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  • Title: Boris T. Pash papers
    Date (inclusive): 1892-1989
    Collection Number: 72033
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6 manuscript boxes, 5 envelopes, 3 albums, 46 motion picture film reels (10.9 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, orders, writings, photographs, motion picture film, and printed matter relating to the naval forces of General Nikolay Yudenich during the Russian Civil War; the Russian refugee camp in Wünsdorf, Germany, in 1922; American military intelligence service activities, including the Baja Peninsula mission to investigate the possible establishment of a Japanese base in Mexico in 1942 and the Alsos mission to determine the status of German nuclear development in 1944-1945; and to allegations made in 1975 of the involvement of Boris T. Pash with Central Intelligence Agency assassination plots. Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Pash, Boris T., 1900-1995


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Boris T. Pash papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1972, with several increments received in subsequent years.


    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 https://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.

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital copies of select records also available at https://digitalcollections.hoover.org. 

    Biographical Note

    1900 June 20 Born, San Francisco, California
    1918-1920 Volunteer, Russian Imperial Army and Navy
    1918-1922 Member, The International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations
    1920 Employed by the American Red Cross, South Russian Unit, Sevastopol and Theodosia, Russia
    1924 Graduated from Springfield College, Massachusetts, B.P.E. (Bachelor of Physical Education)
    1924-1940 Chairman, Hollywood High School Athletic Department
    1939 Graduated from University of Southern California, M.S. (Education)
    1940-1943 Chief of Military Intelligence, U.S. Army, 9th Corps, Presidio of San Francisco
    1943-1945 Commanding Officer of the Alsos Mission
    1946-1947 Foreign Liaison Section Chief for Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Japan
    1948-1951 Employed by the Central Intelligence Agency
    1952-1953 Special Forces, U.S. Forces, Austria
    1953-1956 Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 6th Army
    1956-1957 Staff member, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Guided Missiles
    1957 Retired from military service
    1995 Died

    Scope and Content Note

    The Boris T. Pash papers reflect the military career of Pash from his time as a volunteer in the Russian Imperial Army and Navy in 1918 through his retirement as a colonel in the U.S. Army in 1957.
    Of special interest are the documents relating to the Alsos Mission, a U.S. Army intelligence unit based in Europe in 1944-1945, of which Boris Pash was commanding officer and whose object was to determine the status of German nuclear development. In addition to the manuscript material in the Alsos Mission file, there is a large number of photographs on the mission in the photographs series, including prints of the liberation of Paris and the surrender of Thanheim, Germany.
    Also of interest are materials relating to the Foreign Liaison Section for the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers during the postwar occupation of Japan, 1945-1948, found in the subject file. See also, among the photographs, prints of Soviet armed forces in Tokyo.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Army--Officers.
    United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
    Yudenich, Nikolay Nikolayevich, 1862-1933.
    Atomic bomb.
    Motion pictures.
    Secret service--United States.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Naval operations.
    Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Refugees.
    World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
    World War, 1939-1945--Mexico.
    World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.