Register of the Frank Dorn Papers, 1927-1976

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Title: Frank Dorn Papers
Date: 1927-1976
Collection Number: 84007
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 9 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope (3.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, correspondence, writings, memoranda, orders, and photographs, relating to General Joseph W. Stilwell, American military operations in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, and ethnology in the Philippines.
Creator: Dorn, Frank.

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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.

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Biographical Note

1901, June 25 Born, San Francisco, California
1912-1915 Studied violin
1915-1918 Student, San Francisco Insitute of Art
1923 Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, West Point
1926 Assigned to Philippine Islands
1935 Author, Forest Twilight
1936-1938 Military Attache's Office, Peking, China
1939 Promoted to Major
1939-1945 Aide and Public Information Officer for General Joseph Stilwell, 7th Division, III Corps, Headquarters China-Burma-India
1942 Promoted to Colonel
1944 Promoted to Brigadier General
1946-1949 Assistant Commandant and Acting Commandant, Army Information School and Armed Forces Information School, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
1950-1951 Office of the Chief of Information, Department of the Army
1953 Retirement
  Author, <title render="italic">The Dorn Cookbook</title>
1954-1957 Exhibits of paintings of Frank Dorn in: California; Galerie Andre Weil, Paris; Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, Madrid; Instituto Mexicano-Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales, Mexico City
1958 Author, Just A Pinch

Scope and Contents note

Memoirs, correspondence, writings, memoranda, orders, and photographs, relating to General Joseph W. Stilwell, American military operations in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, and ethnology in the Philippines.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946.
China.
Ethnology--Philippines.
Philippines.
United States--Armed Forces.
United States. Army--Officers.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.
World War, 1939-1945--China.
World War, 1939-1945.

Box 1

Biographical File, 1927-1954

Scope and Contents note

Biographical sketches, orders and memoranda related to the career of Frank Dorn, arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Awards, commendations, 1927-1947

Box 1, Folder 2

Biographical sketches of Frank Dorn

Box 1, Folder 3

Orders and memoranda related to the career of Frank Dorn, 1931-1954

Box 1

Correspondence, 1928-1954

Scope and Contents note

Arranged by name of correspondent.
 

General

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters of commendation, 1928-1949

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters on retirement, 1953

Box 1, Folder 6

Altieri, J.J., 1974

Box 1, Folder 7

Barrett, David D., 1971

Box 1, Folder 8

Ch'en Ch'eng, 1953

Box 1, Folder 9

Hsiao I-hsu, 1953

Box 1, Folder 10

Kirby, Lillian, 1948

Box 1, Folder 11

Li Mi, 1957

Box 1, Folder 12

Park, F.L., 1956

Box 1, Folder 13

Pizer, Vernon, 1954

Box 1, Folder 14

Radus (?), Harvey, 1945

Box 1, Folder 15

Ridgway, Matthew B., 1954

Box 1, Folder 16

Stilwell, Joseph W., 1939

Box 1, Folder 17

Sun Li-jen, 1952

Box 1, Folder 18

Welk, Robert, 1944

Box 1, Folder 19

Young, Jack, 1952

Box 1-2

China-Burma-India Theater, 1941-1946

Scope and Contents note

Memoranda, correspondence, reports, and maps, arranged chronologically.
 

Memoranda, reports, correspondence (arranged chronologically)

Box 1, Folder 20

Butler, Harold (British Minister, Washington, D.C.) Directive, "Publicity Requirements for the War in Asia", n.d.

Box 1, Folder 21

Chinese Eighth Army, Report on the Sung-Shan Campaign, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 22-24

"Loss of Burma" (may have been written for the History of the China-Burma-India Theater, prepared by Gen. Stilwell's staff for the Department of War, This chapter undated. 1944)

Box 1, Folder 25

"Status of the Chinese Troops in Yunnan", n.d.

Box 1, Folder 26

Stilwell, Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Orders from Assistant Chief of Staff, Washington, D.C., January 1, 1942

Box 1, Folder 27

ANAKIM Project. General Plan, May 19, 1943

Box 1, Folder 28

Dorn, Col. Frank. Memorandum to Gen. Yu Ta-wei, August 17, 1943

Box 1, Folder 29

Condon, Col. Reynolds to Chief of Staff, Y-Force, Kunming. "Will the Chinese Fight?" (two copies, page 3 of copy 2 is missing), December 31, 1943

Box 1, Folder 30

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank to the Commanding General, Headquarters, USAF in CBI. "Will the Chinese Fight?", l944 January 4,

Box 1, Folder 31

Personal Opinion of the Chinese Army to the Commanding General, USAF in CBI from Headquarters, Y-Force Operations Staff, March 21, 1944

Box 1, Folder 32

Commanding General, USAF, CBI. Memorandum from Headquarters, Y-Task Force, May 9, 1944

Box 1, Folder 33

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Col. Sandusky (copy to be transmitted immediately on receipt to Gen. Claire Chennault), May 9, 1944

Box 1, Folder 34

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Gen. Hsiao I-Hsu, May 18, 1944

Box 1, Folder 35

Notes and personal comments (typescript), May 10 to July 2, [1944]

Box 1, Folder 36

Enslow, Col. Philip H. Letter to Middleton with notes of a conversation with General Lu Han, May 19, 1944

Box 1, Folder 37

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, May 22, 1944

Box 1, Folder 38

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Letter to Col. Philip Enslow, May 28, 1944

Box 1, Folder 39

Davies, John (?) Letter to Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, June 5, 1944

Box 1, Folder 40

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Chief of Staff, Forward Echelon, HQ USAF, CBI, July 11, 1944

Box 1, Folder 41

Ch'en Ch'eng, Gen. Telegram to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, July 20, 1944

Box 1, Folder 42

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Letter to Gen. Ho Ying-chin (two copies with letter of attached), August 4, 1944 July 5, 1944

Box 1, Folder 43

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Gen. Hsiao I-Hsu, August 22, 1944

Box 1, Folder 44

Condon, Reynolds. Memorandum to Chief of Staff, Y-Force Operations Staff on General Lu Tzu. Reply from Frank Dorn attached (page one is missing), September 11, 1944

Box 1, Folder 45

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell on the Chinese Commanders in the Chinese Expeditionary Forces, September 22, 1944

Box 1, Folder 46

Service, John S. Report to Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell entitled "The Need for Greater Realism in Our Relations with Chiang Kai-shek", October 10, 1944

Box 1, Folder 47

Stilwell, Gen. Joseph W. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, October 20, 1944

Box 1, Folder 48

Chung Shan-ching. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, October 22, 1944

Box 1, Folder 49

"Reconstruction of the Burma Road", Y-Force Operations Staff, October 24, 1944

Box 1, Folder 50

Press report on the recall of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, November 3, [1944]

Box 1, Folder 51

Davies, John P. "The Chinese Communists and the Great Powers", November 7, 1944

Box 1, Folder 52

Davies, John P. "How Red Are the Chinese Communists?", November 7, 1944

Box 1, Folder 53

Davies, John P. "Will the Communists Take Over China?", November 7, 1944

Box 1, Folder 54

Davies, John P. (?) Letter to Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, November 21, 1944

Box 1, Folder 55

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Historical Report of Y-Force Operations Staff, period thru 24 October 1944, for the Adjutant General, Washington, D.C., November 25, 1944 1 January 1944

Box 1, Folder 56

Davies, John P. "Comments on the Current Crisis", December 5, 1944

Box 1, Folder 57

Davies, John P. "Reported Central Government Order to Attack New Fourth Army", December 9, 1944

Box 2, Folder 1

Davies, John P. "The Generalissimo's Dilemmas", December 9, 1944

Box 2, Folder 2

"Training of Chinese Units", December 19, 1944

Box 2, Folder 3

Taylor, Col. B.F. Memorandum to Frank Dorn, December 20, 1944

Box 2, Folder 4

Davies, John P. "Increased Political Activity of Dr. Sun Fo", December 26, 1944

Box 2, Folder 5

Davies, John P. "Visit to Yenan, ", December 27, 1944 December 15-17

Box 2, Folder 6

McClure, Maj. Gen. Robert. Memorandum to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, "Reorganization of Chinese Training and Combat Command", December 17, 1944

Box 2, Folder 7

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Letter to Maj. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer, December 28 1944

Box 2, Folder 8

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Commanding General, U.S.F.C.T., December 31, 1944

Box 2, Folder 9

"Letter to the Japanese People", ca. 1945

Box 2, Folder 10

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Report to the Adjutant General, Washington, D.C. "Historical Report of Chinese Training and Combat Command (Y-Force Operations Staff and Z-Force), period thru 31 December 1944", January 1, 1944 (sic)[1945] 25 October 1944

Box 2, Folder 11

Wedemeyer, Maj. Gen. Albert C. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, January 3, 1945

Box 2, Folder 12

Wei Li-huang. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, January 15, 1945

Box 2, Folder 13

Tu Li-ming. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, January 15, 1945

Box 2, Folder 14

Wedemeyer, Maj. Gen. Albert C. Efficiency Report on General Officer to the Adjutant General, Washington, D.C., January 25, 1945

Box 2, Folder 15

Chieh Han-chien. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, January 30, 1945

Box 2, Folder 16

Huang Chieh. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, February 2, 1945

Box 2, Folder 17

"Completion of the Salween Campaign", compiled and distributed by Public Relations Officer, Chinese combat command, February 4, 1945

Box 2, Folder 18

Hsiao Yi-shu. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, April 29, 1945

Box 2, Folder 19

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Report to the Adjutant General, Washington, D.C., July 16, 1945

Box 2, Folder 20

Li Hua-ying. Letter to Brig. Gen. Frank Dorn, December 19, 1945

Box 2, Folder 21

Dorn, Brig. Gen. Frank. Memorandum to Lt. Col. Charles H. Franklin, on Y-Force, May 18, 1946

Box 2, Folder 22

"Record of Burma Operations" (second supplement), issued by The First Demobilization Bureau, October 1946

Box 2, Folder 23

Map of the Burma Road, ; Chinese map 1943

Box 2, Folder 24

Japanese flag presented to Frank Dorn by Gen. Li-whang (sic) Wei, December 1944

Box 2-6

Speeches and Writings, 1929-ca. 1976

Scope and Contents note

Manuscripts, notes, drafts of writings of Frank Dorn. Arranged chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 25

"An Teh Hai (Palace Eunuch)", l typescript, l carbon copy, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 26

"Ceremony at Huang Chi Tien for the Lying in State of a Dead Emperor", typescript with drawing, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 27

"Li Lien Ying (Life Story from the Imperial Archives in the Forbidden City)", typescript, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 28

"Life in the Imperial Palace, and the Excesses Which Led to the Communist Takeover", typescript draft, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 29

Miscellaneous holograph notes

Box 2, Folder 30

"The Political Situation Between the United States and China", typescript and photocopy of speech to the U.S. Naval Academy, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 31

"The Significance of Discussions Between the United States and Red China", typescript of speech, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 32

"A Tale of Three Cities", draft of Chapter I; "The Situation in China up to December, 1941, draft of Chapter II, n.d. December 7-8, 1941,

Box 2, Folder 33-36

"This Fury", Prelude - page 269, typescript of novel, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 1-6

"This Fury", pages 270-890, typescript of novel, n.d.

Box 3, Folder 7-9

"Walkout", carbon copy of Frank Dorn's account of the Burma to India "walkout" by General Joseph W. Stilwell, his staff and others who were fleeing the advancing Japanese troops, pages 5, n.d. 1-27

Box 4, Folder 1

"Walkout", pages 276-362, n.d.

Box 4, Folder 2-3

Notes, research materials, lists for dictionary of the Negrito dialect, compiled by Frank Dorn while on duty in the Philippine Islands, ca. 1929

Box 4, Folder 4

"Hungry Negritos in Their Watchful Forests", Asia, p. 72 November 1931,

 

Holograph and typescript notes by Frank Dorn (probably for use in Dorn's writings)

Box 4, Folder 5

Chiang Mon-lin, Dr. March 8, 1945

Box 4, Folder 6

Condon, Col., interview, March 27, 1945

Box 4, Folder 7

Darrah, Col. J.W., letter, April 19, 1945

Box 4, Folder 8

Kennedy, Col. Vann, May 7, 1945

Box 4, Folder 9

Kitts, Col. I.L., letter, March 16, 1945

Box 4, Folder 10

Kung, Mrs. H.H. (Soong Ai-ling), interview, March 9, 1945

Box 4, Folder 11

Middleton, Brig. Gen. J.W., letter, April 18, 1945

Box 4, Folder 12

Payne, Lt. Col. W.K., March 2, 1945

Box 4, Folder 13

Schwartz, Capt. March J., April 27, 1945

Box 4, Folder 14

"Situation (Sino-American) in China", ca. 1945

Box 4, Folder 15

Stilwell, Gen. Joseph W., typescript, ca. 1945

Box 4, Folder 16

Sung Hsi-lien, Huo Kuei-chang, Huang Chieh, Chung Pin, Wang, Chou, Fang Tien, ca. 1945

Box 4, Folder 17

Ward, Col. Ivan W., letter, March 12, 1945

Box 4, Folder 18

Wedemeyer, Gen. Albert C., ca. 1945

 

"After the Flag is Lowered", autobiography of Frank Dorn, ca. 1974

Box 5, Folder 1

Preface, Part l

Box 5, Folder 2

Part 2

Box 5, Folder 3-9

Part 3

Box 5, Folder 10

Part 4

Box 6, Folder 1

"Love and War at Pinatubo", photocopy, ca. 1975

Box 6, Folder 2-3

"China in World War II, From Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay", 3 photocopies, letter of rejection, bibliography, ca. 1976 1941-1945,

 

Subject File, 1932-1974

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, printed matter, arranged alphabetically by topic.
Box 6, Folder 4

Chiang Kai-shek - Letter to Major General Wendell J. Coats from Frank Dorn noting contingency plans made during World War II for the assassination of Chiang Kai-shek, May 7, 1969

Box 6, Folder 5

China-Burma-India Theater. Miscellaneous printed material

Box 6, Folder 6

Kennedy, John F. Chinese poem copied by Frank Dorn on the death of Kennedy, 1963

Box 6, Folder 7

Miscellaneous printed material

Box 6, Folder 8

Peking, China. Guidebook, 1934

Box 6, Folder 9-10

Shanghai, China. International Settlement Incident between Japanese and American troops, Thermofax copies of correspondence and memoranda April 29, 1932.

Box 6, Folder 11

Sino-Japanese relations. "The China Incident and Manchoukuo," 1937

Box 6, Box 7-9

Audio-Visual materials, 1926-1949

Scope and Contents note

1151 prints / 13 pencil drawings / 121 negatives / 24 postcards
Box 7, Envelope A

61 prints of Frank Dorn and others, Camp Sanchez, Philippine Islands; 63 prints of the Philippine Islands. 1926-29

Box 7, Envelope B

147 prints of the Philippine Islands. 1929

Box 7, Envelope C

128 prints of the Philippine Islands, including: 32 prints of Fort Stotsenburg; 32 prints of Yellow River Expedition; 31 prints of Northern Luzon. 1926-29

Box 7, Envelope D

69 prints of Negrito tribesmen, Philippine Islands, circa 1929; 4 prints of scenes, Philippine Islands; 2 prints of maps of the Philippines, circa 1929.

Box 8, Envelope E

26 prints of Frank Dorn, 4 miscellaneous prints, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1931-1932; 6 prints of Oregon, 1 print of Frank Dorn, 1 miscellaneous print, 1933.

Box 8, Envelope F

4 prints of the Ming Tombs, Great Wall, China; 13 prints of Peking and environs; 5 prints of Potala, Jehol, China; 3 prints of the Temple of Heaven, Peking. 1934-1938

Box 8, Envelope G

28 prints of Peking, 4 prints of Frank Dorn, 1935-1938; 9 prints of the Ming Tombs, 1935; 75 prints of Jehol, Dolunnor, Kalgan, 1935.

Box 8, Envelope H

3 prints of Suchow (Hsuchow Fu), China, 2 prints Lien Yung, China, 1935; 24 Scenic photos of Garden, 3 prints of Frank Dorn and Anna May Wong; 2 prints of Anna May Won; 2 prints of Frank Dorn and Mr. Mills, Peking, 1935-1936; 5 prints of T'ai Miao, Peking, 1936: 2 prints of Chou En-Lai, Hankow, China, 1938; 1 print of Frank Dorn; 7 prints of Frank Dorn and others, 3 prints of scenes in Shantung, China, 1937-38.

Box 8, Envelope I

13 prints of the Summer Palace, Peking, 1935-1938; 14 prints of Peking; 26 prints of the Western Hills with Frank Dorn and others, Peking; 1935-38; 4 scenes of China from book drawings; 7 miscellaneous prints of China; 8 prints of Japanese atrocities, 1937.

Box 8, Envelope J

6 prints of the Dowager Empress, Hze Hsi; 1 print of Emperor Hsuan T'ung (Pu Yi), circa 1922; 18 prints of China.

Box 8, Envelope K

62 prints of China; 7 prints of beheading in China, 1928.

Box 8, Envelope L

13 prints of China from books; 4 prints of China, 1936-38.

Box 8, Envelope M

1 print of Frank Dorn, Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, Frank Merrill; 4 prints of the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II; 2 unidentified prints; 2 prints of Gen. Wei Li-huang and Mrs. Wei. undated

Box 8, Envelope N

13 pencil drawings of the China-Burma-India Theater, World War II. undated

Box 8, Envelope O

8 prints of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell and others; 3 prints of Frank Dorn and others, New Delhi, India, 1942; 1 print of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, 1 print of Gen Stilwell and others, New Delhi Airport after walkout from India, 1942; 1 print of Frank Dorn, John Davies; 1 print of Frank Dorn, Chou En-lai, Agnes Smedley; 1 print of Chou En-lai, 1 print of Fend Yu-hsiang; 1 print of Frank Dorn and others; 1 print of Frank Dorn, Gen. Stilwell and others in the China-Burma-India Theater, World War II. 4 prints of Chou En-lai; 2 prints of Chou En-lai, Frank Dorn, Agnes Smedley; 1 print of Chou En-lai and Frank Dorn; 1 print of Chou En-lai, Chu Teh, John P. Davies, Mao Tse-tung, Yeh Chien-ying; 2 print of Gen. Chiang Kai-shek and Mrs. Chiang, 1942.

Box 8, Envelope P

49 prints of Kunming headquarters and training centers. 1943-1945

Box 8, Envelope Q

1 print of Gen. Tu Li-ming; 1 print of Gen. Hsiao I-hsu; 1 print of Gen. Wei Li-huang. undated

Box 9, Envelope R

29 prints of Walkout from Burma 1942

Box 9, Envelope S

59 prints of the Salween Campaign. 1944-45

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs of General Sunn Hsi-lien, Leitunant General Said I-su, General Chung Pin of the 71st Army, and General Chou Fu-cheng of the 53rd Army.
Box 9, Envelope mT

9 prints of the Walkout from Burma. 1942

Box 9, Envelope mU

56 prints of the Sino-Japanese War 1937

Envelope mV

1 print of Chiang Kai-shek; 1 print of James Stewart and Frank Dorn; 1 print of Clare Boothe Luce and Frank Dorn; 1 print of General Stilwell's party walking out of Burma, 1942.

Box 9, Envelope W

19 prints of Frank Dorn and others, 11th Airborne Division, Japan 1945; 3 prints of Frank Dorn and others, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, 1946-49. undated

Box 9, Envelope X

17 prints of Frank Dorn and others, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1948; 3 unidentified prints, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Box 9, Envelope Y

1 print of Frank Dorn; 3 prints of Frank Dorn and others, 1952; 4 prints of atomic tests in Nevada, 1953; 1 print of Frank Dorn, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and others; 2 prints of Frank Dorn and others; 1 print of Frank Dorn, Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Clovis Byers, 1972.

Box 9, Envelope Z

12 prints of Austria' 17 postcards of Austria, 1947; 5 postcards of Borobodor, Java, 1938; 19 postcards of Bali, 1938-39.

Box 9, Envelope AA

119 negatives undated

Envelope mBB

2 negatives of maps: Lower Burma Campaign; Upper Burma, General Joseph W. Stilwell's Route, April 25 - May 24, 1942. 1942