Papers, 1835-1924, 1963.

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Reinsch, Paul Samuel, 1869-1923. Papers, 1835-1924, 1963.

Papers, 1835-1924, 1963.

Papers of Paul Samuel Reinsch, professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, 1901-1913, and minister to China, 1913-1919. Some correspondence relates to his teaching career, but most of the papers concern his service in China as a United States diplomat and as legal and financial counselor to the Chinese government after his resignation as minister. Letters in 1920 discuss his unsuccessful campaign as the Democratic nominee for United States Senator from Wisconsin against the Republican candidate Irvine Lenroot. In content Reinsch's letters were frequently a combination of personal, professional, and diplomatic matters. Among his many correspondents were Jane Addams, Charles A. Beard, Edward A. Birge, William Jennings Bryan, Nicholas Murray Butler, Joseph E. Davies, Pierre S. Du Pont, Richard T. Ely, Elbert Gary, William C. Gorgas, Christian A. Herter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward M. House, Paul O. Husting, Robert G. Ingersoll, David Starr Jordan, V. K. Wellington Koo, Robert M. La Follette, Robert Lansing, Irvine Lenroot, Jack London, Charles McCarthy, Francis McGovern, Emanuel Philipp, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Edward A. Ross, John C. Spooner, Isaac Stephenson, Willard Straight, Sun Yat-sen, Ida M. Tarbell, Lowell Thomas, Charles R. Van Hise, William F. Vilas, Henry C. Wallace, Booker T. Washington, and Woodrow Wilson. Supplementing the correspondence are Reinsch's writings, including the manuscript for his book An American Diplomat in China (1922), copies of articles and addresses, 1902-1922, and drafts of classroom lectures written during his years as a professor. The collection also contains one diary written in 1906 by Mrs. Reinsch, and eight scrapbooks covering Reinsch's career to 1922. While Reinsch was minister to China, he acquired at Peking some records, 1835-1913, of the American Consulate (later Legation) in China for the years preceding his service. In addition Reinsch established his own files of Chinese materials spanning the period from 1878 to 1923. These include translations from Chinese newspapers, translations of the minutes of meetings of the National Council of the Republic of China, information on Chinese culture and on fiscal and legal policies, and newspaper clippings from English-language newspapers published in China. In 1963 the collection was studied intensively by one of Professor Reinsch's former students, Horatio B. Hawkins, and by his wife, Hildred Daisy Moser Hawkins, a sister of Mrs. Reinsch. During the period 1913-1919, Hawkins was also in China as an employee of the Imperial Maritime Customs, and for many years the two families had close associations. Mr. Hawkins wrote commentaries for many letters and documents in the collection, Mrs. Hawkins contributed excerpts from her diary in 1913 commenting on Dr. Reinsch's appointment as minister, and both participated in the making of sixteen reels of tape recordings containing their reminiscences of Reinsch.

9.8 c.f. (24 archives boxes and 2 volumes) and16 tape recordings.

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