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Guide to the William B. Simpson World War II Pacific Theater collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wiliam B. Simpson World War II Pacific Theater collection
    Dates: 1935-1994
    Collection number: H.Mss.0849
    creator: Simpson, William Brand
    Extent: 4.0 boxes
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont, CA 91711
    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.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: Chiefly in English; some in Japanese, Chinese, Tagalog, and Spanish.

    Administrative Information

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William B. Simpson World War II Pacific Theater collection. Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subject Headings

    Forced labor
    Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952 -- Sources
    Philippines -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 -- Sources
    Tokyo Trial, Tokyo, Japan, 1946-1948
    War crime trials -- Japan
    War damage compensation -- China
    War damage compensation -- Japan
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Maps
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence -- United States

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Correspondence
    Government publications
    Maps
    Newspapers
    Video tapes