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Series IX. World War II

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1901 to 2004, the World War II series is the most substantial in the collection. The files in this series demonstrate Donald Goldstein’s utilization of Gordon Prange’s preliminary research and unpublished manuscript drafts in the publication of numerous books and articles on World War II (1939-1945). The essence of this series is the Pacific theater of the war, especially the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor. To view images related to this series, researchers should refer to Series XIII: Photographs. Additional information regarding these records can be found in the subseries scope notes.

Subseries 1. Research Materials

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the primary and secondary sources Gordon Prange and Donald Goldstein relied upon to write diverse books and articles about World War II. Originally amassed by Prange during his tenure with General Douglas MacArthur’s Historical Division in occupied Japan from 1946 to 1951, the Japanese documents contain first-hand accounts from the military commanders responsible for planning and executing the Pearl Harbor attack. They also supply an analysis by the Japanese government into the country’s failure in the Pacific War. The American documents include first-hand explanations of the Pearl Harbor attack and the American response, especially the government investigations into Pearl Harbor. The documents are further described in the following subsections: Government Documents, Interview Transcripts, Papers of Military and Political Officials, Ship Logs, and Secondary Sources.

Section: Government Documents

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1936-1966 this section reveals the political and military environment surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor. Of the Japanese documents, the statements of Japanese officials are especially notable. Compiled by the military intelligence section of the Far East Command during the later 1940s, these statements describe military operations in the areas of the Philippines, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, and Formosa (Taiwan). They also detail the Japanese plans for defending the homeland and the decision to surrender.

Especially significant among the American documents is the annotated set of the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack testimony, which is supplemented by correspondence, excerpts, and notes. The subject files are also significant, as they illustrate the government’s efforts to mobilize manpower and supplies for the war effort. The files are arranged alphabetically by record type.

Folder 9 Correspondence, 1939 - 1942
Folder 10 Orders and Directives, November 1941
Folder 11 Questionnaire on Pearl Harbor, 1945
Folder 12 Reports- Operation of Japanese Empire, June 1941 - September 1941
Folder 13 Reports- Pearl Harbor Attack Plans, November 1941 - December 1941
Folder 14 Reports- Pearl Harbor Operations, 1953
Folder 15 Reports- Strategy for the Pacific War, 1940s
Folder 16 Reports- Submarine Operations: December 1941 - April 1942,1956
Folder 17-18 Statements Given by Japanese Officials, 1940s-1950s

Box 19
Folder 1-3 Statements Given by Japanese Officials, 1940s-1950s
Folder 4 Subject Files- Japanese Administration Structure, undated
Folder 5-6 Subject Files- Career Briefs of Japanese Officers, undated
Folder 7-9 Untranslated Texts, undated
Folder 10 War Diaries- 1st Des. Squadron, December 1941
Folder 11 War Diaries- 5th Cardiv Headquarters, December 1941
Folder 12 War Diaries- 3rd Battleship Division, December 1941
Folder 13 Correspondence- Cynthia Olsen (US Steamer), 1941, 1966
Folder 14 Correspondence- Navy Department Telegrams, December 1941
Folder 15 Maps, undated
Folder 16 Memoranda on the European Theater, 1942 - 1947
Folder 17-18 Organization Chart of the Navy Department, 1943
Folder 19 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Correspondence, 1944 - 1946
Folder 20-21 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Morgan Report, 1946
Folder 22 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Newspaper Clippings, 1941, 1951
Folder 23 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Pentagon Round Table Discussion, 1944
Folder 24 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Reports on Japanese Roconnaissance, 1946
Folder 25 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Summaries of Testimony by Witness, undated
Folder 26 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Testimony of Frank Beatty, 1946
Folder 27 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Testimony of Harold Kay, 1941
Folder 28-29 Pearl Harbor Investigations- Testimony of Miscellaneous Witnesses, 1944 - 1946

Box 20
Folder 1 Reports- U.S. Intelligence Estimates of Japanese Military, 1937 - 1943
Folder 2 Reports- Oahu Defenses on December 7th, 1940s
Folder 3-4 Reports- US Strategic Bombing Survey, 1945 - 1947
Folder 5 Reports- Military Intelligence Division - Activity in Far East, February 1941 - November 1941
Folder 6 Reports- Miscellaneous, 1944 - 1949
Folder 7 Subject Files- British War Organization, 1939 - 1943
Folder 8 Subject Files- Civil Service Commission, 1942 - 1943
Folder 9 Subject Files- Communications at Pearl Harbor Prior to Attack, December 1941
Folder 10 Subject Files- Coordination of the War Effort, 1942 - 1943
Folder 11 Subject Files- December 7th in Washington, December 1941
Folder 12 Subject Files- Economic Front and the Board of Economic Warfare, 1941 - 1942
Folder 13 Subject Files- Executive Legislature, 1940 - 1943
Folder 14 Subject Files- General Marshall and General Clarke, 1944 - 1968
Folder 15 Subject Files- Military System for Army, Navy, Air Force, undated
Folder 16 Subject Files- Mobilizing Man Power for the War, 1942 - 1943
Folder 17 Subject Files- Mobilizing the Home Front, 1942 - 1943
Folder 18 Subject Files- Pearl Harbor Attack, December 1941
Folder 19 Subject Files- Philippines, October 1941 - December 1941
Folder 20 Subject Files- Radio Communication Intelligence, November 1941 - December 1941
Folder 21 Subject Files- Shipping and Transporting Supplies, 1942 - 1943
Folder 22 Subject Files- Short, General Walter, 1936 - 1941
Folder 23 Subject Files- Short, General and General Kimmel - Reinstatement, December 1995
Folder 24 Subject Files- Sugamo Prison, 1947 - 1997
Folder 25 Subject Files- Takamatsu, Prince, 1973 - 1975
Folder 26 Subject Files- U.S. Marine Corps, 1941 - 1942
Folder 27 Subject Files- War Department on the Defense of Hawaii, November 1941
Folder 28 Subject Files- War Production Board and Reorganization of War Department, 1942
Folder 29 Subject Files- War Supply Policies, 1942 - 1943
Folder 30 Subject Files- Winds Message, 1945 - 1969
Folder 31 Subject Files- Women at Pearl Harbor, undated

Section: Interview Transcripts

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1946-1978, the interviews contain first-hand accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the resulting Pacific War from the perspective of Japanese and American military leaders, government officials, and veterans. The interviews are arranged alphabetically by interviewee and may contain supplemental information such as correspondence, biographies, and other items related to the interviewees. Some of these materials may pre-date the interview dates.

The majority of the Japanese interviews date from 1946-1967, and were conducted by Gordon Prange during his term in Japan. The transcripts discuss the planning and execution of the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as the Pacific War, naval ministry, and military commanders. While all of the transcripts are notable, the multiple interviews with Mitsuo Fuchida, lead pilot for Pearl Harbor attack, and Minoru Genda, architect of the Pearl Harbor attack, are particularly insightful. The Fuchida transcripts detail his military career, especially his participation in Operation Hawaii and the Battle of Midway, as well as his conversion to Christianity. The Genda files elucidate the Japanese plans for the Pearl Harbor attack itself.

The American interviews, dating from 1961-1978, contain interviews conducted by Prange, as well as transcripts he gathered from archival repositories throughout the United States. The agencies of origination are referenced within the files. The interviews given by Admiral Husband Kimmel and his staff provide an insider’s perspective of the admiral and the pacific fleet before the attack. Also included here are the recollections of intelligence officers such as Lawrence Safford. Other interviews highlight the role of the Air Force, Army, and Navy in the Pacific War.


Box 21
Folder 1 Abe, Heijiro, 1950
Folder 2 Abe, Zengi, 1950
Folder 3 Aiko, Fumio, 1964
Folder 4 Amagai, Takahisa, 1949
Folder 5 Arima, Takayasu, 1948
Folder 6 Chigusa, Sadao, 1958
Folder 7 Chihaya, Masataka, 1947
Folder 8 Ema, Tamotsu, 1950
Folder 9 Enomoto, Juji, 1950
Folder 10-20 Fuchida, Mitsuo, 1947 - 1967
Folder 21 Fujita, Iyozo, 1951
Folder 22 Fukudome, Shigeru, 1946 - 1957
Folder 23-27 Genda, Minoru, 1945 - 1955
Folder 28 Goto, Jinichi, 1950
Folder 29 Hara, Chuichi, 1951 - 1955
Folder 30 Hashiguchi, Takashi, undated
Folder 31 Hashimoto, Toshio, 1950
Folder 32 Hattori, Takushiro, 1951
Folder 33 Hoshina, Zenshiro, 1951
Folder 34 Ibusuki, Masanobu, undated
Folder 35 Imaizumi, Kijiro, 1950
Folder 36 Inoue, Shigeyoshi, 1951
Folder 37 Ishiguro, Susumu, 1948
Folder 38 Ito, Seiroku, 1950
Folder 39 Iwami, Jozo, 1950
Folder 40 Jyojima, Takatsugu, 1951
Folder 41 Kawai, Iwao, 1951
Folder 42 Kishimoto, Kanji, 1950
Folder 43 Kitajima, Kazuyoshi, 1950
Folder 44 Kondo, Nodutoke, 1948
Folder 45 Kotoshirodo, Richard, 1967

Box 22
Folder 1 Kuroshima, Kamato, 1948
Folder 2 Kusaka, Ryunosuke, 1946 - 1949
Folder 3 Maeda, Kosei, 1955
Folder 4 Matsumura, Heita, 1951, 1965
Folder 5 Mito, Hisashi, 1945 - 1948
Folder 6 Mikawa, Gunichi, 1949
Folder 7 Mifuku, Iwakichi, 1951
Folder 8 Miscellaneous, 1946 - 1965
Folder 9 Miyo, Tatsukichi, 1949
Folder 10 Muranaka, Kazuo , 1949
Folder 11 Muto, Akira, 1946
Folder 12 Nagano, Osami, No Date
Folder 13 Nakajima, Atsumi, 1951
Folder 14 Nomura, Kichisaburo, 1949 - 1964
Folder 15 Ofuchi, Keiza , 1950
Folder 16 Ogawa, Kanji, 1949 - 1954
Folder 17 Ohashi, Kyogo, 1949
Folder 18 Ohmae, Toshikazu , 1947 - 1949
Folder 19 Oikawa, Koshiro, 1945 - 1949
Folder 20 Oka, Takasumi, 1946
Folder 21 Okajima, Kiyokuma, 1951
Folder 22 Okuda, Kazuhiro, 1950 - 1962
Folder 23 Omori, Sentaro, 1949
Folder 24 Ohnishi, Takijiro, 1945 - 1947
Folder 25 Onoda, Sutegiro , 1949
Folder 26 Otani, Iwao, 1950
Folder 27 Ozawa, Jisaburo, 1948, 1964
Folder 28 Sakagami, Goro, 1955
Folder 29 Sakamki, Kazuo, 1947
Folder 30 Sanagi, Sadamu , 1949
Folder 31 Sasaki, Akira, 1949
Folder 32 Sasaki, Hanku, 1950
Folder 33 Sata, Naohiro, 1949
Folder 34 Sato, Zenichi, 1950
Folder 35 Sawamoto, Yorio, 1949
Folder 36 Shibuya, Tatsuwaka, 1948
Folder 37 Shiga, Yoshio, 1964
Folder 38 Shimada, Shigetaro, 1945 - 1946
Folder 39 Shimizu, Mitsumi, 1948, 1965
Folder 40 Shimoda, Hisao, 1949
Folder 41 Shindo, Saburo, 1951
Folder 42 Suzuki, Eijiro, 1948
Folder 43 Suzuki, Suguru, 1949
Folder 44 Tachibana, Itaru, 1950
Folder 45 Takagi, Sokichi, 1951
Folder 46 Takata, Toshitane, 1950
Folder 47 Takeda, Haruo, 1950
Folder 48 Tanaka, Shinichi, 1946
Folder 49 Terauchi, Juichi, undated
Folder 50 Togo, Minoru, 1950
Folder 51 Togo, Shigenori, 1946
Folder 52-53 Tojo, Hideki , 1945 - 1946
Folder 54-55 Tomioka, Sadatoshi, 1947 - 1955
Folder 56 Toyoda, Soemu, 1950
Folder 57 Tsukada, Osami, undated
Folder 58 Tsukahara, Nishizo, 1949
Folder 59 Tsukamoto, Yuzo, undated
Folder 60 Uchida, Shigeshi, 1951, 1953
Folder 61 Uwai, Hiroshi, 1950
Folder 62 Watanabe, Yasuji, 1945 - 1950
Folder 63 Yamaguchi, Tamon, 1948
Folder 64 Yamamoto, Sadao, 1950
Folder 65 Yano, Shikado, 1950
Folder 66 Yokoi, Tadao, 1955
Folder 67 Yokota, Minoru, 1951
Folder 68 Yokoyama, Ichihei, 1950
Folder 69 Yoshida, Zengo, 1950
Folder 70 Yoshioka, Chuichi, 1949
Folder 71 Yoshikawa, Takeo, 1950 - 1965

Box 23
Folder 1 Allen, Brooke E., 1962
Folder 2 Avery, Guy C., undated
Folder 3 Backus, Edward N., 1961
Folder 4 Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1964
Folder 5 Beardall, John R., Jr., 1970
Folder 6 Beatty, Frank Edmund, Jr., 1962
Folder 7 Beck, Edgar B. , 1964
Folder 8 Bicknell, Waldo, 1964 - 1968
Folder 9 Bongo, Nicholas, 1964
Folder 10 Briggs, Ralph T. , 1977
Folder 11 Burford, Mrs. William, 1964
Folder 12 Clarke, Carter W., 1976
Folder 13 Clausen, Henry, 1976
Folder 14 Coe, Charles Frederick, 1963 - 1974
Folder 15 Collins, Joe , 1976
Folder 16 Cooper, Kathleen Burns, 1966
Folder 17 Crawford, John, 1964
Folder 18 Crosley, Paul C., 1970
Folder 19 Crouse, Robert, 1964
Folder 20 Curts, Maurice Edwin, 1962
Folder 21 Curylo, W. J., 1964
Folder 22 Daniels, William B., 1965
Folder 23 Davidson, Howard C., 1941 - 1962
Folder 24 Davis, Arthur, 1963
Folder 25 Davis, Charles W., 1963 - 1964
Folder 26 Davis, Cleveland, 1962 - 1964
Folder 27 DeLany, Walter, undated
Folder 28 Draemel, Milo F., 1963 - 1971
Folder 29 Dunlop, Robert H., 1962 - 1970
Folder 30 Dyer, George C., 1969
Folder 31 Dyer, Thomas H., 1985
Folder 32 Dykers, Thomas M., 1964
Folder 33 Early, Mrs. Stephen, 1970
Folder 34 East, Walter J., 1964
Folder 35 Eisnaugle, Harlan C., 1964
Folder 36 Erickson, Ruth A., undated
Folder 37 Farnum, William C., 1963 - 1977
Folder 38 Farthing, William E., 1955 - 1962
Folder 39 Fielder, Kendall J., 1941 - 1969
Folder 40 Fink, Carl Kenneth, 1970 - 1978
Folder 41 Finn, William S., 1964
Folder 42 Fleming, Robert, 1975 - 1977
Folder 43 Fletcher, Frank Jack, undated
Folder 44 Flood, William J., 1957 - 1962
Folder 45 Forrow, Thomas E. , 1964
Folder 46 Fortenberry, Robert, 1964
Folder 47 Freeman, Alton, 1964
Folder 48 French, Howard C., 1964
Folder 49 Fuqua, Samuel, 1923 - 1970
Folder 50 Furlong, William Rea 1962 - 1976
Folder 51 Gesell, Gerhard A., 1976
Folder 52 Grannis, Lawrence C., 1964
Folder 53 Grew, Joseph Clark , undated
Folder 54 Gutzak, Francis , 1953
Folder 55 Haynes, Allen, 1970 - 1972
Folder 56 Hesser, B.C., 1964
Folder 57 Hewitt, H. Kent , 1962
Folder 58 Heydt, William H., 1971
Folder 59 Hindmarsh, Albert E., 1964
Folder 60 Holmes, Winfred J., 1967 - 1968
Folder 61 Johnson, Doir C., 1964
Folder 62 Johnson, Emil, 1964
Folder 63 Kamont, Victor, 1964
Folder 64 Kent, Tyler Gatewood , 1963
Folder 65 Kimmel, Husband E., 1963 - 1964
Folder 66 Kramer, Mrs. Aldwin D., 1970
Folder 67 Kuehn, Otto, 1942
Folder 68 Landon, Truman H., 1941 - 1959
Folder 69 Layton, Edwin T., 1958 - 1964
Folder 70 Leard, E. W., 1963
Folder 71 Linn, George W. , undated
Folder 72 Marston, Morrill W., 1976 - 1977
Folder 73 McCollum, Arthur H., 1976
Folder 74 McKnight, John Roland, 1964
Folder 75 Michaud, Philippe A., 1964
Folder 76 Mollison, James, 1941 - 1970
Folder 77 Money, Raymond J., 1964
Folder 78 Montgomery, Mrs. David, 1964
Folder 79 Morgan, Edward P., 1952 - 1976
Folder 80 Moser, R.R., 1963 - 1964
Folder 81 Munson, Curtis B., 1977
Folder 82 Nightingale, Earl C., 1970
Folder 83 Nimitz, Chester, 1964 - 1966
Folder 84 O’Brien, George A., 1963 - 1964
Folder 85 Ogg, Robert, 1983
Folder 86 Osborne, William Daniel Jr., 1964
Folder 87 Outerbridge, William W., 1970 - 1987
Folder 88 Pullen, Harold F., 1964
Folder 89 Quynn, Allen G., 1963 - 1971
Folder 90 Rafsky, Harry M., 1964
Folder 91 Ramsey, Logan C., 1962
Folder 92 Reeves, Vernon H. , 1965
Folder 93 Richmond, David, 1977
Folder 94 Richmond, R. M., 1963 - 1964
Folder 95 Riggs, Cecil D., 1964
Folder 96 Rochefort, Joseph, 1964
Folder 97 Rogo, Jack, 1964
Folder 98 Rood, George A., 1964
Folder 99 Ruff, Lawrence E., 1964
Folder 100 Russell, Charles A., 1964
Folder 101 Safford, Laurence F, 1970 - 1972
Folder 102 Sampson, George P., 1963
Folder 103 Schindel, John, 1956
Folder 104 Shapley, Alan , 1967
Folder 105 Shaw, Duane W., 1970
Folder 106 Shoemaker, James M., 1963
Folder 107 Simons, R. B., 1941 - 1970
Folder 108 Smart, Harley F., 1964
Folder 109 Smedberg III, William, 1977
Folder 110 Smith, William, 1962
Folder 111 Spruance, Raymond A. , 1964 - 1975
Folder 112 Standley, William H., 1962
Folder 113 Stout, Herald F., 1964
Folder 114 Taussig, Joseph K, Jr., 1963
Folder 115 Terry, Mr., 1946
Folder 116 Thesman, Irvin H., 1964
Folder 117 Thiebaud, Kenneth E., 1970
Folder 118 Thomas, Francis, 1990
Folder 119 Thompson, Walter E., 1964
Folder 120 Throckmorton, Russell C., 1967
Folder 121 Train, Harold Cecil, 1962
Folder 122 Tucker, Dundas Preble, 1964
Folder 123 Tully, Grace, 1941 - 1970
Folder 124 Tyler, Kermit A., 1964
Folder 125 Wellborn, Charles, Jr., 1977
Folder 126 Wilson, Durward S., 1962 - 1963
Folder 127 Wilson, Wesley C., 1956 - 1963
Folder 128 Young, Mrs. Cassin , 1964

Section: Papers of Military Leaders and Government Officials

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1901-2004, this section contains the files Gordon Prange and Donald Goldstein compiled on Japanese and American World War II-era government officials, military commanders, and veterans. These personal papers focus predominately on the Pacific theater and are arranged alphabetically by individual. The files generally contain one or more of the following items: correspondence, diaries, memoranda, reports, and unpublished memoirs or manuscripts.

Amassed by Gordon Prange during his assignment with the Historical Division of the Far East Command, the Japanese files depict the personal reflections of several key military commanders. Among these is the diary of Rear Admiral Sadao Chigusa, which contains daily reports of the First Air Fleet’s progress towards Pearl Harbor and its return to Japan. Researchers may also be interested in Genda’s analysis of the Pearl Harbor operation. Most of the files contain both a Japanese and English version of the text.

The bulk of the American files contain items photocopied from U.S. archival institutions, which were later annotated by Prange and Dillon. In general, these items chronicle the individual’s role in the war. For example, the Roosevelt and Hopkins files reveal the president’s awareness of activities in Europe and the Pacific prior to and during the war. However, the correspondence between Harry Elmer Barnes, revisionist historian, Charles C. Hiles, Lieutenant Commander of naval fleets in the Far East and cryptanalyst, and Husband Kimmel, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, concentrate on contemporary issues. More specifically, the letters between these gentlemen discuss the Pearl Harbor investigations, revisionist history, and Prange’s merits as an historian. These photocopied items are augmented by the scrapbooks of two Pittsburgh-area veterans, John Curran and Elliot Finkel, who served in the European theater of the war from 1942 to 1945. Images from these scrapbooks are located in Series XIII: Photographs, and represent the daily activities of American soldiers.


Box 24
Folder 1-3 Chigusa, Sadao, 1941 - 1975
Folder 4-5 Chihaya, Masataka, 1941 - 1948
Folder 6-7 Fuchida, Mitsuo- Manuscripts, 1960s
Folder 8 Fuchida, Mitsuo- Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 9 Fuchida, Mitsuo- Sky Pilots, 1952 - 1957
Folder 10 Fukudome, Shigeru, undated
Folder 11 Genda, Minora- Affidavit, 1948
Folder 12 Genda, Minora- Biographical Information, undated
Folder 13 Genda, Minora- Correspondence with Prange, 1953, 1962
Folder 14-18 Genda, Minora- Manuscripts, 1947 - 1972
Folder 19 Kido, Marquis, 1941
Folder 20 Kondo, Nobutake, 1947
Folder 21 Kusaka, Ryunosuke, 1946 - 1952
Folder 22 Nakahara, Giichi, 1941
Folder 23 Nomura, Kichisaburo, 1941
Folder 24 Ohmae, Toshikazu, 1961
Folder 25 Ozawa, Jisaburo, undated
Folder 26 Sanagi, Sadamu, 1949
Folder 27 Sendu, Mr., undated
Folder 28 Shimada, Shigetaro, 1976
Folder 29 Shirao, Tateki , 1941 - 1946
Folder 30 Toyoda, Soemu, undated
Folder 31 Uchida, Shigeshi, 1940 - 1941
Folder 32 Yamamoto, Isoroku- Correspondence, 1939 - 1954
Folder 33 Yamamoto, Isoroku- Miscellaneous, 1901 - 1939

Box 25
Folder 1 Baldwin, Hanson, 1941 - 1976
Folder 2-6 Barnes, Harold- Correspondence, 1944 - 1968
Folder 7 Barnes, Harold- Manuscripts, 1960s
Folder 8 Barnes, Harold- Notes by Gordon Prange, undated
Folder 9 Belknap, Reginald, 1954 - 1957
Folder 10 Berle, Adolph, 1938 - 1944
Folder 11 Bloch, Charles, 1936 - 1942
Folder 12 Clarke, Woodrow Wilson, 1940 - 1990
Folder 13 Curran, John, 1931 - 1950
Folder 14 Finkel, Elliot- Application to Air Corps, 1942
Folder 15 Finkel, Elliot- Biographical Information, 1994 - 2004
Folder 16 Finkel, Elliot- Correspondence, 1944 - 1996
Folder 17 Finkel, Elliot- Descriptions of Missions and Targets, 1943 - 1944
Folder 18 Finkel, Elliot- History of 392nd Bomb Group, 1989 - 2000
Folder 19 Finkel, Elliot- Maps of Erkner near Berlin, 1944
Folder 20 Finkel, Elliot- Maps of Furth, Germany, 1944
Folder 21 Finkel, Elliot- Military Intelligence - Evasion Reports, 1944
Folder 22 Finkel, Elliot- Miscellaneous, 1942 - 1945
Folder 23 Finkel, Elliot- Newspaper Clippings on European Theater, 1944 - 1945
Folder 24 Finkel, Elliot- Permission for Leave of Absence, 1944 - 1945
Folder 25 Finkel, Elliot- Promotions and Discharge, 1943 - 1945
Folder 26 Forrestal, James, 1942 - 1946
Folder 27 Friedman, undated
Folder 28 Furlong, 1954
Folder 29 Halsey, William H., 1941 - 1957
Folder 30 Hamlin, Charles, 1945
Folder 31 Hart, Thomas, 1941 - 1962
Folder 32-33 Hiles, Charles- Correspondence, 1962 - 1972
Folder 34 Hiles, Charles- Manuscripts, 1940s
Folder 35 Hiles, Charles- Notes by Gordon Prange, undated

Box 26
Folder 1 Hopkins, Harry Lloyd- Correspondence, September 1941 - June 1942
Folder 2 Hopkins, Harry Lloyd- Memos on the Situation in China and Indo-China, March 1941 - December 1941
Folder 3 Hopkins, Harry Lloyd- Reports on European Theater, 1940s
Folder 4 Hopkins, Harry Lloyd- Reports on Pacific Theater, 1935 - 1942
Folder 5 Hornbeck, Stanley K.- Biography, 1931 - 1941
Folder 6-7 Hornbeck, Stanley K.- Correspondence, 1935 - 1959
Folder 8 Hull, Cordell- Correspondence, 1940 - 1941
Folder 9-11 Hull, Cordell- Memos of Conversations with Japanese Ambassador, 1941
Folder 12 Hull, Cordell- Memos on US-Japan Relations, 1941
Folder 13 Hull, Cordell- Press Conferences, 1940 - 1941
Folder 14 Jones, Jesse, 1941, 1943
Folder 15 Kimmel, Husband E.- Ancestors and Descendents, 1956
Folder 16 Kimmel, Husband E.- Biographical Information, undated
Folder 17-21 Kimmel, Husband E.- Correspondence, 1941 - 1967
Folder 22 Kimmel, Husband E.- Notes by Gordon Prange, undated
Folder 23 Kimmel, Husband E.- Service Record, 1916 - 1942
Folder 24 Kimmel, Husband E.- Yearbook from the Naval Academy, 1899
Folder 25 King, Ernest- Correspondence, 1941 - 1952
Folder 26 King, Ernest- Notes by Gordon Prange, undated
Folder 27 Knox, Frank, 1941 - 1942
Folder 28 Kuehn, Otto, undated
Folder 29 Lavender, R. A., 1944, 1976
Folder 30 Leahy, William D., 1938 - 1939
Folder 31 Long, Breckenridge, 1937 - 1946
Folder 32 Longacre, Robert, 1941
Folder 33-35 Marshall, George- Correspondence, 1941 - 1945
Folder 36 Marshall, George- Inventory and Notes, 1977
Folder 37 Marshall, George- Memoranda on Pearl Harbor Attack, 1941 - 1966
Folder 38 Marshall, George- Minutes of War Department Staff Meetings, 1941 - 1942
Folder 39 Marshall, George- Testimony before Roberts Commission, undated

Box 27
Folder 1 Martin, Frederick L., 1940 - 1962
Folder 2 McDonald, Joseph, undated
Folder 3 Miscellaneous, 1970s
Folder 4-6 Morgenthau, H. Jr.- Diary Book, 1941 - 1942
Folder 7 Morgenthau, H. Jr.- Presidential Diary, 1938 - 1945
Folder 8 Patterson, Robert P., 1939 - 1941
Folder 9-13 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Correspondence, 1939 - 1944
Folder 14 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Battle of Midway, 1942
Folder 15 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Command of General MacArthur, 1934 - 1945
Folder 16 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Developments in China, 1937 - 1941
Folder 17 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Editorial Opinion of the Roosevelt Administration, 1941 - 1942
Folder 18 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Embargos, 1939 - 1941
Folder 19 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- European Theater of WWII, 1939 - 1942
Folder 20 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Military Developments in the Far East, 1940 - 1944
Folder 21 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Military Planning, 1937 - 1941
Folder 22 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Notes and Requests for Copies, 1972
Folder 23 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Pacific War Situation, 1941 - 1944
Folder 24 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Possible Japanese Espionage in Hawaii, 1935 - 1937
Folder 25 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Pearl Harbor Attack, 1941 - 1942
Folder 26 Roosevelt, Franklin D.- Relations with Japan, 1937 - 1941
Folder 27 Ruggs, Charles, 1944
Folder 28 Safford, Laurence F.- Kita Message, 1970 - 1971
Folder 29 Safford, Laurence F.- Notes by Gordon Prange, undated
Folder 30 Safford, Laurence F.- Winds Message, 1940 - 1941
Folder 31 Sehe, Charles T., 1994 - 2004
Folder 32 Short, Walter, 1941 - 1945
Folder 33 Standley, William H., 1934 - 1953

Box 28
Folder 1-2 Stark, H.R.- Correspondence, 1942 - 1945
Folder 3 Stark, H.R.- Diary, undated
Folder 4-5 Stimson, Henry, 1939 - 1945
Folder 6 Taft, Robert A., 1944 - 1945
Folder 7 Theobald, Robert A., 1954
Folder 8 Turner, R.K., 1944 - 1946
Folder 9 Wallace, Henry A., 1941
Folder 10 Watson, Edwin, 1939 - 1940
Folder 11 Wilkerson, Buster, undated
Folder 12 Yarnell, H.E.- Correspondence, 1937 - 1939
Folder 13 Yarnell, H.E.- Notes by Gordon Prange, undated

Section: Ship Logs

Scope and Content Notes:

Arranged alphabetically by ship, the bulk of the logs date from December 6 - 7, 1941 and pertain to the ships most affected by the Pearl Harbor attack. The logs provide succinct descriptions of each ship’s location and condition prior to the attack, as well as its activities during the attack and immediately thereafter. Several of the files also contain a comprehensive ship history.

Folder 14 Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 15 USS Allen, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 16 USS Antares, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 17 USS Argonne, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 18 USS Ash, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 19 USS Avocet, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 20 USS Aylwin, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 21 USS Bagley, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 22 USS Blue, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 23 USS Bobolinkl, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 24 USS Breese, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 25 USS Cachalot, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 26 USS California, December 5, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 27 USS Case, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 28 USS Castor, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 29 USS Chew, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 30 USS Condor, December 7, 1941
Folder 31 USS Conyngham, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 32 USS Cummings, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 33 USS Curtis, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 34 USS Dale, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 35 USS Detroit , December 7, 1941
Folder 36 USS Dewey, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 37 USS Dobbin, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 38 USS Dolphin, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 39 USS Farragut, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 40 USS Gamble, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 41 USS Grebe , December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 42 USS Gudgeon, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 43 USS Helena, December 7, 1941
Folder 44 USS Helm, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 45 USS Henley, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 46 USS Honolulu, December 7, 1941
Folder 47 USS Hulbert, December 6, 1941- December 7, 1941
Folder 48 USS Hull, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 49 USS Isabel, December 1, 1941 - December 8, 1941
Folder 50 USS Jarvis, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 51 USS Keosanqua, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 52 USS Macdonough, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 53 USS Maryland, December 5, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 54 USS Medusa, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 55 USS Monaghan, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 56 USS Montgomery, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 57 USS Mugford, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 58 USS Narwhal, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 59 USS Neosho, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 60 USS Nevada , December 5, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 61 USS New Orleans, December 7, 1941
Folder 62 USS Oglala, December 7, 1941
Folder 63 USS PT Boats, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 64 USS Patterson, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 65 USS Pelias, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 66 USS Pennsylvania, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 67 USS Perry, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 68 USS Phelps, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 69 USS Phoenix, December 7, 1941
Folder 70 USS Preble, December 6, 1941 - December 8, 1941
Folder 71 USS Pruitt , December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 72 USS Rail, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 73 USS Raleigh, December 7, 1941
Folder 74 USS Ralph Talbot, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 75 USS Ramapo, December 6, 1941- December 7, 1941
Folder 76 USS Ramsay, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 77 USS Reid, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 78 USS Rigel, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 79 USS Sacramento, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 80 USS St. Louis, December 7, 1941
Folder 81 USS San Francisco, December 7, 1941
Folder 82 USS Schley, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 83 USS Selfridge, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 84 USS Shaw, December 2, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 85 USS Sicard, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 86 USS Solace, December 6, 1941 - December 8, 1941
Folder 87 USS Sumner, December 5, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 88 USS Sunnadin, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 89 USS Swan, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 90 USS Tangier, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 91 USS Tautog, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 92 USS Tennessee, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 93 USS Tern, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 94 USS Thornton, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 95 USS Tracy , December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 96 USS Trever, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 97 USS Tucker, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 98 USS Turkey, December 5, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 99 USS Vestal, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 100 USS Virego, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 101 USS Ward, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 102 USS Wasmuth, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 103 USS Whitney, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 104 USS Widgeon, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 105 USS Worden, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941
Folder 106 USS Zane, December 6, 1941 - December 7, 1941

Section: Secondary Sources

Scope and Content Notes:

Dating from 1929-1991, these files are subdivided into journal articles, manuscript extracts, and newspaper clippings. Under each of these subheadings, the files are arranged alphabetically by topic. Although the series contains information on the Pacific War and the major participants, the central theme is the Pearl Harbor attack.


Box 29
Folder 1 Articles, 1942 - 1956
Folder 2-5 Manuscripts- Hawaii Operation, 1969
Folder 6 Manuscripts- Naval Ministry and Battle Histories, 1930 - 1951
Folder 7 Manuscripts- Relations Between US and Japan, 1932 - 1944
Folder 8 Newspaper Clippings, 1941 - 1942
Folder 9 Articles- Codes and Intelligence, 1955 - 1999
Folder 10 Articles- Articles- European Theater, 1944 - 1945
Folder 11 Articles- General Warfare, 1941 - 1970
Folder 12 Articles- Japan, 1931 - 1976
Folder 13 Articles- Individuals from Japan, 1942 - 1976
Folder 14 Articles- Individuals from the United States, 1929 - 1966
Folder 15 Articles- Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 16 Articles- Naval Institute Proceedings, 1965 - 1971
Folder 17 Articles- Pacific Region and the Pacific War, 1922 - 1942
Folder 18 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Before Attack, 1941 - 1958
Folder 19 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Description of Attack, 1942 - 1981
Folder 20 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Investigations of Attack, 1941 - 1975
Folder 21 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Miscellaneous, 1941 - 1964
Folder 22 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Prior Knowledge of Possible Attack, 1945 - 1984
Folder 23 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Remembrance, 1956 - 1986
Folder 24 Articles- Pearl Harbor - Results of Attack, 1941 - 1967
Folder 25 Articles- Political, 1941 - 1977
Folder 26 Articles- Relations Between US and Japan, 1941 - 1977

Box 30
Folder 1 Articles- Research of John Toland, 1983
Folder 2 Articles- Reviews and Reference Articles, 1942 - 1970
Folder 3 Chronology of Pacific War, undated
Folder 4 Manuscripts- Ellis, Earl, 1950s
Folder 5 Manuscripts- German-language on Japan in World War II, 1980s
Folder 6 Manuscripts- Kimmel, Short and Pearl Harbor, 2003
Folder 7 Manuscripts- Neumann Book - Excerpts, undated
Folder 8 Manuscripts- Miscellaneous Excerpts on Pacific Region, 1928 - 1959
Folder 9 Manuscripts- Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, 1976, 1985
Folder 10 Manuscripts- Operation Magic-The Secret Sources of the Pacific War, undated
Folder 11-12 Manuscripts- "This Means War", undated
Folder 13-14 Manuscripts- Ultra Intelligence in World War II, 1987
Folder 15 Manuscripts- Unknown Book, undated
Folder 16 Newspaper Clippings- Honolulu Star Bulletin, 1941
Folder 17 Newspaper Clippings- Japanese Surrender, 1945
Folder 18 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Attack, 1941
Folder 19 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Boise Incident, 1945
Folder 20 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Individuals, 1961 - 1985
Folder 21 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Investigations, 1941 - 1946
Folder 22 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Investigation and General Marshall, 1945 - 1946
Folder 23 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Miscellaneous, 1941 - 1989
Folder 24 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Port Arthur, 1904, 1941
Folder 25 Newspaper Clippings- Pearl Harbor - Remembrance, 1951 - 1991
Folder 26 Newspaper Clippings- Stars and Stripes, 1943 - 1945
Folder 27 Student Papers, 1963 - 1976

Subseries 2. Manuscripts and Related Materials

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains the manuscript drafts and related materials generated by Donald Goldstein, Gordon Prange, and Katherine Dillon as they wrote numerous books and articles on World War II. Arranged alphabetically by book title, each subsection contains corrections, correspondence, manuscript drafts, and reference materials. The majority of the correspondence occurs between Goldstein and Dillon and outlines the progress of compiling/editing books. Additional correspondence consists of marketing plans for the books and reader responses. The manuscripts are arranged from the earliest drafts to the proofs of the most recent edition, and illustrate the many cuts and changes made to the manuscripts prior to publication. The reference materials furnish background information on the specific topic covered by each book. The records are further described in the following subsections.

Section: At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

Scope and Content Notes:

Drawn from volumes I and II of Prange’s unpublished manuscript “Tora, Tora, Tora,” this is the first book published through the combined efforts of Donald Goldstein, Gordon Prange, and Katherine V. Dillon. Initially published in 1981, the book chronicles the military action surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack. With the exception of revisions to the appendix and the addition of an afterword, the manuscript drafts relate to the first edition.


Box 31
Folder 1 Audio Script, 1990
Folder 2 Bibliographies and Information on Prange's Research, c. 1980
Folder 3 Book Cover and Reviews, 1981 - 2001
Folder 4 Corrections, undated
Folder 5-7 Correspondence- General, 1980 - 2001
Folder 8 Publicity and Book Promotion, 1981 - 1983
Folder 9-20 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 32
Folder 1-19 Manuscript Drafts, 1981

Box 33
Folder 1-10 Manuscript Drafts, 1981 - 1991

Section: D-Day Normandy: The Story and the Photographs

Scope and Content Notes:

This subsection details the process of compiling the images and writing the narrative for the pictorial, D-Day Normandy: The Story and the Photographs, by Donald Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger. Published in 1993, the pictorial illustrates America’s role in the June 1944 invasion of Normandy. The research materials include manuscript excerpts contemporary to the D-Day invasion along with more recent articles. Images from this pictorial are contained and described in Series XIII: Photographs.

Folder 11 Captions, undated
Folder 12 Corrections, 1993
Folder 13 Correspondence, 1994 - 2003
Folder 14-17 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 34
Folder 1-3 Manuscript Drafts, 1993 - 1994
Folder 4-5 Research Materials- Articles, 1984 - 1994
Folder 6-7 Research Materials- Manuscript Excepts, 1944 - 1976

Section: December 7, 1941: The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor

Scope and Content Notes:

This is the third book drawn from Gordon Prange’s unpublished manuscript “Tora, Tora, Tora,” and was published in 1988. December 7, 1941 relies heavily upon eyewitness accounts to provide a chronological description of the events occurring directly before the Pearl Harbor attack through Roosevelt’s declaration of war on December 8, 1941.

Folder 8 Audio Script, 1991
Folder 9 Corrections and Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 10 Correspondence, 1985 - 1922
Folder 11-18 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 35
Folder 1-22 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 36
Folder 1-5 Manuscript Drafts, 1987

Section: Fading Victory: The Diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki, 1941-1945

Scope and Content Notes:

Based upon the diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki, Fading Victory depicts the daily activities of the Japanese Imperial Navy, which is accompanied by Ugaki’s assessment of the fighting. Begun by Gordon Prange in the 1950s, publication of the Ugaki diary was postponed until the completion of the “Tora, Tora, Tora” project. After Prange’s death, Donald Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon resumed work on the Ugaki diary and eventually published it through the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1991. The vast majority of the files consist of edited manuscript drafts.

Folder 6-7 Correspondence- Chihaya, 1954 - 1992
Folder 8-9 Correspondence- General, 1978 - 2000
Folder 10-18 Manuscript Drafts, 1947

Box 37
Folder 1-20 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 38
Folder 1-21 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 39
Folder 1-22 Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 40
Folder 1-17 Manuscript Drafts, 1989
Folder 18 Miscellaneous, 1989 - 1994

Section: God's Samurai: Lead Pilot at Pearl Harbor

Scope and Content Notes:

Based upon a series of interviews between Gordon Prange and Mitsuo Fuchida, (located in the World War II research subseries) these manuscript materials describe Fuchida’s life from his military exploits through his missionary efforts. Initially written by Prange during the 1960s, the Fuchida biography continued to be revised during the next thirty years due to newly discovered information and publisher edits, such as the discovery of Fuchida’s love child and the removal of several chapters relating to his religious conversion. Under the editorship of Donald Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon, the manuscript was finally published in 1990. In addition to the manuscript drafts, these records contain several reference files, which detail Fuchida’s missionary work throughout Europe and the United States during the 1950s-1960s.


Box 41
Folder 1-4 Correspondence- General, 1952 - 1993
Folder 5 Correspondence- Report on Fuchida Project, 1964
Folder 6-24 Correspondence- Manuscript Drafts, undated

Box 42
Folder 1-24 Correspondence- Manuscript Drafts, 1981

Box 43
Folder 1-18 Correspondence- Manuscript Drafts, 1981 - 1990
Folder 19 Research Materials- Church of the Open Door, 1964
Folder 20-27 Research Materials- Fuchida, 1949 - 1976
Folder 28 Research Materials- Fuchida's Son, 1964 - 1969
Folder 29 Research Materials- Miscellaneous, 1942 - 1969

Section: Miracle at Midway

Scope and Content Notes:

Initially written by Gordon Prange during the 1960s and 1970s, Miracle at Midway contains first-hand accounts from American and Japanese veterans who fought in the battle or commanded the troops at Midway Island. The first published version of Midway appeared in the November 1972 edition of Reader’s Digest as a condensed version of the full text. Prange’s full-length manuscript on Midway was finally published in 1982, under the editorship of Donald Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon.


Box 44
Folder 1 Corrections, Maps, and Reviews, 1982 - 1983
Folder 2-3 Correspondence, 1965 - 2002
Folder 4-22 Manuscript Drafts, 1960s - 1982

Box 45
Folder 1-8 Manuscript Drafts, 1982
Folder 9-10 Research Materials, 1971

Section: Nuts! The Battle of the Bulge: The Story and the Photographs

Scope and Content Notes:

These documents reveal the process of compiling photographs and writing the narrative for Nuts! The Battle of the Bulge: The Story and Photographs. This pictorial by Donald Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger was published in 1994. It contains hundreds of images from American and German sources depicting the daring counter attack by German forces in the Ardennes in December 1944. Images from this pictorial are located in Series XIII: Photographs.

Folder 11 Corrections, undated
Folder 12 Correspondence, 1993 - 1994
Folder 13-19 Manuscript Drafts, 1993

Box 46
Folder 1-11 Manuscript Drafts, 1993 - 1994
Folder 12 Miscellaneous, 1994

Section: Pacific War Papers: Japanese Documents of World War II

Scope and Content Notes:

This is the second book extracted from Echoes of the Pacific War: the Japanese Speak, an unpublished compendium of Japanese sources on the Pacific War. Complied by Donald Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon, the book was published in 2004 and describes Japan’s navy and political diplomacy before the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as during the later portion of the Pacific War.

Folder 13 Correspondence, 2002 - 2004
Folder 14-24 Manuscript Drafts, 2002 - 2003

Box 47
Folder 1-3 Manuscript Drafts, 2004
Folder 4 Research Materials, undated

Section: Pearl Harbor Papers: Inside the Japanese Plans

Scope and Content Notes:

This is the first book extracted from Echoes of the Pacific War: the Japanese Speak, an unpublished compendium of Japanese sources on the Pacific War. Complied by Donald Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon, the book was published in 1993 and contains Japanese primary sources and expert commentary on the Pearl Harbor attack.

Folder 5 Corrections, 1993
Folder 6 Correspondence, 1991 - 1999
Folder 7-27 Manuscript Drafts, 1993 - 1997

Section: Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History

Scope and Content Notes:

Published in 1987, this is the second book drawn from Gordon Prange’s unpublished manuscript “Tora, Tora, Tora.” In general, Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History explains the political environment surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack and provides Prange’s analysis of the reactions to the attack, or lack thereof.


Box 48
Folder 1 Audio Script, undated
Folder 2 Book Cover, Reviews, Miscellaneous, 1985 - 1991
Folder 3 Corrections, undated
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1983 - 1996
Folder 5-17 Manuscript Drafts, 1983 - 1984

Box 49
Folder 1-17 Manuscript Drafts, 1984 - 1985

Section: Rain of Ruin: A Photographic History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Scope and Content Notes:

This section depicts Goldstein’s efforts to compile photographs and write the narrative for Rain of Ruin: A Photographic History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Published in 1995, the pictorial by Donald Goldstein, J. Michael Wenger and Katherine V. Dillon, presents countless photographs of the people and events surrounding the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The research materials contain the statements of Japanese officers on the effect of atomic weapons, as well as histories of the 509th Composite Group, the specialized unit responsible for delivering the atomic weapons to Japan. Additional research files detail the controversies sparked by Colonel Tibbets’ 1976 re-enactment of the bombing and the Smithsonian's 1995 Enola Gay exhibit. Images from this pictorial are contained and described in Series XIII: Photographs.


Box 50
Folder 1 Corrections, undated
Folder 2 Correspondence, 1994 - 1999
Folder 3-11 Manuscript Drafts, 1994 - 1995
Folder 12 Research- Articles - Controversy, 1962 - 1994
Folder 13 Research- Articles - Miscellaneous, 1960 - 1992
Folder 14 Research- History of the 509th Composite Group, 1945
Folder 15 Research- Manuscript Excerpts, 1978 - 1992
Folder 16 Research- Military Orders, 1945
Folder 17 Research- Pictorial of the 509th Composite Group, 1952
Folder 18 Research- Statements of Japanese Officials, 1949 - 1950

Section: Target Tokyo: The Story of the Sorge Spy Ring

Scope and Content Notes:

Originally written by Gordon Prange during the 1960s, this manuscript highlights the activities of a Russian spy, Richard Sorge, who used his connections in the German Embassy to obtain Nazi party information. A condensed version of the manuscript first appeared in Reader’s Digest in January 1967. However, Prange’s dedication to completing the “Tora, Tora, Tora” project greatly delayed the publication of the full-length manuscript. Upon Prange’s death, the manuscript was passed to Donald Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon, who finalized the editing. In 1984 the book was published under the title Target Tokyo. Researchers wishing to know more about the Sorge spy ring should consult the reference files, several of which are in German.


Box 51
Folder 1 Audio Script, 1991
Folder 2 Corrections, 1960s - 1984
Folder 3-5 Correspondence, 1962 - 1996
Folder 6-19 Manuscript Drafts, 1967 - 1983

Box 52
Folder 1-22 Manuscript Drafts, 1983 - 1984

Box 53
Folder 1-12 Manuscript Drafts, 1984
Folder 13 Promotional Materials, 1984 - 1985
Folder 14 Research Materials- Articles, undated
Folder 15 Research Materials- Correspondence and Reports, 1935 - 1950
Folder 16 Research Materials- German Ministry Files, 1941 - 1942
Folder 17 Research Materials- Interview of Max Clausen, undated
Folder 18 Research Materials- Manuscript - Dr. Sorge Report, 1985
Folder 19-20 Research Materials- Manuscript - Miscellaneous in German language, 1932 - 1989
Folder 21 Research Materials- Manuscript - Sorge’s Own Story, 1942
Folder 22 Research Materials- Notes Written by Prange or Goldstein, undated
Folder 23 Research Materials- Report - Military Intelligence on Sorge Spy Ring, 1947
Folder 24 Research Materials- Report - Partial Documentation of Sorge Espionage Case, 1950

Section: Tora, Tora, Tora

Scope and Content Notes:

Virtually all of the files in this section are the work of Gordon Prange. Taken together, these files divulge his thirty-year effort to complete the four-volume Pearl Harbor manuscript, “Tora, Tora, Tora”. Although the manuscript was never published in its original four-volume form, Prange did succeed in publishing a condensed version through Reader’s Digest in 1963. More importantly, “Tora, Tora, Tora” served as the foundation for At Dawn We Slept, Pearl Harbor: Verdict of History, and December 7, 1941. Researchers interested in viewing Prange’s assessment of his Pearl Harbor work should consult the marketing correspondence file. Additional files pertain to the Twentieth Century Fox film Tora, Tora, Tora, which featured Prange as a contributor.


Box 54
Folder 1-2 Corrections, 1970 - 1978
Folder 3 Correspondence- Chihaya, 1970
Folder 4-7 Correspondence- General, 1962 - 2001
Folder 8 Correspondence- Marketing, 1978
Folder 9 Film Project with 20th Century Fox- Contracts, 1965 - 1967
Folder 10 Film Project with 20th Century Fox- Correspondence, 1963 - 1970
Folder 11 Film Project with 20th Century Fox- Promotional Materials, 1967 - 1970
Folder 12 Film Project with 20th Century Fox- Scripts, 1966 - 1968
Folder 13-26 Manuscript Drafts, c. 1973

Box 55
Folder 1-23 Manuscript Drafts, c. 1973

Box 56
Folder 1-25 Manuscript Drafts, 1973 - 1974
Folder 26 Miscellaneous, 1970 - 1993

Section: The Way it Was: Pearl Harbor, The Original Photographs

Scope and Content Notes:

This section examines the process of compiling photographs and writing the narrative for The Way It Was: Pearl Harbor, which was released in time for the 50th anniversary of the attack in 1991. Assembled by Donald Goldstein, Katherine V. Dillon, and J. Michael Wenger, this pictorial contains over 400 images of the Japanese attack on December 7th, 1941. Images from this pictorial are contained and described in Series XIII: Photographs.


Box 57
Folder 1-2 Correspondence, 1982 - 2002
Folder 3-18 Manuscript Drafts, 1989 - 1990
Folder 19 Outlines, Reviews, and Miscellaneous, 1991