Finding aid for the K.S. Oh family papers 3313
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Title: K.S. Oh family papers
Oh, Tai K.
Identifier/Call Number: 3313
.5 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1908-1999
Abstract: The K.S. Oh family papers is a small collection comprised of biographical and genealogical materials of the Oh family, primarily
relating to professor of dermatology and medical missionary Kung Sung, as well as his grandson and creator of the materials
Tai K., and Tai's parents and niece, among other relatives. The materials consist of correspondence, clippings, articles,
printed materials, and a few photos and negatives.
Items are arranged alphabetically.
Scope and Contents
The K.S. Oh family papers, 1908-1999, consist of twenty-six folders relating to Korean dermatologist and professor Kung Sun
Oh and his family, created and collected by his grandson Tai K. Oh and gifted to USC by Tai's wife Gretchen Oh. This small
collection comprises biographical and genealogical information of the Oh family in the form of birth records, immigration
documents, academic records, articles from the Archives of Dermatology, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.
The majority of the materials within the collection relates to K.S. Oh and Tai's own research into his grandfather's history
and general family lineage, but there are also items relating to Tai himself, as well as his parents Chin Young and Eui Kyeung
Oh, his niece Kyung Lah (a current CNN correspondent) and other relatives. The remainder of the collection includes a few
photos, negatives, two calendars, a booklet, and a brochure.
K.S. (Kung Sun) Oh was born on October 4, 1878. He was a professor of dermatology in Korea as well as one of the first Korean
men to become a Christian, joining the Baptist faith in 1900. He went to the United States for his education and upon his
return began work as a medical missionary. In 1912, he joined the faculty of Severance Union Medical College and later became
the dean. His clinic at Severance Hospital was one of the busiest. In 1919, he established the Kyung-Sung Orphanage. K.S.
received honorary degrees from Centre College and the University of Louisville in 1934. He also received awards from the Bureau
of the Minister of Welfare. He passed away on May 18, 1963.
K.S.'s grandson, Tai K. Oh, was born in Seoul in 1934 to Chin Young and Eui Kyeung Oh. He went to school in Japan and the
United States. He was a business professor, consultant, and author of the book "The Asian Brain Drain". He was the owner of
Oh Imports, along with his wife Gretchen. He passed away in 2010.
Kyung Lah is Tai's niece and a journalist and correspondent for CNN. Born in Seoul, she grew up in Streamwood, Illinois and
earned her B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, where she also wrote
a column for the Daily Illini. She has worked for the Los Angeles CNN bureau since 2012.
Conditions Governing Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean
Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical
items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Box/Folder# or Item name], K.S. Oh family papers, Collection no. 3313, Korean Heritage Library, USC Libraries, University
of Southern California.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Gretchen Oh.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Baptists -- Korea -- Archival resources
College teachers -- Korea -- Archival resources
Dermatologists -- Korea -- Archival resources
Missionaries, Medical -- Korea -- Archival resources
Oh, K.S. (Kung Sun), 1878-1963 -- Archives
Oh, Tai K. -- Archives
Centre College (Danville, Ky. : 1918- ) -- Archives
Lah, Kyung, 1971- -- Archives
Mikva, Abner J. -- Archives
Oh, Gretchen -- Archives
Sebŭransŭ Yŏnhap Ŭihak Chŏnmun Hakkyo -- Archives
Sebŭransŭ Pyŏngwŏn (Korea) -- Archives
University of Louisville -- Archives
Box 1, Folder 2
Centre College of KY
Box 1, Folder 3
Cho, Chung-Ja and husband - immigration
Box 1, Folder 4
[Clippings, calender, and inventories]
Box 1, Folder 5
Dong-Eun Medical Museum at Yonsei University College of Medicine [booklet]
Box 1, Folder 6
Hae Gwan Kindergarten [brochure]
Box 1, Folder 7
Immigration - Eui K. Oh
Box 1, Folder 8
Immigration - Min Ja Oh
Box 1, Folder 9
Immigration - Tai Keun Oh
Box 1, Folder 10
[K.S. Oh academic records]
Box 1, Folder 11
K.S. Oh [clippings, correspondence, and letters]
Box 1, Folder 12
K.S. Oh [Korean newspaper articles]
Box 1, Folder 13
K.S. Oh - old photos, negatives, prints
Box 1, Folder 14
K.S. Oh - Archives of Dermatology [articles]
Box 1, Folder 18
Mandale, Walter - correspondence
Box 1, Folder 19
Mikva, Abner, Rep. [correspondence]
Box 1, Folder 20
Oh, Chin Young and Eui Kyeung
Box 1, Folder 21
Oh family - birth records
Box 1, Folder 22
Oh family [clippings and addresses]
Box 1, Folder 23
Oh imports [family business]
Box 1, Folder 25
Sales of exchanges of property [Tai K. and Gretchen Oh]
Box 1, Folder 26
Tai Oh [negatives]