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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of John Stewart Service
RLIN number: NXCP87-A133
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Family background, birth and early years in China; Oberlin, 1927-1931; passed foreign service examination and return to China, 1933; vice consul, Kunming; language officer, Peking, 1935-1937; outbreak of Sino-Japanese War, 1937; political reporting; United States Embassy, Chung-king, 1941-1943, contacts and travels; on General Stilwell's staff, 1943: Dixie Mission to Communist headquarters, Yenan, 1944; recalled to Washington, 1945, AMERASIA case, arrest, clearance, assigned to Japan, New Zealand, 1946-1948; McCarthy hearings, Loyalty Security Boards, Tydings Committee, 1950; firing from State Department 1951; business career; appeals carried to Supreme Court; reinstated by State Department, 1957; United States Consul, Liverpool; retirement in 1962; Center for Chinese Studies, Berkeley, California; author THE AMERASIA PAPERS, trips to China in 1971 and 1975.
Extent: Transcript: 515 leaves, Miscellaneous papers relating to oral history
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewee. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact Bancroft Library for information. Original oral history held by: Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1978 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Service, John S., 1909-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1909
Speaker occupation: Foreign Service officer
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 1978
Interviewer: Levenson, Rosemary
Organizations discussed: U.S. Department of State
Locations discussed: Asia; China; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; China; Diplomats--United States; North America; U.S. Department of State; United States; United States--Foreign relations--1933-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: China--Description and travel--1949-1975; China--History--1900-1949; China--Politics and government--1937-1945; Internal security--United States; Loyalty-security program, 1947-; Service, John S., 1909-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0017195-12638