Stanley Fowler Wright Papers

Scope and Content

Papers and books of Dr. Stanley Fowler Wright (1873-1953), Commissioner of Customs and Personal Secretary to Robert Hart, Inspector General of 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 later correspondence relating mainly to his published works.

Administrative / Biographical History

b. 1873. Ed. Queen's University Belfast. Commissioner of Customs and Personal Secretary to the Inspector General, the Chinese Maritime Customs. Responsible for various publications building on and reflecting his experiences in the employ of the Chinese Maritime Customs (see below). d. Oslo, Norway, 1953.

Publications: Publications: Kiangsi native trade and its taxation, Stanley F. Wright (Shanghai, 1920); China's customs revenue since the revolution of 1911, Stanley F. Wright (Shanghai, 1935); China's struggle for tariff autonomy, 1843-1938, Stanley F. Wright (Shanghai, 1938); The origin and development of the Chinese Customs Service, 1843-1911: An historical outline, Stanley F. Wright (Shanghai, 1939); Hart and the Chinese customs, Stanley F. Wright (Belfast, 1950); The collection and disposal of the maritime and native customs revenue since the Revolution of 1911: with an account of the loan services administered by the Inspector General of Customs, Stanley F. Wright (1965)

Access Information

Open to consultation. Includes material in Chinese.


Description compiled by Clare McVeigh (RASCAL Project), entered by Deirdre Wildy, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Manuscript catalogue only. See 'Calendar of Manuscripts Western and Oriental' for details. This calendar is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to condition and copyright restrictions

Appraisal Information

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 historical research.

Custodial History

The collection was amassed by Stanley Wright during his lifetime and bequeathed to the University on his death in 1953.



Related Material

Hart Papers (QUB);Hart Papers (QUB);Piry Papers (QUB);


Hart and the Chinese customs, Stanley F. Wright (Belfast, 1950);