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Lingnan Foundation records

Call Number: RG 14A

Scope and Contents

These archives are a continuation of documentation found in Record Group No. 14, Archives of the Trustees of Lingnan University. There is some overlap between the two collections. The bulk of the material in this record group dates from 1980 to 2006.

Series I, Board of Trustees Meetings, includes agendas, reports, minutes, and correspondence related to the bi-annual meetings of the Board.

Series II, Board of Trustees Records, documents other activities of the Board, including trips to China and Hong Kong to visit partner organizations and administrative arrangements for the Trustees of Lingnan University/Lingnan Foundation. The Committee Records in

Series III and Financial Records of Series V primarily document the financial and adminstrative aspects of the Lingnan Foundation while the Program Records in Series IV document the many programs that the Foundation has supported over the years. Correspondence of longtime Executive Director/President Douglas Murray, as well as of other organizational leaders, is found throughout the collection.

Series VI, Addendum, includes additional material related to each of the previous series, except for Board of Trustees Meetings. Any additional minutes and documentation from Board meetings have been directly integrated into Series I.


  • 1951 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2009


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Lingnan Foundation, 2012, 2018


  1. I. Board of Trustees Meetings
  2. II. Board of Trustees Records
  3. III. Committee Records
  4. IV. Program Records
  5. V. Financial Records
  6. VI. Addendum-2019
  7. VII. Addendum-2020


40 Linear Feet (95 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


This collection is the official archives of the Lingnan Foundation, formerly known as the Trustees of Lingnan University, which is a grant-making independent organization that seeks to contribute to the advancement of higher education in South China. These records are a continuation of documentation found in Yale Divinity School Record Group No. 14, Archives of the Trustees of Lingnan University.

Biographical / Historical

The Lingnan Foundation, formerly the Trustees of Lingnan University, was first incorporated in the State of New York in 1893 to support the development of a college in Guangzhou (Canton) (Guangzhou), China, which had begun to offer classes in 1888. This college later became Lingnan University.

After the change of government in China in 1949, the Arts and Sciences faculties of Lingnan University were merged with Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University. From 1954 to 1979, the Trustees conducted their work primarily in Hong Kong with several colleges that became the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and later, with the institution that is now Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

In 1980, the Trustees resumed their activities in Guangzhou, principally with Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University on the former Lingnan campus and, since 1988, with Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan’s) constituent, Lingnan (University) College.

The Lingnan Foundation considers Lingnan University, Hong Kong and Sun Yat-sen University, including Lingnan (University) College as partner institutions. The Foundation also supports institutions or organizations in the United States or elsewhere that reflect the Lingnan tradition or otherwise share the Foundation's objectives in developing and strengthening its partner institutions.

Guide to the Lingnan Foundation Records
Divinity Library staff
2014, 2019, 2021
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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