Register of the Robert Allen Griffin Papers, 1942-1971

Finding aid prepared by Grace M. Hawes; machine-readable finding aid created by James Lake
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Robert Allen Griffin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1971
Collection Number: 75027
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 13 manuscript boxes, 3 envelopes (5.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, speeches and writings, photographs, and printed matter, relating to American technical and economic assistance missions to China and Southeast Asia.
Creator: Griffin, R. Allen (Robert Allen), 1893-1981


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Allen Griffin papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1975.


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Biographical List

1893, September 27 Born, Kansas City, Missouri
1917 B. A., Stanford University
1917-1919 Military service
1919 Reporter, Portland Oregonian and Portland Journal, Portland, Oregon
1919-1920 Secretary to First Polish Minister to U.S., Prince Lubormirski
1920-1921 Director, Polish Bureau of Information
1921 Manager, American Polish Chamber of Commerce
1922 Founder and publisher, Monterey Peninsula Herald, Monterey, California
1935 Founder of radio station, KDON, Del Monte, California
1941-1945 Military service
1942 Co-author, The School of the Citizen Soldier
1948-1949 Deputy Chief, U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration, China
1950 Chief, U.S. Department of State Economic Mission to Southeast Asia
1950-1951 Director, U.S. Economic Cooperation Admnistration, Far East Program Division
1951-1952 Special Representative of the Far East, U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration and Mutual Security Agency

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lapham, Roger Dearborn, 1883-1966.
United States. Dept. of State.
United States. Economic Cooperation Administration.
Asia, Southeastern.
China--History--Civil War, 1945-1949.
Economic assistance, American--Asia, Southeastern.
Economic assistance, American--China.
Reconstruction (1939-1951)--China.
Technical assistance, American--Asia, Southeastern.
Technical assistance, American--China.
United States--Foreign relations.

Box 1


Arrangement Statement

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Box 1

Unidentified, 1949-1951


Badger, Vice Admiral Oscar, 1949


Baker, John Earl, 1949


Bissell, Richard M., Jr., 1951


Bolling, Major General A. R., 1948


Bramblett, Ernest K., 1951


Butterworth, W. Walton, 1950


Caldwell, J. Alexander, 1971


Chang, C. C., 1949


Chennault, Major General Claire E., 1948


Chiang Mon-lin, 1949


Clay, Eugene H., 1952


Cleveland, Harlan, 1948-1949


Cline, Howard M., 1952


Cochran, Ambassador H. Merle, 1950


Coombe, Reginald G., 1949


Cooney, P. S., n.d.


Davis, Ritchie G., 1948


Eldridge, Fred L., 1948-1949


Fishel, Wesley R., 1966


Flegel, Austin, 1952


Foster, William C., n.d.


Gould, Dorothy, (Mrs. Randall) 1948


Gould, Randall, 1948


Hayes, Samuel P., 1968


Hoffman, Paul G., 1949


Hopkins, Paul S., 1949


Hopkins, Peter S., 1949


Jessup, Ambassador at Large, Philip C., 1949


Josselyn, Windsor, 1948


Keswick, John, 1949


Knowland, Senator William F., 1948-1949


Lapham, Roger D., 1948-1950


Lear, Lieutenant General Ben, 1942-1945


Li Ming, 1949-1956


Little, L. K., 1948-1950


McAfee, William, n.d.


McCune, Shannon, 1952-1955


Mack, Harold L., 1948


Meiklejohn, Norman, 1949


Merchant, Livingston T., 1949-1961


Morin, Relman, 1948


Morris, Frances, 1952


Moyer, Raymond T., 1953-1960


O'Donnell, William, 1948-1949


Price, Harry B., 1954-1955


Rusk, Dean, 1961


Sae Woon Chang, 1952


St. Louis, George, 1950


Samson, Henry T., 1948-1949


Savoy, Willard W., 1952


Shen, H. J., 1949


Simpson, Roy, 1952


Spruance, Admiral Raymond A., 1952


Stuart, Ambassador J. Leighton, 1949


Sumner, John D., 1949


Symington, Charles J., 1951


Throp, Colonel Elliot W., 1949-1952

Box 2

Topping, Seymour, 1952


Watkins, Frank T., 1948


Webb, James E., 1950-1951


Wedemeyer, Lieutenant General Albert C., 1949-1950


Wood, C. Tyler, 1952


Wu, K. C., 1949-1952


Yen Hsi-shan, 1948


Miscellaneous, 1948-1952

Box 2-11

SUBJECT FILE, 1945-1970

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda, reports, printed material, correspondence, etc., arranged alphabetically by title or subject
Box 2

Ambasade de France


American Firms in Shanghai






China Relief Mission


China Weekly Review


Collected memoranda and letters, 1945-1951


Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA)


China, 1948-1949


Aid Program


Background material


Chiang Kai-shek


Cleveland, Harlan


Committee meeting notes

Box 3



Doughty, C. J., Jr., Briefs and analyses of newspapers, 1948-1949


Financial documents


Greene, George M.


Griffin, R. Allen - Trip to Washington, D.C., January, 1949


Hoffman, Paul G.


Japan - Exports and imports


Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction


Lapham, Roger D.


Correspondence, press conference, speech


Daily schedule, (incomplete) 1948-1949


Li Tsung-jen

Box 4

Office memoranda, 1948-1949


Office reports, 1948-1949


China Textile Review


Chronological Highlights of the ECA Supply Situation During the North China Crisis


Final Report - Cotton Program - Tientsin


First Report for the Public Advisory Committee


Future China Aid


General Situation Report - Tientsin




Monthly Report, Number 1, September, 1948


Monthly Report, Number 2, October, 1948

Box 5

Monthly Report, Number 3, November, 1948


Monthly Report, Number 5, January, 1949


Monthly Report, Number 6, February, 1949


Monthly Report, Number 7, March, 1949


Monthly Graphic Report, December, 1948


Monthly Personnel Report, December, 1948


Monthly Status Report, February, 1949

Box 6

Northwest China


Port Operations in China


December, 1948


February, 1949


March, 1949


Provincial governments


Report from the Northwest, March, 1949


Status of ECA Operations in Shanghai


Suggested Major Points for Aid-To-China Legislation


Summary of ECA China Aid Program, January 1949


Summary Statement - Extension of China Aid Program, April -December, 1949


Supplemental Estimate, April, 1948 -April, 1949


Telephone Directory, December, 1948


Travel orders, itineraries, etc.


Trip report, Nanking, December 14, 15, 1948


Trip report, Taiwan, May, 1949


West China and the ECA Program




Price, Harry B.


Printed Material


Chinese News Service, (incomplete) 1948-1949

Box 7

Chinese Press Review, (incomplete) 1948-1949


Daily Translation Service, (incomplete) April -May, 1949


United States Information Service (USIS) - Daily News Bulletin, (incomplete) 1948-1949


United States Information Service (USIS) - Foreign Service News Digest, (incomplete) 1948-1949

Box 8

Maps of China and Japan


Newspaper clippings


Newspaper supplements, October 10, 1948

Box 9

Shanghai Evening Post & Mercury, (incomplete) February -March, 1949



Box 10

Public Advisory Committee


Reconstruction and Replacement Program


St. Louis, George, "Observations on Communist China," June, 1950


Telephone conversation notes


Far East Program Division, 1950-1951


Committee directory




Office memoranda, 1950-1951


Office reports, 1950-1951


Cottage Industries, Philippines


Fiscal status report


Program operation report


Taiwan report


The Technical Assistance Program




Eller, E. M., "United States Disaster in China," July, 1949

Box 11

Great Britain


Griffin, R. Allen - Biographical materials


Hanna, Willard A., "Bung Karno's Indonesia," September -December, 1959








International Conference on Agriculture and Cooperative Credit, Berkeley, California, 1952




Lear, Lieutenant General Ben


McCarran, Pat


Meng, C. Y. W., "A Chinese View of American Aid," and Moy, E. K., "A Chinese-American View of American Aid," March, 1949




Mission to Southeast Asia, 1950


Mok, Poon-Kan, "Asia Today and the Western World," 1959


Moyer, Raymond T., "The Economic Cooperation Administration Program in Taiwan," Address before the Chinese Association for the United Nations at Taipeh, Taiwan, March 17, 1951

Box 12

Mutual Security Agency, 1951-1952


South Asia professional roster, 1955


Southeast Asia


Stillman, Charles L., "Fertilizer Recommendations," July, 1948


Stuart, J. Leighton




United States


Department of State


Technical and Economic Assistance Programs



Box 12


Scope and Contents note

Articles and speeches by R. Allen Griffin, arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
Box 12

"Challenge of Southeast Asia," 1950


"China Changes Dynasties," 1949


"The History of the 13th Infanty Regiment," (possibly written by R. Allen Griffin) 1945


Memorandum on the Far East prepared for Ambassador at Large, Philip C. Jessup, (with Roger D. Lapham) 1949


"Must Indo-China Be Lost?" 1952


Notes on daily activities, July -August, 1948


"On the Occasion of the Arrival of the 300th Shipload of Commodities for the China Aid Program," 1949


Speech for Mr. Richard Bissell on Asian problems, (outline) 1951


Statement on departure from China, 1949


"United States Policy Problems in Southeast Asia," Claremont, California, 1952


Miscellaneous parts of speeches, notes, etc.

Box 13


Box 13




General note

See photo card catalog.
Photographs A

19 prints of R. Allen Griffin; 1 print of R. Allen Griffin with unidentified man; 2 negatives, undated

Photographs mB

1 group print of Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Lapham, Mr. and Mrs. R. Allen Griffin and others during U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration - China Mission, 1948-1949; 3 prints of R. Allen Griffin and others signing contracts related to U.S. Economic Cooperation Administration - China, 1948-1949; 5 prints of Paul G. Hoffman's visit to China, December, 1948, including group prints with Chiang Kai-shek, Li Tsung-jen, J. Leighton Stuart and Roger D. Lapham; 1 group print of R. Allen Griffin, Henry T. Samson, Roger D. Lapham, Dr. Sun of, Lewis Clark, Wu Te-chen; 7 negatives,

Photographs C

2 miscellaneous prints, undated