Register of the Ivan D. Yeaton papers, 1908-1979

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Title: Ivan D. Yeaton papers
Date (inclusive): 1908-1979
Collection Number: 76013
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 7 envelopes (4.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Memoirs, reports, memoranda, correspondence, orders and citations, charts, and photographs relating to Ivan D. Yeaton's military career; Soviet military strength in 1941; Soviet-American relations, 1941-1949; organization of American military intelligence during World War II; lend-lease operations; American relations with the Chinese communists, 1944-1946; and the inspection of United States Army procurement contracts, 1952-1953.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Yeaton, Ivan D.

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

Memoirs may not be quoted without the written permission of Ivan D. Yeaton.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ivan D. Yeaton papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1976, with an increment received in 1980.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

1919-1920 Lieutenant, American Expeditionary Force Siberia
1939-1941 Military attaché, Moscow
1942 Promoted to Colonel, U.S. Army
1942-1945 Specialist, Military Intelligence Division, War Department General Staff
1945 Chief of Intelligence, Headquarters, China Theater
1945-1946 Commanding officer, Yenan Observer Group, Shensi Province
1946 Assistant military attaché, Shanghai
1947 Assistant Director of Counter Intelligence, General Headquarters, Far East Command, Tokyo
1948-1949 Chief, Psychological Warfare Section, Plans and Operations Division, General Staff
1949-1950 Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Intelligence, Sixth Army, Headquarters, Presidio of San Francisco
1952-1953 Chief, Detroit Field Office, Army Inspector General

Scope and Content of Collection

Memoirs, reports, memoranda, correspondence, orders and citations, charts, and photographs relating to Ivan D. Yeaton's military career; Soviet military strength in 1941; Soviet-American relations, 1941-1949; organization of American military intelligence during World War II; lend-lease operations; American relations with the Chinese communists, 1944-1946; and the inspection of United States Army procurement contracts, 1952-1953.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army--Officers.
United States. Army--Procurement.
United States. Observer Mission to Yenan, 1944-1945.
China--Foreign relations--United States.
China--History--Civil War, 1945-1949.
China.
Communism--China.
Communism.
Lend-lease operations (1941-1945)
Military attachés.
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union--Armed Forces.
Soviet Union--Foreign relations--United States.
Soviet Union.
United States--Armed Forces.
United States--Foreign relations.
World War, 1939-1945--China.
World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union.
World War, 1939-1945.

Box 1

MEMOIRS OF COLONEL IVAN D. YEATON (1919-1953), 1977

Scope and Contents note

Written by Col. Ivan D. Yeaton, USA (Ret.), with editorial assistance from General A. C. Wedemeyer, USA (Ret.), Colonel Frank E. Mason, USA (Ret.), Major General Ralph C. Smith, USA (Ret.), and Charles G. Palm, deputy archivist at the Hoover Institution.

Publication Rights

Memoirs may not be quoted without the written permission of Ivan D. Yeaton.
 

Final bound, typewritten photocopy (with appendices), 1977 August

Box 1

SUBJECT FILE, 1939-1961

Scope and Contents note

Reports, memoranda, correspondence, orders, citations, charts, and other matter, arranged alphabetically by subject.
 

Biographical file of Ivan D. Yeaton

 

General

 

Kuomintang passport to enter Chinese Communist Party area (Yenan)

 

Personnel file, Office of the Assistant Military Attaché, Shanghai, China, 1946-1947

 

McFarland, Kermit

 

Richard Sorge spy case

 

Russia

 

Correspondence file of Ivan D. Yeaton as military attaché, Moscow, 1939-1941

 

Memorandum on the Soviet labor unions prepared for Ivan D. Yeaton, typewritten draft, undated

 

Report by Ivan D. Yeaton

 

"Russia Combat Estimate," typewritten, mimeographed copy, 1942 April 1

 

[Soviet petroleum production], typewritten draft, 1947 November 19

 

"Fourth International," typewritten carbon copy, 1947 November 26

 

"Northeast Asia," typewritten copy, undated

 

U.S. Department of Defense, Directive: Standards of Conduct, printed copy, 1961 December 12

 

Wedemeyer, A. C., General, "The Truth About Korea," national radio and television talk delivered in Los Angeles, California, typewritten, mimeographed copy, 1952 November 2

Boxes 2-4

MEMOIRS (1919-1953), 1974-1976

Scope and Contents note

Additional material.
Box 2

First typewritten draft, 1974 June

 

First typewritten draft with corrections by Ivan D. Yeaton, 1974 August

 

First typewritten draft with corrections by Ivan D. Yeaton, A. C. Wedemeyer, Frank E. Mason, Ralph C. Smith, and Charles G. Palm, 1974 September

 

Second typewritten draft (with appendices), 1976 January

Box 3

Faymonville file

 

Ribbon copy of "Memoirs"

Box 4

Bound typewritten photocopies of "Memoirs," 2 copies

 

Suggested changes for copies to be produced after 1977 August 8

Boxes 5-8

1980 INCREMENT, 1908-1979

Scope and Contents note

Writings, correspondence, orders, memoranda, notes, photographs, certificates, and memorabilia relating to U.S. military intelligence activities, the Soviet Union on the eve of World War II, the Chinese communists during the war, and post-war world politics.
Box 7

DECLASSIFIED U.S. GOVERNMENT RECORDS, 1947, 1953

Scope and Contents note

Formerly security-classified records of the U.S. government, released in full or in part. Arranged chronologically by date of release by Hoover, thereunder chronologically by date of creation.
 

2016 February release of records, 1947, 1953

Scope and Contents note

Consists of materials used as appendices for "Memoirs": Memorandum, "The Control of Russia in the Event of an Unconditional Surrender," December 1947; typescript re "system of control to be established over the Soviet Union," 4 December 1947; and memorandum (photocopy), "General Motors Corporation: Acquisition of Industrial Facilities at Government Expense," 23 November 1953.