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Inventory of the Lei Zhen Papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Lei Zhen Papers
    Dates: 1960-1977
    Collection Number: 2008C3
    Creator: Lei, Zhen
    Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Lei Zhen (1897-1979) was a human rights activist, liberal thinker, and vigorous political opponent of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang rule in post-1949 Taiwan. The collection, consisting of Lei Zhen's memoir, correspondence, and writings dated 1960-1977, primarily relates to the pro-democracy movement in Taiwan.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Chinese

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lei Zhen Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2008.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1897 June 25 Born, Zhejiang province, China, nè Yonglong
    1916 Studied in Japan; entered the Chinese Revolutionary Party (Zhonghua Geming Dang)
    1926 Graduated from Kyoto Imperial University; entered law school to study constitutional law
    1928 Instructor at the Central Military Academy
    1929 Professor of Law at National Central University
    1931 Kuomintang (KMT) Special Municipalities Committee member
    1932 Chairman of the KMT National Congress in Nanjing
    1933 Chief of the Department of Education's General Administrative Affairs Office
    1937 Member of the Military Affairs Commission
    1943 Deputy Secretary General of the People's Political Council
    1945 Appointed by Chiang Kai-shek as Secretary General of the Political Consultant Conference
    1946 Deputy Secretary General of the National Assembly
    1947 Minister without Portfolio
    1949 Launched the first issue of the Free China Journal
    1950 Presidential policy advisor, Central Bank board member
    1952 Secretary General of the Sino-Japanese Cultural and Economic Association
    1960 Sentenced to 10 years in prison by Chiang Kai-shek
    1970 September Released from prison
    1979 March 7 Died, Taipei, Taiwan

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Lei Zhen (1897-1979) was a human rights activist, liberal thinker, and vigorous political opponent of Chiang Kai-shek and Kuomintang rule in post-1949 Taiwan. Acquired by the Hoover Institution in 2007, the collection, consisting of Lei Zhen's memoir, correspondence, and writings dated 1960-1977, primarily relates to the pro-democracy movement in Taiwan.
    Lei Zhen launched the Free China Journal in 1949. Due to the journal's pro-democracy stance and criticism of Chiang Kai-shek, Lei was arrested for treason on September 4, 1960, and sentenced to ten years in prison. The magazine was subsequently shut down.
    While in prison, Lei wrote a four million character memoir chronicling his life and thoughts on democracy, freedom of speech, and an open society. However, the memoir and most government records regarding the controversial "Lei Zhen Incident" have either disappeared or been destroyed.
    During the last two years of his life, Lei attempted to reconstruct the memoir. The result was a five chapter, three hundred thousand character manuscript titled The Black Book of Forming a New Party (Lei Zhen Huiyi Lu Zhi Xin Dang Yundong Hei Pi Shu) that described Lei's vision for Taiwan's democratization process, constitutional reform, and future prospects.
    Included in the collection is a draft of this manuscript and letters to his children and other family members. Portions of this memoir, as well as family letters were published in 2003. The collection also includes unpublished material such as the first chapter of the manuscript, and additional correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Taiwan--Politics and government--1945-1975