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  • Title: John K. Emmerson Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1931-1985
    Collection Number: 80115
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 83 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 2 envelopes (37.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, notes, printed matter, and photographs, relating to Japanese-American relations, post-World War II Japanese politics, the Vietnamese War, and U.S. foreign policy in the Far East. Papers date mainly from the period of Emmerson's retirement.
    creator: Emmerson, John K., 1908-1984.


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John K. Emmerson Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1980.


    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

    1908, March 17 Born, Canon City, Colorado
    1929 B.A., Colorado College
    1930 M.A., New York University
    1930-1931 Teacher of social science, University of Nebraska
    1934 Married Dorothy McLaughlin
    1935-1941 Foreign Service Officer, Japan
    1943-1945 Political Adviser to General Joseph Stilwell, China-Burma-India Theater
    1944 American emissary to Chinese Communists in Yenan
    1945 Political Adviser to General Douglas MacArthur
    1952-1955 Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, Karachi, Pakistan
    1955-1957 Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, Beirut, Lebanon
    1957-1958 Political Counselor, Paris
    1958-1962 Consul General, Lagos, Nigeria; Salisbury, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
    1962-1966 Counselor Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission, Japan
    1966-1967 State Department Diplomat in Residence, Stanford University
    1968 Retired from the Foreign Service
    1968-1984 Senior research fellow, Hoover Institution and research associate, Northeast Asia-U.S. Policy Forum, Stanford University
    1971 Author, Arms, Yen and Power: The Japanese Dilemma
    1973 Co-author, with Leonard A. Humphreys, Will Japan Rearm?
    1978 Author, The Japanese Thread: A Life in the U.S. Foreign Service
    1979 Author, A View From Yenan
    1984, March 24 Died, Palo Alto, California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Dept. of State.
    Diplomats--United States.
    East Asia--Foreign relations--United States.
    East Asia.
    Japan--Foreign relations--United States.
    Japan--Politics and government--1945-
    United States--Foreign relations--East Asia.
    United States--Foreign relations--Japan.
    United States--Foreign relations.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975.