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Stinnett (Robert B.) papers
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Robert B. Stinnett (1924-2018) served in the United States Navy during World War II as an aerial photographer and was a photographer for the Oakland Tribune from 1947-1986. The Robert B. Stinnett papers (1931-2019) primarily consists of Stinnett's research material for the monograph "Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor" (2000), and Stinnett's other research interests surrounding World War II.
Robert B. Stinnett was born March 31, 1924, in Oakland, California. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. During World War II he served as an aerial photographer in the Pacific. While in the military, he met future president, Lieutenant George H.W. Bush, serving under him for four years and earning ten stars for being engaged in battle and a Presidential Unit Citation. After his military service ended in 1946, Stinnett returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1947 he began working as a photographer for the Oakland Tribune, retiring in 1986. After retiring, Stinnett focused on writing. He researched and published two books regarding the second World War: "George Bush: His World War II Years" published in 1991 by the Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., and "Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor" published in 2000 by Free Press. Stinnett spent 18 years researching "Day of Deceit." Additionally, he was a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California. Stinnett was also a consultant for the British Broadcasting Service, Asahi, and NHK Television, Japan. Stinnett died November 16, 2018, in San Jose, California.
210 manuscript boxes, 1 audio cassette box, 1 card file box, 4 microfilm boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 44 cubic foot boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 videocassette, digital media, and memorabilia (168.72 Linear Feet)
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Boxes 4, 277-280, 289 may not be used without permission of the archivist. The remainder of 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.