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The Elsie Tu Papers are one of the Library’s most significant collections. It is comprised of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and the reports and committee papers of various government departments. This collection charts Dr. Elsie Tu’s fifty years of social activism and service in Hong Kong, including her fight against corruption, promotion of social justice, and her contributions to both the Urban and Legislative Councils.

Some of the important issues covered by the collection include the Star Ferry fare increase and subsequent riots in 1966, anti-corruption efforts, former Governor Christopher Patten’s political reforms, and the controversy over the death of police inspector John MacLennan. For those with an interest in Hong Kong studies, this is an invaluable primary resource.

For inquiries, please contact Special Collections & Archives on 3411-5937 or e-mail (

Last updated: 24 October 2019