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John C. Waddell Oral History Interview, September 15, 1980

Oral History #OH0061

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Title: John C. Waddell Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Waddell, John C.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.25 hours, 19 pages .

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Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

John C. Waddell Oral History Interview (#OH0061), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of John C. Waddell

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Cherry, April 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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John C. Waddell worked for Universal Leaf Tobacco Company when he was sent to Shanghai, China, to operate a redrying factory in 1930. Waddell comments on living conditions in the International Settlement, including social activities (pp. 9-10) and the fear of being kidnapped (pp. 3-4). He also discusses competition between tobacco companies (pp. 12-14), Chinese tobacco quality (p. 3), and wages paid Chinese tobacco workers (p. 15).

Waddell discusses the death and destruction in Nanking (1937) and Shanghai (1932, 1937) during the Sino-Japanese War, the effect of the war on tobacco production (p. 5), and the 1937 evacuation of American women and children, including his wife, to Manila on the PRESIDENT JEFFERSON (pp. 17-19).

Good descriptions of Chinese life are also given concerning transportation methods, villages (p. 4), a funeral in Shanghai (pp. 8-9), effects of binding on women's feet (pp. 16-17), and the execution of a robber (pp. 15-16).

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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