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Box 1

Personal Correspondence, 1943-1957

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.

Alexander, Ensign William H., 1943


Associated Newspapers, Inc., 1955


Bledsoe, Captain A. M., 1943-1944


Brooks Bros., 1943


Burke, Arleigh (Chief of Naval Operations), 1957


Burwell, Commodore Louis E., 1944


Carlson, Lieutenant A. W., 1943


Cluverius, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Wat Tyler, 1943-1944


Collins, Edward T., 1943


Craig, Captain W., 1943


Crooker, Mrs. Doris Theobald, 1943


Cushing, Cardinal, 1944


Davis, Frank W., 1944


Dawson, N. E., 1944


Doggett, Professor L. A., 1944


Dykes, James, 1944


Erskine, W. J., 1943-1944


Fernety, Lieutenant Bolice P., 1944


Fahrion, Captain F. G., 1944


Fitz, Reginald, 1944


Forrestal, James (Secretary of the Navy), 1943-1944


Gehres, Commodore L. E., 1943


Graham, Jennie Theobald, 1943


Grosskopf, Ensign Homer L., Jr., 1943


Higgins, George T., CQM, USN, 1943


Hill, Robert W., 1943


Howell, James B., 1943


Huebl, Commander Roland M., 1944


Jones, Dr. Chester M., 1957


Jones, Mrs. Dan W., 1943


Kalbfus, Admiral E. C. (Commander Destroyers, Battle Force), 1934


Kimmel, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Husband E., 1943-1957


King, Fleet Admiral Ernest J., 1948


King, Captain Ogden, 1943


Knox, Frank (Secretary of the Navy), 1943


Lahey, Thomas B., 1943-1944


Leary, Vice Admiral N. F., 1944


Lowell Associates, 1943


Ludewig, Commander J. W., 1943


McCown, Captain H. Y., 1943


McKay, Lt. Commander Baxter M., 1943


McMorris, Rear Admiral C. H., 1943


McMurdie, Phillip C., 1943


Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, 1943-1944


Moring, Captain T. S., 1944


Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1948


Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Norbert, 1943


Myer, Harold, 1943


Office of Price Administration (Boston, MA), 1944


O'Rourke, Jonn, 1943


Pennypacker, J. A., 1944


Phillips, William (former Ambassador to Italy), 1947


Pierce, Reverend Michael G., S.J., 1943


Read (periodical), undated


Reifkohl, Captain F. L., 1943


Reilly, Lt.-Colonel James A., 1943-1944


Ryan, Boatswain Vernon L., 1943


Santos, J. B., 1943


Simon, Frank J. (Secretary-Treasurer, Master Mechanics Association, Naval Ship Yard, Boston, MA), 1947


Simons, Captain R. B., 1943


Slocum, Major B. C., 1943


Smith, Commander and Mrs. Steele B., 1944


Smith, Talbot, 1943-1944


Sporting News (periodical), 1944


Theobald, Robert A., Jr., undated


Thompson, H. Keith, 1957


United Press (Boston, MA Bureau), 1943


Vincent, Ensign Robert G., 1943


Wagner, Rear Admiral F. D., 1943


Walters, Lt.-Commander H. C., 1944


Wang, K. S. (Consulate of the Republic of China), 1948


Wessendorf, Mr. and Mrs. Homer, 1943


Who's Who in the Western Hemisphere, 1944


Windle, Lt. (j.g.) W. T., 1943


Winslow, Mrs. Mary W., 1944


Winterhalter, Harold, 1944


Withers, Rear Admiral T., 1943

Boxes 1-7

Speeches and Writings, 1943-1959

Scope and Contents note

Articles, books, and speeches, arranged as listed, then chronologically thereunder. Includes correspondence and book reviews related to these works.

Articles, 1947-1957

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings of articles written by Robert A. Theobald for a biweekly column in the Beverly Evening Times, "Horizons in World and National Affairs."
Box 1

1947 January 26-June 27


1947 July 8-December 24


1948 January 3-July 3

Box 2

1948 July 7-November 10


1949 January 4-June 29


1949 July 2-December 31


1950 March 4-December 27


1951 January 3-December 29

Box 3

1952 January 5-December 31


1953 January 3-December 30


1954 January 6-December 30


1955 January 5-December 31


1956 January 4-June 30


1956 July 7-December 29

Box 4

1957 January 5-April 24


Books, 1945-1959


Death of a Navy, by Andrieu d'Albas (1957), 1955-1957

Scope and Contents note

Translated from the French and with an introduction, maps, and notes by Robert A. Theobald.

Correspondence, 1955-1957


D'Albas, E. Andrieu, 1955-1957


Deland, Frank S., 1957


Devin - Adair Co., Publishers, 1955-1957


Fitzgerald, William H. G., 1957


Parker, Capt. R. C., 1957


Pearne, Pollinger & Higham, Ltd. (London), 1956


Robbins, Rear Admiral Thomas H., Jr., 1957


Supplementary materials to text: maps, notes, charts, etc.


The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor (1954), 1949-1959


Book reviews


Correspondence, 1949-1959


Unidentified, 1954


Abbot, Stephen, 1959


Allen, Joe M., 1954


Anderson, Henry W., 1954


Anderson, Paul F., 1954


Ashley, Clinton N., 1954


Askins, William F., Sr., 1959


Atkins, John B., 1954


Babbitt, Captain H. S., 1954


Babcock, Frederick (Editor, Magazine of Books, Chicago Tribune), 1954


Bacon, B. B., 1954


Ball, William H., 1954


Ballinger, Alice (Mrs. Webster), 1954


Ballinger, Webster, 1954


Ballinger, Willis, 1954


Baltzly, Commander (Ret.) Frederick, Sr., 1954


Barnes, Harry E., 1953


Barnes, Stuart C., 1954


Barroll, Henry H., 1954


Barry, William O., 1954


Bauer, A. J., 1954


Begin, Z. L., 1954


Belknap, Rear Admiral Reginald R., 1954


Bemis, Samuel F., 1954


Bennett, Milo O., 1954


Bequette, J. C., 1954


Berryhill, Mrs. M. B., 1954


Bertocki, Mrs. Mary A., 1954


Bierly, Charles R., 1954


Blum, Herman, 1954


Bragg, Colonel (Ret.) C. H., 1954


Braveman, David, 1954


Brewer, Basil, 1954


Bridgett, Charlie, 1954


Browne, Kenneth, 1954


Buckley, J. L., 1954


Butler, Dr. Harry H., 1954


Burke, Lt.-Commander (Ret.) John H., 1954


Calhoun, Admiral W. L., 1954


Callahan, Robert J., Jr., 1954


Callahan, Robert J., Sr., 1954


Campi, Reverend Vincent L. 1957


Cannings, Fred E., 1954


Capponi, John, 1954


Carlton, Miss Marjorie, 1954


Castle, William R., 1954


Cecil, Dr. Arthur B., 1954


Chase, Reverend Harry E., 1954


Choat, Harry, 1954


Church, Frederic C., 1954


Clark, Rear Admiral David H., 1954


Coburn, Commander (Ret.) Frederic G., 1954


Colegreave, Kenneth, 1954


Collins, E. D., 1954


Collins, Edward M., 1954


Colombel, John J., 1954


Combier, P. Hodges, 1954


Comstock, Captain L. Wells, 1954


Connors, Thomas K., 1954


Cooke, George P. and Sophie J., 1954


Coolidge, William A., 1954


Covington, Captain (Ret.) H. S., 1954


Crist, Lt.-Colonel (Ret.) Arthur P., 1954


Daley, Robert F., 1953


Daley, Robert L., 1954


Dalton, Lt.-Colonel Arthur T., 1954

Box 5

Dartnell, R. B., 1954


Davidson, Eugene (Editor, Yale University Press), 1952


Davy, Commander Charles G., 1954


DeArmond, Lt. (Ret.) George W., Jr., 1954


DeBurgh, R., 1954


Deland, Frank S., 1949-1953


Dement, Merritt H., 1954


Dickenson, Denny D., 1956


Diemer, Mrs. Anne F., 1954


Donavin, Lt.-Commander K. H., 1954


Dorney, H. Jackson, 1954


Downes, Captain Oliver L., 1954


Duffey, Walter E., 1954


Du Pont, Mrs. Marcella M., 1953-1954


Eckels, Richard P., 1954


Ehman, George C. (Athenian - Nile Club, Oakland, CA, President), 1954


Ettinger, Captain George M., 1954


Fairbank, Robert, 1954


Feeley, J. Richard, 1954


Fernety, Lt.-Commander Bolice P., 1954


Finch, J. D. (Chairman, Freedom Club, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles), 1954


Fischer, Marion, 1954


Flammer, Mrs. Betsy, 1954


Flint, Elder B. C., 1954


Flynn, John T., 1954


Folsom, Charles, 1954


Foote, P. W., 1954


Fuchs, Maria, 1954


Gagner, Beatrice (Mrs. Walter), 1954


Garrity, Devin A. (President, the Devin-Adair Co.), 1953-1957


Gatch, Thomas L., 1953


Glassford, Dodie, 1954


Glassford, Vice Admiral William, 1954-1957


Graves, F. L., 1954


Greaves, Percy L., Jr., 1954


Grenfell, Russell, 1954


Griffin, Robert, 1954


Grigg, Bessie, 1954


Grigsby, Joseph D., 1954


Grimm, Mrs. Verna B. (Librarian, the American Legion National Headquarters), 1954


Gruelick, Commander R. W., 1954


Haight, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Stanley M., 1954


Hall, James L., 1955


Halsey, Fleet Admiral William F., Jr., 1953


Harmon, Lt.-Commander (Ret.) Lloyd M., 1954


Harris, Walden E., 1954


Harrison, Ralph E., 1954


Hart, Mrs. Charles Spencer, 1954


Hart, Merwin K., 1954


Hassenkampf, Bruce H., 1954


Heaoner, Henry D., 1954


Heere, Leonard, 1957


Hefferan, Rear Admiral (Ret.) John B. (Director of Naval History, Dept. of the Navy), 1954


Hession, James M., 1954


Hession, L. S., 1954


Higham, Marritt, 1954


Hill, Major-General Jim Dan, 1954


Hodder, James R., 1954


Horan, Frank, 1954


Horton, J. J., 1954


Hoyt, Lawrence W., 1954


Houtz, Phillip (Executive Director, National Jewish Hospital at Denver), 1954


Humphrey, Churchill and Martha, 1954


Imperial War Museum, London, 1954


Isherwood, Mrs. Harry, 1954


Jennings, George C., 1953


Johl, Colonel Max G., 1954


Jones, Myron A., CRM (Ret.), U.S.N., 1954


Jones, William M., 1956


Joseph, Jerome, 1954


Kahala, Mrs. Aino, 1954


Kahn, David (President, New York Cipher Society), 1954


Keep America Committee, 1954


Kiesling, Clarence E., 1954


Killion, Robert H., 1954


Kitts, Vice Admiral Willard A., III, 1954


Klawans, Paul G., 1954


Knox, Commodore Dudley W., 1954


Kuhnle, Howard A., 1954


Lahey, Thomas B., 1954


Landes, Carl K., 1954


Lavender, Robert A., 1952


Lawrence, David (Editor, U.S. News and World Report), 1954


Leydon, Commander John K., 1954


Lilly, Herbert D., 1954


Lindbergh, Charles A., 1957


Lindsay, Commander Stewart, 1954

Box 6

Lowry, Vice Admiral (Ret.) Frank J., 1954


Lucas, Frances B. (Mrs. James C.) (Executive Secretary, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution), 1955


Ludewig, Rear Admiral Joe W. and Minerva, 1954


McCabe, Hilton H., 1954


McCurdy, Florence, 1954


McDonald, Chester, 1954


McDonald, Irving T., 1954


McWilliams, John, 1954


Magoun, F. Alexander, 1954


Maraspin, Dana G. (Governor, Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), 1954


Marr, Francis J. (Councillor, City Council of Lynn, MA), 1954


Mason, Frances E., 1954


Mercer, R. W., 1954


Mills, Lt.-Commander (Ret.) Charles A., 1954


Montgomery, Robert H., 1954


Moore, Alice, 1954


Morgan, Roy L., 1954


Morrison, Jay, 1957


Moseley, Major-General George Van Horn, 1954


Mulford, Allen, 1954


Nelson, Laurence E., 1957


Neustader, L. W., 1954


O'Donnell, John, 1953


Padrick, E. B. (Chairman, Armed Forces Fellowship Committee, Rotary Club of Chicago), undated


Paine, John B., Jr., 1954


Paisana, Finca, 1954


Palmer, Paul (Executive Editor, The Reader's Digest), 1954


Parker, Captain Ralph C., 1954


Parsons, Charles, 1954


Pascual, Pacifico T., 1954


Patterson, Donald M., 1955


Paynter, Thomas G., 1954


Pier, H. W., 1954


Polowsky, Joseph, 1954


Porter, Jesse B., 1954


Powell, Rear Admiral Paulus P., 1954


Power, James H., Jr., 1955


Proctor, Joseph R., 1952


Pyne, Rear Admiral S. N., 1954


Ralston, Byron B., 1954


Reynolds, Mrs. G. Bergen, 1954


Rhodius, H. U., 1954


Richards, Ira, 1954


Richardson, Admiral James O., 1953-1954


Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1954


Rodgers, Margaret H. (Mrs. Anthony G.), 1954


Rogers, Captain Winifred, 1954


Ruggles, William B. (Editor, The Dallas Morning News), 1954


Ruhtenberg, Mrs. Jan, 1954


Rutherford, Alexander, 1954


Rutherford, S. Morton, 1954


Ryan, Russell C., 1954


Sakahura, T., 1954


Salouka, Beulah G., 1954


Sampson, William J., Jr., 1954


Schnitzer, George C., Sr., 1954


Schroeder, H. L. (Director, The Schroeder Foundation), 1954


Schwartz, Irving P. (Dept. of Public Relations, Queens College), 1954


Seebeck, Volney, 1954


Sharp, Capt. (Ret.) W. D., 1954


Shattuck, S. F., 1954


Sherry, Edward J., 1954


Short, Isabel Dean (Mrs. Walter C.), 1954


Simmons, Edward ( The Standard-Times, New Bedford, MA), 1954


Skorvaga, Elizabeth A., 1954


Smith, Vice Admiral William Ward (Poco), 1954


Spencer, Ensign Herbert, 1954


Stafford, Colonel (Ret.) Ben, 1954


Stafsing, Ivar, 1954


Steefel, Lawrence D., 1954


Strassburger, R. B., 1954


Streu, Niels Henning, 1954


Sullivan, Colonel (Ret.) Alexander C., 1954


Swanton, Hobart P., 1954


Taeni, John, 1954


Tanner, W. R., 1954


Taylor, Bradley R., 1954


Thayer, Mr. and Mrs., 1953


Theobald, A. J., 1954


Theobald, Chester A., 1954


Theobald, Ralph E., 1954


Theobaldt, Mrs. Anni Schwarz, 1954


Thomas, Irene J., 1954


Thornton, R. S., 1954


Timmons, Bettie Edmonds, 1954


Tong, H. K., 1956-1957


Traut, Capt. (Ret.) F. A., 1954


Trohan, Walter (Correspondent, Chicago Tribune), 1954


Trundle, Mrs. I. F., 1954


Turner, Edward R., 1954


Vansant, Stephen S., 1955


Warner, Louis D., 1954


Warren, Dale (Houghton Mifflin Co.), 1952


Warshauer, Charles S., 1954


Welch, Rachel (Mrs. James), 1954


Wessendorf, Homer W., 1954


West, Ralph E., 1954


Whittemore, George A., 1954


Whittemore, K. Robert, 1954


Williams, John C., 1954


Wygant, Captain Benyaurd B., 1954


Yarnell, Admiral (Ret.) H. E., 1953-1954


Zemke, Captain (Ret.) Eric, 1954


Zochert, Roland W., 1954

Box 7

Printed copy (U.S. News and World Report), 1954 April 2


"A World Seeks Peace," 1945

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy of an unpublished manuscript.

Speeches and addresses, 1943-1945, 1956, undated


Outline for an unidentified speech, undated

General Physical Description note: Typewritten draft and typewritten carbon copy.

Address to workers of the Boston Navy Yard and South Boston Naval Drydock, undated

General Physical Description note: Typewritten and hand-written draft.

Address to Naval Graduating Units, Harvard University, 1943

General Physical Description note: Typewritten draft.

Response to the toast The United States Navy at the Annual Dinner of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, 1943 June 7

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Address to workers of the Boston Navy Yard and South Boston Naval Drydock, 1943 July 15

General Physical Description note: Typewritten draft.

Address at Presentation of Army and Navy "E" Award to Boston Navy Yard at Boston Garden, 1943 August 20

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Address at Commissioning of U.S.S. Wasp, 1943 November 20

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Interview with Admiral Theobald on radio program Life to the Front, station WEEI, 1943 December 8

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Radio talk by Rear Admiral Theobald over station WHDH, 1944 January 1

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Statement for the Boston newspapers, 1944 June 6

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Radio script for V-Day, 1945

General Physical Description note: Typewritten carbon copy.

Address before the Men's Corporate Communion Grace Church in Salem, Massachusetts, 1956

General Physical Description note: Typewritten draft.
Boxes 7-10

War Diaries, Commander North Pacific Force, Task Force Eight, U.S. Pacific Fleet, 1942-1943

Scope and Contents note

Ships' logs and transcripts of radio dispatches, arranged chronologically.
Box 7

1942 May 22-31


1942 June

Box 8

1942 June (cont'd.)


1942 July


1942 August


1942 September

Box 9

1942 October


1942 November

Box 10

1942 December


1943 January 1-3

Boxes 10-13

Naval Career Office File, 1908-1949

Scope and Contents note

Dispatches, inventory reports, manuals, memoranda and reports, Navy Department correspondence and orders, operations plans and orders, service lists, and war estimates, arranged as listed, then chronologically thereunder. See also: Declassified U.S. Government Records.

Dispatches, 1942

Box 10

Assistance Information and Data Acquisition Center (AIDAC) dispatches, 1942 May 16-22

Scope and Contents note

These consist of decoded messages between Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) and Commander Northwestern Sea Front (COMNOWESTSEAFRON), concerning Japanese operations against Midway and the Aleutians.

Dispatches from the Commander of Task Force 8 to the Commander of Task Group 8.1 and the Commanding General of Eleventh Air Force, Fort Greely, Alaska, 1942 June-July, November-December


Inventory reports, Inventory Reports of Registered Secret and Confidential Publications Distributed by the Chief of Naval Operations, 1943-1944


Manuals, 1940-1942


Staff Manual, Cruiser Division Three, Battle Force, United States Fleet, 1940


Staff Instructions, Destroyer Flotilla One, United States Pacific Fleet, 1941


Staff Instructions, Destroyers, Battle Force, United States Pacific Fleet, 1942


Sound Military Decision, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, 1942


Memoranda and reports, 1942-1944

Box 11

Report from Headquarters of 11th Air Force Air Striking Group (Task Group 8.3), Kodiak, Alaska to Commanding General, Alaska Defense Command, Fort Richardson, Alaska

Scope and Contents note

Summary of operations to June 10th, 1942 (tactical employment of 11th Air Force in first phase of Japanese invasion of Aleutians), with relevant dispatches and notes.

Memorandum on the situation in Alaska, 1942 July 2

Scope and Contents note

Written by Admiral Theobald for the Commandant of the Thirteenth Naval District at the latter's request for information on the Alaska situation.

Memorandum of Comtaskforce 8 concerning the proposed relocation of Headquarters of Fleet Air Wing Four to Adak, circa 1942 September


"Planes Used in Kiska Mission," 1942 September 14-December 18


"Analysis of Command Relationship Between Commander Task Force Eight and Commanding General Eleventh Air Force," 1942 December 14


Memoranda on the grounding of the U.S.S. Alexander J. Luke, 1944 March 24

Scope and Contents note

Written by the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, for the Commandant of the First Naval District, Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald.

Navy Department correspondence and orders, 1908-1949

Scope and Contents note

Includes orders from, and correspondence with, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (CINCPAC), Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (COMINCH), Frank Knox (Secretary of the Navy), Franklin D. Roosevelt (as acting Secretary of the Navy and as President), Major-General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs (Chief of the Bureau of Navigation), and others.





Operations plans and orders, 1942


CINCPAC, No. 28-42, May 21


Comtaskforce 8


No. 1-42, May 27


No. 2-42, May 29


No. 3-42, May 31


No. 4-42, June 10


No. 5-42, June 22


No. 6-42, undated

Box 12

No. 7-42, July 8


No. 8-42, July 14


No. 9-42, August 1


No. 10-42, August 21


No. 11-42, undated


No. 12-42, October 12


No. 13-42, October 12


No. 14-42, November 19


No. 15-42, December 2


No. 16-42, December 26


Comtaskgroup 8.1 (Air Group, Eleventh Air Force)


No. 1-42, May 28


No. 2-42, June 9


Field Orders No. 1, June 24


Field Orders No. 2, June 25


Field Orders No. 3, July 16


Field Orders No. 4, August 23


Comtaskunit 8.1.1 (Air Striking Unit, Eleventh Air Force)


Field Orders No. 4, June 25


Field Orders No. 5, July 16


Field Orders No. 6, August 3


Field Orders No. 7, August 23


Field Orders No. 8, November 1


Comtaskunit 8.1.2 (Air Search Unit, Eleventh Air Force), No. 3-42, June 29


Comtaskgroup 8.2 (Surface Search Group), No. 1-42, May 28


Comtaskgroup 8.3 (Air Striking Group, Eleventh Air Force)


Field Orders No. 1, May 28


Field Orders No. 2, June 1


Field Orders No. 3, June 11


Comtaskgroup 8.5 (Submarines)


No. 1-42, June 29


No. 4-42, July 5


No. 2-42, August 11


No. 3-42, November 26


Compatwing 4

Box 13

Standard Communications Plan


Operations Schedule for Project Queen, August 2


Search Plan Dog, August 17


Operations Schedule for Project King


Eleventh Air Force


Plan of Operations, Project Queen


Plan of Operations, Project King


Comalsec, No. 1-42, July 16


U.S.S. Nashville (flagship of Task Force 8), Outline of Plan for Handling Flare Attack, August 25


Directive for Provision of Aircraft Support to Ships at Sea


Service lists, 1942-1944


War estimates, 1940-1943

Box 13

Subject File, 1951-1957

Scope and Contents note

Articles and letters, arranged alphabetically by subject.

Marshall, George C., 1951 March

Scope and Contents note

The Tragedy of George Marshall by Walter Trohan, The American Mercury.

Roosevelt, Franklin D., 1953


Theobald, Rear Admiral Robert A., 1957

Scope and Contents note

Letters of condolence on the occasion of Admiral Theobald's death and memorial service program.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, undated

Scope and Contents note

Foreword to The Soviet Impact on Society by Dr. Dagobert D. Runes.
Box 13

Miscellany, 1944-1951


Commencement programs

Box 13

Declassified U.S. Government Records, 1942-1943

Scope and Contents note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover, thereunder chronologically by date of creation.

2015 May release of records, 1942-1943

Scope and Contents note

Operations plans, war diaries, orders, correspondence, and dispatches.

2016 February release of records, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Appendices to Operation Plans and Communication Plans. See also: Naval Career Office File.