Roy Maxwell Talbot papers

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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


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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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