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Ma Kiam papers 馬鑑書信文件

Identifier: HK CVU 0087/PER/MaKiam


  • 1639, 1770, 1786, 1841, 1875, 1877, 1900-1964, 1969, 1978, undated


Language of Materials

Chiefly in Chinese

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Biographical / Historical


馬鑑生於江蘇省寶山縣,家中排行第五。光緒廿五(1899)年,馬鑑與兄長馬衡一起考獲秀才後,往上海南洋公學就讀。1902 年南洋公學發生學潮,馬鑑兄弟轉至愛國學社。1903 年,馬鑑跟隨蔡元培參與《俄事警聞》報務。1907 年馬鑑開始教學生涯,先後於浙江兩級師範學堂、北京協和醫院預科班任教。1925年,以四十二之齡赴美國哥倫比亞大學教育學院進修,獲教育碩士學位,返國後獲司徒雷登的邀請,在燕京大學國文系擔任教授,兼任《燕京學報》編委會、輔導委員會和與圖書館委員會等職務。

1935 年初,赴港為燕京大學勸募「百萬基金」。1936 年應許地山之邀,南來香港大學教授中國文學。1941 年許地山病逝,馬鑑繼任香港大學東方語文學院中文系主任。年末太平洋戰爭爆發,九龍、香港相繼淪陷。1942 年,馬鑑與家人和學生經廣州灣北上避禍。馬鑑一家抵達桂林後,得知燕京大學將在四川成都復校。同年,馬鑑答應梅寶琦的邀請,舉家前往四川,擔任成都燕京大學文學院院長兼國文系主任,也曾擔任代理校長和圖書館主席等職務。二次世界大戰結束,燕京大學於 1945 年在北平復校,馬鑑於 1946 年返回香港大學任教,至 1950年退休。1952 年起,馬鑑擔任中英學會中文戲劇組主席,致力推廣香港戲劇。1958 年擔任「港澳同胞回國觀禮團」團長,應邀赴北京出席國慶活動。1959 年離世。


馬鑑雅好藏書,書室命名為「老學齋」。自 1916 年赴京任教起,不論南下來港,或在成都工作時,馬鑑經常流連書肆,蒐集歷代名家的詩文集和教學用的典籍。1954 年,馬鑑出讓部份藏書予新加坡馬來亞大學(University of Malaya)。馬鑑逝世後,家人把大部份藏書讓與美國維基尼亞州立大學(University of Virginia),部份藏書和書畫捐贈予香港中文大學。

馬鑑夫人張氏於 1914 年因病逝世,翌年續弦,與鄭心如結為夫婦。馬鑑育有多名子女,哲嗣馬蒙曾擔任香港大學教授兼中文系主任,幼子馬臨則為香港中文大學第二任校長。


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Ma Kiam papers 馬鑑書信文件
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