Register of the Eugene H. Dooman papers

Finding aid prepared by Grace Hawes
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 1998
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Stanford University
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Title: Eugene H. (Hoffman) Dooman papers
Date (inclusive): 1918-1973
Collection Number: 76052
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 1 envelope (0.9 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Manuscripts of writings, transcripts of speeches, correspondence, diaries, and printed matter relating to U.S. foreign policy in the Far East, U.S. Japanese relations, the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and Allied policy regarding the occupation of Japan.
Creator: Dooman, Eugene H., 1890-1969
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1976.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eugene H. Dooman papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

1890 March 25 Born, Osaka, Japan
1911 B.A., Trinity College
1912 Appointed student interpreter in Japan
1915 Vice-Consul, Kobe, Japan
1921 Assistant Japanese secretary, Tokyo
1924 Foreign Service officer
1926 Japanese Secretary and Second Secretary, Tokyo
1931 First Secretary, London
1936 Consul-General, London
1937-1941 Counsellor of Embassy, Tokyo
1942 American Minister and Charge d'Affaires, Moscow
  Returned to State Department, Washington, D.C.
1943 Returned to United States to help organize the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)
1944 Chairman of the Far East Sub-Committee of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee
  Appointed Special Assistant to Former Ambassador Joseph C. Grew
1945 Advisor on Far East Affiars, Potsdam Conference
1944-1945 Advisor on Japanese affairs to Office of Strategic Services, Washington, D.C.
1969 Died

Scope and Content of Collection

Manuscripts of writings, transcripts of speeches, correspondence, diaries, and printed matter relating to U.S. foreign policy in the Far East, U.S. Japanese relations, the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and Allied policy regarding the occupation of Japan.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history
Japan -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Japan
Atomic bomb
Diplomats -- United States
East Asia -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- East Asia
Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952
United States. Department of State
United States. Embassy (Japan)


Correspondence 1943-1965

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
box 1

Baldwin, Hanson W. 1964-1965


Feis, Herbert 1949


Lilienthal, Philip E. 1948


Lilly, Edward P. 1947


Mandel, Benjamin 1955-1957


Martin, Truman M. 1943-1944


Mitchell, Jonathan 1956


Speeches and Writings 1931-1973

Scope and Contents note

Speeches, lectures, writings, and translation of a diary of a Japanese official, arranged alphabetically by title or subject.
box 1

"The A-Bomb and American Foreign Policy," speech to the St. Michael's Church Men's Club, 1 typewritten copy 1960 January 12


"Aggression in the Atomic Age," 1 carbon copy


"The American Council on Japan and Its Influence on Relations Between the United States and Japan" 1963 January 25


American foreign policy, speech notes


"Asia's Problems and Ours," speech to the Foreign Policy Association, handwritten notes and newspaper clipping 1945 November 5


"China and Japan," possibly written by Eugene H. Dooman, 1 typewritten copy


"Diary of an Official of the Bakufu," translated for the Asiatic Society of Japan by Eugene H. Dooman, 6 printed copies 1931


"How Long Will It Take to Defeat Japan?", speech at Walter Reed Hospital, 1 carbon copy 1945 May 23


Japan. Lectures at Harvard to personnel in the military government preparing to go to Japan during the occupation undated


Miscellaneous pages, speeches and/or writings undated


"The Open Door and the Iron Curtain" (Part 1); "Bridges of Friendship" (Part 2); "Asia's Problems and Ours" (Part 3), 1 carbon copy of each part undated


Oral History Interview with Eugene H. Dooman for the Oral History Library, Columbia University 1962

Scope and Contents note

Includes 2 microfiche copies and typed and handwritten draft with comments, circa 1970s.

"The Peace Treaty and "Democratization'," 1 typewritten copy undated


U.S. reply to Japanese surrender offer, carbon draft with annotations undated


Speech to the American-Japan Society, Tokyo, 1 mimeographed copy 1952 September 26


Speech to the American-Japan Society, Tokyo, 1 typewritten copy, 2 newspaper clippings 1961 October 11


"Spiritual Evaluation Lacking Among Young Japanese," article by Eugene H. Dooman for The Mainichi Daily News, Tokyo, 1 newspaper clipping 1961 November 18


"Tokyo: December 8, 1941," article in the Foreign Service Journal, 1 printed copy 1966 December


"Whose State Department?", outline of lecture, 1 carbon copy undated


Untitled speech and articles on U.S. policy in Asia 1950


Subject File 1918-1966

Scope and Contents note

Articles, pamphlets, correspondence, and interviews, arranged alphabetically by title or subject.

Atomic bomb

box 2

Correspondence, Joseph C. Grew and Henry L. Stimson, February, June, 1947; Joseph C. Grew and Eugene H. Dooman, April, May, 1948


Excerpts from letters, articles, book


Carbon copies of Joseph C. Grew's diary entries 1945 May 28-29


Leighton, Alex H., "Atomic Bomb Wasn't Necessary," carbon copy of article which appeared in Science 1947 April 20-26


Mumford, Lewis, "The Human Way Out," Pendle Hill Pamphlet 1958


National Broadcasting Company (NBC), correspondence and interview with Eugene H. Dooman 1964-1965, undated


Stimson, Henry L., "The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb," Harper's 1947 February


Togo, Shigenori, translation of Togo's Memoirs 1945 April-August


Baldwin, Hanson W., "Our Worst Blunders in the War: Europe and the Russians," article undated

box 2

Biographical material


Bulletin, International House of Japan, Inc. 1966 October






History - Yuan Dynasty, 1260-1368


Conference on British and American Policies Toward China 1964 November


Dooman, Isaac, message of congratulations from the Governor of Nara Prefecture, Keigen Kitagawa (in Japanese) 1918


Emmerson, John K.


Grew, Joseph C.


Hornbeck, Stanley K.


"The Hull-Nomura Conversations: A Fundamental Misconception," reprint from the American Historical Review 1960 July






History - Allied occupation, 1945-1952


Reports, trip reports by Eugene H. Dooman


Levine, Isaac Don, "Yalta Aftermath," American Affairs 1945 July




Marshall, General George C., "Did Marshall Prolong the Pacific War?" by Forrest Davis, 3 reprints from the Freeman 1951 November 19


Miscellaneous, notes by Mrs. Eugene H. Dooman, newspaper clippings, unidentified typewritten pages, and handwritten outline


Pearl Harbor, "The Truth about Pearl Harbor," by John T. Flynn 1944 October


Perry, Commodore Matthew C., "Commodore Perry at Okinawa," by William Leonard Schwartz, reprinted from the American Historical Review 1946 January


Potsdam, "Stalin Merely Smiled," by Charles Curran, The Spectator 1959 September


United States


Department of State


Foreign relations








Foreign Service

box 2

Diary 1941 December - 1942 June 16

envelope A


Scope and Contents note

1 print of Eugene H. Dooman, Norman Davis, Admiral William Standley, Commander R.E. Schuirman and others (unidentified).