Register of the Bruce Walker papers

Finding aid prepared by Brad Bauer, Beth Goder, and Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Title: Bruce Walker papers
Date (inclusive): 1958-2011
Collection Number: 2006C8
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder, 1 painting (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.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Walker, Bruce, 1932-


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bruce Walker papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2006.


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Biographical Note

1932 August 29 Born, Bronxville, New York
1953 Graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, with a major in economics and minor in Spanish
  Second lieutenant, United States Marines
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 Transferred to Near East Division and started work on STCIRCUS
  Enrolled in Tibetan studies courses at the University of Washington, Seattle
1962 Student, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, Sikkim, India
  Private audience with the Dalai Lama
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 Resigned from CIA
  Married Mary Frances Doyle
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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Box: 1-3

STCIRCUS file 1958-2005

Scope and Contents note

Includes partial inventory by Bruce Walker, photographs, clippings, English-Tibetan dictionary, reports, transcripts, and audiovisual material related to a CIA project to train Tibetan guerrilla fighters.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Curriculum vitae of Bruce Walker, 2005

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Partial inventory, compiled by Bruce Walker, 2005

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

STCIRCUS bibliography, 2005

Box: 1


Box/Folder: 1 : 4

John Kenneth Knaus, "Official Policies and Covert Programs," 2003

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Miscellaneous, 1961-1988

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Miscellaneous, 1991-1997

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Miscellaneous, 1998-1999

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Miscellaneous, 2000-2004

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Video recording. The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet, undated

Scope and Contents note

VHS tape
Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Reunion of STCIRCUS personnel in Las Vegas, 2004

Box: 1-2


Box: 1-2

Camp Hale, Colorado

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

General, 1961-1964

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Slides by Bruce Walker, 1961-1964

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Black and white prints by Bruce Walker, 1961-1964

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Black and white prints, miscellaneous, 1961-1964

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Reproductions by Bruce Walker, 1961-1964

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Cornell University: Tibetan trainees, 1964-1966

Scope and Contents note

By Bruce Walker
Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Chushi Gangdruk fighters, 1958

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies of photographs
Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Chushi Gangdruk general meeting , New Delhi, 1997

Scope and Contents note

Photocopy of photograph
Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk (New York): pamphlets and cover letter from Kalsang Gyatotsang, 2004

Box: 2

Propaganda booklets and brochures

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Booklets in Tibetan language, 1963

Scope and Contents note

Five brochures by Ken Knaus and STRANCH trainees
Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Brochures in Tibetan language, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Brochure, circa 1963

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

First-aid brochure in Tibetan language, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Maps of Tibet region, undated

Box: 2

English-Tibetan dictionary

Scope and Contents note

Prepared by Bruce Walker and Tibetan interpreters and trainees at Camp Hale, Colorado
Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Drafts, 1964

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Printed version, 1964

Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Drawings and text by Tibetan trainees, Stranch, Nepal, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Transcript, "The Science of Spying," NBL-TV, 1965 May 4

Box: 2

Anthony Poshepny (also known as Tony Poe) file

Box/Folder: 2 : 17

News articles, 1972-2000

Box/Folder: 2 : 18

Death and funeral, 2003

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 2 : 19

Report by Sam Curry, undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 1-2

Typescript, "Tears of the Lotus: The Savaging of Tibet" by Roger E. McCarthy, 1994

Scope and Contents note

Two copies. Includes correspondence
Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Sound recording. Interview of Alan Farley by Ken Knaus. "Orphans of the Cold War," 1999

Scope and Contents note

Compact sound cassette
Box: 3-4

Incremental material 1967-2011

Scope and Contents note

Includes materials not listed in Walker's partial inventory of September 2005, such as clippings, video tapes, and correspondence.
Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Articles, 2008-2009

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Booklet on Archangel aircraft, 2007

Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Correspondence and articles, 1994-2006, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence about "Tears of the Lotus" manuscript
Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Materials received in 2008, 1998-2008, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Materials received in 2011, 1967-2011

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles, maps, and STCIRCUS bibliography
Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Video recording. "Meeting with the Dalai Lama," with Roger E. McCarthy and Mikel Dunham, 1999 March 23

Scope and Contents note

VHS tape
Box/Folder: 4 : 5

Video recording. Talk by Roger E. McCarthy at the University of Toronto, 1998 October 1

Scope and Contents note

VHS tape
Box: 5, Map-case 

Oversize material 1961, undated

Box: 5

Cloth flags, undated

Scope and Contents note

Two cotton flags containing the Chushi Gangdruk logo of crossed swords in black on a solid orange background. One flag contains a motto
Tower 16

Painting. "The Secret PLA Pouch Heads for CIA's K Building, West Tibet," by Keith Woodcock, 1961 October 25

Scope and Contents note

Located on wall in Tower 16
Map case

Operational maps of Tibet printed on silk undated

Box 6-7

Additional incremental material

Scope and Content Note

Material not yet described.