The John S. Service Papers, 1925-1999, document the life experiences of "Jack" Service, a member of the United States Foreign
Service who was posted to China during the 1930s and 1940s, and later accused of "losing China to the Communists." As one
of the "Old China Hands," Service was implicated in the
Amerasia Affair and arrested. Although he was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, Service was repeatedly accused of questionable
loyalty to the United States, and dismissed. His reinstatement and public exoneration are covered, as is his subsequent career
as a China specialist at the University of California, Berkeley. Personal and family papers round out the collection by providing
another glimpse of this very private man.
John Service, the son of American YMCA missionaries, was born August 3, 1909 in Chengtu, China and spent his school years
there, in Chungking, and in Shanghai. Following his graduation from Oberlin College in 1931, he joined the Foreign Service
as a clerk at the American consulate in Kunming. He went to Beijing for language training in 1935-1937, and then served in
Shanghai until the U.S. entry into World War II. From 1942 to 1945, Service was in Chungking, for much of that time on the
staff of General Joseph Stillwell.
Number of containers: Number of containers: 12 boxes, 4 cartons, 2 card file boxes, 1 oversize box, and 5 oversize folders
Linear feet: 11.5
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