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Preliminary Inventory of the David Nelson Rowe papers
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  • Title: David Nelson Rowe papers
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1982
    Collection Number: 78064
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English and Chinese
    Physical Description: 146 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 2 oversize folders (65.9 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, reports, printed matter, photographs, slides, phonotapes, microfilm, maps, postcards, and memorabilia relating to Chinese history and foreign relations, Asian area studies, Japanese World War II propaganda, application of the People's Republic of China for admission to the United Nations, and communism in Asia.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Rowe, David Nelson, 1905-1985


    Box 143 restricted. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Nelson Rowe papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978, with increments received in 1981 and 1982.


    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 catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction in China (United States and China) miscellaneous records, Hoover Institution Archives
    Walter H. Judd papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Alfred Kohlberg papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Marvin Liebman papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Ernest Batson Price papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Nym Wales papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Karl August Wittfogel papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    1905 October 21 Born in Nanking (Nanjing), China to American missionaries of the Methodist Episcopal Church
    1927 AB in political science, Princeton University
    1930 AM in history, University of Southern California
    1935 PhD in history, University of Chicago
    1935-1937 Completed postdoctoral study at Harvard University in Chinese and Japanese language and Chinese history
    1937-1938 Attended College of Chinese Studies, Peking (Beijing), China as a Rockefeller Foundation fellow
    1938-1943 Lecturer in Far Eastern affairs, Princeton University
    1941-1942 Special assistant to director, Branch of Research and Analysis, Office of Strategic Services
      Special assistant to U.S. ambassador, Chungking (Chongqing), China
    1943 Author, China's Military Potential and the Enforcement of Peace, Yale Institute of International Studies
    1945 Author, <title render="italic">China among the Powers</title>, Harcourt
      Author, <title render="italic">Collective Security in the Pacific</title>, Institute of Pacific Relations
    1945-1950 Assistant professor of international relations, Yale University
    1950-1974 Professor of political science, Yale University
    1951 Consultant to Stanford Research Institute
    1954 Editor, China: An Area Manual, Johns Hopkins Press
    1954-1955 Editor (with W. Kendall), China: A Handbook for Psywar Operators, three volumes, U.S. Operations Research
    1956 Author, Recent Acquisitions of Chinese Diplomatic Archives, Academica Sinica
    1958-1960 Director of graduate studies in international relations, Yale University
    1959 Author, Modern China: A Brief History, Van Nostrand
    1960 Editor, Index to Ch'ing Tai Ch'ou Pan I Wu Shih Mo, Shoe String
    1964 Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve
    1965 Editor (with Sofia S.F. Yen), Index to Su-lien Yin-Mou Wen-cheng, Shoe String
    1965-1974 Director of graduate studies in international relations, Yale University
    1968 Editor, New Nations, Shoe String
    1969 Author, The New Diplomacy: International Technical Cooperation Projects of the Republic of China in African Countries, National Council of Scholars
    1975 Author, Informal Diplomatic Relations: The Case of Japan and the Republic of China, Shoe String
    1979 Author, U.S. China Policy Today, University of Professors for Academic Order
    1980 Author, The Carter China Policy
    1982 Author, Ally Betrayed: The Republic of China, Western Goals
    1985 June 3 Died, Sun City, Arizona

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection relates to Chinese history and foreign relations, Asian area studies, Japanese World War II propaganda, the application of the People's Republic of China for admission to the United Nations, and communism in Asia. It is comprised of correspondence, speeches and writings, notes, reports, printed matter, photographs, slides, sound recordings, microfilm, maps, posters, and postcards.
    Of particular note in the collection are Japanese propaganda posters, flyers, and other visual materials depicting scenes from the Second Sino-Japanese War, likely collected by Rowe during his trips to the region and used as research materials for his writings on Japanese propaganda in North China and the development of psychological warfare strategies.
    Pamphlets, monographs, and newsletters relating to communism in Asia and diplomatic relations between the United States and Asia are included in the papers and are supplemented by Rowe's correspondence with others involved in anti-communist organizations in the United States, most notably Marvin Liebman and Alfred Kohlberg.
    Research materials relating to the Chinese agriculture development and technical assistance missions in Africa and Latin America from 1965 to 1971 are in the collection in the form of reports, photographs, pamphlets, and maps.
    No arrangement was performed by archives staff and original folder titles are used when provided.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United Nations--China.
    Asia--Study and teaching.
    China--Foreign relations--United States.
    China--Foreign relations.
    China--History--20th century.
    Propaganda, Japanese.
    Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
    United States--Foreign relations--China.
    World War, 1939-1945--China.
    World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.