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The US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School Archival Project
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In April, 2000, the Archives launched a third attempt to gather the papers, correspondence, photographs, and records of
graduates of the US Navy Japanese /Oriental Language School, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1942-1946. We
assembled these papers in recognition of the contributions made by JLS/OLS graduates to the War effort in the Pacific, the
successful occupation of Japan, and postwar diplomacy, intelligence, reconciliation, and academia regarding Asia and the
Pacific. Of certain historical interest are the activities of graduates in World War II code breaking, translation, interpretation,
and intelligence. But the work of combat interpreters and interrogators has also attracted research attention. Those
graduates who served in various capacities during the Occupation of Japan and during the attempts to gain surrender of
the bypassed territories also had experiences fascinating to historians. Our new areas of interest are the post war roles
played by graduates: in the teaching of Japanese and Asian languages, civilization and culture in higher education, in the
US Foreign Service, in the intelligence community, and in grass roots efforts to establish sister cities, exchange programs,
and reconciliation projects with Japan. In many instances, the graduates' war-time experiences had only tangential effects
on their careers, but even those influences are interesting to scholars. These papers have been collected for use by
scholars in Japanese history, World War II history, diplomacy and foreign affairs, and East Asian language and culture.
Captain Roger Pineau, USNR, began collecting information, and consulting with the Archives in the late 1970s, regarding
the graduates of the school for the purpose of including their contribution to World War II naval history in the official record.
In 1992, the Archives began to collect materials relating to the Japanese Language School, acquiring the papers of the
Captain Roger Pineau and William Hudson. In addition, portions of the collections from Sidney DeVere Brown, Calvin
Dunbar, Howard Boorman, Ross Ingersoll, Warren Johnston, Paul Sherman, Dean Towner, and Glenn Nelson were also
acquired. The initial acquisitions were focused mainly on the Navy Japanese Language School and World War II.
In 2000, in response to research interest, we initiated a broad, intensive effort to document the US Navy Japanese
Language School, located at the University of Colorado (1942-1946), the Chinese, Russian and Malay language programs
that were added in 1944, and the careers and contributions of the sensei, instructors and the 1650 entrants to the language
University Libraries Libraries &Departments Archives
Collections: The US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language
School Archival Project (JSLP)
The Archives maintains The US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School Archival Project,
preserving the legacy of the US Navy Japanese/Oriental Language School, located at CU Boulder
from 1942-1946.
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