Register of the Boris T. Pash papers

Finding aid prepared by Ronald Bulatoff, revised by Vishnu Jani
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Title: Boris T. Pash papers
Date (inclusive): 1892-1989
Collection Number: 72033
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6 manuscript boxes, 5 envelopes, 3 albums, 46 motion picture film reels (10.9 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, orders, writings, photographs, motion picture film, and printed matter relating to the naval forces of General Nikolay Yudenich during the Russian Civil War; the Russian refugee camp in Wünsdorf, Germany, in 1922; American military intelligence service activities, including the Baja Peninsula mission to investigate the possible establishment of a Japanese base in Mexico in 1942 and the Alsos mission to determine the status of German nuclear development in 1944-1945; and to allegations made in 1975 of the involvement of Boris T. Pash with Central Intelligence Agency assassination plots.
Creator: Pash, Boris T., 1900-1995

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Boris T. Pash papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1972, with several increments received in subsequent years.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

1900 June 20 Born, San Francisco, California
1918-1920 Volunteer, Russian Imperial Army and Navy
1918-1922 Member, The International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations
1920 Employed by the American Red Cross, South Russian Unit, Sevastopol and Theodosia, Russia
1924 Graduated from Springfield College, Massachusetts, B.P.E. (Bachelor of Physical Education)
1924-1940 Chairman, Hollywood High School Athletic Department
1939 Graduated from University of Southern California, M.S. (Education)
1940-1943 Chief of Military Intelligence, U.S. Army, 9th Corps, Presidio of San Francisco
1943-1945 Commanding Officer of the Alsos Mission
1946-1947 Foreign Liaison Section Chief for Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Japan
1948-1951 Employed by the Central Intelligence Agency
1952-1953 Special Forces, U.S. Forces, Austria
1953-1956 Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 6th Army
1956-1957 Staff member, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Guided Missiles
1957 Retired from military service
1995 Died

Scope and Content Note

The Boris T. Pash papers reflect the military career of Pash from his time as a volunteer in the Russian Imperial Army and Navy in 1918 through his retirement as a colonel in the U.S. Army in 1957.
Of special interest are the documents relating to the Alsos Mission, a U.S. Army intelligence unit based in Europe in 1944-1945, of which Boris Pash was commanding officer and whose object was to determine the status of German nuclear development. In addition to the manuscript material in the Alsos Mission file, there is a large number of photographs on the mission in the photographs series, including prints of the liberation of Paris and the surrender of Thanheim, Germany.
Also of interest are materials relating to the Foreign Liaison Section for the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers during the postwar occupation of Japan, 1945-1948, found in the subject file. See also, among the photographs, prints of Soviet armed forces in Tokyo.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army--Officers.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Yudenich, Nikolay Nikolayevich, 1862-1933.
Atomic bomb.
Germany.
Mexico.
Moving-pictures.
Nuclear energy.
Refugees.
Russia (Federation)
Russians--Germany.
Secret service--United States.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Naval operations.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Refugees.
Soviet Union.
United States--Armed Forces.
United States--Foreign relations.
World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Mexico.
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
World War, 1939-1945.

Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1918-1975

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, letters, press releases, and other material reflecting the military career and civilian life of Boris Pash, arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

1918-1949

Box/Folder 1 : 2

1950-1975

Box 1

CORRESPONDENCE, 1892-1989

Scope and Contents note

Letters and telegrams, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
 

Unidentified

Box/Folder 1 : 3

1892-1893

Box/Folder 1 : 4

1951-1989

Box/Folder 1 : 5

American Red Cross, 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Anderson, H. D., 1925

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Barnes, John, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Borah, William E., 1929

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Brander(?), Peter, 1930

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Coney, 1942

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Devers, Jacob L., 1963

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Einstein, Albert, 1939

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Eisenhower, Dwight D., 1963

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Emel'ianov, Ivan Vasil'evich, 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Gerlach, Walther, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Golunsky, S. A., 1946

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Goudsmit, Samuel A., 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Hambro, Charles, 1955

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Heisenberg, Professor, 1955

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Hermann, Armin, 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Hoover, John Edgar, 1951

Box/Folder 1 : 22

International Committee of the Young Men's Christian Associations, 1918-1922

Box/Folder 1 : 23

Johnson, Jesse, 1975-1976

Box/Folder 1 : 24

Pierce, E. C., 1945

Box/Folder 1 : 25

Polette, Andre, 1961

Box/Folder 1 : 26

Robb, Roger, 1954

Box/Folder 1 : 27

Sinclair, Upton, 1948-1949

Box/Folder 1 : 28

Societe Generale Metallurgique de Hoboken, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 29

Thomson, E. F., 1953

Box/Folder 1 : 30

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1954

Box/Folder 1 : 31

Willoughby, C. A., 1949

Box 1

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1959-1981

Scope and Contents note

Speeches and writings by Boris Pash, arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 1 : 32

Handwritten notes on the 1920 evacuation of Crimea, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 33

"Checkmate," 1955 December 15

Scope and Contents note

Typescript.
Box/Folder 1 : 34

"Checkmate! How the Soviets Tried to Take Over the Japanese Orthodox Church," The American Legion Magazine, 1958 April

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy.
Box/Folder 1 : 35

"Why the Mental Panic?," 1959 March 19

Scope and Contents note

Typescript.
Box/Folder 1 : 36

"Where Is the Soviet Union?," 1961

Scope and Contents note

Holograph.
Box/Folder 1 : 37

"Communication," 1963

Scope and Contents note

Typescript.
Box/Folder 1 : 38

The Alsos Mission, 1969

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy of review.
Box/Folder 1 : 39

Statement to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1976 January 7

Scope and Contents note

Typescript.
Box/Folder 1 : 40

Statement to the U.S. Congressional Commission on Wartime Relocation of Persons of Japanese Background in the U.S. at a public hearing, 1981 August 11

Scope and Contents note

Typescript.
Boxes 1-3

ALSOS MISSION FILE, 1943-1976

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, diary, reports, notes, clippings, and other material relating to the operations of the Alsos Mission, arranged alphabetically by physical form.
 

General

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports, notes, clippings, printed matter, and other material.
Box/Folder 1 : 41

Undated

Box/Folder 1 : 42

1943

Box/Folder 2 : 1-2

1944

Box/Folder 2 : 3-4

1945

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Article by V. Gilenson, 1962

Scope and Contents note

Relates to U.S. military intelligence, including the Alsos Mission, during World War II.
Box/Folder 2 : 6

Chronology

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Diary (Germany), 1945 March-July

Box/Folder 2 : 8

History

Box/Folder 2 : 9

List of personnel of interest

 

Subject file

Box/Folder 2 : 10

DSM Project

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Exposure to radioactivity

Box/Folder 2 : 12

Radium supply

 

Recommendations

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Legion of Merit Award, 1945

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Distinguished Service Medal, 1976

 

World War, 1939-1945

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Germany

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Military attaches - United States, 1945 April-May

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda of the U.S. Military Attache in London.
Boxes 3-4

SUBJECT FILE, 1894-1976

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports, and printed matter, arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box/Folder 3 : 4

Baja Peninsula Intelligence Mission, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, maps, and progress reports.
Box/Folder 3 : 5

Espionage, 1947 January 20

Scope and Contents note

Memorandum. Includes case of suspected German agent Dr. Kayl.
Box/Folder 3 : 6

Heisenberg, Werner, 1943 October 15

Scope and Contents note

Certificate signed by Adolf Hitler awarding Heisenberg the 1st class cross for war service.
Box/Folder 3 : 7

Japan - History - Allied occupation, 1945-1952, Kurganov, Oskar, Amerikantsy v Iaponii, Sovetskii pisatel', Leningrad, 1947

Box/Folder 3 : 8

Kulaev, Ivan Vasil'evich

Box/Folder 3 : 9

Leningrad

Scope and Contents note

Maps.
Box/Folder 3 : 10

Nikolaevskii Engineering Adademy, required courses for entrance, 1894 February

Box/Folder 3 : 11

Russkaia Pravoslavnaia Tserkov' - United States, 1963

Scope and Contents note

Dedication of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, Washington, D.C.
Box/Folder 3 : 12

Siberia (Russia) - History - Revolution, 1917-1921, undated

Scope and Contents note

Typescript by Gail Berg Reitzel, entitled "Shifting Scenes in Siberia."
 

Soviet Union - History - Revolution, 1917-1921

Box/Folder 3 : 13-14

General

Box/Folder 3 : 15

American National Red Cross operations, 1920

 

Evacuation of Crimea

Box/Folder 3 : 16

1919

Box/Folder 4 : 1

1920

Box/Folder 4 : 2

Subversive activities - Soviet Union

Box/Folder 4 : 3

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, Foreign Liaison Section, Tokyo, 1946-1948

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to Soviet diplomatic and military personnel in Japan.
 

World War, 1939-1945

Box/Folder 4 : 4

France - Paris

Box/Folder 4 : 5-6

U.S. Army. 6th Army Group. G-3 Section. "World War II - Final Report," 1945 July

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Miscellany

Box/Folder 4 : 8

SLIDES, 1963

Scope and Contents note

21 color slides depicting the dedication ceremony of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicolas in Washington, D.C.
Box/Folder 4 : 9

MEMORABILIA, undated

Scope and Contents note

Five military insignia patches.
Boxes 4-6, Photo file

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1916-1963

Scope and Contents note

Photographs depicting the private life and military career of Boris Pash, arranged by subject.
Box/Folder 4 : 10

1 album of 105 prints depicting Boris Pash and family and Russian military personnel, 1916-1933

Box/Folder 5 : 1

38 postcards depicting various scenes in Russia, including Chernigov and Nizhnii-Novgorod, 1917-1919

Box/Folder 5 : 2

7 prints depicting the evacuation of Crimea, 1919-1920

Box/Folder 5 : 3

38 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 4

48 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 5

73 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 6

63 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 7

48 prints depicting scenes in Japan during the Allied Occupation, 1946-1948

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints of Soviet and U.S. military personnel.
Box/Folder 5 : 8

32 prints of Boris Pash and others in Panama, 1950s

Box/Folder 5 : 9

32 prints depicting scenes in the Soviet Union, 1917-1921

Box/Folder 5 : 10-11

64 prints depicting U.S. armed forces in Germany, 1943-1947

Box/Folder 5 : 12

8 prints depicting U.S. armed forces in France after World War II, circa 1946-1948

Box/Folder 5 : 13

6 prints of Boris Pash and others after his retirement from the military, 1960s-1970s

Box/Folder 6 : 1

35 prints depicting U.S. armed forces in France and Germany, 1945

Envelopes A-B

211 prints from a photo album relating to the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Scope and Contents note

Includes photos of Paris at the time of its liberation and the surrender of Thanheim, Germany.
Envelope C

13 prints of Russian Imperial Navy training ships in the Baltic and Black Seas, and scenes of a Russian refugee camp in Wunsdorf, Germany, 1905-1907, 1922

Album fD

1 album of 132 prints depicting Boris Pash's military service under General N. Yudenich, White Russian Naval Forces, 1920-1923

Albums fE, fF

2 albums of prints depicting the Russian refugee camp in Wunsdorf, Germany, 1922

Envelope G

32 negatives of photographs taken of each page of the album described in "D" above

Envelope H

8 prints of a social event sponsored by the Foreign Liaison Section, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, for representatives of the Four Power Occupational Forces, circa 1947

Motion picture film shelf

MOTION PICTURE FILM, 1936-1945

Scope and Contents note

22 motion picture reels primarily depicting U.S. military operations in Europe.
 

Reel 1: Nr. 1 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 250 feet, 1936

 

Reel 2: Nr. 2 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 250 feet, 1937

 

Reel 3: World news, arms race, Spanish Civil War, annexation of Austria, Nr. 3 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 400 feet, 1937-1938

 

Reel 4: Monatsschau, Nr. 4 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 400 feet, 1938

 

Reel 5: Nr. 5 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 380 feet, 1938-1939

 

Reel 6: Construction of Siegfried Line, Nr. 6 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 450 feet, 1939

 

Reel 7: Bombing of England, submarine operations, Nazi heavy cruiser - 16mm film, 500 feet, 1939

 

Reel 8: Battle for Flanders, Armistice signing - 16mm film, 375 feet

 

Reel 9: Nazi entry into Paris, Nazi conquest of France, Armistice signing at Compiegne, top-Nazi entry into Paris (second copy) - two 16mm film reels, 150 feet, 1940

 

Reel 10: Conquest of Belgium, war in Poland - 16mm film, 500 feet, 1940

 

Reel 11: Five-day conquest of Holland - 16mm film, 100 feet

 

Reel 12: North Sea Battle, attack on Crete, advance into the Soviet Union, Minsk - 16mm film, 200 feet, 1940

 

Reel 13: North Sea Battle, attack on Crete, advance into the Soviet Union, Minsk - 16mm film, 25 feet

 

No. 13: North Sea Battle, attack on Crete, advance into the Soviet Union, Minsk - 16mm film, 475 feet

 

Reel 14: "World War II Assault on the Maginot Line," produced by Degeto - 16mm film, 200 feet

 

Reel 15: Alsos Mission, reel 1 - 16mm film, 450 feet

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 72033_f_0002488_r02_pt01.
 

Reel 16: Alsos Mission, reel 2 - 16mm film, 450 feet

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 72033_f_0002488_r02_pt02.
 

Reel 17: Alsos Mission, reel 3 - 16mm film, 420 feet

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 72033_f_0002488_r02_pt03.
 

Reel 18: Alsos Mission, reel 4 - 8mm film, 400 feet

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 72033_f_0002488_r02_pt04.
 

Reel 19: Copy 2, reel 1 / Alsos Mission, reel 5, reel 1 of 4 - 16mm film, 400 feet

 

Reel 20: Copy 2, reel 2 / Alsos Mission, reel 6, reel 2 of 4 - 16mm film, 400 feet

 

Reel 21: Copy 2, reel 3 / Alsos Mission, reel 7, reel 3 of 4 - 16mm film, 400 feet

 

Reel 22: Copy 2, reel 4 / Alsos Mission, reel 8, reel 4 of 4 / Nr. 22 of numbered cans - 16mm film, 375 feet

 

Olympische Spiels - 1936, launching of the Scharnhorst etc. - 1936, Nr. 10 - 1936, Nr. 9 - 1937, Nr. 10 - 1937 / Schmalfilm-Monatsschau - 1940: Nr. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / “Deutschlands Heer" - 16mm film 1936-1937, 1940

 

Duplicate II/ 1-6, reel 1 - 16mm film, 300 feet

 

Duplicate II/ 1-6, reel 2 - 16mm film, 875 feet

 

Duplicate II/ 1-6, reel 3 - 16mm film, 1150 feet

 

Olympics, rolls 1-7 - 16mm film, 1015 feet, 1936

 

Deutsche Reichswehr Manoverbilder - 16mm film, 50 feet

 

Cross section of Olympics (note from 1996: Film of aerial shot of battleship) - 16mm film, 50 feet, 1937

 

Pre WWII military planes firing practice (German) - 16mm film, 50 feet

 

From Steelblocks to Fine Tin - 16mm film, 50 feet

 

Schmalfilm-Monatsschau, Nr. 11 - 1935, Nr. 9 - 1936, Nr 11. - 1936 - three 16mm film reels, 1935-1936

 

Nazi Campaign in Poland, helgoland, Finnlands Hauptstadt (fragment) - three 16mm film reels

 

Papal Rome, the bomb plot against Hitler, air force exercise, Hitler’s birthday, Rome of the Oscars, paratroopers, birthday of the King of England - three 16mm film reels, 1936

Box 6

DECLASSIFIED U.S. GOVERNMENT RECORDS, 1944-1946

Scope and Contents note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Includes some interfiled unclassified government records. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover.
Box/Folder 6 : 2-3

2015 December release of records, 1944-1946

Scope and Contents note

Diary, orders, correspondence, passes, and forms relating to J.M. Barnes, Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army), and his participation in the Alsos Mission.
Also includes a map of Toulouse, France with negatives.