Finding Aid for the Sidney Forrester Mashbir Papers, 1942-1960

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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Sidney Forrester Mashbir Papers, 1942-1960

Collection number: 969

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Online finding aid edited by:
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© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sidney Forrester Mashbir Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1960
Collection number: 969
Creator: Mashbir, Sidney Forrester, 1891-1973
Extent: 33 boxes (16.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: 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.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

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  • Public Services Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Colonel Sydney Mashbir, 1967.
Gift of Mrs. Sydney F. Mashbir, 1974.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sidney Forrester Mashbir Papers (Collection 969). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

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:
  1. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS), translators and summaries, Japan, 1945-47 (Boxes 1-25).
  2. Other ATIS reports (Boxes 26-30).
  3. Memorabilia (Boxes 31-33).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Mashbir, Sidney Forrester, 1891-1973--Archives.
Translators--Archival resources.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.

Items Removed from Collection

  • 4-16 audio discs, apparently of Mashbir's Japanese broadcasts. Transfered to UCLA Film & Television Archive April 26, 1988.

Related Material

A career in military intelligence [oral history transcript] / Colonel Sidney Forrester Mashbir, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, c. 1972. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

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
Box 1

November 1945.

Box 2

December 1945.

Box 3

January 1-20, 1946.

Box 4

January 25-February 6, 1946.

Box 5

February 7-18, 1946.

Box 6

February 19-March 7, 1946.

Box 7

March 1-19, 1946.

Box 8

March 20-31; April 6,7,24-26; May 9,13-14,31; June 1,3-8, 1946.

Box 9

June 10-24, 1946.

Box 10

June 25-28; July 1-11, 1946.

Box 11

July 12-24, 1946.

Box 12

July 24-31, 1946.

Box 13

August 1-12, 1946.

Box 14

August 15-25, 1946.

Box 15

August 26-30, 1946.

Box 16

September 3-19, 1946.

Box 17

September 20-30, 1946.

Box 18

October 11-31, 1946.

Box 19

November 1-22, 1946.

Box 20

November 23-30; December 1-9, 1946.

Box 21

December 9-31, 1946.

Box 22

January 1-24, 1947.

Box 23

January 24-31; February 1-4; March 1-10, 1947.

Box 24

March 11-30, 1947.

Box 25

April 1-17, 1947; Index - January 1-June 30, 1946.

 

Other A.T.I.S. Reports:

Box 26

1943-1944.

Box 26

Current Translations. April 11, 1942. copy no.103.

Box 26

Enemy Publications: no.7 (parts 1 and 2) and 10.

Box 26

Interrogations Report no.66I, December 10, 1943.

Box 26

Information Bulletins: no.1-3, November-December 1943.

 

1944

Box 26

Information Bulletins: no.5,6,8,9,11-15,17-21, January-July, 1944.

Box 26

Research Reports: no.59 (supplements 6 and 7),67 revised,72,76 (parts 1-3), 1944.

Box 27

1944 Research Reports, continued. no.83-85,87-89,91-92,94-95,97,99-108.

 

1944, continued. Other Reports:

Box 28

Progress Report. September 19, 1942-September 8, 1944.

Box 28

Proposed Basic Military Plan For Final Examination of Captured Japanese Documents and Japanese Prisoners of War.

Box 28

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.

 

1945

Box 28

Research Reports: no.65 (supplement 1),67,and supplements 5, 72 and supplements 1 and 2,76 (parts 4-6),86,96.

Box 29

Research Reports, continued: no.98,109,116,117,119-123,127,130-132.

Box 29

Other Reports: no.125,129; Enemy Publications no.271,307,387,398.

Box 30

Enemy Publications no.416,420,421; monthly reports: March, September 1945.

Box 30

Documents Submitted to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces by the Japanese Mission to Negotiate Surrender, Manila, 19 August 1945. (part 2 only.)

Box 30

Various A.T.I.S. publications, including: Restoration of Captured Documents, June 28, 1945; History of Allied Translator and Interpreter Section, vol.5, Intelligence Series; Various Japanese Dictionaries and Character Books published by A.T.I.S.

Physical Description: (6 vol.).
 

Memorabilia, etc.

Physical Description: Boxes 31-33
Box 31

Mashbir Memorabilia, mostly Japanese language materials but includes transcripts of broadcasts Mashbir made over Japanese radio in July 1945.

Box 32

Memorabilia, including some correspondence and typescript material; photographs; 2 copies of Infantry Journal, March 1920 (has article by Mashbir); and Macarthur... First Foreign-Born Shogun of Japan, a speech by Mashbir, printed by First Congressional Church of Los Angeles.

Box 33

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, ca. 1945-1948, containing typescripts, documents, and photographs.