Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2003.10
Creators:
Li, Ji, 1896-1979
Dates:
1926-1931
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
3 Boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Li Chi was a prominent Chinese archaeologist, trained in the United States and one of the first Chinese archaeologists to conduct and teach scientific archaeology in China. This collection contains the manuscripts of the reports Li Chi prepared for the Freer Gallery when he was a member of the archaeological expeditions in China sponsored by the Freer Gallery of Art and headed by Carl Whiting Bishop during the years 1926 to 1929. The Li Chi Reports describe the expedition's findings at various Chinese archaeological sites, including Hsi-yin-ts'un which details an archaeological dig co-sponsored by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Tsing Hua Research Institute and the 1928-1929 excavation at Yin-Hsu.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 2 series: Series 1: Report Manuscripts, 1926-1931, Series 2: Rubbings, Photographs and Maps, 1926-1929

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Li Chi was born in 1896 in Hubei Province, China. He recieved his Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard in 1923. He was a member of Carl Whiting Bishop's archaeological team during Freer Gallery sponsored expeditions to China from 1926 to 1929. His later activities were funded both by the Freer Gallery and Academia Sinica. His chief contribution to archaeology was the systematic excavation of Anyang, and the establishment of the historical authenticity of the Shang dynasty. After the Japanese invasion and the fall of the Mainland to the Communists, Li fled to Taiwan where he was head of anthropology and archaeology at the National University.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A2003.10

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Citation
The Li Chi Reports, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred from the Library in 2003.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/