Guide to the James M. Robb Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0652
Creator: Robb, James M.
Title: James M. Robb papers
Dates: 1938-2008
Physical Description: 1.75 Linear feet
Summary: Includes typescripts of James M. Robb's manuscript "Carry On" written while he was a patient at the Bilibid prison-hospital in the Philippines during World War II; correspondence from his parents' efforts to locate the manuscript, 1946-48; reports and documents pertaining to Japanese treatment of Philippine prisoners of war, especially the "Hell Ships" that transported POWs to Japan; resources collected by his sister Marion Robb about the history of POWs in the Philippines with related correspondence, 1980-98; and additional family materials from his daughters Jannis Robb Garred and Allison Robb Marks, including a letter (photocopied) from James M. Robb to his wife, 1938.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Marion Robb, 2002; additional materials from Jannis R. Garred and Allison R. Marks, 2008.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

James M. Robb Papers (SC0652). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

James M. Robb earned his A.B. in political science at Stanford in 1931 and his law degree in 1934. He worked for three years with the Oakland Title Company before returning to Manila in 1937, where he joined the law firm of DeWitt, Perkins and Ponce Enrile. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a first lieutenant in the Quartermaster Department during the siege of Bataan. He survived the Bataan death march and several POW camps in the Philippines, but died at sea in January 1945 while being transported with other POWs to Japan. Robb worked on a book detailing wartime conditions in the Philippines and the POW camps while he was a patient at the Bilibid prison-hospital; the manuscript was buried for safekeeping and retrieved when American troops liberated the Philippines.

Description of the Collection

This collection includes typescripts of James M. Robb's manuscript "Carry On" written while he was a patient at the Bilibid prison-hospital in the Philippines during World War II; correspondence from his parents' efforts to locate the manuscript, 1946-48; reports and documents pertaining to Japanese treatment of Philippine prisoners of war, especially the "Hell Ships" that transported POWs to Japan; resources collected by his sister Marion Robb about the history of POWs in the Philippines with related correspondence, 1980-98; and additional family materials from his daughters Jannis Robb Garred and Allison Robb Marks, including a letter (photocopied) from James M. Robb to his wife, 1938.

Access Terms

Bilibid Prison (Manila, Philippines).
Garred, Jannis Robb
Marks, Allison Robb
Robb, James M.
Robb, Marion.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Philippines.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, Japanese.


Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Buried Manuscript "Carry On" – typescript, copy 1

Box 1, Folder 2

Buried Manuscript "Carry On" – typescript, copy 2

Box 1, Folder 3

Buried Manuscript "Carry On" – photocopy 1

Box 1, Folder 4

Buried Manuscript "Carry On" – photocopy 2

Box 1, Folder 5

Buried Manuscript "Carry On" – photocopy 3

Box 1, Folder 1

Buried Manuscript "Carry On" – miscellaneous photocopies

Box 2, Folder 1

AP dispatches on Japanese atrocities in Manila, April 2, 1945

Box 2, Folder 2

Capas Prisoners of War Memorial – correspondence, proposal, article, 1980-83

Box 2, Folder 3

Clippings, miscellaneous, 1945-1989

Box 2, Folder 4

Ex-POW Bulletin, 1992-1994

Box 2, Folder 5

Ex-POW Bulletin, 1995

Box 2, Folder 6

Ex-POW Bulletin, 1997-1998

Box 2, Folder 7

Hell Ships – reports, clippings, correspondence, 1945-1993

Box 2, Folder 8

Hell Ships – duplicate materials

Box 2, Folder 9

Hell Ships – duplicate materials

Box 2, Folder 10

Oryoku Maru Story, prepared by Charles M. Brown, Lt. Col. AUS ret., 1982

Box 2, Folder 11

Reports on American Prisoners of War Interned by the Japanese in the Philippines, prepared by the office of the Provost Marshal General, 19 November 1945

Box 2, Folder 12

Resource materials collected by Marion Robb

Box 3, Folder 1

Robb, James M. – Purple Heart documents

Box 3, Folder 2

Robb, Marion – correspondence, 1990-1998

Box 3, Folder 3

Robb, Marion – statement re claims of heirs to the manuscript, 1995; and statements from Robb’s daughters, Jannis Robb Garred and Allison Robb Marks, 2008

Box 3, Folder 4

Robb, Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. – correspondence re obtaining manuscript, 1947

Box 3, Folder 5

Shinyo Maru – list of casualties and survivors

Box 3, Folder 6

Steele, Ben – copy of undated letter with mention of Robb and copy of a Steele's sketch of Robb while a POW in the Philippines

Box 3

Samuel B. Moody and Maury Allen, Reprieve from Hell (1961)

Box 3

Samuel B. Moody, Reprieve from Hell Part II

Physical Description: 1 videotape (VHS)
Box 3

Last message from Corregidor

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette
Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence between Prof. David Kennedy and Jannis Robb Garred and Allison Robb Marks, 2002, with photocopied resources on James M. Robb’s life, 1946-47

Box 4, Folder 2

Copy of “Carry On” by James M. Robb with introduction by Jannis Robb Garred and Allison Robb Marks