Register of the Joseph William Ballantine Papers, 1909-1970.

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Register of the Joseph William Ballantine Papers, 1909-1970

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

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Processed by:
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© 1998 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph William Ballantine Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1909-1970
Collection number: 73076
Creator: Ballantine, Joseph, b. 1888.
Collection Size: 3 manuscript boxes (1.3 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs, notes, reports, articles, and printed matter, relating to American foreign policy in East Asia, and to the foreign policy views of Owen Lattimore.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph William Ballantine Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1973.


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Access Points

Lattimore, Owen, 1900-
United States. Dept. of State.
East Asia.
East Asia--Foreign relations--United States.
United States--Foreign relations.
United States--Foreign relations--East Asia.

Biographical Note

1888 Born, Abmednaga, India
1909 Joined the U.S. Foreign Service
1930 Secretary of the American Delegation to the London Naval Conference
1944 Directed the Office of Far Eastern Affairs
1945-1947 Special Assistant to the Secretary of State
After his retirement, served with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and lectured at NYU

Series Description

Box No. 1.

Memoirs, 1888-1970.

Scope and Content Note

Xerox copy of a typewritten, autobiographic manuscript. (2 copies)
Box No. 2.

Content Analysis - Writings of Owen Lattimore, 1935-1949.

Scope and Content Note

Mimeograph copy of a digest of selected writings of O. Lattimore with commentaries by J. W. Ballantine.
Box No. 3.

Subject File, 1909-1963.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, reports, notes, and printed matter arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box No. 3.

Speeches and Writings, 1940-1968.

Scope and Content Note

Speeches and writings arranged alphabetically by title.

Container List


MEMOIRS, 1888-1970 (2 copies)

Box 1.

Chapter I - An Unusual Upbringing


Chapter II - Introduction to the Far East


Chapter III - Our Embassy at Tokyo


Chapter IV - Broadening of Experience


Chapter V - London Naval Conference


Chapter VI - Consul General at Canton


Chapter VII - Holidays in Southeast Asia


Chapter VIII - Consul General at Mukden


Chapter IX - Our Far Eastern Division (1937-1941)


Chapter X - Prelude to Pearl Harbor


Chapter XI - Wartime Activities


Chapter XII - Special Assistant to the Secretary of State


Chapter XIII - The Allied Military Occupation of Japan


Chapter XIV - At Brookings Institution


Chapter XVI - What Happened in Korea (1945-1954)


Chapter XVII - Problem of Vietnam: Some Facts and Considerations


Chapter XVIII - Epilogue



Box 2.

Chiang Kai-Shek (1945-1950)




Character of National Government (1944-1949)


Chinese Revolution (1935-1945)


Coalition Government (1944-1949)


Formosa (1944-1949)


Manchuria (1944-1949)


Recognition of People's Government of China in UN (1949-1950)


U.S. policy (1937-1943)


Indonesia (1944-1949)


Indo-China (1947, 1949, 1950)




Democratization (1946)


Economic and military support (1949)


Emperor institution (1944-1949)


Japanese communists (1946-1947)


Japanese peace settlement (1947, 1949)


Japanese-Soviet relations (1938)


Korea (1944-1949)


Lattimore and communism in general (1935-1950)




Nature of government and recognition of Mongolia and admission to UN (1944-1949)


Nature of government and Soviet policies (1928-1941)


Soviet policy in Mongolia


Leadership (1944-1949)


Sinkiang (1940, 1945, 1949)


Soviet foreign policy (1935, 1936, 1940, 1942, 1943)


Soviet Union (1938, 1943)


SUBJECT FILE, 1909-1963

Box 3.

Amherst College. Biographical Record. Class of 1909. (1963)


"Backdoor Diplomacy in the Pacific", Footnotes, by R. J. C. Butow


"Background of American Policy Regarding China" by Stanley K. Hornbeck


Brookings Institution - Southern University Conference. Seminar on Problems of U.S. Foreign Policy. San Antonio, Texas. April 1952. "A Political Settlement in Korea".


"China in Stalin's Grand Strategy" by Hu Shih (reprint, Foreign Affairs, January 1949)


Department of State Bulletin, Index. Vols. LV, Nos. 1410-1435 (July-December 1966).


Far Eastern Civilizations


"Mainland China - Geographic Strengths and Weaknesses" by G. Etzel Pearcy (reprint, Department of State Bulletin)


"Oral History" by Ann Mozley. (reprint, Historical Studies Australia and New Zealand, April 1967, Vol. 12, No. 48)


Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, 1961 - Reminiscences of Joseph Ballantine


Sino-American Amity Fund, Inc. 12th Annual Double Ten Dinner. New York. 1967. Seating List.


"The United Nations and Red China" (Committee of One Million)



Box 3.

"American Far Eastern Policy: A History Study" (lecture given on May 13, 1968 at the Center of Asian Studies, St. John's University, New York)


"The Arts and Religion"


"Far Eastern Civilizations"


"The Future of Nationalist China" (1954)


"The Future of the Ryukyus" (reprint, Foreign Affairs, July 1953)


"The Great Power Struggle for Advantage in China"


"The New Japan" (VII)


"Scholarship and Diplomacy"


"Some Observations on American Foreign Policy"


"The United States and East Asia"