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Robert Trumbull Pearl Harbor Series

Identifier: MS-3247

  • Staff Only

These articles divided into six sections, or packets, entitled Repair I-VI. The header of each packet reads, To the New York Times, New York Via the New York Times Washington Bureau From Robert Trumbull, and Confidential and Not Released.

According to the text, this is the story of the miracle of reclamation and repair accomplished here to undo the incredibly complex destruction wrought by the Japanese bombers.


  • 1943 December

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This collection consists of photocopies of New York Times correspondent Robert Trumbull's series on Pearl Harbor. Covering a two-year period, the dispatch describes the post-attack effort to salvage Pearl Harbor. The series was completed in 1943, but was not published due to wartime censorship. In December of 2006, the New York Times finally released an edited version of the dispatches.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Trumbull was born in Chicago on May 26, 1912. He was a correspondent for the New York Times at Pearl Harbor during World War II. He wrote this series on the reconstruction of Pearl Harbor two years after the attack, but the story went unpublished due to wartime censorship. After the war, he continued as a Times correspondent in Southeast Asia and India. He retired in 1979 as the senior Times chief correspondent. Through the years, Trumbull also authored several books on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The Times finally published an edited version of this series in December of 2006.


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections on December 13, 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA