Finding Aid for the Sidney Forrester Mashbir papers, 1942-1960

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Title: Sidney Forrester Mashbir papers
Collection number: 969
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 16.5 linear ft. (33 boxes)
Date: 1942-1960
Abstract: Sydney Forrester Mashbir worked in the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section as a military intelligence officer during the occupation of Japan, 1945-47. The collection contains mimeographed summaries of radio broadcasts, newspaper accounts, various special reports, and publications on the Japanese language prepared by the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section of the Intelligence Office during the occupation of Japan, 1945-47. The collection also contains books, biographical material, and memorabilia of Sydney Mashbir.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Mashbir, Sidney Forrester, 1891-1973

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Colonel Sydney Mashbir, 1967.
Gift of Mrs. Sydney F. Mashbir, 1974.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sidney Forrester Mashbir Papers (Collection 969). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233378 

Biography

Colonel Sydney Forrester Mashbir worked in the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section as a military intelligence officer during the occupation of Japan, 1945-47; wrote I was an American spy (1953).

Scope and Content

Collection contains mimeographed summaries of radio broadcasts, newspaper accounts, various special reports, and publications on the Japanese language prepared by the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section of the Intelligence Office during the occupation of Japan, 1945-47. Also contains books, biographical material, and memorabilia of Colonel Sydney Mashbir. Audio discs of Mashbir's Japanese broadcasts have been transferred to the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS), translators and summaries, Japan, 1945-47 (Boxes 1-25).
  2. Other ATIS reports (Boxes 26-30).
  3. Memorabilia (Boxes 31-33).

Items Removed from Collection

  • 4-16 audio discs, apparently of Mashbir's Japanese broadcasts. Transfered to UCLA Film & Television Archive April 26, 1988.

Related Oral History

The following oral history is available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research:
  • A career in military intelligence [oral history transcript] / Colonel Sidney Forrester Mashbir, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, c. 1972. Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA.
  • Interview of Sidney Forrester Mashbir 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Mashbir, Sidney Forrester, 1891-1973--Archives.
Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Translators--Archival resources.

Container List

 

Translations and Summaries. Allied Translator and Interpreter Section, (A.T.I.S.), Translations and Summaries, Japan (November 1945-April 1947)

Physical Description: Boxes 1-25
Box 1

November 1945.

Box 2

December 1945.

Box 3

January 1-20, 1946.

Box 4

January 25-February 6, 1946.

Box 5

February 7-18, 1946.

Box 6

February 19-March 7, 1946.

Box 7

March 1-19, 1946.

Box 8

March 20-31; April 6,7,24-26; May 9,13-14,31; June 1,3-8, 1946.

Box 9

June 10-24, 1946.

Box 10

June 25-28; July 1-11, 1946.

Box 11

July 12-24, 1946.

Box 12

July 24-31, 1946.

Box 13

August 1-12, 1946.

Box 14

August 15-25, 1946.

Box 15

August 26-30, 1946.

Box 16

September 3-19, 1946.

Box 17

September 20-30, 1946.

Box 18

October 11-31, 1946.

Box 19

November 1-22, 1946.

Box 20

November 23-30; December 1-9, 1946.

Box 21

December 9-31, 1946.

Box 22

January 1-24, 1947.

Box 23

January 24-31; February 1-4; March 1-10, 1947.

Box 24

March 11-30, 1947.

Box 25

April 1-17, 1947; Index - January 1-June 30, 1946.

 

Other A.T.I.S. Reports:

Box 26

1943-1944.

Box 26

Current Translations. copy no.103. April 11, 1942.

Box 26

Enemy Publications: no.7 (parts 1 and 2) and 10.

Box 26

Interrogations Report no.66I, December 10, 1943.

Box 26

Information Bulletins: no.1-3, November-December 1943.

 

1944.

Box 26

Information Bulletins: no.5,6,8,9,11-15,17-21, January-July, 1944.

Box 26

Research Reports: no.59 (supplements 6 and 7),67 revised,72,76 (parts 1-3), 1944.

Box 27

Research Reports, continued. no.83-85,87-89,91-92,94-95,97,99-108. 1944

 

, continued. Other Reports: 1944

Box 28

Progress Report. September 19, 1942-September 8, 1944.

Box 28

Proposed Basic Military Plan For Final Examination of Captured Japanese Documents and Japanese Prisoners of War.

Box 28

Various Reports bearing numbers and dates. no.4,5,16,18; Enemy Publications no.80,82; Information Request Forms, no.102-104; Enemy Publications, no.163,165.

 

1945

Box 28

Research Reports: no.65 (supplement 1),67,and supplements 5, 72 and supplements 1 and 2,76 (parts 4-6),86,96.

Box 29

Research Reports, continued: no.98,109,116,117,119-123,127,130-132.

Box 29

Other Reports: no.125,129; Enemy Publications no.271,307,387,398.

Box 30

Enemy Publications no.416,420,421; monthly reports: March, September 1945.

Box 30

Documents Submitted to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces by the Japanese Mission to Negotiate Surrender, Manila, (part 2 only.) 19 August 1945.

Box 30

Various A.T.I.S. publications, including: Restoration of Captured Documents, ; History of Allied Translator and Interpreter Section, vol.5, Intelligence Series; Various Japanese Dictionaries and Character Books published by A.T.I.S. June 28, 1945

Physical Description: (6 vol.).
 

Memorabilia, etc.

Physical Description: Boxes 31-33
Box 31

Mashbir Memorabilia, mostly Japanese language materials but includes transcripts of broadcasts Mashbir made over Japanese radio in July 1945.

Box 32

Memorabilia, including some correspondence and typescript material; photographs; 2 copies of Infantry Journal, (has article by Mashbir); and Macarthur... First Foreign-Born Shogun of Japan, a speech by Mashbir, printed by First Congressional Church of Los Angeles. March 1920

Box 33

Photographs; memorabilia including 2 copies of a 3-ring notebook biography of Sidney Mashbir, prepared by himself with copies of documents relating to his life and career and copies of pertinent correspondence; and a report on the Washington Institute of Technology, , containing typescripts, documents, and photographs. 1945-1948