Even the goal of this archival trip is only to find out what I am currently interested in Cornell-Nanking Story from 1920s to 1930s, I did locate several good stuffs here maybe historians can look into in the future. First, it is the first time I notice that there was a Cornell in China club at that time at least in the 1930s to 1940s. This is sort of an alumni club in China but they did many real work related with funding raising, rural reconstruction, and networking with all the overseas returnees, if I understand it correctly. Second, before I came to Cornell, I have been digging into this U.S.-China agricultural interaction history for more than five years since my master program at NAU in China. However, only after I came to Cornell and look into the Henry H. Love (HHL) papers, Gerow D. Brill papers, and Cornell-in-China oral histories, I am able to link most of those historical figures and events together, which I have to say ironically how Americans preserve Chinese history records so much more carefully comparing with our own Chinese archivists. The third observation is the question I have been debating with other American grad students doing US-China Ag-history, that is why there was only Cornell? What about other land granted universities？ No matter they are private or public, they were so good at Agriculture and many of them are very interested in similar international technological aid programs like Cornell-Nanking Story, why we did not find any records about those? I guess, after look into HHL papers, one rudimentary observation is professors in these ag-oriented universities had very close academic contact with each other, much stronger than we thought. One example is when Prof. Love from Cornell leaded a Chinese agriculturalist training program in the U.S. in the 1940s, he actually was able to send different Chinese students to different colleges, farms, seed and implement companies from East coast to Midwest, and even to West coast, which to me was so amazing connections back to almost 80 years.
I guess one of my biggest regret for this archival trip is insufficiency of time. I only have three weeks time before my fall semester beginning at Purdue, however the whole research division at Cornell was closed in my second week, which gave me some leisure time to see some beautiful waterfalls in nearby state parks and definitely leaded me did not finish my job. Therefore, I have to come back sometime in Fall 2017 or more possibly Summer 2018, considering very full apt renting situation during the semester at Cornell. Finally I want to share a few pics I took on campus and in surrounding state parks. I guess my tags for this article are not only academic but also traveling!