Li Chi Reports

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Li, Ji, 1896-1979
  • Dates

  • Physical Description

    3 Boxes
  • Collection ID


  • 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.
  • 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

    FSA A2003.10
  • Creator

    Li, Ji, 1896-1979
  • Names

    Bishop, Carl Whiting, 1881-1942
    Li, Ji, 1896-1979
  • Place

  • Topic

    Archaeological expeditions
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    Li Chi Reports
  • Custodial History

    Transferred from the Library in 2003.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
  • Citation

    Li Chi Reports. FSA.A2003.10. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Arrangement

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

  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013