Papers and books of Dr. Stanley Fowler Wright (1873-1953), Commissioner of Customs and Personal Secretary to the Inspector General, the Chinese Maritime Customs. In addition to manuscripts, there are books in Chinese, books and pamphlets on China and on the Chinese Customs, many official printed papers, reports, etc., and copies of Customs publications, some with manuscript annotations by Wright. Among the manuscripts in the Collection are Wright's notes and papers for his various published works, including, 'Hart and the Chinese Customs' (Belfast, 1950), some letters of Sir Robert Hart, some of Wright's own official papers, and some of Wright's later correspondence, relating mainly to his published works.
This collection would be a valuable resource to students of the Far East and China, in particular the historical development of the Chinese Customs Services during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, containing as it does transcripts of original documents not readily available elsewhere. The collection is also useful as an example of one man's approach to historical research.
The collection contains approx. 100 documents including approx. 30 folders/files of papers and notes, 4 volumes, 8 notebooks, and approx. 25 letters and memos etc.
Deposited with Queen's University Library by Stanley Fowler Wright, 1940s.