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Walter Johnson Robb papers

Call Number: MS 740

Scope and Contents

This unprocessed collection of Walter Johnson Robb Papers pertains primarily to the Philippine Islands. It includes personal correspondence with Henry Andreas, Raymond L. Buell, Percy Hill, Sergio Osmeña, Chick Parsons, and Will Rogers, Jr., as well as other residents of the Philippines and family members, and business correspondence with publishers, editors of newspapers and journals, government offices, and other organizations. Mixed in with the correspondence are financial papers such as bank statements, cancelled checks, receipts, brokers' reports, deeds of sale, and promissory notes.

Also in the collection are newspaper clippings by Robb and others about the Philippines, Viet Nam and Asia; typescripts and manuscripts of articles by Robb about the Philippines, as well as some printed matter by others; poetry by Robb; and the texts of Robb's radio broadcasts to the Philippines during 1945-1946. There are, in addition, miscellaneous business papers, notes and printed matter concerning A.T. & T. and other topics, items such as calling cards, invitations and so forth, and a selection of photographs, mostly of people and places in the Philippines.

These papers were the gift of Walter Johnson Robb to Yale University in 1969.


  • 1919-1969
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1946


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Walter Robb, 1969.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, financial papers and memorabilia documenting Robb's career in the Philippines as a correspondent and, during World War II, as a lecturer for the Office of War Information (O.W.I.). The writings include manuscripts of articles by Robb on the Philippines, texts of his broadcasts for the O.W.I., and poetry. Among his correspondents are Henry Andreas, Raymond L. Buell, Percy Hill, Sergio Osmeña, Chick Parsons, and Will Rogers, Jr.

Biographical / Historical

Walter J. Robb: author; educated in schools in Kansas and Oklahoma; teacher, country schools in Oklahoma, 1896-1907; teacher, Philippine civil service, 1907-1918; newspaper work and foreign news correspondent, Manila, 1918-1941; public lecturer on war in Pacific, 1942-1943; assistant field correspondent, Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service, San Francisco, 1943-1944; writer, O.W.I., overseas branch, San Francisco, Philippine Division, 1945-1946.

Preliminary Guide to the Walter Johnson Robb Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
December 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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