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  • Title: Percy L. Greaves papers
    Date (inclusive): 1939-1988
    Collection Number: 2000C98
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 19 manuscript boxes (7.6 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, notes, testimony, interview transcripts, reports, and printed matter, relating to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and to laissez-faire economics.
    Creator: Greaves, Percy L., Jr, 1906-1984
    Creator: United States. Congress. Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


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    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2000.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Percy L. Greaves papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    American economist; minority counsel, Joint Congressional Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, 1945-1946.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Percy Greaves was active in the 1946 congressional review of the circumstances and lack of preparedness during the Pearl Harbor Attacks of 1941. Relating to this matter, Greaves had collected large amounts of evidence regarding the leadup to the attacks on December 7th, 1941. This evidence includes diplomatic messages between the U.S. and Japan, as well as military documents such as estimates of Japanese force strengths in the Pacific Ocean Region.
    Additionally, Greaves was a laissez-faire economist and a longtime associate and friend of Ludwig von Mises. Greaves papers include correspondence and published works pertaining to economic matters such as fiscal and monetary policy during the cold war era. He authored several books on economics, including Understanding the Dollar Crisis (1973) and Mises Made Easier (1974).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Free enterprise
    Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941
    World War, 1939-1945 -- United States