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Manuscripts of Chinese Writers

Identifier: MsC0771

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Scope and Contents

In 1991, The University of Iowa established a program to collect the work of prominent Chinese writers. Printed and manuscript materials were acquired, both by purchase and by gift. Records for published work can be found in the Libraries' bibliographic database, InfoHawk. Manuscript materials are described in this finding aid. There are two series in this collection: correspondence concerning acquisition of the materials composes Series I. Series II is the manuscripts themselves. For background, and a history of the early program, see Peter Xinping Zhou, "Chinese Writers in Iowa" (Books at Iowa 58 (April 1993). For an annually updated list of Chinese writers who have visited Iowa in the International Writers Program and whose work is represented in the Iowa collections, please refere to External Documents to see Chinese IWP participants.


  • Creation: 1949-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


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A number of literary manuscripts composed by Chinese writers were acquired for the East Asian collections over a long period of time. In 1991, a program was established to encourage further and continued growth in this area.

Physical Access Requirements

The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, usecoll Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials

Source of Acquisition

These papers were acquired by the University of Iowa Libraries over a period of years, starting in 1949. Finding aid posted to Internet in July 2004 with help of Shelley Xiaoli Zhu; revised and Chinese titles added by Jia Xu in 2008.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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