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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert A. Fearey Papers
    Dates: 1939-2004
    Collection number: 2005C5
    Creator: Fearey, Robert A.
    Collection Size: 7 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (3.2 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, interviews, reports, memoranda, press releases, printed matter, and photographs, relating to American-Japanese relations before and after World War II, American occupation policy in postwar Japan, the treaty of peace between Japan and the United States in 1951, and the American administration of the Ryukyu Islands.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    The collection is open for research
    Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert A. Fearey Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004

    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.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Selected writings and other documentation about Robert A. Fearey found in the collection may also be found in electronic format on the website of his son, Seth Fearey, at: http://www.connectedcommunities.net/robertfearey/ 

    Biography Note

    1918 July 4 Born, New York City
    1937-1941 Attended Harvard University
    1941-1942 Private secretary to Ambassador Joseph C. Grew in Tokyo and after repatriation, in Washington D.C.
    1942-1945 Japanese and Far East post-war planning in the Department of State, Washington D.C.
    1945-1946 Special assistant to Ambassador George Atcheson, U.S. political adviser to General MacArthur, in Tokyo
    1946-1950 Japanese desk officer in the Department of State
    1950 Special assistant to the director of the Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, detailed to Japanese peace treaty planning
    1950-1951 Assistant to Ambassador John Foster Dulles in negotiation of Japanese peace treaty in Washington, Tokyo, London; technical adviser at the Japanese Peace Conference in San Francisco
    1952 Staff of U.S. representative on NATO Council of Deputies, London
    1952-1956 Member of U.S. delegation to NATO, Paris
    1956-1957 Officer in charge of North Atlantic Treaty Economic and Military Assistance Affairs, Department of State
    1957-1958 NATO adviser, Department of State
    1958-1959 Student, National War College
    1959-1961 Chief, Political-Military Affairs Branch, American Embassy, Tokyo, concerned with negotiation of U.S.-Japan security treaty
    1961-1962 Officer in charge of Japanese affairs, Department of State
    1963-1966 Deputy director, and then director, for East Asian affairs, responsible for Japan, Republic of Korea, Republic of China, Department of State
    1966-1969 Political adviser, Department of State Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC)
    1969-1972 U.S. Civil Administrator of the Ryukyu Islands (USCAR)in Okinawa, the last U.S. civil administrator before reversion to Japan
    1972-1975 Chairman, Department of International Relations and Area Studies, National War College
    1975-1977 Special assistant to the secretary of state and coordinator for combating terrorism
    1977-1978 Consultant to Agency for International Development
    1978-1979 Special assistant to coordinator of population affairs, Department of State
    1979-1997 Special assistant to the president of Population Action International, Washington, D.C.
    2004 February 28 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Robert A. Fearey papers document Fearey's role as an American statesman and diplomatic official in Japan and the Far East. A majority of the documentation relates to American-Japanese relations before and after World War II, American occupation policy in postwar Japan, the treaty of peace between Japan and the United States in 1951, and American administration of the Ryukyu Islands.
    The bulk of the collection documents the positions held by Fearey in the U.S. Department of State and Foreign Service. Of particular note is information in the Biographical File about the United States Embassy in Tokyo in 1940-1942, when Fearey worked as the personal secretary to Ambassador Joseph C. Grew. Documents include speech texts, memos, social programs, photographs, and a log book that documents the internment of the Embassy's staff from December 16, 1941, to June 17, 1942. This period is also discussed in Fearey's My Year with Ambassador Joseph C. Grew, found in the Writings and Speeches series.
    Additional information in the Biographical File documents Fearey's role from 1969-1970 as the last U.S. Civil Administrator of the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) before reversion of the area to Japan. Files, news releases, photographs, and photograph albums describe the time.
    Correspondence includes letters of both a business and personal nature, arranged by name of correspondent. Additional correspondence may be found in the Writings and Speeches series.
    Documentation in the Writings and Speeches includes drafts, versions, and final published articles as well as correspondence and other materials relating to these articles. Some articles were published in multiple periodicals. The series also contains notes, drafts and correspondence regarding speeches and interviews.
    Collected Research consists of documents that are of similar subject content to the materials in the Writings and Speeches series, collected by Fearey as background research or collected due to use of Fearey's own interviews in others' writings.

    Arrangement

    The collection is organized into four series: Biographical File, Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, and Collected Research.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.

    Subjects

    United States. Dept. of State.
    World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
    United States--Foreign relations--Japan.
    Japan--Foreign relations--United States.
    Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
    Ryukyu Islands.
    Diplomats--United States.