Walter Finch interview of Owen Lattimore Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 0643

Dates

  • 1973 August 14 (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.167 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    1 legal size folder

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of two copies of audio cassettes of an oral interview of Owen Lattimore conducted by Walter G. Finch in Paris on August 14, 1973. The content of the recordings center on Lattimore's opinions on world affairs, particularly with the future of relations among Russia, China, and Mongolia. The interview runs approximately one hour and forty-five minutes.

  • Processing Information

    This collection was processed in September 2015 by Annie Tang.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

    Collection is open for use.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Owen Lattimore was born in the United States in 1900, but was raised primarily in Tianjin, China. He left China for four years of schooling (1915-1919), but returned and began working for newspapers and import/export companies in China. He returned to the United States in 1928 after marrying Eleanor Holgate, and studied at Harvard University during the 1928-1929 school year.

    Owen Lattimore became one of the foremost scholars and political thinkers in the United States on Asian affairs. He taught at Johns Hopkins University from 1938 to 1963. He worked on numerous commissions and the Institute of Pacific Relations, which allowed him to meet such influential Asian leaders as Mao Zedong. President Franklin Roosevelt made Lattimore the United States advisor to the Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek on the strength of his expertise in Asian foreign affairs and political science.

    Senator Joseph McCarthy notably accused Lattimore of espionage and treason based on suspicions of Lattimore's international work. The charges were dropped after a highly-publicized trial.

    Walter G. Finch was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (1940). Trained a metallurgist, he later took a law degree, and in 1973 he served as the patent counsel for Hopkins. Finch was involved in the Democratic Party and traveled to the Ivory Coast, Siberia, Russian Manchuria, and Mongolia for his world peace efforts.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Name of folder or item], [Date], [Box number], [Folder number], [Collection title], [Collection number], Special Collections, The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The original tape was donated to the library by Walter G. Finch in December 1988. David Lattimore, son and heir of Owen Lattimore, gave permission for the use of the tape in research in September 1989.

  • Abstract

    Owen Lattimore was born in the United States in 1900, but was raised primarily in Tianjin, China. He became one of the foremost scholars and political thinkers in the United States on Asian affairs. He taught at Johns Hopkins University from 1938 to 1963. Senator Joseph McCarthy notably accused Lattimore of espionage and treason based on suspicions of Lattimore's international work. Walter G. Finch was a graduate of Hopkins (1940) and after earning his law degree in 1973, he served as the patent counsel for the school. Finch was involved in the Democratic Party and projects relating to world peace efforts. This collection consists of two audio cassette copies of an oral interview of Lattimore conducted by Finch in Paris on August 14, 1973.

Instances

  • Type
    Mixed Materials
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1
    Container 1 Barcode
    31151030134492

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