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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles MacArthur Carman, Jedburgh Collection
    Dates: 1934-1994
    Collection number: 90090
    Collector: Carman, Charles MacArthur, collector.
    Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 envelope, 2 microfilm reels. (5.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Reports, orders, letters, writings, printed matter, and audiovisual material, relating to Jedburgh operations carried out by the Office of Strategic Services in 1944, involving parachuting operatives behind German lines in the Netherlands, Belgium and France to effect liaison with local resistance forces. Includes copies of official records of the operations, and subsequent recollections of veterans of the operations.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English French

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research. Access to audiovisual materials requires at least two weeks advance notice. Audiovisual materials include sound recordings, video recordings, and motion picture film. Hoover staff will determine whether use copies of the materials requested can be made available. Some materials may not be accessible even with advance notice. Please contact the Hoover Institution Archives Audiovisual Specialist for further information.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles MacArthur Carman Jedburgh Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1990.


    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Some materials are photocopies. In part, originals are located in the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Charles MacArthur Carman collection in the Hoover Institution Archives consists primarily of materials relating to the activities of the Office of Strategic Services in the last phase of World War II, and specifically to the operations of the Jedburgh teams that were parachuted into German-occupied areas of Holland, Belgium, and France in 1944.
    The three man Jedburgh teams, which were made up of American, British, Dutch, and French agents, attempted to reinforce and coordinate local resistance activities against German forces in advance of the Allied offensive that followed the Normandy landings in June 1944. They trained and armed resistance forces, undertook sabotage actions, and attacked German troops. A number of Jedburgh team members were killed in action or executed by the Germans.
    The bulk of the collection is comprised of photocopies of military records located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In addition, there are publications and other materials collected by Charles MacArthur Carman, who was himself a former Jedburgh agent (a member of team Maurice). Many of these concern the history of the French resistance, often at the level of a specific region or town (see Printed Matter series).
    In later years, Carman corresponded with other former Jedburgh operatives, and this correspondence, where it appears, is identified. The collection also includes a number of photographs of Jedburgh training exercises and videorecordings of commemorations of the Normandy landings and of Jedburgh operations. Additionally, there are two examples of items carried by Jedburgh operatives, a map and code chart, both printed on silk (see Oversize Materials).


    The collection is organized into seven series: Office of Strategic Services File, Printed Matter, Photographs, Sound Recordings, Video Recordings, Oversize Materials, and Microfilm.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    United States. Office of Strategic Services.
    World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
    Secret service--United States.
    World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements.
    World War, 1939-1945--Netherlands.
    World War, 1939-1945--Belgium.
    World War, 1939-1945--France.