Inventory of the Paul Hibbert Clyde and Mary (Kestler) Clyde papers, 1924-2001 and undated

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Clyde, Paul Hibbert, 1896-
26 Linear Feet
Approximately 16,985 Items
Material in English
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The Paul Hibbert Clyde and Mary (Kestler) Clyde Papers span the years 1924-2001 and chiefly consist of newspaper clippings, drafts of memoranda, and translations of foreign news reports, given to Paul Clyde by Hugh L. Keenleyside, who was first secretary of the Canadian Legation in Tokyo (1929-1936). Multiple additions of personal papers assembled by the Paul and Mary Clyde complete the collection.

The East Asian Clippings Files, the largest series in the collection, contain clippings assembled by the Clydes during the 1920s and 1930s from about thirty English language newspapers and news services in Canada, China, Great Britain, Japan, and the United States. Centering on Sino-Japanese relations, they concern contemporary political, social, economic, military, and international affairs in China, Japan, and Manchuria (Manchukuo), primarily from the perspective of Japan's role in these events. Files are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Materials in the Personal Papers Series, additions acquired from 1986 to 1999, consist chiefly of personal and professional correspondence, church records, manuscripts and a thesis, curriculum vitae of Paul Hibbert Clyde and his wife Mary Kestler Clyde, reprints of published articles, book revisions, other printed materials, additional news clippings, and photographs. The additions are partially processed or unprocessed. Much of the professional correspondence concerns Clyde's work with the Duke Endowment, first as secretary to the Committee on Educational Institutions, and later as educational consultant to the Trustees of the Endowment. Correspondents include Mary and James H. Semans, and administrators at Davidson College, Furman University, and the University of Florida. There is also a folder of War Department Military Intelligence Division correspondence, 1942-1943. Also included is an album of photographs, clippings, invitations, and addresses compiled for the celebration of the Duke Endowment's fortieth anniversary. Among the photographs is one of Mr. Thomas Perkins, a former chairman of the board of trustees of The Duke Endowment. Some of the personal correspondence relates to the death of Mrs. Clyde. The church records from the Independent Unitarian Church in Belleair Bluffs, Florida, include minutes and an address by Clyde on the major religions of China. A transcript of Dr. Clyde's oral history tape regarding his tenure with Duke University, as well as his tenure as director of the Educational Division of the Duke Endowment is included. There is also a description by Mrs. Clyde relating to the launching and operating of the administrative areas of the Woman's College (Duke University) in which she worked; information about her service as president of the Woman's College Alumnae Association, 1966-1967; and the initiation that year of the idea of a Continuing Education Program at Duke.

Unprocessed additions are listed at the end of the collection's Detailed Description.

Biographical / historical:

Historian Paul Hibbert Clyde was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1896. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1925, he taught history at Ohio State University (1925-1931), Stanford University (1928-1929), the University of Kentucky (1931-1937), and Duke University (1937-1961). A specialist in Far Eastern history, he wrote many articles and books on the subject, including a book-length work originally titled The Far East: A History of the Impact of the West on Eastern Asia, published in 1949 and revised in later years. He also served as a guest lecturer or consultant throughout his career. He also served with The Duke Endowment (1961-1970) as educational consultant.

Processing information:

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, January 1971

Completed 1998

Encoded by Jonathan Grilli, Paula Jeannet, and Jackie Dean, April 1998 and April 2009.

Accessions 71-34, 90-013, 91-033, 91-113, 91-151, 92-038, 92-089, 93-183, and 1999-0354, 2011-0196, and unnumbered accessions from 1986-1989 are described in this finding aid.

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