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Carman (Charles MacArthur) Jedburgh collection
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  • Title: Charles MacArthur Carman, Jedburgh collection
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1994
    Collection Number: 90090
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In English and French
    Physical Description: 8 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 envelope, 2 microfilm reels (5.5 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Reports, orders, letters, writings, printed matter, and audiovisual material, relating to Jedburgh operations carried out by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944, involving parachuting operatives behind German lines in the Netherlands, Belgium and France to effect liaison with local resistance forces. Includes copies of official records of the operations, and subsequent recollections of veterans of the operations. Some materials are photocopies. In part, originals are located in the National Archives and Records Administration.
    source: Carman, Charles MacArthur
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    Object Case Mixed Collection Box 9 may not be used without permission; access copies available in Box/Folder 9 : 1. 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.


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

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1990.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles MacArthur Carman Jedburgh Collection, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Some materials are photocopies. In part, originals are located in the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Charles MacArthur Carman collection in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives consists primarily of materials relating to the activities of the Office of Strategic Services in the last phase of World War II, and specifically to the operations of the Jedburgh teams that were parachuted into German-occupied areas of Holland, Belgium, and France in 1944.
    The three man Jedburgh teams, which were made up of American, British, Dutch, and French agents, attempted to reinforce and coordinate local resistance activities against German forces in advance of the Allied offensive that followed the Normandy landings in June 1944. They trained and armed resistance forces, undertook sabotage actions, and attacked German troops. A number of Jedburgh team members were killed in action or executed by the Germans.
    The bulk of the collection is comprised of photocopies of military records located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In addition, there are publications and other materials collected by Charles MacArthur Carman, who was himself a former Jedburgh agent (a member of team Maurice). Many of these concern the history of the French resistance, often at the level of a specific region or town (see Printed Matter series).
    In later years, Carman corresponded with other former Jedburgh operatives, and this correspondence, where it appears, is identified. The collection also includes a number of photographs of Jedburgh training exercises and videorecordings of commemorations of the Normandy landings and of Jedburgh operations. Additionally, there are two examples of items carried by Jedburgh operatives, a map and code chart, both printed on silk (see Oversize Materials).


    The collection is organized into seven series: Office of Strategic Services File, Printed Matter, Photographs, Sound Recordings, Video Recordings, Oversize Materials, and Microfilm.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Netherlands
    World War, 1939-1945 -- France
    Secret service -- United States
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Belgium
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service
    United States. Office of Strategic Services
    Carman, Charles MacArthur