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K.S. Oh family papers

Identifier: 3313

Scope and Contents

The K.S. Oh family papers, 1908-1999, consist of twenty-six folders relating to Korean dermatologist and professor Kung Sun Oh and his family, created and collected by his grandson Tai K. Oh and gifted to USC by Tai's wife Gretchen Oh. This small collection comprises biographical and genealogical information of the Oh family in the form of birth records, immigration documents, academic records, articles from the Archives of Dermatology, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

The majority of the materials within the collection relates to K.S. Oh and Tai's own research into his grandfather's history and general family lineage, but there are also items relating to Tai himself, as well as his parents Chin Young and Eui Kyeung Oh, his niece Kyung Lah (a current CNN correspondent) and other relatives. The remainder of the collection includes a few photos, negatives, two calendars, a booklet, and a brochure.


  • 1908 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


K.S. (Kung Sun) Oh was born on October 4, 1878. He was a professor of dermatology in Korea as well as one of the first Korean men to become a Christian, joining the Baptist faith in 1900. He went to the United States for his education and upon his return began work as a medical missionary. In 1912, he joined the faculty of Severance Union Medical College and later became the dean. His clinic at Severance Hospital was one of the busiest. In 1919, he established the Kyung-Sung Orphanage. K.S. received honorary degrees from Centre College and the University of Louisville in 1934. He also received awards from the Bureau of the Minister of Welfare. He passed away on May 18, 1963.

K.S.'s grandson, Tai K. Oh, was born in Seoul in 1934 to Chin Young and Eui Kyeung Oh. He went to school in Japan and the United States. He was a business professor, consultant, and author of the book "The Asian Brain Drain". He was the owner of Oh Imports, along with his wife Gretchen. He passed away in 2010.

Kyung Lah is Tai's niece and a journalist and correspondent for CNN. Born in Seoul, she grew up in Streamwood, Illinois and earned her B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993, where she also wrote a column for the Daily Illini. She has worked for the Los Angeles CNN bureau since 2012.


.44 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The K.S. Oh family papers is a small collection comprised of biographical and genealogical materials of the Oh family, primarily relating to professor of dermatology and medical missionary Kung Sung, as well as his grandson and creator of the materials Tai K., and Tai's parents and niece, among other relatives. The materials consist of correspondence, clippings, articles, printed materials, and a few photos and negatives.


Items are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Gretchen Oh.

Finding aid for the K.S. Oh family papers
Sarah Cassone
2018 April
Description rules
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
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