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Guide to the Charles B. Burdick Military History Collection
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Series I:  World War I and World War II Materials 1914-1984 (bulk 1939-1958)

Physical Description: 20 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the history of World War I and World War II.
World War I materials include several volumes of the Treaty of Versailles, as well as numerous pamphlets published by groups such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Community Pulpit Series, promoting the concepts of peace, labor, and morality.
World War II materials include documents printed in English, German, Italian, and Japanese. Formats include hand-written notes concerning Italy during the war and post-war years, the German High Command, and United States military reports and summations detailing U.S. bombings on Japan and Germany. In addition, this series includes Charles Burdick's personal research notes and correspondence.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 1

World War 1 Pamphlets 1914-1918

Box 2

Maps of European Countries, Notes 1914-1947

Box 3

German Language Materials, Newspapers 1915-1947

Box 4

Treaty of Versailles, World War II Materials, Operation Barbarossa, Environment and Equipment Study 1919-1954

Boxes 5-6

World War II Materials, German Military, German Language Materials 1938-1978

Boxes 7-8

Newspaper Clippings 1939-1946

Box 9

World War II German Military Information 1939-1955

Box 10

Fire Safety 1943-1947

Box 11

World War II Germany, German Army 1943-1947

Box 12

World War II, Bombings of Japan and Germany 1944-1953

Box 13

Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH) Project, Europe, Foreign Military 1945-1958

Box 14

Military Reports and Summations from Military 1946-1984

Box 15

Errata Sheet 1948

Box 16

Publications, World War II 1950-1966

Box 17

Research Notes, Reports, Italy, World War I, Russia 1950-1953

Box 18

Correspondence 1983

Box 19

Japanese Language Materials Undated

Box 20

Graduation Gown Undated


Series II:  International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) 1946-1948

Physical Description: 73 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE), also known as the Tokyo Trials and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered the establishment of the IMTFE and approved the charter, which was modeled on the Nuremberg Trials Charter of 1945-1946. The tribunal convened on May 5th, 1946, to prosecute the leaders of the Empire of Japan for three specific crimes: Class A: crimes against peace; Class B: war crimes; and Class C: crimes against humanity, committed during World War II. Twenty-eight political and military leaders were charged with Class A crimes and more than 5,700 Japanese nationals were accused of Class B and C crimes, mostly related to prisoner abuse; Emperor Hirohito and the Imperial Family were not prosecuted. The International Military Tribunal for the Far East adjourned on November 12th, 1948.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 21

Captain Murphy - Analysis of Documentary Evidence, Books 1-3 1946

Box 22

International Prosecution Section 1946

Boxes 23-79

International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) 1946-1948

Boxes 80-81

Defense Summations 1948

Boxes 82-87

Judgements 1948

Box 88

Prisoner of War Summation 1948

Box 89

Summation of Araki Sadao 1948

Boxes 90-91

Defense Documents and Judgements Undated

Box 92

Prosecution of Japanese War Criminals Undated

Box 93

International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) 1947


Series III:  Military Maps 1919-1966

Physical Description: 217 Maps

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes maps of various locations in the Far East as well as some Pacific Islands. Many of the maps are based on information from the World War II period, but were revised in the 1960s with information gathered since their original publication in the 1940s.


This series is arranged alphabetically by country. Posters are located in the flat file drawers labeled "Burdick Charts" in Vault 1.
California - Undated - 2 Maps
China 1946-1964 - 10 Maps (one undated)
Farallon Islands - Undated - 1 Map
French Indonesia - 1950-1965 - 2 Maps
Guam - 1963 - 2 Maps
Japan - 1919-1965 - 52 Maps
Korea - 1964 - 2 Maps
Mariana Islands - 1960-1964 - 4 Maps
Philippine Islands - 1921-1986 - 114 Maps
Singapore - Undated - 17 Maps
Taiwan - 1950-1965 - 17 Maps
Vietnam - 1950-1965 - 10 Maps