Personal and official papers, chiefly as Naval Agent and Charge d'Affaires, U.S. Legation, Korea, and as representative, American
Trading Company, in Japan. Includes a copy of a letter from President Chester A. Arthur.
A diary, 1884, of travel in Korea, miscellaneous records for his U.S. Navy service, photographs and a few printed items, included.
Also, a small group of correspondence of Harold J. Noble with member of the Foulk family, 1927-1928.
George Clayton Foulke, born in Marietta, Pennsylvania, in 1856, was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1876
and served for two years in the Far East. Following a trip across Siberia in 1882, he accepted a post at the Naval Library
in Washington, D.C. In 1884 he was appointed Naval Attache to the American Legation in Korea, and with the resignation of
the minister in 1885 he became chief United States representative at the court of the Korean king. Although he was invited
to become the personal advisor to that monarch, Foulke resigned his commission in 1887 and with his Japanese wife took up
residence at Kyoto. The two years 1888-1890 were spent in the employ of the American Trading Company at Yokohama, following
which he accepted a position as professor of mathematics at Doshisha College, Kyoto, where he remained until his death, in
Number of items: 460 items in 2 boxes
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