Jane Gregory Marrow Oral History Interview

January 26, 1976
Oral History #OH0031
Marrow, Jane Gregory, 1916-2006; Lennon, Donald R.
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2.25 hours, 39 pages
Preferred Citation
Jane Gregory Marrow Oral History Interview (#OH0031), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

Mrs. Marrow was born in Shanghai, China (1916), where her father, Richard Henry Gregory, was a tobacconist employed by the British-American Tobacco Company. She grew up in Shanghai and came to the U.S. (1935) for college.

Scope and arrangement

In her interview, Mrs. Marrow discusses her father's career and how he came to go to China; the role of foreigners in China and their communities and schools; daily lives of American women in China; the power of Chinese warlords (especially Chiang Kai-Shek); Chinese politics, including the lack of centralized government, corruption of local officials, and the rise of the Communist Revolution; hardships involved in travel within China and dangers from river pirates; the effects of various wars, from the Sino-Russian to World War II, on the lives of foreign nationals; and the relationship between the business community and missionaries in China and how each group approached the Chinese people.

Mrs. Marrow also comments on anti-German feelings generated during World War I and the pre-World War II period, and how these feelings affected Germans living in China; and the lack of anti-Semitic feeling among the foreign population in China as opposed to the anti-Semitism she later found in the U.S.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Jane Gregory Marrow

Processing information

Processed by D. Beard, April 1985

Encoded by Apex Data Services

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.

General note


Related material

North Carolina Council: Jane Gregory Marrow Oral History Interview

Jane Gregory Marrow Family Papers

Hattie A. Greogry Papers

Richard Henry Gregory Papers

Key terms
Personal Names
Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975
Gregory, Richard Henry, 1876-1955
Marrow, Jane Gregory, 1916-2006--Family
Marrow, Jane Gregory, 1916-2006--Interviews
Corporate Names
British American Tobacco Company--Employees
Communism--Social aspects--China
Schools, American--China
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945--Social aspects--China--Shanghai
Tobacco industry--China
World War, 1914-1918--Social aspects--China
China--Politics and government--20th century
China--Social life and customs--20th century
Shanghai (China)--Social conditions--20th century