Guide to the Papers of John E. Masten, 1941 - 1948Manuscript MS-1137

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of John E. Masten, 1941 - 1948

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1137

Collection Dates:

1941 - 1948

Size of Collection:

5 boxes (8 linear ft.)

Abstract:

John E. Masten (1912-1999), lawyer. Dartmouth College Class of 1933. Consist of records of the Joint Congressional Committee investigating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including reports, photographs, books and maps.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of John E. Masten contain records of the Joint Congressional Committee investigating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They include bound copies of the report as well as supplemental reports and books on US foreign policy in Japan and the Far East, annotated photographs taken shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and military annotated maps

Biography

John E. Masten was born May 20, 1912, in Canandaigua, NY. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1933, and from Yale Law School in 1936. Upon graduation he joined the firm of Davis Polk Wardwell Gardiner & Reed in New York City. In 1940, he was appointed lecturer at Yale Law School. In June 1942, he left Davis Polk to serve as counsel to the Metals Reserve Company in Washington, D.C, which was engaged in the production and purchase of strategic and critical metals and minerals for the US effort in World War II. In 1945, he joined the legal staff of the Congressional Committee investigating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and served as assistant council until July 1946. In 1951, he joined Phelps Dodge Corporation, and in 1962, became vice president, a position he held until his retirement in 1977. John Masten was a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 1957-1960, and also served on various committees appointed by the Dartmouth Board of Trustees. Masten died on November 12, 1999 in Rye, NY at the age of 87.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Official Records, 1941-1948

Reports, military maps, books, photographs and records relating to the Joint Congressional Committee investigating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and American foreign policy.

Box: 1, Dates: 1941-1946

Contains "Pearl Harbor Attack- Hearings Before the Joint Commission on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack" Part 1 to 16 (1945-1946) as well as "Pearl Harbor-Intercepted Diplomatic Messages Sent By The Japanese Government between July 1 and December 8, 1941" (1945).

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1948

Contains "International Military Tribunal for the Far East- The United States of America and others versus Araki Sadao and Others" typescript (1000+ pages)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1946

Contains "Pearl Harbor Attack- Hearings Before the Joint Commission on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack" Part 22 to 31 and Part 35 to 39 as well as "Confidential Memorandum Prepares by Samuel H. Kaufman, Associate General Council, for the Assistance and Sole Personal Use of the Members of the Pearl Harbor Committee Only" (1946), "Revised Order of Proof and List of Witnesses, and Explanatory Memoranda" (1946).

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: 1941-1946

Contains "Pearl Harbor Attack- Hearings Before the Joint Commission on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack" Part 17 to 21 and Part 32 to 33 as well as "Foreign Relations of the United States-Japan 1931-1941" Vol. 1 and 2 (1943), "Foreign Relations of the United States-The Far East 1941" Vol. 4 (1956), "Peace and War-United States Foreign Policy 1931-1941" (1943), "Investigation of the Pear Harbor Attack-Report of the Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack" (1946)and "Biennial Report of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army July 1, 1941, to June 30, 1943" (1943).

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1940's

Contains military maps of Hawaii and black and white annotated photographs of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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