Correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial and personnel records, handbooks, syllabi,
and instructional materials, relating to the politics, governments, economies and
cultures of Japan, other areas in the Pacific, and various countries in Europe; and
intelligence assessments of the war in the Pacific.
As United States involvement in the Second World War deepened, the American military
began to make contingency plans based on the likelihood of an eventual Allied victory and
the need for qualified personnel to administer the occupation of liberated countries in
Europe and Asia. In 1943, a training program for such personnel was established at
Stanford and other universities (including Harvard and the Universities of Chicago and
Michigan) under the authority of the Office of the Provost Marshal General of the United
States Army. This program, known as the United States Civil Affairs Training School (or
CATS) program, drew upon military personnel with experience in civil affairs or with
special language abilities. The schools' curricula involved intensive courses in the
languages, history, sociology, and culture of the various countries which were considered
likely to be occupied by Allied forces. Particular emphasis was placed on the study of
the economies of these countries, and exercises were conducted which simulated the kinds
of problems likely to be encountered by occupation authorities.
59 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 3 phonorecords
(25 linear feet)
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