George Yamaoka Collection
The George Yamaoka Collection includes Proceeding Transcripts, Defense documents, indexes, Proceedings in Chambers transcripts, correspondence, exhibits and rejected exhibits from the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal produced and handled by the Defense Team. The collection also includes bound Congressional Hearings on the attack on Pearl Harbor. A few of George Yamaoka’s personal correspondence files are included. Some of the Defense and other materials are in Japanese.
- 1945 - 1948
Only documents in English are searchable. Japanese documents have not gone through the optical character recognition process and will need to be searched manually.
There are no restrictions on access to the papers directly related to the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. However, the two boxes containing George Yamaoka's personal correspondence are not available in digital format and are restricted. Please contact Hannah Miller-Kim, Special Collections Librarian, at email@example.com or (202) 661-6602 regarding access options.
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George Yamaoka (L’1928), was one of a select group of American Attorneys appointed by General MacArthur in 1945 to help in the defense of those Japanese accused of war crimes. Mr. Yamaoka was the first Japanese-American to be admitted to the New York State Bar, and was a prominent New York attorney. He was president of the Japanese American Association of New York and donated his papers to the Law Library in 1981, the same year he died.
The George Yamaoka Collection contains valuable material related to the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. As an appointed legal representative for the Japanese defendants after World War II, Mr. Yamaoka was part of one of the first instances of legal ramifications for human rights violations. The tribunal set a precedent for international law. The events documented in this collection have direct influence over how major world human rights atrocities are handled today.
47.4 linear feet (52 archival document boxes)
This collection is arranged into seven series as listed below. Series I – Proceeding Transcripts (Boxes 1-21) Series II – Defense Documents (Boxes 22-35) Series III- Indexes (Box 36) Series III A – Proceedings in Chambers (Boxes 37-38) Series IV- Exhibits (Boxes 39-47) Series V- Congressional Hearings (Boxes 48-49) Series VI- Japanese Documents (Box 50) Series VII- George Yamaoka’s Personal Files (closed Boxes 51-52)
The collection is arranged into seven series as listed below
- Series I - Proceeding Transcripts (Boexes 1-21)
- Series II - Defense Documents (Boxes 22-35)
- Series III - Indexes (Box 36)
- Series III A - Proceedings in Chambers (Boxes 37-38)
- Series IV - Exhibits (Boxes 39-47)
- Series V - Congressional Hearings (48-49)
- Series VI - Japanese Documents (Box 50)
- Series VII - George Yamaoka's Personal Files (closed Boxes 51-52)
Languages of the Collection
- Finding Aid to the George Yamaoka Collection (Coll. 12)
- Hannah T. Miller and DJ, initial processing 1988 by Laura A. Bedard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Manuscripts Repository
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