Register of the Boris T. Pash Papers

Finding aid prepared by Ronald Bulatoff
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: Boris T. Pash papers
Date (inclusive): 1892-1989
Collection Number: 72033
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: Mainly in English.
Physical Description: 5 manuscript boxes, 5 envelopes, 3 albums, 22 motion picture film reels (10.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, orders, writings, photographs, motion picture film, and printed matter, relating to the naval forces of General Nikolay Yudenich during the Russian Civil War; the Russian refugee camp in Wünsdorf, Germany, in 1922; American military intelligence service activities, including the Baja Peninsula mission to investigate the possible establishment of a Japanese base in Mexico in 1942, and the Alsos mission to determine the status of German nuclear development in 1944-1945; and to allegations made in 1975 of the involvement of B. T. Pash with Central Intelligence Agency assassination plots.
Creator: Pash, Boris T., 1900-1995

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Boris T. Pash papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

1900 June 20 Born, San Francisco, California
1918-1920 Volunteer, Russian Imperial Army and Navy
1918-1922 Member, The International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations
1920 Employed by the American Red Cross, South Russian Unit, Sevastopol and Theodosia, Russia
1924 Graduated from Springfield College, Massachusetts, B.P.E. (Bachelor of Physical Education)
1924-1940 Chairman, Hollywood High School Athletic Department
1939 Graduated from University of Southern California, M.S. (Education)
1940-1943 Chief of Military Intelligence, U.S. Army, 9th Corps, Presidio of San Francisco
1943-1945 Commanding Officer of the Alsos Mission
1946-1947 Foreign Liaison Section Chief for Supreme Commander, Allied Powers, Japan
1948-1951 Employed by the Central Intelligence Agency
1952-1953 Special Forces, U.S. Forces, Austria
1953-1956 Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, 6th Army
1956-1957 Staff member, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Guided Missiles
1957 Retired from military service
1995 Died

Scope and Content Note

The Hoover Institution Archives acquired the papers of Boris Pash in 1972 and received several increments in subsequent years. These papers reflect the military career of Boris Pash as a colonel in the U.S. Army, as well as a volunteer in the Russian Imperial Army and Navy from 1918 through his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1957.
Of special interest are the documents relating to the Alsos Mission, a U.S. Army intelligence unit based in Europe in 1944-1945, of which Boris Pash was commanding officer and whose object was to determine the status of German nuclear development. In addition to the manuscript material in the Alsos Mission file, there is a large number of photographs on the mission in the photographs series, including prints of the liberation of Paris and the surrender of Thanheim, Germany.
Also of interest are materials relating to the Foreign Liaison Section for the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers during the postwar occupation of Japan, 1945-1948, found in the subject file. See also, among the photographs, prints of Soviet armed forces in Tokyo.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army--Officers.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Yudenich, Nikolay Nikolayevich, 1862-1933.
Atomic bomb.
Germany.
Mexico.
Moving-pictures.
Nuclear energy.
Refugees.
Russia (Federation)
Russians--Germany.
Secret service--United States.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Naval operations.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921--Refugees.
Soviet Union.
United States--Armed Forces.
United States--Foreign relations.
World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Mexico.
World War, 1939-1945--Secret service.
World War, 1939-1945.

Box 1

Biographical File, 1918-1975

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, letters, press releases, and other material reflecting the military career and civilian life of Boris Pash. Arranged chronologically
Box 1

Correspondence, 1892-1989

Scope and Contents note

Letters and telegrams arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
Box 1

Speeches and Writings, 1959-1981

Scope and Contents note

Speeches and writings by Boris Pash, arranged chronologically by title
Box 1-3

Alsos Mission File, 1943-1976

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, diary, reports, notes, clippings and other material relating to the operations of the Alsos Mission. Arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box 3-4

Subject File, 1894-1976

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports, printed matter. Arranged alphabetically by subject
Box 4

Slides, 1963

Scope and Contents note

21 color slides depicting the dedication ceremony of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicolas in Washington, D.C., 1963
Box 4

Memorabilia, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

5 military insignia patches
Box 4-5 and Photo file

Photographs, 1916-1963

Scope and Contents note

Photographs depicting the private life and military career of Boris Pash. Arranged by subject
Film shelf

Motion Picture Film 1936-1945

Scope and Contents note

22 motion picture reels depicting primarily U.S. military operations in Europe
Box 1

BIOGRAPHICAL FILE, 1918-1975

Box/Folder 1 : 1

1918-1949

Box/Folder 1 : 2

1950-1975

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1892-1989

 

Unidentified

Box/Folder 1 : 3

1892-1893

Box/Folder 1 : 4

1951-1989

Box/Folder 1 : 5

American Red Cross, 1920

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Anderson, H. D., 1925

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Barnes, John, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Borah, William E., 1929

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Brander(?), Peter, 1930

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Coney, 1942

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Devers, Jacob L., 1963

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Einstein, Albert, 1939

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Eisenhower, Dwight D., 1963

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Emel'ianov, Ivan Vasil'evich, 1919

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Gerlach, Walther, 1975

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Golunsky, S. A., 1946

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Goudsmit, Samuel A., 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Hambro, Charles, 1955

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Heisenberg, Professor, 1955

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Hermann, Armin, 1976

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Hoover, John Edgar, 1951

Box/Folder 1 : 22

International Committee of the Young Men's Christian Associations, 1918-1922

Box/Folder 1 : 23

Johnson, Jesse, 1975-1976

Box/Folder 1 : 24

Pierce, E. C., 1945

Box/Folder 1 : 25

Polette, Andre, 1961

Box/Folder 1 : 26

Robb, Roger, 1954

Box/Folder 1 : 27

Sinclair, Upton, 1948-1949

Box/Folder 1 : 28

Societe Generale Metallurgique de Hoboken, 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 29

Thomson, E. F., 1953

Box/Folder 1 : 30

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1954

Box/Folder 1 : 31

Willoughby, C. A., 1949

 

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1959-1981

Box/Folder 1 : 32

Notes on the evacuation of Crimea, , 1920 n.d.

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten
Box/Folder 1 : 33

"Checkmate," . 1955 December 15

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 34

"Checkmate! How the Soviets Tried to Take Over the Japanese Orthodox Church," The American Legion Magazine, 1958 April

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy
Box/Folder 1 : 35

"Why the Mental Panic?" . 1959 March 19

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 36

"Where Is the Soviet Union?" . 1961

Scope and Contents note

Holograph
Box/Folder 1 : 37

"Communication," . 1963

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 38

The Alsos Mission, 1969

Scope and Contents note

Printed copy of review
Box/Folder 1 : 39

Statement to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1976 January 7

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
Box/Folder 1 : 40

Statement to the U.S. Congressional Commission on Wartime Relocation of Persons of Japanese Background in the U.S. at a public hearing, 1981 August 11

Scope and Contents note

Typescript
 

ALSOS MISSION FILE, 1943-1976

 

General.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda, orders, reports, notes, clippings, printed matter, and other material
Box/Folder 1 : 41

Undated

Box/Folder 1 : 42

1943

Box/Folder 2 : 1-2

1944

Box/Folder 2 : 3-4

1945

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Article by V. Gilenson, relating to U.S. military intelligence, including the Alsos Mission, during World War II, 1962

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Chronology

Box/Folder 2 : 7

Diary (Germany), 1945 March-July

Box/Folder 2 : 8

History

Box/Folder 2 : 9

List of personnel of interest

 

Subject file

Box/Folder 2 : 10

DSM Project

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Exposure to radioactivity

Box/Folder 2 : 12

Radium supply

 

Recommendations

Box/Folder 2 : 23

Legion of Merit Award, 1945

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Distinguished Service Medal, 1976

 

World War, 1939-1945

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Germany

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Military attaches - United States. Memoranda of the U.S. Military Attache in London, 1945 April-May

 

SUBJECT FILE, 1894-1976

Box/Folder 3 : 4

Baja Peninsula Intelligence Mission, 1942

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, maps, progress reports
Box/Folder 3 : 5

Espionage. Memorandum, 1947 January 20

Scope and Contents note

Includes case of suspected German agent Dr. Kayl
Box/Folder 3 : 6

Heisenbert, Werner. Certificate signed by Adolf Hitler awarding Heisenberg the 1st class cross for war service, 1943 October 15

Box/Folder 3 : 7

Japan - History - Allied occupation, 1945-1952. Kurganov, Oskar, Amerikantsy v Iaponii, Sovetskii pisatel', Leningrad, 1947

Box/Folder 3 : 8

Kulaev, Ivan Vasil'evich

Box/Folder 3 : 9

Leningrad.

Scope and Contents note

Maps
Box/Folder 3 : 10

Nikolaevskii Engineering Adademy. Required courses for entrance, 1894 February

Box/Folder 3 : 11

Russkaia Pravoslavnaia Tserkov' - United States. Dedication of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas, Washington, D.C., 1963

Box/Folder 3 : 12

Siberia (Russia) - History - Revolution, 1917-1921.

Scope and Contents note

Typescript by Gail Berg Reitzel, entitled "Shifting Scenes in Siberia," n.d.
 

Soviet Union - History - Revolution, 1917-1921

Box/Folder 3 : 13-14

General

Box/Folder 3 : 15

American National Red Cross operations, 1920

 

Evacuation of Crimea

Box/Folder 3 : 16

1919

Box/Folder 4 : 1

1920

Box/Folder 4 : 2

Subversive activities - Soviet Union

Box/Folder 4 : 3

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. Foreign Liaison Section, Tokyo.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, memoranda and reports relating to Soviet diplomatic and military personnel in Japan, 1946-1948
 

World War, 1939-1945

Box/Folder 4 : 4

France - Paris

Box/Folder 4 : 5-6

U.S. Army. 6th Army Group. G-3 Section. "World War II - Final Report," 1945 July

Box/Folder 4 : 7

Miscellany

Box/Folder 4 : 8

SLIDES, 1963

Scope and Contents note

21 color slides depicting the dedication ceremony of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Nicolas in Washington, D.C.
Box/Folder 4 : 9

MEMORABILIA, n.d.

Scope and Contents note

5 military insignia patches
 

PHOTOGRAPHS, 1916-1963

Box/Folder 4 : 10

1 album of 105 prints depicting Boris Pash and family and Russian military personnel, 1916-1933

Box/Folder 5 : 1

38 postcards depicting various scenes in Russia, , including Chernigov and Nizhnii-Novgorod 1917-1919

Box/Folder 5 : 2

7 prints depicting the evacuation of Crimea, 1919-1920

Box/Folder 5 : 3

38 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 4

48 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 5

73 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 6

63 prints depicting operations of the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Box/Folder 5 : 7

48 prints depicting scenes in Japan during the Allied Occupation, 1946-1948

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints of Soviet and U.S. military personnel
Box/Folder 5 : 8

32 prints of Boris Pash and others in Panama, 1950s

Box/Folder 5 : 9

32 prints depicting scenes in the Soviet Union, 1917-1921

Box/Folder 5 : 10-11

64 prints depicting U.S. armed forces in Germany, 1943-1947

Box/Folder 5 : 12

35 prints depicting U.S. armed forces in France and Germany, 1945

Box/Folder 5 : 13

8 prints depicting U.S. armed forces in France after World War II, ca. 1946-1948

Box/Folder 5 : 14

6 prints of Boris Pash and others after his retirement from the military, ca. 1960s-1970s

Envelope A-B

211 prints from a photo album relating to the Alsos Mission, 1944-1945

Scope and Contents note

Includes photos of Paris at the time of its liberation and the surrender of Thanheim, Germany
Envelope C

13 prints of Russian Imperial Navy training ships in the Baltic and Black Seas, and scenes of a Russian refugee camp in Wunsdorf, Germany, 1905-1907 1922

Envelope fD

1 album of 132 prints depicting Boris Pash's military service under General N. Yudenich, White Russian Naval Forces, 1920-1923

Envelope fE, fF

2 albums of prints depicting the Russian refugee camp in Wunsdorf, Germany, 1922

Envelope G

32 negatives of photographs taken of each page of the album described in "D" above

Envelope H

8 prints of a social event sponsored by the Foreign Liaison Section, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, for representatives of the Four Power Occupational Forces, ca. 1947

Film shelf

MOTION PICTURE FILM 1936-1945

Film Shelf

reel 1: Nr. 1 of numbered cans 1936, 16mm film, 250 feet 1936

Film Shelf

reel 2: 1937 Nr. 2 of numbered cans, 16mm film, 250 feet 1937

Film Shelf

reel 3: 1937-1938: World news, arms race, Spanish Civil War, annexation of Austria. #3 of numbered cans, 16mm film, 400 feet

Film Shelf

reel 4: Monatsschau 1938 Nr. 4 of numbered cans, 16mm film, 400 feet 1938

Film Shelf

reel 5: Nr. 5 of numbered cans 1938-1939, 16mm film, 380 feet 1938-1939

Film Shelf

reel 6: Nr. 6 of numbered reels Construction of Siegfried Line 1939, 16mm film, 450 feet 1939

Film Shelf

reel 7: Bombing of England, submarine operations, Nazi heavy cruiser. 1939, 16mm film, 500 feet 1939

Film Shelf

reel 8: Battle for Flanders, Armistice signing, 16mm film, 375 feet

Film Shelf

reel 9: Nazi entry into Paris, Nazi conquest of France, Armistice signing at Compiegne. Top-Nazi Entry Into Paris- a second copy 1940, Two 16mm film reels, 150 feet 1940

Film Shelf

reel 10: Conquest of Belgium, war in Poland, 1940, 16mm film, 500 feet 1940

Film Shelf

reel 11: Five-day conquest of Holland, 16mm film, 100 feet

Film Shelf

reel 12: North Sea Battle, attack on Crete, advance into the Soviet Union, Minsk. 1940, 16mm film, 200 feet 1940

Film Shelf

reel 13: North Sea Battle, attack on Crete, advance into the Soviet Union, Minsk., 16mm film, 25 feet

Film Shelf

No. 13: North Sea Battle, Attack on Crete, Advance into Soviet Union (Minsk), 16mm film, 475 feet

Film Shelf

reel 14: "World War II Assault on the Maginot Line." Produced by Degeto., 16mm film, 200 feet

Film Shelf

reel 15: Alsos Mission Reel reel 1, 16mm film, 450 feet

Film Shelf

reel 16: Alsos Mission reel 2, 16mm film, 450 feet

Film Shelf

reel 17: Alsos Mission Reel 3 of 4, 16mm film, 420 feet

Film Shelf

reel 18: Alsos Mission reel 4, 8mm film, 400 feet

Film Shelf

reel 19: Copy 2 reel 1 / Alsos Mission reel 5, Reel 1 of 4, 16mm film, 400 feet

Film Shelf

reel 20: Copy 2 reel 2 / Alsos Mission reel 6, Reel 2 of 4, 16mm film, 400 feet

Film Shelf

reel 21: Copy 2 Reel 3 / Alsos Mission reel 7 / Alsos Mission Reel 3 of 4, 16mm film, 400 feet

Film Shelf

reel 22: Copy 2 reel 4 / Alsos Mission reel 8 / Nr. 22 of numbered cans / Alsos Mission Reel 4 of 4, 16mm film, 375 feet

Film Shelf

Olympische Spiels 1936, Launching of the Scharnhorst etc 1936, Nr. 10, 1936, Nr 9, 1937, Nr 10, 1937 / Schmalfilm-Monatsschau 1940: Nr. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, / "Deutschlands Heer," 16mm film 1936-1940

Film Shelf

Duplicate II/ 1-6 Reel 1, 16mm film, 300 feet

Film Shelf

Duplicate II/ 1-6 Reel 2, 16mm film, 875 feet

Film Shelf

Duplicate II/ 1-6 Reel 3, 16mm film, 1150 feet

Film Shelf

1936 Olympics Rolls 1-7, 16mm film, 1015 feet

Film Shelf

Deutsche Reichswehr Manoverbilder, 16mm film, 50 feet

Film Shelf

Cross Section of Olympics 1937 (Note from 1996: Film of Aerial Shot of Battle Ship), 16mm film, 50 feet

Film Shelf

Pre WWII Mil. planes firing practice (German), 16mm film, 50 feet

Film Shelf

From Steelblocks to Fine Tin, 16mm film, 50 feet

Film Shelf

Schmalfilm-Monatsschau / Nr 11, 1935 / Nr 9, 1936 / Nr 11, 1936, Three 16mm film reels 1935-1936

Film Shelf

Nazi Campaign in Poland, helgoland, Finnlands Hauptstadt (fragment), Three 16mm film reels

Film Shelf

Papal Rome, The Bomb Plot Against Hitler, Air Force Exercise, Hitler’s Birthday, Rome of the Oscars, Paratroopers, Birthday of the King of England, 1936. Three 16mm film reels