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William B. Simpson World War II Pacific Theater collection,

 Collection
Identifier: H-Mss-0849

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of the Collection

The collection contains newspapers, periodicals, correspondence, maps, military documents, including declassified items, and a variety of publications - government, military and other - relating to the Pacific Theater during World War II, specifically the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the American return to the Philippines, the American occupation of Japan and Korea, the Japanese war crime trials and the post-war economies of the Philippine Islands, Japan and Korea. Of particular note is Simpson's 161-page documentation of the investigation into the atrocities at Chusan Camp, Hanaoka, Akita-Ken.

Dates

  • 1935-1994

Creator

Languages

Languages represented in the collection: Chiefly in English; some in Japanese, Chinese, Tagalog and Spanish.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Emeritus Professor of Economics (Claremont Graduate School, Ph. D., 1971), William Brand Simpson served as Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps, U.S. Army during World War II, mainly in the Philippines and Japan. He was called back to Japan in 1947 to assist the Legal Section of SCAP (Supreme Commander of Allied Powers) in Tokyo in the Japanese war crime trials. Simpson advised Japan Public Television (NHK) in 1993 on a documentary of the treatment of Chinese forced labor in Japan during World War II. In 1994 he assisted a group in Japan seeking reparations for Chinese survivors of Japanese prison camps. Simpson died in January 1995.

The manuscript and published materials contained within this collection were collected and assembled by Simpson, who gifted the collection to Pomona College in 1992.

Extent

4 boxes

Abstract

Emeritus Professor of Economics (Claremont Graduate School, Ph. D., 1971), William Brand Simpson served as Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps, U.S. Army during World War II, mainly in the Philippines and Japan. The manuscript and published materials contained within this collection were collected and assembled by Simpson and consist of newspapers, periodicals, correspondence, maps, military documents, including declassified items, and a variety of publications - government, military and other - relating to the Pacific Theater during Word War II, specifically the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the American return to the Philippines, and the American occupation of Japan and Korea. Post-war materials document the treatment of Chinese forced labor in Japan, the Japanese war crime trials, and the post-war economies of the Philippine Islands, Japan and Korea.

Series Arrangement

Series 1: Japanese occupation of the Philippines

Series 2: Commonwealth of the Philippines and American return to Philippines

Series 3: Publications by U.S. military for civilian population

Series 4: Manila civilian newspapers

Series 5: American occupation of Japan and Korea

Series 6: Post-war, regarding war crimes

Series 7: Miscellaneous documents relating to the Philippine economy

Series 8: Miscellaneous documents relating to the Japanese economy

Series 9: Miscellaneous documents relating to Korea

Series 10: Atlas and maps

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of William B. Simpson, 1992.

Accruals

No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

Arranged and processed by Special Collections staff. Simpson's original order has been retained where possible; exceptions have been made, however. Items removed from his original order were done so based on size or fragility.

Creator

Title
Guide to the William B. Simpson World War II Pacific Theater collection
Author
Finding created by Russell Michalak, 2008; Modified by Lisa L. Crane, 2012
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

Contact:
800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States