Roy Maxwell Talbot Papers


Sonoma State University
University Library, Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center
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)
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 Antung, 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.
Dates covered:
English; Chinese
Collection Size:
6 linear feet, 12 boxes
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