Register of the Alvin H. Scaff papers

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Title: Alvin H. Scaff papers
Date (inclusive): 1936-1954
Collection Number: 72010
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 4 envelopes (1.2 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Memoranda, reports, diaries, photographs, and printed matter, relating to the communist movement in the Philippines, and to Japanese prison camps in the Philippines during World War II. Used as research material for the book by A. H. Scaff, The Philippine Answer to Communism (1955)
Creator: Scaff, Alvin H.


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1972.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alvin H. Scaff Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

Scaff, Alvin H., 1914-

1914, Dec. 27 Born, Dallas, Texas
1936 B.A., University of Texas with highest honors
1940 B.D., Chicago, Theol. Seminary
1940 Ordained to ministry Congregationalist Church
1941-45 Missionary Silliman University, Philippines
1946 M.A., University of Texas
1946 Instructor sociology, University of Texas
1953-54 Fulbright Research grantee, Philippines
1956 Professor of sociology, Pomona College

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons
World War, 1939-1945 -- Philippines
Prisoners of war
Communism -- Philippines
Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan (Philippines)


Memoranda, Reports, and Resolutions; Diary, Parodies, and Poems ca. 1936-1954

Scope and Contents note

Typescript memos, reports, and resolutions collected in the Philippines between 1953-1954 mainly from communists captured by the Philippine Army, and used for Mr. Scaff's book The Philippine Answer to Communism. Diary (typewritten manuscript), written in Los Banos Internment Camp, Philippines. Group of parodies and poems written and sung in the same camp.
box 1

Milestones in the History of the CPP, by Jose Lava.

General Physical Description note: 12 pp.

Scope and Contents note

(Typescript copy of the mimeographed material used by the communist party in its Huk training schools, a document captured by the Philippine Army).

Twenty years of Struggle of the CCP, by Gregorio Santayana (alias of Jose Lava).

General Physical Description note: 24 pp.

Basic National Problems and an Outline of Viable Solutions (Jose Lava: read by Senator Recto). 16 pp. Jan. 14, 1954.


Memorandum to Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Pres. Osmena (Luis M. Taruc, Commander-in-Chief, Hukbalahap). Paper carried by Quirino Abad Santos and 2 others to Osmena in attempt to get better understanding for and end persecution of the Huks).

General Physical Description note: 3 pp.

Resolution of the Banal Guerrilla Forces, (Jose Banal) Feb. 16, 1947

General Physical Description note: 28 pp.

Memorandum: On the Causes of and Solution to Dissidence in the Philippines, for Information in the Official Records of the Court, in the Case of People vs. Lava, et. al. Submitted by Jose Lava.

General Physical Description note: 43 pp.

Strategy and Tactics. Author probably Jose Lava 1950.

General Physical Description note: 61 pp.

Our Enemy, Philippine Army pamphlet (based on captured Huk documents and mimeographed for intelligence briefing purposes), 42 pp. Attached; Bibliography on Communism in the Philippines,

General Physical Description note: 8 pp.

Our Enemy; Philippine Army pamphlet. Chapter VI: Biographies, pp. 70-130, based on self-analysis by communist party members, documents among those captured from the Huks.


Labor Organizations in the Philippines,by Patricio Dionisio. 24 pp. (A typescript copy of an unpublished report by a special investigator for the Department of Labor, The Philippines, 1936). 1902-1935,


Pomeroy's Own Story, (unpublished account captured by the Philippine Army at the time of the capture of Pomeroy).


Diary; Los Banos Internment Camp, Philippines, by Alvin H. Scaff. Ms. (Typescript) August 7, 1944 - April 1, 1945,


Group of parodies and poems written and sung in Los Banos Internment Camp, Philippines, during the last two months of internment. Collected by Alvin H. Scaff.


Subject File ca. 1949-1954

Scope and Contents note

Posters, proclamations, pamphlets, leaflets, and newspaper clippings pertaining to Philippine political and economic problems, arranged alphabetically by subject.
box 2

Agrarian problems (clippings, pamphlet, reports 1952-54).


Huk propaganda and government replies (posters, proclamations, pamphlets, leaflets, news clippings).


Huks (clippings 1952).


Huks (clippings 1953).


Huks (clippings 1954).


Magsaysay, President Ramon (clippings 1952-1954).


Philippine election, (clippings, leaflets). 1949