Saturday, October 23, 2010

UCLA Tom Leung Baohuanghui Collection Now Online

詩手稿 題: 思羅生西湖故宅 "Thinking of My Home in Westlake Park," a poem to Tom Leung by Kang Youwei, March 9, 1906; #107 [Courtesy UCLA Digital Collections]

The full collection of documents saved by Tom Leung (1875-1931) or Tan Zhangxiao 譚張孝, founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Baohuanghui, is now online at UCLA Digital Collections found here.  For the first time, it is possible to examine the original documents, many of which were published by Fang Zhiqin in 1997 and 2008 in Kang Liang yu Baohuanghui:  Tan Liang Zai Meiguo Suo Cang Tsailiao Huibian [Hong Kong, Xianggang Yinhe Chubanshe].  Thanks to UCLA's Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library and to librarian Hong Cheng for overseeing this project to completion.

The 349 documents in the collection cover Baohuanghui activities from 1899 to 1909 and include a number of family letters as well. The Baohuanghui materials includes correspondence to Tom from Kang Youwei, Liang Qichao, Xu Qin, and many other association leaders; official papers such as the Los Angeles chapter charter drafted by Liang in 1903 and many group letters from chapters and leaders.
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Each letter has an Alt ID corresponding to the numbers found in the table of contents of the Fang book. 

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