A Register of the Robert A. Fearey Papers

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A Register of the Robert A. Fearey Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert A. Fearey Papers
Dates: 1939-2004
Collection number: 2005C5
Creator: Fearey, Robert A.
Collection Size: 7 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (3.2 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, interviews, reports, memoranda, press releases, printed matter, and photographs, relating to American-Japanese relations before and after World War II, American occupation policy in postwar Japan, the treaty of peace between Japan and the United States in 1951, and the American administration of the Ryukyu Islands.
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative Information


The collection is open for research
Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert A. Fearey Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004


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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Alternative Forms of Material Available

Selected writings and other documentation about Robert A. Fearey found in the collection may also be found in electronic format on the website of his son, Seth Fearey, at: http://www.connectedcommunities.net/robertfearey/ 

Biography Note

1918 July 4 Born, New York City
1937-1941 Attended Harvard University
1941-1942 Private secretary to Ambassador Joseph C. Grew in Tokyo and after repatriation, in Washington D.C.
1942-1945 Japanese and Far East post-war planning in the Department of State, Washington D.C.
1945-1946 Special assistant to Ambassador George Atcheson, U.S. political adviser to General MacArthur, in Tokyo
1946-1950 Japanese desk officer in the Department of State
1950 Special assistant to the director of the Office of Northeast Asian Affairs, detailed to Japanese peace treaty planning
1950-1951 Assistant to Ambassador John Foster Dulles in negotiation of Japanese peace treaty in Washington, Tokyo, London; technical adviser at the Japanese Peace Conference in San Francisco
1952 Staff of U.S. representative on NATO Council of Deputies, London
1952-1956 Member of U.S. delegation to NATO, Paris
1956-1957 Officer in charge of North Atlantic Treaty Economic and Military Assistance Affairs, Department of State
1957-1958 NATO adviser, Department of State
1958-1959 Student, National War College
1959-1961 Chief, Political-Military Affairs Branch, American Embassy, Tokyo, concerned with negotiation of U.S.-Japan security treaty
1961-1962 Officer in charge of Japanese affairs, Department of State
1963-1966 Deputy director, and then director, for East Asian affairs, responsible for Japan, Republic of Korea, Republic of China, Department of State
1966-1969 Political adviser, Department of State Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC)
1969-1972 U.S. Civil Administrator of the Ryukyu Islands (USCAR)in Okinawa, the last U.S. civil administrator before reversion to Japan
1972-1975 Chairman, Department of International Relations and Area Studies, National War College
1975-1977 Special assistant to the secretary of state and coordinator for combating terrorism
1977-1978 Consultant to Agency for International Development
1978-1979 Special assistant to coordinator of population affairs, Department of State
1979-1997 Special assistant to the president of Population Action International, Washington, D.C.
2004 February 28 Died

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robert A. Fearey papers document Fearey's role as an American statesman and diplomatic official in Japan and the Far East. A majority of the documentation relates to American-Japanese relations before and after World War II, American occupation policy in postwar Japan, the treaty of peace between Japan and the United States in 1951, and American administration of the Ryukyu Islands.
The bulk of the collection documents the positions held by Fearey in the U.S. Department of State and Foreign Service. Of particular note is information in the Biographical File about the United States Embassy in Tokyo in 1940-1942, when Fearey worked as the personal secretary to Ambassador Joseph C. Grew. Documents include speech texts, memos, social programs, photographs, and a log book that documents the internment of the Embassy's staff from December 16, 1941, to June 17, 1942. This period is also discussed in Fearey's My Year with Ambassador Joseph C. Grew, found in the Writings and Speeches series.
Additional information in the Biographical File documents Fearey's role from 1969-1970 as the last U.S. Civil Administrator of the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) before reversion of the area to Japan. Files, news releases, photographs, and photograph albums describe the time.
Correspondence includes letters of both a business and personal nature, arranged by name of correspondent. Additional correspondence may be found in the Writings and Speeches series.
Documentation in the Writings and Speeches includes drafts, versions, and final published articles as well as correspondence and other materials relating to these articles. Some articles were published in multiple periodicals. The series also contains notes, drafts and correspondence regarding speeches and interviews.
Collected Research consists of documents that are of similar subject content to the materials in the Writings and Speeches series, collected by Fearey as background research or collected due to use of Fearey's own interviews in others' writings.


The collection is organized into four series: Biographical File, Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, and Collected Research.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.


United States. Dept. of State.
World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic history.
United States--Foreign relations--Japan.
Japan--Foreign relations--United States.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Ryukyu Islands.
Diplomats--United States.

Container List


Biographical File, 1939-2004.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a curriculum vitae, commissions, assignments, evaluations, commendations, awards, and personal documents, as well as information on Fearey's wife, Mrs. Shirley Fearey. Career files contain documentation on most positions Fearey held in government or private business, including his time in the Tokyo Embassy during 1940-1942 and his work as the last U.S. Civil Administrator of the Ryukyu Islands in Okinawa. Arranged in two groups, general and career files.


Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Curriculum vitae, 2002, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Diplomas and commissions, 1939-1969

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Assignment notices, 1943-1974

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Foreign Service and Department of State evaluations, 1951-1977

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Commendations, 1941-2002


Foreign Service promotions congratulations

Box/Folder: 1 : 6


Box/Folder: 1 : 7


Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Decoration for distinguished civilian service, Civil Administration of Okinawa, 1972

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Retirement reception from Population Action International, 1997

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Mrs. Shirley Fearey, 2004

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Clippings, 1942-1981, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

"Nuggets of Expression" clippings, undated


Career Files

Box/Folder: 1 : 13-14

Private secretary to Ambassador Joseph C. Grew, Tokyo, 1941-1942, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

"O.D. book" log book, American Embassy, Tokyo, 1941 December 16 - 1942 June 17

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Tokyo embassy and Ambassador Joseph C. Grew photographs, 1941, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Japanese post war planning, 1943-1946

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

Japanese post war agrarian reform, 1945

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Harvard Board of Overseers Committee on Far Eastern Civilizations, 1947-1949

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

National War College, 1958-1974

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Japan-Dulles Peace Treaty, January 1951

Box/Folder: 2 : 5-6

Japan peace treaty negotiations, September 1951

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Political Adviser, Department of State Commander in Chief Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1967-1968


U.S. Civil Administrator of the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa), 1969-1972

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Appointment, 1969

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Directory chart, 1971

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

News releases, 1969-1972

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Interviews, reminiscences, 1972-1982

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Photographs, 1969-1972

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Official captioned photographs, 1969

Box: 8

Photograph albums, 1969-1972

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Clippings, 1969-1972

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Special Assistant to Secretary of State Kissinger and Coordinator for Combating Terrorism, 1975-1976

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Conference on International Terrorism photographs, 1976

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Commemorative events for the 20th anniversary of the reversion of Okinawa, Tokyo, 1992

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Japan Peace Treaty, San Francisco, 2001

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

San Francisco and the 1951 U.S.-Japan Peace Treaty Conference, by Uldis Kruze, 2001


Correspondence, 1950-2004.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence of both a business and personal nature. Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. Additional correspondence relating to his writings, speeches, and interviews may be found in Writings and Speeches, while correspondence relating to Fearey's career may be found in the Biographical File.
Box/Folder: 3 : 6-7

General, 1950-2004

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Acheson, David C., 1993-2001

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Bix, Herbert, 2000-2003

Box/Folder: 3 : 10

Dore, R.P., 1958

Box/Folder: 3 : 11

Eldridge, Robert D., 2001-2002

Box/Folder: 3 : 12

Foster, Clifton, 2001

Box/Folder: 3 : 13

Grove, Brandon, 2003

Box/Folder: 3 : 14

Janssens, Rudolf, 1994-1995

Box/Folder: 3 : 15

Maechling, Charles, 1979-2000

Box/Folder: 3 : 16

Ota, Masahide, 1984

Box/Folder: 3 : 17

Nakasone, Yasuhiro, 1988-2001.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 4 : 1

Schwartzberg, Steven, 1990, 1993

Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Smith-Hutton, Henri, undated

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

Sullivan and Cromwell, 2000-2001

Box/Folder: 4 : 4

Taniguchi, Tomoniko, 2001

Box/Folder: 4 : 5

United States-Japan Foundation, 2003


Writings and Speeches, 1941-2003.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of Fearey's writings, speeches, and interviews. Arranged chronologically
Box/Folder: 4 : 6

Eyewitness to the U.S.-Japan Peace Treaty Conference, An Interview with Robert Fearey, undated

Scope and Content Note

(VHS videocassette, 55 minutes)
Box/Folder: 4 : 7

Commodity Exchanges (Harvard honor's thesis), 1941

Box/Folder: 4 : 8

"Report," Foreign Relations 1945, volume VI, Japan, 1945


The Occupation of Japan: Second Phase, 1948-1950,

Scope and Content Note

Macmillan Company,
Box/Folder: 4 : 9

Incomplete photocopies, 1950

Box/Folder: 4 : 10

Correspondence, 1951

Box/Folder: 4 : 11

Newspaper reviews, 1951

Box/Folder: 4 : 12

"Japan Peace Treaty", speech, Groton School, 1952


"The Concept of Responsibility"

Box/Folder: 4 : 13

Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science, 1954 June

Box/Folder: 4 : 14

Related research, 1951-2003

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

Related research, 2003-2004

Box/Folder: 5 : 2-3

Versions, 2001-2002

Box/Folder: 5 : 4-7

Correspondence, 1998-2003

Box/Folder: 5 : 8

Related clippings, 1986-2001

Box/Folder: 5 : 9

U.S. versus U.S.S.R.: Ideologies in Conflict, Public Affairs Press, 1960

Box/Folder: 5 : 10

"Terrorism", speech, Federal Bar Association, 1975

Box/Folder: 5 : 11

Silent Explosion, with Marshall Green, Department of State Bulletin, 1978

Box/Folder: 5 : 12

Kyodo News Service interview, 1982

Box/Folder: 5 : 13

Agriculture Policy Research Committee, Inc. interview, 1984

Box/Folder: 5 : 14

Asahi Broadcasting Corp. interview, 1984

Box/Folder: 5 : 15

"Japan: Constitutional Revision" 1987 interview, 1946-2003

Box/Folder: 6 : 1

John Foster Dulles Centennial Conference: The Challenge of Leadership in Foreign Affairs, speech, 1988

Box/Folder: 6 : 2

Gohda, Kimikazu, interview, 1989

Box/Folder: 6 : 3

NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, interview on the treaty of mutual cooperation and security, 1990


"My Year with Ambassador Joseph C. Grew," 1991-2004

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection, Association for Diplomatic Studies, Arlington, VA, 1991. Self interviewed written history

Box/Folder: 6 : 5

Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Spring 1992

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

Self Published by Seth G. Fearey, 2004

Box/Folder: 6 : 7

Research materials, 1941

Box/Folder: 6 : 8

"Tokyo 1941: Diplomacy's Final Round" Foreign Service Journal, December 1991. Secondary publication: Foreign Service Reader: Selected Articles, 1997

Box/Folder: 6 : 9

NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation interview on U.S.-Japan relations, 1992

Box/Folder: 6 : 10

Okinawa speech, 1992


"Might the Pacific War Have Been Avoided?" 1994-2003

Box/Folder: 6 : 11

Groton School Quarterly May 1994

Box/Folder: 6 : 12

Bungei Shunju (Japanese Translation), November 2001

Box/Folder: 6 : 13

http://connectedcommunities.net, 2002

Box/Folder: 6 : 14

Correspondence, 1978-2003

Box/Folder: 7 : 1

Documentary Workshop, Inc. interviews, Osaka Japan, 1995-1996

Box/Folder: 7 : 2

NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation interview on U.S.-Japan relations, 1999-2002

Box/Folder: 7 : 3

National association of Japan-American societies, interview for the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco treaty, 2001

Box/Folder: 7 : 4

Kruze, Uldis interview, 2003

Box/Folder: 7 : 5

MBC Korean TV Station interview, 2003


Collected Research, 1939-1998.

Scope and Content Note

consists of materials by other authors similar to his own work. Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder: 7 : 6

Clippings, 1939-1975

Box/Folder: 7 : 7

Ambassador Joseph C. Grew: A Tribute, by J. Graham Parsons, undated

Box/Folder: 7 : 8

Naughty Marietta: Ni Ni Koko, by Jeff Parsons, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Box/Folder: 7 : 9

Tokyo 1941: Parts I and II, by John K. Emmerson, Foreign Service Journal, 1976

Box/Folder: 7 : 10

The Occupation of Japan, Economic Policy and Reform, Proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the MacArthur Memorial, ed. Lawrence H. Redford, 1980

Box/Folder: 7 : 11

Okinawan Reversion Story: War, Peace, Occupation, Reversion, 1945-1972, by Gordon Warner, published by Gordon Warner, 1995

Box/Folder: 7 : 12-13

Okinawa in Postwar U.S.-Japan Relations, 1945-1952: The origins of the Bilateral Okinawa Problem, by Robert D. Eldridge, dissertation, Kobe University, 1998