George Edward Taylor papers, 1932-1999

Taylor, George Edward, 1905-2000


20.56 cubic feet, including textual materials, sound recordings, photographs, and videocassettes.
Arranged in 4 accessions: 1. Accession No. 1695-003, George Edward Taylor sound recording, 1966; 2. Accession No. 1695-004, Oral history interview with George Edward Taylor and Richard Louis Walker, 1992; 3. Accession No. 1695-005, Oral history interview with George Edward Taylor, 1986; 4. Accession No. 1695-007, George Edward Taylor papers, 1932-1999.
The George Edward Taylor papers document Taylor's career as professor and chair of the University of Washington Far Eastern and Russian Institute (now the Jackson School of International Studies), scholar in Chinese studies, government expert on Asia, proponent of foreign trade, and wine enthusiast. The records span the period 1932 to 1999. Records include correspondence, conference files, research files, sound and video recordings, curriculum files, ephemera, interviews, lectures, news releases, photographs, and reports. Major correspondents and others significantly represented in the papers include Karl August Wittfogel, John K. Fairbank, Herbert S. Little, Benjamin S. Kizer, Charles E. Martin, Raymond B. Allen, Charles P. Rockwood, Pendleton Herring, Bryce Wood, John M.H. Lindbeck, Richard Lewis Walker, the University of Washington Far Eastern and Russian Institute, Yanjing da xue (Yenching University), the University of the Philippines American Studies Program, the Chinese History Project, the American Council of the Institute of Pacific Relations, the Joint Committee on Contemporary China, the Joint Committee on Sino-American Cooperation in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Tryout Theatre (Seattle, Washington), the United States Board of Foreign Scholarships, the United States Office of War Information Overseas Operations Branch, and the Washington Council on International Trade.
George Edward Taylor (1905-2000) was a scholar of Chinese studies and director of the Far Eastern and Russian Institute at the University of Washington from 1946 to 1969. Considered one of the founders of modern Chinese studies in the United States, Taylor recruited internationally known scholars of the Soviet Union, China, Japan, and other countries to the institute in the 1940s and 1950s, and helped attract extensive federal and foundation support for international studies at the university. As deputy director of the U.S. Office of War Information for the Pacific Region during World War II, he established the Foreign Morale Analysis Division, which tapped the expertise of leading social scientists to study Japanese value systems in order to formulate psychological warfare and military policy against the Japanese, as well as policy toward the Japanese surrender. After the war, Taylor spoke out against the decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, arguing that it was not based on evidence of Japanese intentions. Taylor was an outspoken opponent of U.S. recognition of the communist government of China in the 1950s and 1960s, and a supporter of U.S. policy in Vietnam in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Access to the papers is partially restricted; contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for more information.
George Edward Taylor Papers. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.
The literary rights for Taylor's papers have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Materials are in English and Chinese.
A finding aid to the records is available in the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries and on the World Wide Web.

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