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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Parvin Williams Papers
    Dates: 1916-1951
    Collection number: 68017
    Creator: Williams, Robert Parvin
    Collection Size: 8 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder 3.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Papers of Robert Parvin Williams, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, including diaries, memoirs, correspondence, studies, memoranda, photographs, maps, charts, and printed matter, 1916-1951, relating to the U.S. Army Medical Service in the China-India-Burma Theater during World War II, and during the Korean War.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    The 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], Robert Parvin Williams, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1968.


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

    Biography Note

    1891 August 29 Born, Greencastle, Indiana
    1912-1913 Intern, Ancon Hospital, Panama Canal Zone
    1913 M.D., University of Cincinnati
    1913-1915 Cincinnati General Hospital
    1915 First Lieutenant, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
    1915-1916 Student, Army Medical School
    1916-1917 Adjutant, Camp Hospital, Mexican border, Douglas, Arizona
    1917-1918 Assistant Divisional Surgeon
    1918 Organizer and Commander, general hospital no. 34, East Norfolk, Massachusetts
    1927 Honor graduate, Medical Field Service School
    1928-1930 Student, Command and General Staff School
    1934-1935 Army War College
    1935 Chemical Warfare School
    1935-1939 Instructor, Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia
    1939-1940 Director, training, Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
    1940 Commanding officer, First Regiment, march from Pennsylvania to California
    1942 February 5 Member, General Joseph Stilwell's military mission to China and Burma
    1942 May Surgeon, General, Stilwell's column, retreat from Burma to India
    1944-1945 Chief surgeon, General Dan I. Sultan's India-Burma theater
    1945 July-1949 Army surgeon, Fourth Army
    1949 September-November Special assistant to surgeon general
    1949 Promoted through grades to Brigadier General
    1967 November 20 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Robert Parvin Williams, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, include diaries, memoirs, correspondence, studies, memoranda, photographs, maps, charts, and printed matter, 1916-1951, relating to the U.S. Army Medical Service in the China-India-Burma Theater during World War II, and during the Korean War.
    The Biographical File, in addition to Robert Parvin Williams' curriculum vitae and citations, offers an example of his skills as a writer and a speaker. But of more interest to the researchers might be his diaries, divided in sections in chronological order, recording announcements of citations, daily events and schedules, his itineraries, and description of performance of his duties in the context of prevalent military situation of 1941-1945.
    The bulk of the materials refer to the services provided by the medical units of different army divisions within the framework of the United States Army operations in various parts of the world. All of these documents are included under the general heading of United States Army File. The materials are listed in chronological order under the names of the army units with a description of physical forms. Robert Williams' work in the China-Burma-India theater along with General Joseph Stilwell deserves a particular mention.
    The series of Photographs is a visual record of army operations involving machineries, weapons, and individuals. Some photographic prints are attached to the materials they illustrate and they have been left in the United States Army File where noted. Loose prints including oversize prints are generally listed in chronological order with information about dates and the names of photographers whenever available. Loose prints found in the folders have been left in place. They might be better understood if considered in the context of the materials in the folder.


    The collection is organized into 3 series: Biographical File, United States Army File, and Photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in Stanford University's online catalog.


    United States. Army--Officers.
    United States. Army Medical Service.
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.
    World War, 1939-1945--China.
    World War, 1939-1945--Medical care.
    United States—Armed Forces.

    Related Material

    Joseph W. Stilwell Papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    Frank Papers Dorn, Hoover Institution Archives
    Raymond A.Wheeler Papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    There are many other related collections in the Hoover Institution Archives. Please consult the Archives web page for the listing.