Preliminary Inventory of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East Records

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Preliminary Inventory of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East Records

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Encoded by:
Lisa Miller
© 2004 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: International Military Tribunal for the Far East records,
Date (inclusive): 1946-1948
Collection number: 49016
Creator: International Military Tribunal for the Far East
Extent: 81 linear feet, 1 envelope (81.1 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Stanford, California 94305-6010
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
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Accruals

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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.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

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

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.

Series List

 

Series 1. Analyses of Documentary Evidence.

Physical Description: Documents 1-4907; 15 volumes
 

Series 2. Decisions of Conferences. June 1947.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 3. Rejected Defense Documents (not complete set), in numerical order.

Physical Description: 9 linear feet of pamphlet boxes
 

Series 4. Exhibit Items (not complete set), in numerical order.

Physical Description: 30 linear feet of pamphlet boxes
 

Series 5. General Index of the Record of the Defense Case

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 6. General Index of the Record of the Prosecution's Case

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 7. Judgement and Annex.

Physical Description: 7 volumes
 

Series 8. Judgement of Henri Bernald.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 9. Judgement of Justice Pal.

Physical Description: 3 volumes
 

Series 10. Opinion of Justice Jaranilla

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 11. Opinion of Justice Roling

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 12. Narrative Summary of the Records

Physical Description: 6 volumes
 

Series 13. Proceedings (by page number, coded Tr).

Physical Description: 165 volumes
 

Series 14. Miscellaneous: Proceedings and pleadings; Docket and chronology of proceedings and pleadings; Proceedings in chambers; and Proceedings in conference room.

Physical Description: 1 linear foot
 

Series 15. Summation for the Defense.

Physical Description: 3 volumes
 

Series 16. Verbatim presentations by Defense lawyers in the case of each defendant.

Physical Description: 19 volumes
 

Series 17. Summation of the Prosecution.

Physical Description: 6 volumes
 

Series 18. Reply of Prosecution to Defense.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 19. POW Summation.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 20. Separate Opinion of President Sir William F. Webb.

Physical Description: 1 volume
 

Series 21. The Verdict pronounced by the IMTFE on the 25 Japanese War crimes suspects on November 12, 1948 (Excerpt).

Physical Description: 1 volume (pamphlet)
 

Series 22. Index of Exhibits.

Physical Description: 3 volumes