John C. Waddell Oral History Interview

September 15, 1980
Oral History #OH0061
Lennon, Donald R.; Waddell, John C.
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassette, 1.25 hours, 19 pages
Preferred Citation
John C. Waddell Oral History Interview (#OH0061), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Scope and arrangement

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).

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of John C. Waddell

Processing information

Processed by M. Cherry, April 1988

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


Key terms
Personal Names
Waddell, John C.
Corporate Names
Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1931-1933--China
Tobacco industry--China
Tobacco workers--China
China--Description and travel--20th century