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Inventory of the Claude M. Owens papers
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  • Title: Claude M. Owens papers
    Date (inclusive): 1940 - 1946
    Date (bulk): (Bulk, 1945-1946)
    Collection Number: 79084
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: This collection of declassified law materials containing legal briefs and decisions, exhibits of evidence containing transcripts of testimony, notes and, photographs relating to the trial of Japanese military personnel, chiefly Tomoyuki Yamashita, for atrocities in the Philippines during World War II was collected by Second Lieutenant Claude M. Owens of the Prosecution Division of the War Crimes Branch. Materials also contain legal briefs prepared about prosecuting the cases. Evidence containing testimony, caputured diaries, sworn affidavits and photographs prepared as bound documents as evidence in the trial USA vs Tomoyuki Yamashita.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Owens, Claude M.


    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], Claude M. Owens papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979.


    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 at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Claude M. Owens attended Standford University as an undergraduate. Then he went on to Stanford University Law School. On January 13, 1941 Owens was admitted to The State Bar of California. As a second lieutenant in the United States Army he was assigned to the prosecution division from investigator in the War Crimes Branch of Legal Section of the Supreme Command for the Allied Powers, Manila, 1945-1946.
    After the military he became a Superior Court Judge and retired around 1981.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Legal briefs and decisions, transcripts of testimony, notes, and photographs, relating to the trial of Japanese military personnel for atrocities in the Philippines during World War II.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.
    United States. Army
    War crime trials--Philippines.
    World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities.
    World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
    World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.