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Preliminary Inventory of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East Records
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • List of Indexes in the Hoover Archives Reading Room

  • Title: International Military Tribunal for the Far East records
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1948
    Collection Number: 49016
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 81 linear feet, 1 manuscript box, 1 envelope (81.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Exhibits, transcripts and summaries of proceedings, summations of counsel, judgments of the tribunal, and indexes, relating to the trials of Japanese officials accused of World War II war crimes.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: International Military Tribunal for the Far East

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], International Military Tribunal for the Far East records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired.

    Accruals

    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Historical Note

    The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was established by a special proclamation of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) on January 19, 1946. MacArthur thus implemented the Potsdam Declaration of China, the United States, and the United Kingdom (July 26, 1945), as accepted by the Japanese signatories of the Instrument of Surrender on September 2, 1945, that war criminals would be brought to justice. SCAP had been given the authority to issue all orders implementing the Japanese surrender terms by a declaration of the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, the United States, and the USSR, issued from Moscow on December 27, 1945.
    IMTFE was constituted of eleven judges, appointed by SCAP, representative in nationality of the Allied signatories of the Instrument of Surrender, and of India and the Philippines. From April 29, 1946, to January 12, 1948, IMTFE heard cases against twenty-eight defendants. From November 4 to 12, 1948, it rendered judgments against twenty-five defendants (two having died during the trial and one having been deemed incompetent to stand trial). Seven defendants were sentenced to death, sixteen to life imprisonment, one to twenty years' imprisonment, and one to seven years' imprisonment.

    Scope and Content Note

    Exhibits, transcripts and summaries of proceedings, summations of counsel, judgments of the tribunal, and indexes, relating to the trials of Japanese officials accused of World War II war crimes.

    List of Indexes in the Hoover Archives Reading Room

    1. Dull and Umemura. The Tokyo Trials: A Functional Index (1957). 94 p.
    2. IMTFE. List of rejected prosecution documents. (n.d.) 17 p. (2 copies)
    3. IMTFE. List of rejected defense documents. (n.d.) 44 p.
    4. IMTFE. Index of (defense) witnesses, 28 Feb. 1947 - 10 Feb. 1948. (n.d.) 117 p.
    5. IMTFE. Index of (prosecution) witnesses, 17 June - 16 Aug. 1946; 28 Aug. - 29 Nov. 1946. (n.d.) 13 p. (2 copies)
    6. IMTFE. Index of motions, arguments, decisions, objections in open court. (n.d.) 36 p.
    7. Supreme Command for the Allied Powers. International Prosecution Section (IPS). Revised index to documents by defendants (at the Tokyo War Crime Trials). Also,numerical list of IPS documents introduced as court exhibits. (1947) 55 p. and 32 p.
    8. Maxon, Yale Candee. Index to documents (by phase and subject). (1947) 20 p.
    9. Maxon, Yale Candee. Index to documents not specifically linked to one or more of the defendants. (1947) 17 p.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Japan.
    Tokyo Trial, Tokyo, Japan, 1946-1948.
    World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
    World War, 1939-1945.