary, funds, expenses, purchases, etc., are documented.

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Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in three series: Chinese Educational Mission Students, Thomas La Fargue and Photographs.

In the first series, the Group Biographical Information subseries includes mostly undated material and is arranged by subject. The Individual Biographical Information subseries is arranged alphabetically by the student's last name. The Commemorations subseries is arranged chronologically. The Correspondence subseries consists of outgoing and incoming correspondence arranged alphabetically by the student's name, and chronologically within the individual group. The Published Writings subseries is arranged chronologically.

In the La Fargue series, the arrangement is chronological within subseries.

LOCATION NOTE (MASC STAFF USE)

Some items in Series 1, marked with an asterisk (*) are oversized (map case).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1987

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Thomas La Fargue were donated to the Washington State University Libraries by La Fargue in the 1940s.

Processing Information note

The papers were re-processed in June 1987 by Jennifer Brathovde. In 2006 pinyin equivalents for many names were added (provided by Edward Rhoads).

Existence and Location of Copies note

A digital collection of the images listed here exists as the Thomas LaFargue collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chinese Educational Commission

Geographic Name(s)

  • China--Biography

Personal Name(s)

  • La Fargue, Thomas E. (Thomas Edward), 1900- --Archives
  • Robinson, Arthur G

Subject(s)

  • Chinese -- Education--United States
  • International Relations

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Chinese Educational Mission Students 

Box Folder

Group* 

1 1

Individuals 

Box Folder

Chow Chen Shi 

1 2

Chow Cheong Ling (Zhou Chengling) 

1 2

Chung Mun Yew (Zhong Wenyao) 

1 2

Hoy Yung (Rong Yaoyuan) 

1 2

Liang M.T. (Liang Ruhao) 

1 2

Liang Tu Yen (Liang Dunyan) 

1 2

Ouyang King (Ouyang Geng) 

1 2

Shen Chia Shu (Shen Jiashu) 

1 2

Su Yu-tchu (Su Ruizhao) 

1 2

Tang Shao Yi (Tang Shaoyi) 

1 2

Tsai Shou-Kie (Cai Shaoji)* 

1 2

Tsai Ting Kan (Cai Tinggan)* 

1 2

Wong Kai-Kai (Huang Kaijia) 

1 2

Woo Chung Yen (Wu Zhongxian) 

1 2

Woo Yin Chi 

1 2

Yang Fu-li 

1 2

Yang Tseng Woo (Wu Yangzeng) 

1 2

Yen W.W. (Yan Huiqing) 

1 2

Yung Wing (Rong Hong) 

1 2

Commemorations 1881-1937 

1 3

Correspondence 

Chung Mun Yen (Zhong Wenyao) 1940 

1 4

Leang Pi Cook (Liang Pixu) 1882 

1 4

Liang P.T. 1938 

1 4

Liang Yu Ho (Liang Ruhao) 1930-1940 

1 4

Sik Yak Foo (Xue Youfu) 1881-1882 

1 4

Tsai Shou Kie (Cai Shaoji) 1885 

1 4

Wong Kai Kah (Huang Kaijia) 1882 

1 4

Woo Yang Tsang (Wu Yangzeng) 1887-1940 

1 4

Yang Tsang (Wu Yangzeng) 1933-1938 

1 4

Yung S.H. (Rong Shangquian) 1940 

1 4

Yung Wing (Rong Hong) 1873 

1 4

Unidentified 1938 

1 4

Published writings 1896-1940 

1 5

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Series 2: LaFargue 

Correspondence 

Box Folder

China's First Hundred 1938-1954 

1 6

Washington State University 1940-1941 

1 7

China's First Hundred 

1 8-9

Notecards 

1 10

Miscellaneous 

1 11

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Series 3: Photographs 

Box Folder

Group photographs 

2 1

Individual students (youth) 

2 2

Individual students (adult) 

Box Folder

Woo Yang Tsang 1887-1940 

2 3

Yang Tsang 1933-1938 

Yung S.H. 1940 

Yung Wing 1873 

Unidentified 1938 

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