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.