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  • Title: James R. Bitgood interviews, 1975-1976
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1976
    Collection Number: 2015C10
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 manuscript box, 8 audio cassettes (0.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Sound recordings and transcripts of interviews of American military and naval attachés to Japan prior to World War II, relating to American military assessments of Japan. Includes some correspondence. Interviews conducted by James R. Bitgood as research material for a thesis at the University of Maryland.
    Location note: Hoover Institution Archives.


    The collection is open for research.

    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James R. Bitgood interviews. 1975-1976, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2014.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Scope and Contents note

    Contains sound recordings of interviews with with language students in the Military and Naval Attache's offices in Tokyo, Japan prior to World War II, relating to American military assessments of Japan. Includes eight audio cassette tapes with interviews of General Munson (2 tapes) Brigadier General Robin B. Pape (2 tapes) General Maxwell D. Taylor, Colonel Alexander George, Captain H.H. Smith-Hutton, and Brigadier General John Weckerling. Typed and handwritten transcripts with edits by interviewees. Additional material includes correspondence with interviewees and other language officers and notebooks.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bitgood, James R.
    Japan--Military relations--United States.
    Military attachés--Japan.
    United States--Military relations--Japan.