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Inventory of the Alfred Connor Bowman papers
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  • Title: Alfred Connor Bowman papers
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1979
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1945-1955
    Collection Number: 66015
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 18 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box, 1 motion picture film reel, 2 sound laquer discs (10.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Diaries, speeches and writings, correspondence, memoranda, reports, printed matter, audio-visual materials, and photographs, relating to Allied Military occupation of Italy, especially Venezia Giulia and Trieste, after World War II, and plans for military occupation of North Korea in 1950.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Materials : English and Italian
    Creator: Bowman, Alfred Connor, 1904-


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alfred Connor Bowman papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1966.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1904 December 18 Born in Detroit, Michigan
    1922-1924 Attended Wayne State University, Michigan
    1926 Received JD from University of Michigan
    1928 Married Claribel Pressnall
    1931-1942 Admitted to California Bar and practiced in Los Angeles, California
    1942 Commander Major in US Army in World War II
    1943-1944 Chief, Liaison Division, Allied Control Commission for Italy
    1944-1945 Regional Commissioner and Military Governor of the Emilia-Ramagna Region, Italy
    1945-1947 Senior Civil Affairs Officer of Venezia Giulia, Italy
    1953-1954 Chief Negotiation Commander of Military Armistice Committee for United Nations Command in Panmunjon, Korea
    1955-1957 Chief of the Army Claims Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General (OTJAG); appointed to investigate 1947 Texas City Disaster
    1963-1965 Participant in “First World Conference : World Peace Through Law”
    1982 Published memoir, Zones of Strain: A Memoir of the Early Cold War
    1982 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Alfred Connor Bowman papers contains reports, writings, research materials, correspondence, photographs, and audiovisual materials relating to Allied Military Government (AMG) occupation of the Venezia Giulia region of Italy, and, to a lesser extent, the initial United States operations in the Korean War.
    The bulk of the collection is related to Bowman's career as a Senior Civil Affairs Officer and Military Governor for the AMG, and is comprised of declassified reports, criminal case files, correspondence, and press summaries relating to the socio-political climate of post-war Italy and amplified conflict between Italians and Yugoslavs. The collection also contains photographs and audiovisual materials detailing Bowman’s experiences in Italy. Also included are reports and news-clippings in regards to United States military intervention in Korea, located in the Korean War file. The Subject files and Speeches and Writings file detail Bowman’s post-war career with the United States military and materials that were used to publish his memoir, Zones of Strain: A Memoir of the Early Cold War.
    The majority of the files in the collection retain their original folder titles.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Army Officers.
    Italy--History--Allied occupation, 1943-1947.
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    Military government.
    Motion pictures.
    Trieste (Italy)--History.
    United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989.
    Venezia Giulia (Territory under Allied occupation, 1945-1947)
    World War, 1939-1945--Territorial questions--Trieste.