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Htin Aung Papers

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Htin Aung was president of Rangoon University, an ambassador to Sri Lanka, and a visiting professor at Columbia and Wake Forest universities. This collection contains handwritten and typed manuscripts for two of his books, biographical materials, and photographs.

Biographical and Historical Note

Htin Aung was born to an aristocratic Bermese family in Rangoon, British Burma, now called Myanmar. He attended the prestigious St. Paul's English High School in Rangoon (now called Yangon) and went on to recieve a Bachelors in English Liturature, Economics, and History from the University of Rangoon (1928) a Bachelor and Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics (1929-30), a Bachelor of Laws degree from Cambridge University (1930-31), a Master of Letters degree in Legal and Political Science and a Doctorate degree in English Literature from Trinity College (1931-34), and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from Oxford University (1950).

Aung was an English Liturature professor at the University of Rangoon from 1936-1958, at the same time he served as a Barrister-at-Law and member of the Board of Exameners for Bar Examination until he was appointed President of Rangoon University in 1946. He was also enlisted in military service from 1937-1962 when he retired with the title Colonel and Honorary Aide-de-camp to the Presidents of Burma.

Aung was appointed ambassador to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1959 and in 1962 became an ambassador to the United Nations. He also authored books on the under-documented history and culture of Burma (Myanmar) under the pen name Maung Htin Aung, as well as translating others' works. He was a visiting professor at Columbia University (1963-1965) and Wake Forest University (1965-1967). Aung has an honorary degree from Wake Forest University. He died in 1978 in then-Rangoon.

Collection Overview

This collection contains biographical information, photographs, an interview transcript, and handwritten and typed manuscripts of two Burmese history books written by Aung, The First Burmese Mission to the Courts of St. James and Versailles: The Commercial Treaties: 1872-1874 and  Lord Randolph Churchill and the Dancing Peacock: British Conquest of Burma.

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Htin Aung Papers
Date [inclusive]
1 document box, 1 half-document box
0.63  Linear Feet
Mixed Materials
Mixed Materials

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Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2022 September
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Collection is open for use. 
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Preferred Citation
Htin Aung Papers (MS658), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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