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Inventory of the Claude M. Owens papers
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  • Title: Claude M. Owens papers
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1946
    Date (bulk): 1945-1946
    Collection Number: 79084
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Legal briefs and decisions, transcripts of testimony, notes, and photographs relating to the trial of Japanese military personnel for atrocities in the Philippines during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Owens, Claude M.


    Collection is open for research.
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    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Claude M. Owens papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979.


    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.

    Biographical Note

    Claude M. Owens earned his B.A. and law degree from Stanford University; in 1941 he was admitted to the State Bar of California. After the outbreak of World War II, he joined the United States Army, serving as a second lieutenant. He then was assigned to the prosecution division of the War Crimes Branch of the Legal Section of the Supreme Command for the Allied Powers, Manila from 1945 to 1946. After serving in the military, Owens became a Superior Court Judge.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Claude M. Owens consist of legal materials, notes, and photographs relating to the trial of Japanese military personnel, chiefly Tomoyuki Yamashita, for atrocities committed in the Philippines during World War II. Included are legal briefs prepared for prosecuting the cases and transcripts of testimony, captured diaries, sworn affidavits, and photographs prepared as evidence for use in the trial of USA vs. Yamashita.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.
    United States. Army
    War crime trials--Philippines.
    World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities.
    World War, 1939-1945--Japan.
    World War, 1939-1945--Philippines.