Diaries, printed material, photographs and negatives, personal papers, ephemeral materials, artifacts and miscellaneous records document the life of Roy Maxwell Talbot as a Chinese Maritime Customs Service official from 1908-1942.
Roy Maxwell Talbot (1880-1963) began his career in the Chinese Maritime Customs Service in 1908. He served as Commissioner of Customs from 1935 until 1938, when he became Audit Secretary in the Inspectorate General's Office. He was in that position until 1942. During the occupation of Manchuria by the Japanese, Talbot was detained in 1932 and arrested in 1941 for refusing to hand over Chinese customs revenues. The 1941 incident made international headlines.