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  • Title: Bruce Walker papers
    Date (inclusive): 1958-2011
    Collection Number: 2006C8
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 painting, media (3.2 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Writings, instructional and propaganda material, printed matter, photographs, video tapes, and memorabilia, relating to Central Intelligence Agency programs to train Tibetan guerrillas.
    Creator: Walker, Bruce, 1932-
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2006.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bruce Walker papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1932 August 29 Born, Bronxville, New York
    1953 Second lieutenant, United States Marines
      Graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, with a major in economics and minor in Spanish
    1954-1955 Stationed in Korea with the First Marine Air Wing. Promoted to first lieutenant
    1955 Honorably discharged at Treasure Island
    1956-1973 Case officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    1957-1959 Assigned to U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador
    1960 Enrolled in Tibetan studies courses at the University of Washington, Seattle
      Transferred to Near East Division and started work on STCIRCUS
    1962 Private audience with the Dalai Lama
      Student, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, Sikkim, India
    1962-1964 Trained Tibetans at Camp Hale, Colorado, as part of STCIRCUS project
    1965-1966 Worked at Tibetan project desk, where one of his duties was to oversee the Cornell University program for Tibetans under the STCIRCUS project
    1966 Assigned to U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, using State Department cover, as the replacement STCIRCUS representative at the Joint Operations Center
    1968 Six month leave of absence from CIA
    1969 Transferred to Hong Kong desk in China Operations
    1971 Assigned to U.S. Consulate-General in Hong Kong as a case officer under State Department cover
    1973 Married Mary Frances Doyle
      Resigned from CIA
    1974 Moved to San Francisco
    1974-1988 Worked in several business development departments of Bechtel Corporation
    1980-1988 Member, Board of Directors, Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera
    1985 Established a Merola scholarship endowment fund
    1994 Became a volunteer at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
    2004 Elected president of the board of the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers document Bruce Walker's role in STCIRCUS, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) project to give support to the Tibetan resistance by training Tibetan guerrillas, providing arms to the Chushi Gangdruk fighters, and using radio teams to communicate information to the CIA. Bruce Walker's initial assignment for the project was to transfer Tibetans to Camp Hale, Colorado, for training in "high-speed radio operations, clandestine communications, small arms, map reading, tradecraft," and other skills, including parachuting (curriculum vitae, box 1, folder 1). In 1962, Walker became part of the training staff at Camp Hale.
    The arrangement of the STCIRCUS file is based on the order of materials found in a partial inventory of the collection created by Bruce Walker, although the arrangement does not exactly match this list. The file includes photographs at Camp Hale and of Chushi Gangdruk fighters, clippings, a report by Sam Curry, and propaganda booklets. Detailed descriptions of materials in the collection can be found in Walker's inventory (box 1, folder 2).
    Items not listed in Walker's inventory of September 2005 can be found in the Incremental material. Several folders include detailed container lists. The Oversize material contains cloth flags with the logo of the Chushi Gangdruk and the painting "The Secret PLA Pouch Heads for CIA's K Building, West Tibet" by Keith Woodcock.

    Related Collections

    American Emergency Committee for Tibetan Refugees Records, Hoover Institution Library & Archives
    S. Fawl typescript, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Secret service -- United States
    Tibet Autonomous Region (China) -- History -- 1951-
    Guerrillas -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region
    United States. Central Intelligence Agency