Scope and Content Note
Title: Peng Shu-tse and Chen Bilan papers
Date (inclusive): 1924-1987
Collection Number: 92034
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: In English and Chinese.
5 manuscript boxes
(2.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, theses, and resolutions relating to the early communist movement in China, and to Trotskyist
activities in China and elsewhere. Includes memoirs, other writings, and correspondence of Chen Bilan, the companion of Peng
Shu-tse, relating to the same topics and also to the condition of women in Chinese society.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
[Identification of item], Peng Shu-tse and Chen Bilan papers papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library
Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1992.
||Peng born, Hunan Province, China
||Ch'en born, Hupei Province, China
||Peng joined Chinese Communist Party
||Peng student at University of Toilers of the East, Moscow
||Ch'en joined Chinese Communist Party
||Ch'en student at University of Toilers of the East, Moscow
||Peng and Ch'en established household
||Peng member of national Political Bureau of Chinese Communist Party and editor of
Hsiang-tao chou-pao and
Hsin ch'ing-nien. Ch'en member of Shanghai Region Political Bureau of Chinese Communist Party and secretary of Shanghai Region Women's Commission
||Peng and Ch'en charter members of Chinese Left Opposition. Expelled from Chinese Communist Party
||Peng and Ch'en charter members of Communist League of China
||Peng imprisoned in Nanking
||Peng and Ch'en moved to Hong Kong. Charter members of Revolutionary Communist Party of China
||Peng and Ch'en moved to Vietnam
||Peng and Ch'en moved to France. Continued as leaders of exiled Chinese section of Fourth International. Peng for many years
member of International Executive Committee of Fourth International
||Peng and Ch'en moved to United States
Scope and Content Note
The papers of the veteran Chinese Trotskyist leader Peng Shu-tse [P'eng Shu-chih] include also those of his lifelong companion
Ch'en Pi-lan [Chen Bilan]. They date overwhelmingly from the post-1949 period, during which Peng, Ch'en and other Chinese
Trotskyists were in exile. Many of their writings deal, however, with their early political activity, and with their participation
in the early years of the Chinese Communist Party and especially in the revolutionary events of 1925-1927. The book-length
memoirs of Ch'en Pi-lan are particularly notable. They, and others of her writings, are concerned not only with the Chinese
revolutionary movement in general, but also with the Chinese women's movement in particular.
Material from the post-1949 period is also of value in documenting activities of the Fourth International and of its exiled
Chinese section, and of Trotskyist analysis of the Maoist regime in China, the Chinese commune system, and the Chinese Cultural
Revolution. More than half of the material in the collection is in English, but a sizable proportion of it is in Chinese.
The papers were formerly housed in New York City in the Library of Social History, an affiliate of the Socialist Workers Party
of the United States. Together with other holdings of the Library of Social History, they were acquired by the Hoover Institution
Archives from the Anchor Foundation in 1992.