A Cultural Envoy Who Should Not Be Forgotten: American Sinologist Charles S. Gardner and His Chinese Collection

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This paper is a result of the focused studies on Charles Sidney Gardner (1900-1966), a noted Sinologist and former Harvard University professor who donated his entire personal collection, including a large number of Chinese rare books, to Brown University Library. It first provides the brief biological information on Gardner, especially his link to China, a country where he lived as a visiting scholar during the 1920s and 1930s. It then addresses Gardner’s scholarly contributions as a pioneer of American Sinological studies to the field. In related to his scholarship in Chinese studies and friendship with many Chinese scholars, the paper addresses in particular Gardner’s lofty characters by examining his selfless activities in helping Chinese students and friends. After reviewing his insightful ideas and practices on building Chinese library collections, the paper summarizes the process of Gardner’s valuable donations in the 1960s. Following that, it also presents the current development of Brown Library East Asian Collection in the new age. Finally, in commemorating Gardner’s legacy of contributions, characters, and donations, the paper calls for continued efforts to promote the cross-cultural exchange and Sino-American friendship.

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Wang, Li, "A Cultural Envoy Who Should Not Be Forgotten: American Sinologist Charles S. Gardner and His Chinese Collection" (2019). Brown University Library Staff Scholarly Works. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.26300/dqz6-vh52

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