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Inventory of the Sheldon H. Harris Papers
2004C40  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sheldon H. Harris Papers
    Dates: 1942-2002
    Collection number: 2004C40
    Creator: Harris, Sheldon H.
    Collection Size: 53 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes. (22 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, photocopies of government documents, photographs, sound recordings, video tapes, and printed matter, of an American historian relating mainly to biological warfare, especially as conducted by Japan in China before and during World War II. Includes research material used in the preparation of the book by S. H. Harris, Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American Cover-up (London, 1994).
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    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], Sheldon H. Harris Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2004

    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 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.

    Biographical Note

    1928 August 22 Born, Brooklyn, New York
    1949 A.B. (cum laude), Brooklyn College (now Brooklyn College of the City University of New York)
    1950 A.M., Harvard University
    1955 Married Sheila J. Black
    1957-1958 Instructor in history, Brooklyn College (now Brooklyn College of the City University of New York)
    1958 Ph.D., Columbia University, New York
    1958-1963 Associate professor of social science, Bradford Durfee College of Technology (now Southeastern Massachusetts University), Bradford, Massachusetts
    1962 Recipient, Roger Benjamin Foundation Award
    1963-1964 Recipient, American Council of Learned Societies research grant
    1963-1966 Assistant professor, California State University, Northridge
    1966 Visiting professor, University of California, Los Angeles
    1966-1969 Associate professor, California State University, Northridge
    1969-1991 Professor of history, California State University, Northridge
    1971 Recipient, American Philosophical Society grant for research in England
    1972 Author, Paul Cuffe: Black America and the African Return
      Author, President Johnson's Decision to Intervene in Vietnam
    1973 Author, Prohibition
    1979 Author, Blue's Who's Who: A Biographical Dictionary of Blues Singers
    1986 Author, I Remember: Eighty Years of Black Entertainment, Big Bands, and the Blues: An Autography
    1994 Author, Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American Cover-Up
    1996 Author, Writers Directory
    2002 August 31 Died, Los Angeles, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Sheldon Harris consist of correspondence; photocopies of government documents; photographs; printed matter; sound recordings; video tapes; and writings relating mainly to biological warfare, especially as conducted by Japan in China before and during World War II. They include research materials used in the preparation of the book, Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932-1945, and the American Cover-Up.
    Sheldon Harris was one of the researchers responsible for bringing to light the facts of Japan's war crimes against humanity. The materials draw attention to atrocities committed by Japan in China between 1931 and 1945. They shed light on experiments carried out by the scientists and doctors of Unit 731 of the Japanese army by exposing human subjects to poisonous gases and infectious diseases. They also raise some controversial issues, such as an alleged immunity deal and possible cover-up between American and Japanese scientists, the question of reparation to the victims, and Japan's responsibility.
    An acknowledgement of Japan's experiments with biological weapons and their use against the Chinese people came from a Japanese court shortly before Harris's death.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Biological warfare.
    Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945--Biological warfare.
    World War, 1939-1945--Biological warfare.
    World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
    United States--Military relations--Japan.
    Japan--Military relations--United States.

    Genre

    Video tapes.
    Phonotapes.