Irwin S. Smith Oral History Interview, July 28, 1982, September 10, 1982

Oral History #OH0074

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Irwin S. Smith Oral History Interview
    Creator: Lennon, Donald R.
    Smith, Irwin S.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiocassettes, 3 hours, 94 pages ,
  • Description

    These interviews reflect the experiences of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Commentary relates to tobacco interests and operations, the Chinese people, War Lords, Japanese invasion of China, and life in a Japanese prison.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Mr. Smith and three other employees of British-American Tobacco Company left North Carolina for China in 1930, where he served as a tobacco buyer in the interior of China. He married Miss Hal Grimes in 1940 and she accompanied him back to China. With the outbreak of war with Japan in 1941, wives were evacuated but Mr. Smith was interned by the Japanese for some months before being exchanged in 1943. He returned to China in 1945 but was forced to flee when the Communist overran the country in 1949.

  • Administrative Information
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    Gift of Irwin S. Smith

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    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Irwin S. Smith Oral History Interview (#OH0074), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

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