Following his last wish, family members of the late alumnus Mr Lee Yuk-wang has donated his valuable Lingnan collections, including graduation certificates, medals, music scores and song books received and collected during his study, as well as copies of the Lingnan Newsletter he published as chief editor. The donation ceremony was held on 28 June at the Lingnan University Archives room in the Fong Sum Wood Library on campus.
Among the most precious items donated are important documents of Lingnan University, such as the only surviving copy of Lingnan Anthologies published by Mr Lee when he was head of the student union, manuscripts of the Lingnan Newsletter, copies of Lingnan Alumni published by the Lingnan University Alumni Association of Guangzhou, Lingnanians published by the Lingnanians Magazine Publishing House, and Lingnan University Alumni Directories. Other valuable items include photos, correspondences, meeting minutes, Mr Lee’s certificates and medals won during his study, the only surviving copy in Hong Kong of a special booklet on Dr Chung Wing-kwong, the first Chinese president of Lingnan University in Guangzhou, published on 7 January 1948, and another booklet in memory of Dr Chung on his centenarian birthday.
Born in 1919 at Jiujiang, Nanhai, Guangdong province, Mr Lee became a Lingnanian at the age of nine when he studied at the Hong Kong Branch School on Stubbs Road as a primary one student. In 1939, he was admitted to Lingnan University in Guangzhou to study chemistry. After graduation, Mr Lee continued to devote himself to promoting the spirit of Lingnan and bondage among Lingnanians. He had assisted in the re-location of Lingnan University to Shaoguan during the Second World War, contributed to the establishment of Lingnan Club in 1953, and served as chief editor of the Lingnan Newsletter from 1992 to 1997.
Lingnan University would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to Mr Lee and his family for their generous donations. These documents and personal items are priceless treasures for the University and all Lingnanians, and valuable resources for further study of Lingnan’s history.
The donation ceremony on 28 June was attended by Mr Lee’s children and grandchildren, Ms Lee Wing-mui, Ms Margaret Lee, Mr Frank Chan, Mr Wong Shu-kao, Mr Jason Wong and Mr Michael Wong. Chief Information Officer and Librarian Ms Rachel Cheng received the donations on behalf of Lingnan University.