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Inventory of the Roger Mansell collection
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Roger Mansell collection
    Dates: 1919-2010
    Collection Number: 2001C48
    Collector: Mansell, Roger
    Collection Size: 35 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 3 phonorecords (14.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials collected by Roger Mansell during the course of his research for his forthcoming publication The Forgotten Men of Guam, as well as his role as director of the Center for Research of Allied POWs under the Japanese and its corresponding online database, http://www.mansell.com. Included in these materials are memoirs, diaries, photocopies of government documents, rosters, interview transcripts, correspondence, maps, sketches, notes, printed matter, photographs, electronic records, videotapes, memorabilia, and sound recordings detailing the experience of prisoners of war held in Japan, the Philippines, Guam, Taiwan, Singapore, and Netherlands East Indies during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Roger Mansell collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Location of Originals

    The collection includes many photocopies and digital copies of government documents permanently housed at different archival repositories in the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere. Photocopies of diaries and correspondence, as well as original memoirs and personal narratives, were given to Mansell from the personal collections of former POWs and their families.

    Separated Materials

    Most monographs have been transferred to the Hoover Institution Library and can be found in the catalog using the subject term "Mansell Coll."

    Related Materials

    Marie Adams papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Richard A. Arvidson diary, Hoover Institution Archives
    Leon Grove memoir, Hoover Institution Archives
    Sheldon H. Harris papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    William Henry Hastings papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Geoffrey Monument papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    George C. Mora papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Alan Asbury O'Guinn papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Santo Tomás Internment Camp, January 4, 1942 to September 27, 1943: typescript, Hoover Institution Archives
    Katherine Ream Sobeck papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Wendell Wilcox diary, Hoover Institution Archives
    Harold N. Wilson papers, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    October 8, 1935 Born, Brooklyn, New York
    1953-1959 Attends Brown University
    1959-1962 Serves in U.S. Army, stationed in Korea and Fort Bliss, Texas
    1960s-1970s Founder, Mansell Advertising, Mansell Graphics, and Mansell Publishing
    1990s Begins researching prisoners-of-war of the Japanese in World War II

    Founder, the Center for Research Allied POWs Under the Japanese, Los Altos, California
    Late 1990s Publisher, Tameme, nonprofit bilingual literary journal
    2006 Speaks at International Research FEPOW History Conference in Alrewas, United Kingdom
    2008 Fellow at University of Shenyang Research Center on World War II POWs
    October 25, 2010 Died, Palo Alto, California
    Author, The Forgotten Men of Guam; not yet published

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of materials collected by Roger Mansell during the course of his research for his forthcoming publication The Forgotten Men of Guam, as well as his role as director of the Center for Research of Allied POWs Under the Japanese and its corresponding online database, www.mansell.com. Included in these materials are memoirs, diaries, photocopies of government documents, rosters, interview transcripts, correspondence, maps, sketches, notes, printed matter, photographs, electronic records, videotapes, and memorabilia detailing the experience of POWs based in Japan, the Philippines, Guam, Taiwan, Singapore, and Netherlands East Indies during World War II.
    The materials reflect years of research devoted to documenting the fates of prisoners-of-war (POWs) in the Pacific theater of World War II. For this reason, the countless photocopies of government documents obtained from the National Archives and former POWs were cross-referenced by Mansell and his team with information gathered from correspondence and firsthand interviews, resulting in a detailed account of enlisted men, nurses, and civilians interned in the Pacific during World War II. Some files in the register include two date ranges, accounting both for the original documents (or photocopies) and Mansell's research notes and email correspondence.
    The collection is arranged into series based on subject and physical format, as defined by Mansell. Research on individual POWs appears in the Prisoner of war file. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the former POW being researched by Mansell and not by the name of the actual person of contact, although in many cases these names are the same. Also included in this series are Mansell's records from interviews with POWs and printed materials collected from organizations of former POWs.
    Research materials on Prisoner-of-war camps in Japan and Prisoner-of-war camps outside Japan make up the majority of the collection. Documents in these series are similar to those in other parts of the collection, but focus more on the detailed experiences of POWs within individual camps. Maps and sketches provide understanding of the layout of each camp, while personal narratives of POWs and reports by government offices, including the United States Office of War Crimes, fill in details about treatment by Japanese guards, diet, living arrangements, and disease. Among these materials are Mansell's email correspondence and notes, highlighting corrections, clarifications, and areas of interest.
    Documentation from civilians interned at camps in Japan and the Philippines appear in the Civilian prisoner-of-war camps series. Included among these research materials is an apron from Santo Tomás Internment Camp, with the embroidered signatures of over 100 internees, and a hand colored map of Manila.
    The Combat units' rosters and reports series contains materials from U.S. and Australian combat units stationed in the Pacific, particularly in the Philippines, during World War II. It consists mainly of photocopies of records from the National Archives as well as original spreadsheets created by Mansell and colleagues during the course of their research. The series also includes original writings by POWs, including memoirs and personal narratives.
    The collection includes a large number of electronic media in the form of compact discs, floppy disks, and DVDs containing digitized photographs, films, interview notes, rosters, and scans of original documents. These materials are interfiled with corresponding paper records. Some folders in the collection contain printed copies of these records in their entirety while others do not. In addition, some of these records are included in the Center for Research of Allied POWs Under the Japanese POW camp database, available online at http://www.mansell.com.
    The researcher should be aware that Roger Mansell also donated original materials he collected from Geoffrey Monument and George C. Mora, which are now cataloged separately in their own collections at the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series based on original order: Prisoner-of-war file, Prisoner-of-war camps in Japan file, Prisoner-of-war camps outside Japan file, Civilian prisoner-of-war camps file, Combat unit rosters and reports, General research file, Videotapes, and Phonorecords.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Concentration camps.
    Philippines--History--Japanese occupation, 1942-1945.
    Prisoners of war.
    Prisoner-of-war camps--Japan.
    World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps.
    World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons.
    World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.
    World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
    Santo Tomas Internment Camp (Manila, Philippines).
    Videotapes.