Finding Aid for the Sidney Forrester Mashbir papers, 1942-1960
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Title: Sidney Forrester Mashbir papers
Collection number: 969
UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material:
16.5 linear ft.
Sydney Forrester Mashbir worked in the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section as a military intelligence officer during
the occupation of Japan, 1945-47. The collection contains mimeographed summaries of radio broadcasts, newspaper accounts,
various special reports, and publications on the Japanese language prepared by the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section
of the Intelligence Office during the occupation of Japan, 1945-47. The collection also contains books, biographical material,
and memorabilia of Sydney Mashbir.
Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special
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Mashbir, Sidney Forrester, 1891-1973
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Colonel Sydney Mashbir, 1967.
Gift of Mrs. Sydney F. Mashbir, 1974.
[Identification of item], Sidney Forrester Mashbir Papers (Collection 969). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Colonel Sydney Forrester Mashbir worked in the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section as a military intelligence officer
during the occupation of Japan, 1945-47; wrote
I was an American spy (1953).
Scope and Content
Collection contains mimeographed summaries of radio broadcasts, newspaper accounts, various special reports, and publications
on the Japanese language prepared by the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section of the Intelligence Office during the occupation
of Japan, 1945-47. Also contains books, biographical material, and memorabilia of Colonel Sydney Mashbir. Audio discs of Mashbir's
Japanese broadcasts have been transferred to the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS), translators and summaries, Japan, 1945-47 (Boxes 1-25).
- Other ATIS reports (Boxes 26-30).
- Memorabilia (Boxes 31-33).
Items Removed from Collection
- 4-16 audio discs, apparently of Mashbir's Japanese broadcasts. Transfered to UCLA Film & Television Archive April 26, 1988.
Related Oral History
The following oral history is available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research:
A career in military intelligence [oral history transcript] / Colonel Sidney Forrester Mashbir, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, c. 1972.
Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA.
Interview of Sidney Forrester Mashbir
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Mashbir, Sidney Forrester, 1891-1973--Archives.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Translations and Summaries. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section, (A.T.I.S.), Translations and Summaries, Japan
(November 1945-April 1947)
Physical Description: Boxes 1-25
January 25-February 6, 1946.
February 19-March 7, 1946.
March 20-31; April 6,7,24-26; May 9,13-14,31; June 1,3-8, 1946.
June 25-28; July 1-11, 1946.
November 23-30; December 1-9, 1946.
January 24-31; February 1-4; March 1-10, 1947.
April 1-17, 1947; Index - January 1-June 30, 1946.
Current Translations. copy no.103.
April 11, 1942.
Enemy Publications: no.7 (parts 1 and 2) and 10.
Interrogations Report no.66I,
December 10, 1943.
Information Bulletins: no.1-3,
Information Bulletins: no.5,6,8,9,11-15,17-21,
Research Reports: no.59 (supplements 6 and 7),67 revised,72,76 (parts 1-3),
Research Reports, continued. no.83-85,87-89,91-92,94-95,97,99-108.
continued. Other Reports:
September 19, 1942-September 8, 1944.
Proposed Basic Military Plan For Final Examination of Captured Japanese Documents and Japanese Prisoners of War.
Various Reports bearing numbers and dates. no.4,5,16,18;
Enemy Publications no.80,82;
Information Request Forms, no.102-104;
Enemy Publications, no.163,165.
Research Reports: no.65 (supplement 1),67,and supplements 5, 72 and supplements 1 and 2,76 (parts 4-6),86,96.
Research Reports, continued: no.98,109,116,117,119-123,127,130-132.
Other Reports: no.125,129;
Enemy Publications no.271,307,387,398.
Enemy Publications no.416,420,421; monthly reports:
March, September 1945.
Documents Submitted to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces by the Japanese Mission to Negotiate Surrender, Manila,
(part 2 only.)
19 August 1945.
Various A.T.I.S. publications, including: Restoration of Captured Documents, ; History of Allied Translator and Interpreter
Section, vol.5, Intelligence Series; Various Japanese Dictionaries and Character Books published by A.T.I.S.
June 28, 1945
Physical Description: (6 vol.).
Physical Description: Boxes 31-33
Mashbir Memorabilia, mostly Japanese language materials but includes transcripts of broadcasts Mashbir made over Japanese
Memorabilia, including some correspondence and typescript material; photographs; 2 copies of
Infantry Journal, (has article by Mashbir); and Macarthur... First Foreign-Born Shogun of Japan, a speech by Mashbir, printed by First Congressional
Church of Los Angeles.
Photographs; memorabilia including 2 copies of a 3-ring notebook biography of Sidney Mashbir, prepared by himself with copies
of documents relating to his life and career and copies of pertinent correspondence; and a report on the Washington Institute
of Technology, , containing typescripts, documents, and photographs.