Guide to the Franz H. Michael Papers
1948-1964, 1984

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Michael, Franz H.
Title: Franz H. Michael papers
Dates: 1948-1984 ( inclusive )
1948-1964 ( bulk )
Quantity: 2.29 cubic feet, including 7 sound cassettes (6 boxes)
Location of Collection: Materials are located in Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries. For more information about this collection, please connect to the finding aid on the University of Washington website.
Collection Number: 19.11.2940
Summary: Papers of a professor of Far Eastern studies at the University of Washington.
Repository: University of Washington Librarires, Special Collections.
Contact Information: Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Languages: Collection materials are in English.  
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Franz H. Michael was a professor of Far Eastern political science and Chinese history, and assistant director of the Far Eastern and Russian Institute at the University of Washington.

Michael was born and educated in Germany and attended the Universities of Hamburg, Berlin, and Freiburg. At Berlin he received his Sinological degree, and at Freiburg his doctor's degree in political science and law. In 1933, he became an attaché in the German foreign service but left Germany in the same year after Hitler's seizure of power. From 1934 to 1938, Michael taught at the National Chekiang University in Hangchow, China, and went on the inland march with this university after the start of the Japanese attack in 1937. In 1939, he came to the United States and became a research associate at the Johns Hopkins University. In 1942, Michael joined the staff of the University of Washington, where he was, during the war, in charge of an army specialized training program. In 1947, he undertook a journey to China for the university with the object of visiting Chinese universities, buying books for the Far Eastern Library at the university, and exploring the Chinese Mongol and Tibetan frontier areas.

Michael is the author of several books and numerous professional articles.

Content Description

Correspondence, minutes, curriculum materials, reports, speeches, and writings relating to Michael's teaching and research in the Far Eastern and Russian Institute, University of Washington, and his activities with the Far Eastern Association (later Association for Asian Studies) and the Pacific Northwest Division, American Institute of Pacific Relations. The collection also includes an oral history interview with Michael relating to the development of Chinese studies in the United States and to various aspects of modern Chinese history.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The papers are open to all users.

Restrictions on Use :  

Restrictions may exist on the reproduction of sound cassettes in Accession No. 2940-002.

Preferred Citation :  

[Title of item], [date of item if known], [box/folder number], Franz H. Michael Papers, [Accession No.], University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in two accessions:

  • Franz H. Michael papers, 1948-1964
  • Oral history interview with Franz H. Michael, 1984

Additional Reference Guides :  

This finding aid can also be viewed on the University of Washington website.

Detailed Description of the Collection

2940-001:  Franz H. Michael papers, 1948-1964
2.08 cubic feet  ( 5 boxes)
Arranged in 10 series:
  • Biographical information
  • General correspondence
  • Reports
  • Speeches and writings by Michael
  • Student papers
  • Course materials
  • Subject series
  • Far Eastern Association, Nominating Committee correspondence
  • Far Eastern Association, Program Committee records
  • American Institute of Pacific Relations, Pacific Northwest Division, Trustees Board records

Correspondence, curriculum materials, reports, and speeches and writings, 1948-1964.

Records are stored offsite; advance notice is required for use.

The creator's literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

1/1 Biographical Information undated
General Correspondence
1/2 American Oriental Society 1951-1952
1/3 Association for Asian Studies
Formerly the Far Eastern Association.
Includes conference ephemera.
1/4 Burton, Robert A. 1956
1/5 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, California) 1962
1/6 China Quarterly 1960-1964
1/7 Collier Books 1961-1963
1/8 Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. 1963
1/9 Encyclopedia Britannica 1958-1960
1/10 Eto, Shinkichi 1962-1963
1/11 Fairbank, John King 1950-1963
1/12 Fernald, Helen E. 1951-1952
1/13 Gasster, Michael 1958-1963
1/14 General Electric 1958-1963
1/15 George Washington University 1963-1964
1/16 Grewe, Wilhelm 1958-1962
1/17 Harvard University Press 1958-1962
1/18 Journal of Asian Studies 1962-1963
1/19 Li, Choh-ming 1959-1963
1/20 London, Kurt L. 1962-1963
1/21 Ma, Smarlo 1958-1959
1/21 MacFarghar, Roderick
See China Quarterly
1/22 Michael, Walter P. 1958-1962
1/23 Miller, Robert 1956-1961
1/24 Myers, Ramon H. 1959-1963
2/1 The New Leader 1958-1962
2/2 Pacific Historical Review 1948-1952
2/3 Princeton University Press 1955-1956
2/4 Raeff, Marc 1956
2/5 Rock, Joseph F. 1953-1957
2/6 Rupen, Robert A. 1956
2/7 St. Anthony's College (Oxford, England) 1958
2/8 U.S. Central Intelligence Agency 1948-1952
2/9 U.S. National Archives 1947-1948
2/10 Vira, Raghu 1959-1964
2/11 University of Washington President 1948
2/12 Wilhelm, Helmut and Maria 1954-1955
2/13 World Politics 1954-1955
2/15 A
Correspondence with prospective students from China and their respective universities, and with various agencies for the University of Washington Libraries collection.
2/16 B
Correspondence about compensation from Germany, his father's library, and departmental affairs.
2/17 C
Correspondence with miscellaneous persons.
2/18 Congratulatory Letters 1956-1964
2/19 Invitations to Speak or Visit 1956-1958
1957 Trip to the Far East and Europe
2/20 Sabbatical Application Correspondence 1957
2/21 Trip Information: Itinerary and Correspondence 1956-1957
2/22 Trip Reports and Correspondence 1957
2/23 Report on the Joint Meeting of the Far Eastern Association and the National Committee on Oriental Collections in the United States and Abroad on Bibliographic and Library Problems, held at Yale University, April 7, 1949 1949
Speeches and Writings by Michael
3/1 I China undated
3/2 II Imperial China undated
3/3 III Modern China undated
3/4 China and the United States undated
3/5 China's Tradition and Soviet Communism undated
3/6 Kruschev and Mao undated
3/7 Kruschev's Disloyal Opposition undated
3/8 Recent Events in Communist China undated
3/9 The Role of Law in Traditional, Nationalist, and Communist China undated
3/10 The Sino-Soviet Alliance undated
4/1-2 Taiping Rebellion undated
4/3 19th Century China Planning Seminars - Outlines undated
4/4 Klanker Club Speech (untitled) undated
4/5 Miscellaneous Speeches
Includes correspondence.
4/6 Newspaper, Daily Publicity undated
4/7 Book Reviews undated
4/8 Student Papers undated
Course Materials
4/9 Far East in the Modern World (F.E. 110, 310) undated
4/10 Seminar on Modern China (F.E. 538) undated
5/1 Seminar on Inner Asia
Includes student papers.
5/2 Seminar on Modern Japan
Includes student papers.
Subject Series
5/3 Cartography Project 1951
5/4 Fulbright Grants 1950-1953
5/5 Lattimore, Owen - Trial 1953
5/6 Modern Chinese History Project report 1958
5/7 Publications Exchange 1952-1956
5/8 Soviet and Chinese Communism: Similarities and Differences
Concerning planning for conference, Lake Tahoe, June, 1965.
5/9 Far Eastern Association, Nominating Committee Correspondence undated
Far Eastern Association, Program Committee Records
General Correspondence 1951-1954
All files include correspondence.
5/11 General 1952-1953
5/12 Foundation Support 1951-1952
5/13 Inner Asia 1951-1952
5/14 Library 1951-1952
5/15 Modern China 1951-1952
5/16 Political and Social Problems in Modern China 1952-1953
5/17 Problems of Japan's Modernization 1951-1952
5/18 Selected Topics on the Literature of Far Eastern Countries 1952
5/19 Southeastern Asia 1951-1952
5/20 Village Administration 1951-1952
5/21 American Institute of Pacific Relations, Pacific Northwest Division. Trustees Board
Includes correspondence, minutes, and annual reports.

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2940-002:  Oral history interview with Franz H. Michael, 1984
.21 cubic feet  ( 1 box)
7 sound cassettes  ( 60 minutes each)

Sound cassette recording of an interview conducted by Ramon H. Myers with Franz H. Michael, December 1984. The interview relates to the development of Chinese studies in the United States, and to various aspects of modern Chinese history. Originals are at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Also includes a subject index to the three open-reel master tapes held by the Hoover Institution.

Creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.


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  • Personal Names :
  • Fairbank, John King, 1907-1991
  • Gasster, Michael, 1930-
  • Michael, Franz H.--Archives
  • Michael, Franz H.--Interviews
  • Rock, Joseph Francis Charles,1884-1962
  • Corporate Names :
  • American Institute of Pacific Relations. Pacific Northwest Division
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Far Eastern Association (U.S.)
  • University of Washington--Faculty--Archives
  • University of Washington--Faculty--Interviews
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia--Study and teaching--Societies, etc.
  • China--Foreign relations
  • China--Politics and government
  • China--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • China--Study and teaching--United States
  • East Asia--Study and teaching--Societies, etc.
  • Soviet Union--Foreign relations
  • Soviet Union--Politics and government
  • Subject Terms :
  • College teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • College teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • German Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • German Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • International relations--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Pan-Pacific relations--Societies, etc.
  • Sinologists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Sinologists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Audiocassettes
  • correspondence
  • curricula
  • Indexes
  • minutes
  • oral histories
  • reports
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.
  • writings
  • Other Creators :
  • Myers, Ramon Hawley, 1929-  ( interviewer)
  • University of Washington. University Archives

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