Iris Chang Papers, 1937-38, 1981-90, 1998, 2002
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Brief Description: Personal papers (1981-1990, 1998, 2002) of Iris Chang (1968-2004) author/journalist and University of Illinois alumna (graduated 1989) including copies of newspaper articles written by Chang, course materials, syllabi, research materials and personal papers. The newspaper articles (1987-1988) written by Chang include copies from the Daily Illini, the Campus Voice and the Chicago Tribune. The course materials and syllabi document courses taken by Chang at the University of Illinois (1985-1989). Research materials include both unedited and edited German manuscript copies of "The Diary of John Rabe," (1937-1938) one of the principle primary sources for Chang's 1997 bestseller, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. Other research materials include background information for articles Chang wrote concerning Professor John Bardeen and the history of the transistor, AIDS, Toxic Mold, the University of Illinois Student Credit Union and Working Mothers. Personal papers include University High School documents and articles, resumes, letters of recommendation, correspondence and a class notebook, and CDs containing scans of family photographs, newspaper clipping coverage of the Rape of Nanking's publication, and Chang's personal copies of the proofs, first editions and translations of the Rape of Nanking (1992-2001), Thread of the Silkworm (1996), and The Chinese in America (2003). Also contains selections from Iris Chang's personal library including research books, books sent for review, books signed by the author, and signed presentation copies.
Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 26/20/122
Created by: Chang, Iris (1968-)
Volume: 13.7 cubic feet
Acquired: 5/24/02
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Arrangement: By Subject Heading, alphabetical thereunder
Access Restrictions: CDs containing photographs are closed (sealed from all use) until January 1, 2017.
Subject Index
Bardeen, John
Chicago Tribune
Course Materials
Course Notes
Credit Union
Daily Illini
Music -- China - History and Geography
Music -- Japan - History and Geography
University High School
Genres/Forms of Material
Newspaper Clippings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Chinese [chi]
German [ger]
Italian [ita]
Czech [ces]
Thai [tha]
Rights/Use Restrictions: At the request of the mother of Iris Chang, Ms. Yaing Chang: all persons using images from the photograph Compact Discs must request permission from Ms. Chang or her husband before reproducing or publishing images from the Compact Discs. The University Archives can supply contact information in response to a specific request.