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Margaret Chung papers, 1933-1958 (bulk 1942-1944)
AAS ARC 2000/3
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Margaret Chung papers, 1933-1958 (bulk 1942-1944)


Chung, Margaret., creator


Chiang, May-ling Soong, 1897-, Correspondent


Contains Margaret Chung's personal writings, draft of an autobiography, speeches, addresses, radio script, tribute to Sophie Tucker, lyrics, as well as correspondence with Madame Chiang Kai-shek from 1943 to 1952, photographs of the President and Madame, and general correspondence. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence with her military "sons," among them Senator Albert B. Chandler, Brigadier General Russell Randall, Edward Albert Heimberger, Admiral W.F. Halsey and Fleet Admiral C.W. Nimitz. Also included are biographies of some of her "sons" written by Chung, commendations, writings on the war and almanac by "sons," press releases, printed military materials, memory books, and many photographs of Chung and her military "sons," their families, and friends. Also contains three scrapbooks, one with 96 pages of newspaper clippings and articles relating to Chung, events in her life, her military "sons" and a lecture announcement. The other two have signatures by the presenters and blank pages.


1933 (issued)


Tucker, Sophie -- 1884-1966
United States. -- Naval Reserve. -- Women's Reserve.
Chinese American women -- California -- San Francisco
Physicians -- California -- San Francisco
Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence
World War, 1939-1945 -- Anecdotes
Chinese Americans -- Social life and customs
World War, 1939-1945 -- Civilian relief -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- California -- San Francisco


Margaret "Mom" Chung was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1890, became the first physician to practice modern medicine in San Francisco's Chinatown, most significantly was an avid supporter of war efforts against Japanese agression in China by "adopting" hundreds of "sons" in the military campaign, corresponding and sending gifts in huge volume. Her diverse range of acquaintences included Madame Chiang Kai-shek, high-ranking military officers, politicians, Hollywood personalities and socialites. She died at the age of 69 in 1959 after a long illness.
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Physical Description:

7 boxes, 1 v., and 1 oversize folder, (3.3 linear ft.)




AAS ARC 2000/3