James Augustus Thomas Papers, 1905-1941; (bulk 1914-1940).


James Augustus Thomas Papers, 1905-1941; (bulk 1914-1940).

The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence and other papers (chiefly 1914-1940), relating primarily to Thomas' relationship with a variety of organizations concerned with the Orient and Far Eastern affairs. Includes information on U.S. economic penetration of China, marketing of U.S. cigarettes in the Orient, the British-American Tobacco Co., U.S.-Chinese trade, domestic policies and financial development in China, political developments in the Far East, American foreign policy in the Orient (1920s and 1930s), and Thomas' efforts to bring Chinese students to Duke University and other North Carolina institutions. Additions to the collection include three letters pertaining or written to son, Jimmy, by his parents, copies of photographs, a typed transcript, and three audiocassettes of an oral interview (by Duke Professor Emeritus Richard Watson) with Dorothy Q. Thomas, widow of James A. Thomas. Interview topics include her life in China and Petrograd (now St. Petersburg, Russia) where she taught school briefly; and the social life and customs in Bejing and Shanghai after she married Thomas in 1922. There are also negative microfilm reels of the series "China Through Western Eyes: Part 3, The Papers of J.A. Thomas c.1905-1923." Correspondents include Herbert Hoover, Robert Lansing, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Sun Yat-sen.

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Thomas, James Andrew

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Taft, William Howard, 1857-1930

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Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964

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Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

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Sun, Yat-sen, 1866-1925

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Sun Yat-sen (/ˈsʊn ˈjɑːtˈsɛn/; 12 November 1866 – 12 March 1925) was a Chinese physician, writer, philosopher, calligrapher and revolutionary, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China. As the foremost pioneer and first leader of a Republican China, Sun is referred to as the "Father of the Nation" in the Republic of China (ROC) and the "forerunner of democratic revolution" in People's Republic of China (PRC). Sun played an instrumental role in the overthrow of the Qing dyn...

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British American Tobacco Company.

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