A Register of the Robert Parvin Williams Papers

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A Register of the Robert Parvin Williams Papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Aparna Mukherjee
Date Completed:
2007
Encoded by:
ByteManagers using OAC finding aid conversion service specifications and Elizabeth Konzak
© 2007 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

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

Access

The collection is open for research
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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.

Accruals

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.

Arrangement

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.

Subjects

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.
China
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.

Container List

Box: 1

Biographical File, 1940-1951.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a curriculum vitae, citations, diary, index to Robert Parvin Williams' personal correspondence, writings and speeches by him and by others, arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Biographical information up to 1951 March 9

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Citations, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Diary, 1941-1945

 

Index to personal correspondence

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

1948 January 2 – August 10

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

1949 January 3 – July 11

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Notes, 1940 April 27

 

Writings and speeches

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

"The New Regimental Medical Detachment," an Infantry School teaching, Military Surgeon, 1940 January

 

"One Man's CBI: A Different Kind of War," 1942

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Introduction, "The Hike"

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Part I – India.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs
Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Part II - China

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Part III – Burma

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Speech, members of the graduating class, Army Specialized Training Program, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1947 September 19

Box/Folder: 1 : 13-14

"Medical Participation in Exercise Seminole" with Arin F. Robinson, Military Surgeon, 1948 December.

Scope and Content Note

Includes related correspondence, 1947 October 10 – 1949 April 11, one undated letter and one telegram, and photographic prints
 

Writings by others

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

T. E. Darby and Paul E. Zuver, 1940 January

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Francis P. Kintz and John Edgar, 1950 January - March

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Amos R. Koontz, 1950 December

Box/Folder: 1 : 18

James B. Mason and Charles H. Beasley, 1950 December

Box/Folder: 1 : 19-20

Spurgeon H. Neel, Jr., 1950 November and 1951 February

Box/Folder: 1 : 21-22

James H. Stone, Military, 1949 March and October

 

United States Army File, 1916–1951.

Scope and Content Note

It assesses the role of medical service units in the context of the United States Army operations in general, Army War College instructions, performance of various army units and training facilities, and the conduct of the war based on situations in different geographical areas
 

Army War College

Box/Folder: 1 : 23

Conduct of War Course, Part II, Analytical Studies, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 24

Map – Chickamauga and Tullahoma Campaigns, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 25

Conduct of War Course, map problem I, undated

Box/Folder: 1 : 26

G-1 to G-4 courses, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

G-2 course, undated

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Special map no. 5, edition of 1930

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

War Plans Course, volume 1, 1931 - 1935 March 11.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a map of Bureau of Coast and Geodetic Survey, Central Luzon, Philippine Islands, 1931
Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Gettysburg-Richmond map, 1932

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

General - Fort Humphreys, 1934 March 26 – 1935 June 25

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

G-3 Course, 1934 September 28 – October 4

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

G-1 Course, 1934 October 12 – December 19

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

G-4 Course, 1934 November 12-28

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Conduct of War Course, Part I, Analytical Studies, lectures, 1935 January – February 4

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

War Plans Course, volume 1 (a) – Presentation of "Overseas Possession" by Robert Williams, study no. 3, Philippine Islands, 1935 March 1

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

War Plans Course, volume III, 1935 April 1-5

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Preparation for War Course, Part II, 1935 April 18 – May 1.

Scope and Content Note

Individual general staff memoranda, medical service of the Cavalry Division, 1935 June 3
Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Conduct of War, course no. 20, lectures delivered by Fox Connor, William D. Connor, D. E. Nolan, and Chas, F., B., Price, Army War College, Fort Humphreys, Washington, D.C., 1935 May 10 – June 6

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Conduct of War, part II, course no. 23, Field Exercise, Army War College, Fort Humphreys, Washington, D.C., 1935 June 10-12.

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes and related materials
Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Clippings, 1935 June 19-20

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Conduct of War Course – Second map problem period, 1935 June-July

Box: 3

Medical Field Service File

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

General, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Combat principles, equipments and supplies, functions, and training drill
Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Department of Training – Industrial Mobilization and Procurement Planning, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Report
Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Manual for the Medical Department, 1916.

Scope and Content Note

Corrected to June 15, 1918
Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Medical service in a modern Cavalry Division, 1930 October- November.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda and report
Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Brochures, 1934-1936 and undated

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Tactical Employment of the Medical Service (Tentative) C&GSS, 1938.

Scope and Content Note

Report
Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Eighth Army – maps, 1940

 

First Medical Squadron

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

1927 October 13 – 1935 December 9 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Clipping, correspondence, memoranda, notes, and reports
Box/Folder: 3 : 9

1929 September 8 – 1932 March 23.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Condon C. McCormack
Box/Folder: 3 : 10

1929 – 1932 July 18 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes chart for evacuation of casualties, list of personnel, notes, and printed matter
Box/Folder: 3 : 11

1929 November 1 – 1933 September 28 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Edgar King
Box/Folder: 3 : 12

1930 April 7 – 1933 September 20 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and notes
Box/Folder: 3 : 13

1931 January 6 – 1940 March 22.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda and notes
Box/Folder: 3 : 14

1932 January 19 – August 4 and undated

Scope and Content Note

List of supplies, notes, proceedings of conference, and summary of intelligence records
Box/Folder: 3 : 15

1932 June 27 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Letter and photographic prints and illustrations
Box/Folder: 3 : 16

1933 December 4 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Letter and photographic prints
Box/Folder: 4 : 1

1940 April-May – September 3.

Scope and Content Note

Chart, correspondence, memoranda, press release, report, and telegram
Box/Folder: 4 : 2

Miscellany, 1930-1933 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes related materials, some photographic prints with illustrations, and Christmas programs
 

Fourth Army

Box/Folder: 4 : 3

1940 April 13 – May 2.

Scope and Content Note

Instructions
Box/Folder: 4 : 4

1947 August 31 – 1949 October - December.

Scope and Content Note

Brochure, list of numbered hospitals as of 1945 May 31, memoranda, and photographic prints
Box/Folder: 4 : 5

1947 September 8 – 1948 January 30 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, list of personnel, and report of the General Board, United States Forces, European Theater
Box/Folder: 4 : 6

1947 October15 – 1949 February and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, notes, report, and telegrams
Box/Folder: 4 : 7

1948 January 26 – 1948 April 2.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, list, memoranda, and miscellany
Box/Folder: 4 : 8

1948 January 29 – February 26.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and memoranda
Box/Folder: 4 : 9

1949 January 31 – February 28.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and related materials
Box/Folder: 4 : 10

1948 March 29 – 1948 April 30.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and related materials
Box/Folder: 4 : 11

1948 May 3 - June 4.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence
Box/Folder: 4 : 12

1948 June 2 – June 30.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and related materials
Box/Folder: 4 : 13

1948 July 2 – August 10.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, list, memoranda, and miscellany
Box/Folder: 4 : 14

1948 – 1949 January 31.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, record of telephone conversation, and miscellany
Box/Folder: 4 : 15

1949 February 28 – March 31.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and memoranda
Box/Folder: 4 : 16

1949 April 4 – April 20.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and miscellany
Box/Folder: 4 : 17

1949 May 2 – May 31.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and related materials
Box/Folder: 4 : 18

1949 June 1 – June 30 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and note
Box/Folder: 4 : 19

1949 June 27 – July 11.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, and note
Box: 5

Infantry School, 1938-1939

 

General

Box/Folder: 5 : 1

1925 January – 1939 March 7.

Scope and Content Note

Course material, map, and memoranda
Box/Folder: 5 : 2

1939 February 20-21 – June 1.

Scope and Content Note

Course and test materials and map
Box/Folder: 5 : 3

Conference, Part I, Legal Aspects, section I, Continental United States, undated

Box/Folder: 5 : 4-6

Maneuvers – Sections I-V, 1939 June 2-9

 

Mimeographed Instructional Matter, 1938-1939

Box/Folder: 5 : 7-8

Volumes I-II

Box/Folder: 6 : 1-3

Volumes III-V

Box/Folder: 6 : 4

Ninth Corps – 1940 May 9 – 1941 October 24.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, medical organizational records, and memoranda
Box/Folder: 6 : 5

Seventh Infantry Division – 1950 October 27 – 1951 March 11.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda
 

Subject File

Box/Folder: 6 : 6

China-Burma-India Theater (CBI), 1942 May 30 - 1945 October 5 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Clipping, diary, graphs, list of personnel, maps, memoranda, military circulars, printed matter, and related materials
Box/Folder: 6 : 7

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Arizona, 1932 – 1934 April and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Booklet, correspondence, journal, memoranda, notes, photographic prints, and printed matter
Box/Folder: 6 : 8

Far East Command, 1950 October 17 – 1951 February 1 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Bulletin, list of personnel, medical information, memoranda, note, and related materials
Box/Folder: 7 : 1

Japan – NARA Station Hospital, 1951 March 17 – April 5 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes information booklet, operational data, memoranda, notes, physical reconditioning program, and sketches
 

Korea – Eighth Army

Box/Folder: 7 : 2

General, 1951 March 1 – April 30 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Agenda for Medical Policy Council, list of medical service personnel and patients, notes, operational data from surgeon general's office, and related materials
Box/Folder: 7 : 3

Maps - Different regions of Korea, such as, Inchon, Chunghon, and Samchok, undated; and I Corps medical installations, 1951 March 19

Box/Folder: 7 : 4

Report – Robert Williams' trip to Korea, 1951

Box/Folder: 7 : 5

Mountain Stretchers File, 1943 January 22 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes bibliography and photographic prints with illustrations
Box/Folder: 7 : 6

Third Army – 1940 January 17 – May 15 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Maneuvers. Includes maps and photographic prints
 

War Department

Box/Folder: 7 : 7

1929 September 8 – 1933 June 27 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Garfield L. McKinney
Box/Folder: 7 : 8

1930 June 2 – 1933 September 21.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with T. E. Darby. Includes memoranda
Box/Folder: 7 : 9

1932 August 16 – 1933 July 7.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with Fred?
Box/Folder: 7 : 10

1937 January – 1950 October 12.

Scope and Content Note

Medical Instructors bulletin and memoranda
Box/Folder: 7 : 11

1937 June 15 – 1940 September 10 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda, report of physical examination of enlisted men on induction, and special orders
Box/Folder: 7 : 12

1939.

Scope and Content Note

Protective Mobilization Plan including changes No. 3, 1940 January 16
Box/Folder: 7 : 13

1940 May 25 – July 8 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Chart, correspondence, memoranda, and notes
 

Miscellany

Box/Folder: 7 : 14

The Cacolet – some photographic prints attached to the materials, undated

Box/Folder: 7 : 15

Inspection records, 1951 March 2 – October 3.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, correspondence, memoranda, and notes
Box/Folder: 7 : 16

Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 1933 June

Box/Folder: 7 : 17

Sketches from the Medical Department Equipment Laboratory, undated

 

Photographs, 1927 – 1950 and undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes 277 photographic prints including 2 oversize prints of Army officials and 27 negatives reflecting army operations with machineries and individuals whose names are sometimes mentioned on the other side of the prints.
Map_Case Map Case

2 oversize group photographic prints of army officials, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 1

43 prints, Cavalry Division, and 5 prints depicting army vehicles, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 2

18 prints depicting army operation, modes of transport, and personnel, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 3

4 prints and 2 negatives taken by Johnny McKee depicting D-Day on the Florida Gulf coast objective area, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 4

26 prints depicting the sea, ships with numbers, military vehicles, land transports, soldiers including wounded ones, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 5

12 prints depicting soldiers with horses in open fields or by the mountain, Fort Bliss, Texas, undated

Box/Folder: 8 : 6

1 print depicting 4 soldiers with their names on the other side of the print standing in front of a building, 1927 August

Box/Folder: 8 : 7

5 prints taken by Don Thompson? depicting soldiers with horses engaged in various activities, circa 1931

Box/Folder: 8 : 8

86 prints including some from Cavalry Division depicting soldiers involved in various activities, 1932

Box/Folder: 8 : 9

12 prints depicting soldiers playing and a big building, Army War College, 1934-1935

Box/Folder: 8 : 10

2 prints of a number of people belonging to different medical groups, Fourth Corps, with their names listed, 1940

Box/Folder: 8 : 11

29 prints depicting China-Burma-India sector including the retreat from Burma to India with a note from Joseph Stilwell about Robert Williams' contribution and award of Purple Heart to Joseph Stilwell, 1942.

Scope and Content Note

Includes description of the prints on the other side
Box/Folder: 8 : 12

6 prints taken by John McKee depicting soldiers of the Second Armored Division, 1947

Box/Folder: 8 : 13

25 negatives and 2 miniature films returned by the Fourth Army with a request for developing for the purpose of using them in an article, 1948

Box/Folder: 8 : 14

1 print depicting a soldier receiving medical care during Korean conflict, 1950