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Washington University Olin Business School Ceremonial Bronze Ding Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: WUA-01-wua00275

This collection includes correspondence; information on Class two’s Bronze Ding and Chinese bronze dings in general; invitation and program for the Fudan University Executive MBA Program Graduation and Dedication of Class two’s Bronze Ding on September 30, 2005; shipping and custom information for the bronze ding; statement of donation of the Ceremonial Bronze Ding to Washington University from Class two of the Washington University – Fudan University EMBA Program; and transcript of the dedication of the bronze ding.


  • 2005


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0.25 linear feet

1 boxes

Historical Information

The joint Fudan University – Washington University Executive MBA program started in 2001, with the first class graduating in 2003. The Class two alumni of the Fudan University EMBA program donated a Bronze Ding to Washington University as a symbol of the strong ties they have to Washington University. In Chinese culture, giving gifts is a way of showing ongoing commitment to a person or institution. The Ding that the Olin School of Business received is five feet tall, four feet in diameter, and weighs 1500 pounds. The gift is a reproduction of the Da Ke Ding from King Xiao’s reign in the 10th century B.C., which resides in the Shanghai Museum.  It was cast at a foundry in Shanghai and has a base inscribed with the names of the donors in Chinese and in English. The Chinese Art Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University made the replica.  The Ding was installed in the courtyard of the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center and was dedicated following the graduation ceremony for EMBA – Shanghai class of 2005 on September 30, 2005.

Method of Acquisition

The material in the collection was given to University Archives by the External Relations at the Olin School of Business in November 2005.

Processing Information

Updated by Sonya McDonald in November 2005.

Washington University Olin Business School Ceremonial Bronze Ding Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 15: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495