Shao Chang Lee Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Li, Shaochang, 1891-1977
Shao Chang Lee papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 20 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Born Li Shao Chang in China, Michigan State University Professor Shao Chang Lee was head of the Department of Foreign Studies from 1943 to 1960. Lee was born in Canton, China in 1891. He received degrees from two Chinese Colleges, Canton Christian College and Tsing Hua College, before arriving in the United States. Lee continued his education in the United States receiving an A.B. from Yale in 1917; and an A.M. and a Diploma as a Teacher of Education both from Columbia University in 1918. Lee worked as a professor of Chinese Languages and Literature at the University of Hawaii from 1922 to 1943. During that time, he spent several years as a visiting professor both in China and at the University of California, Berkeley. Lee arrived at Michigan State University in 1943 and was the Head of the Department of Foreign Studies. Lee also served as the Director of the International Center from 1944 to 1952. Lee was a member several organizations including the Royal Asiatic Society, the American Oriental Society, the Hawaii Historical Society, the American Association of University Professors, the Far Eastern Association, the MSU Men’s Club, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Yale Club of Michigan. He was the author of many books and articles and wrote entries on Chinese Literature for the Encyclopedia of Literature, 1946. Lee was married to Nora Chi-oi Wong of Canton, China on December 20, 1922. They had one daughter, Sophie.

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Scope and Contents note

The Shao Chang Lee papers contain primarily materials relating to courses taught by Lee in the field of Asian Studies. Titles of courses include: The Development of Chinese Culture; A Short Cultural History of China; History of Modern Japanese Thought; and Religious Trends in the Far East. The collection also contains information about the development of the International Center at Michigan State University. There is also biographical information and correspondence.

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Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Buildings. International Center (1).
  • Michigan State University. Department of Foreign Studies.


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • China -- History -- Study and teaching
  • East Asia -- History -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Adoption of High Yielding Varieties in Three Indian Villages 1968 

F.D. 1

American Relations with China undated 

F.D. 2

Asia: Its Peoples and Cultures 1944-1945 

F.D. 3

Biographical Information undated 

F.D. 4

Chinese Civilization Today 1958 

F.D. 5

Correspondence 1944-1969 

F.D. 6

The Development of Chinese Culture 1926 

F.D. 7

The Far East: Its Peoples and Cultures 1956-1957 

F.D. 8

History of Modern Japanese Thought 1959 

F.D. 9

Indian Philosophy 1960-1961 

F.D. 10

Intellectual History of Modern China 1958 

F.D. 11

International Studies: China, Korea, Japan 1952-1953 

F.D. 12

Nature and Legend in Oriental Art 1959 

F.D. 13

Notes on Michigan State’s International Programs: Its Beginnings and Early Development 1943-1948 

F.D. 14

On Education and the Art of Teaching 1964 

F.D. 15

An Outline for the Study of the Peoples and Cultures of Asiatic Russia and Southwest Asia 1947 

F.D. 16

Religious Trends in the Far East 1962, 1966 

F.D. 17

A Short Cultural History of China 1951-1958 

F.D. 18

Transition in Hinduism and Buddhism (speech excerpts) 1966 

F.D. 19

We Live Happily Indeed 1970 

F.D. 20