Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2019.04
Dates:
1928-2008
bulk 1945-1982
Languages:
English
Collection is primarily in English with some material in written Chinese.
Physical Description:
6.15 Cubic feet
consisting of 10 boxes and 1 flat box.
Repository:
The Helen D. Ling Papers, dating from 1928-2008 with the bulk of material dating from 1945-1982, measure 6.15 cubic feet and include biographical material, research, writings, correspondence, printed material, and audiovisual material related to Ling's life and work as a collector and dealer of Asian art.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Helen Ling measure 6.15 cubic feet and date from 1928 to 2008, with the bulk of material dating between 1945-1982. The papers largely relate to Ling's personal life, research, and collections of Chinese objects. The papers include biographical material, research, writings, correspondence, printed material, and audio recordings.
Biographical material includes autobiographical accounts of Ling's life, photographs, a scrapbook, certificates of registration, and personal material such as address books, calendars, and collected business cards.
Research files relate to specific collections, Chinese art and porcelain, and individuals. Research related to individuals include news clippings, monographs, and correspondence. Photographs and publicity material for collections are included throughout the files.
Writings include publication drafts and related notes, lecture drafts and slides, and journals with material related to Ling's personal life and to collections. Journals also contain sketches and object photographs.
Printed material Includes magazines, news clippings, newsletters. Subjects represented in the printed material include the performing arts, Hong Kong, and trade in Singapore.
Correspondence consists of outgoing and incoming letters from correspondents including James Cahill, Joseph Alsop, Richard Barnhart, Mario Bussagli, Charles Blitzer, Elizabeth Hay Bechtel, Helena Chen, and Kazini of Chakhung. Correspondences that are bound together were established by the creator and have been maintained.
Audiovisual material includes audiocassettes, a VHS tape, and an aluminum disc sound recording.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The Helen D. Ling papers are arranged in six series.
Series 1: Biographical Material
Series 2: Research Files
Series 3: Writings and Notes
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: Printed Material
Series 6: Audiovisual Material

Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Helen Dalling Ling was born in Ohio in 1901, and was an American collector, dealer, and connoisseur of Asian art and antiques.
In 1928, Ling married Tien-Gi Ling, a Chinese research chemist. The pair lived throughout South China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Ling became interested in antiques prior to moving abroad, and eventually opened an antique shop in Shanghai in 1938 called the Green Dragon. When the Lings moved to Singapore in 1951, Helen Ling opened another shop which she operated until her death in 1982.
Ling co-founded the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore in 1971.

Administration
Processing Information
In 2016, with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund, the Archives at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives implemented the use of minimal level processing standards to increase information about and facilitate access to more of our collections.
Minimal processing included arrangement to the folder level, based on prior processing and preservation action, with retention of the pre-existing arrangement when possible. Otherwise, an order was imposed by the Processing Archivist. For this collection, minimal level processing was implemented, which included arrangement to the series, subseries and folder levels, adhering to the creator's original arrangement as much as possible. Generally, folder contents were simply verified with the original folder titles, but items within folders were not arranged further. Non-archival housing was replaced for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed.
Minimal level processing and machine-readable finding aid completed by Kendra Jae, 2017 August.
Author
Kendra Jae
Sponsor
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Ann Ling in 2017.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.
Preferred Citation
Helen D. Ling Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Ann Ling, 2017.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, Asian Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shanghai (China) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pottery - Asia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Singapore Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, Chinese Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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/