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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roy Maxwell Talbot papers
    Dates: 1908-1943
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator/Collector: Talbot, Roy Maxwell 1880-1963.
    Extent: Six linear feet
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    Repository: Sonoma State University Library
    Rohnert Park, California 94928
    Abstract: Roy Maxwell Talbot (1880-1963) began his career in the Chinese Maritime Customs in 1908. He served as Commissioner of Customs from 1935 until 1938, when he became Audit Secretary in the Inspectorate General's Office. He was in that position until 1942. In July of 1932, Talbot was arrested by Japanese officials in Amtung, Manchuria for refusing to hand over the Chinese customs revenues. In 1941, he was held in the Bridge House, an infamous dungeon, for forty-two days. Talbot's detention by the Japanese created an international incident. Newspapers around the world carried headlines of an arrest of an "American" employed by the Chinese.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    Roy Maxwell Talbot papers. Sonoma State University Library

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Diaries, printed material, photographs and negatives, personal correspondence, radio script, copies of official papers, ephemeral material, artifacts and miscellaneous records of Roy Maxwell Talbot document his life in China as a Customs Service Agent from 1908-1942. The diaries contain the greatest depth of information. The majority of the photographs are not identified. The collection is contained in twelve boxes that comprises approximately six linear feet of storage space, and is housed in the Regional Archive of Special Collections.

    Indexing Terms

    China -- History -- 1912-1928.
    China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949.
    China -- History -- Politics and government -- 1912-1949.
    World War, 1914-1918 -- China.
    World War, 1939-1945 -- China.
    Talbot, Roy Maxwell 1880-1963.
    Swatow (Canton, China).
    Shantou (Guangdong Sheng, China).

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