Title: Institute of Pacific Relations. San Francisco Bay Region Division Records,
Date (inclusive): 1944-1947
Collection number: 55003
Institute of Pacific Relations. San Francisco Bay Region Division
27 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box
(11.6 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, memoranda, studies, and printed matter, relating to the study of political, social, and economic
conditions in the Far East and of U.S. foreign policy in the Far East.
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[Identification of item], Institute of Pacific Relations. San Francisco Bay Region Division Records, [Box no.], Hoover Institution
East Asia--Economic conditions.
East Asia--Foreign relations--United States.
East Asia--Politics and government.
East Asia--Social conditions.
United States--Foreign relations.
United States--Foreign relations--East Asia.
The San Francisco Bay Region Division was one of seven semi-autonomous regional centers of the American Institute of Pacific
Relations, a privately-financed organization founded in 1925 for the purpose of promoting investigation and discussion of
the problems and mutual relations of the peoples of the Pacific area. The American Institute of Pacific Relations was itself
a part of a larger, international Institute of Pacific Relations that between 1925 and 1961 included groups in Australia,
Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the U.S.S.R.
The San Francisco Bay Region IPR assisted the American IPR in local and national research, conducted a program of meetings
and conferences, and promoted interest in and study of Pacific problems in its region. With a total of 400 members in 1946,
it provided study groups, round tables, and teacher seminars. Its publications included a monthly periodical,
Pacific News Letter, that reported IPR activities to members; a mimeographed bulletin,
In Advance of the News, that contained information on Pacific war developments; and a third publication,
New Library Materials, that listed new IPR library acquisitions.
Officers of the San Francisco Bay Region IPR during the 1944-1947 period were: Chairman, Ray Lyman Wilbur; Executive Vice
Chairman, Lynn White, Jr.; Vice Chairman, Mrs. Alfred McLaughlin; Vice Chairman, Robert G. Sproul; Treasurer, Brayton Wilbur;
Executive Director, Ernest B. Price (until January 1945) and Eugene Staley (after September 1945).
In June 1947, the San Francisco Bay Region IPR joined with other local organizations to form the World Affairs Council of
Northern California, an independent civic enterprise for community education in world affairs. Although the San Francisco
Bay Region IPR was formally dissolved at that time, many of its operations were continued by the Pacific Area Affairs Division
of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.
In addition to the Records of the San Francisco Bay Region IPR, the Hoover Institution Archives maintains the Ray Lyman Wilbur
Collection, which contains a large group of material relating to the IPR. Wilbur was Chairman of the American IPR during the
periods 1925-1928, 1940-1941, and 1948-1949. The records of the American IPR central office and the records of the international
IPR office were donated to the Columbia University Library in 1961 when the IPR disbanded.
Windows on the Pacific, Biennial Report, 1944 to 1946 of the Board of Trustees to the Membership of the American Council,
Institute of Pacific Relations, Inc.
and from the correspondence files of San Francisco Bay Region IPR Collection)