Preliminary Guide to the Thomas Kennedy Papers circa 1960-1990s

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Kennedy, Thomas L.
Preliminary Guide to the Thomas Kennedy Papers
Date [inclusive]
circa 1960-1990s
1.5 Linear feet of shelf space, 1 Records carton, 1 Manuscript case
(MASC staff use): 2-9-27-3
Collection materials are in Chinese
This collection consists of professional papers of historian Thomas Kennedy.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Thomas Kennedy Papers, circa 1960-1990s (MS.2016.01)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Thomas L. Kennedy (1930-2015) was born in Newark, NJ. He attended Xavier High School in New York City, and earned degrees from Villanova, Georgetown, and Columbia Universities. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and worked for the National Security Agency before joining the faculty of the Washington State University History Department in 1970. He was one of the organizers of the university's Asia Program, and also served the university in a variety of administrative roles. His research and scholarship focused on China, and he authored or co-authored several books, including The Arms of Kiangnan: Modernization in the Chinese Ordnance Industry, 1860-1895, Testimony of a Confucian Woman: The Autobiography of Mrs. Nie Zeng Jifen, 1852-1942, and Confucian Feminist: Memoirs of Zeng Baosun.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of professional papers of historian Thomas Kennedy, mainly correspondence, transcribed lectures, collected research materials, and writings by Kennedy and others. It includes files related to books, articles, and reviews authored by Kennedy, manuscripts of his thesis and dissertation, and reprints of journal articles.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Acquisition Information

Elizabeth Siler donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2016 (MS.2016.01).

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Kennedy, Thomas L. -- Records and correspondence.


  • Colleges and Universities

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