Frank W. Price Papers
Frank Wilson Price (1895-1974) was a missionary in the Presbyterian Church, serving in China (1923-1952) as an educator at Nanking Theological Seminary and West China Union University; as organizer of rural religious and social programs; as an adviser and personal friend to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek; as adviser to the Chinese delegation of the San Francisco UNCIO Conference in 1945 and as adviser to Chinese officials in the Foreign Affairs Bureau of the National Military Council. The post-1949 material includes items from his period in Red China, as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (Southern), as Director of the Missionary Research Library in New York, his study trips to South East Asia in the early 60’s, and his retirement. The collection contains many articles from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, many of which give an insight into the political and social life in China during that period.
Price was one of the last Americans to leave the mainland after the Communist takeover in 1949. The collection contains information on his work and on the situation in China during the Chinese Revolution. Included is correspondence with GCM, Patrick Hurley, Arthur H. Vandenburg, Dean Acheson, A.C. Wedemeyer, Harry Stimson, Chang Chung, T.V. Soong, and Chiang Kai-shek. Also found are journals kept by Price from 1937-1946 andnotes he made on China. There is an extensive series of Chiang Kai-shek material covering his personal life and speeches. Two Chinese language publications round out the collection: Tzu Shih Ching Hua (Essentials and Ornaments from Philosophical and Historical Texts) 3 volumes, and P’ei Wen Yun Fu (Famous Quotations and Literary Allusions) 16 volumes.