Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Renee Ream Collection
Collection Number: 2001C108
Collector: Ream, Renee, 1934-
2 manuscript boxes
(0.8 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Materials in this collection were collected by members of the John and Renee Ream family. The collection is comprised of diaries,
memoirs, DVDs and interview transcripts of American civilians interned by the Japanese during their occupation of the Philippines
in World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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.
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
[Identification of item], Renee Ream Collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001 and 2010.
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
. 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.
Francis Willard Brush papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Ann Miller Depew papers, Hoover Institution Archives
James J. Halsema papers, Hoover Institution Archives
George C. Mora papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Katherine Ream Sobeck papers, Hoover Institution Archives
John Ream's immediate family was living in Baguio, Philippines, at the time the Japanese invaded the islands during World
War II. Members of John Ream's family were civilian internees throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, at first
at Camp John Hay and Camp Holmes in Baguio City, and subsequently at the Bilibid Prison in Manila. At the time of internment,
John Ream was seven years old. Renee Sneskin Ream was born, 8 December 1934, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She met John Ream
after the war and they were married 7 September 1957, in San Jose, California.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Renee Ream collection is comprised of diaries, memoirs, videorecordings and interview transcripts of American civilians
interned by the Japanese during their occupation of the Philippines in World War II. The materials were collected by various
members of the Ream family.
The collection originated with
We Lived Behind Barbed Wire: Four Oral History Interviews by Renee Ream. Mrs. Ream, interested in the history of her husband's family, interviewed her husband and sisters-in-law about
their experiences as civilian internees in the Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War II. The transcripts of these
interviews were originally donated to the Hoover Institution Archives in 2001.
Over time the family came into the possession of additional unpublished copies of internee diaries, memoirs and personal stories
documenting the experiences of American internees in Japanese-occupied Philippines, specifically at the Baguio and Bilibid
internment camps. In August of 2010 the Ream family donated these additional unpublished materials to the Hoover Archives.
Among the latter materials are videorecordings of a reunion of surviving former internees of the camps at Baguio City and
at Bilibid Prison. This reunion took place in Fremont, California, in 2010, and the footage consists of a moderated, day-long
discussion between former internees about their experiences. Materials arranged by document type.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons.
World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.
Philippines--History--Japanese occupation, 1942-1945.