Inventory of the John Richard Shaffer papers

Finding aid prepared by Tess McCarthy, MLIS
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: John Richard Shaffer papers
Date (inclusive): 1942-1999
Date (bulk): (Bulk, 1942-1944)
Collection Number: 2000C5
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 oversize box (0.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Photographs and writings relating to military activities in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. Includes photographs of Chiang Kai-shek and of General Joseph W. Stilwell.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Shaffer, John Richard


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Richard Shaffer papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


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Biographical/Historical Note

John Richard Shaffer served as a technical sergeant in the United States Army on assignment as both war correspondent and photographer during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theatre from 1942-1944. Shaffer’s career after World War II involved writing on the topics of the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, and contributing to publications such as: “The Nation,” “Common Sense” and “Social Education.” Shaffer, who earned a doctorate degree in Education, was on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi and State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland.

Related Collection(s)

Joseph Warren Stillwell papers, Hoover Institution Archives.
William Rudolph Gruber papers, Hoover Institution Archives.
Inventory of the Chiang Kai-shek Diaries, Hoover Institution Archives.

Scope and Content of Collection

Photographs, printed materials such as veteran's magazine "Ex CBI Roundup" and writings relating to American and Chinese military activities in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. Includes photographs of Chiang Kai-shek and of General Joseph W. Stilwell.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chiang, Kai-shek, 1887-1975--Pictorial works.
Stilwell, Joseph Warren, 1883-1946--Pictorial works.
United States. Army.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Asia.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--China-Burma-India Theater
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--China.
World War, 1939-1945--Pictorial works.

Box 1 : 1

Photographs, 1941 - 1944

Scope and Contents note

As war photographer, John Richard Shaffer’s work depicts landscapes of China and Burma, portraits of General Joseph W. Stilwell and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and, every day people such as soldiers and civilians. The collection also includes five mounted photographs with annotations on the back.
Box 1 : 2

Printed Materials, 1943 - 1977

Scope and Contents note

Includes two illustrations and one copy of "Ex-CBI Roundup."
Box 1 : 3

Writings, 1989 - 1999

Scope and Contents note

Written accounts of personal interactions with General Stilwell, articles, and an essay on McCarthyism complete with bibliographies.