Diaries of General Joseph W. Stilwell, 1900–46

“Part of the Stilwell Papers, the war and other diaries of Joseph W. Stilwell . . .  deepen our understanding of his life and times. The blunt, forceful, and irreverent ‘Vinegar Joe’ comes through on virtually every page. Illuminating Stilwell's personality, achievements, and foibles, his cryptic daily notes also increase our appreciation of this complex general's place in history. Their faithful transcription and publication on the Internet open up for a new generation of researchers one of the major sources for The Stilwell Papers (1948) and Barbara Tuchman's Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 (1970).”

-John W. Lewis
Haas Professor of Chinese Politics, Emeritus, Stanford University
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for International Studies

Joseph Stilwell Papers, Envelope O1, Hoover Institution Archives

"FRI. JAN. 1, 1943. Got up to-day, to start the New Year right. Calls -- (RC Ch'en & Shen.)...."


Joseph W. Stilwell, circa 1917. Photo courtesy of John Easterbrook.

Joseph Stilwell’s Diaries, 1900–1939 and 1945–46, Available Online

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Joseph Stilwell began his diary in the early 1900s and kept it up, to a greater or lesser extent, until his death in 1946. Now those decades of diaries, including observations on his travels through China, Japan, and the Philippines before World War II, are available on the Hoover Archives website. They supplement Stilwell’s World War II diaries, transcriptions of which Hoover has offered online since 2005. All are part of the Joseph W. Stilwell papers at Hoover.

General Joseph W. Stilwell

Sound Recordings in Joseph Warren Stilwell Papers Digitized

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Several messages to the American people from General Joseph W. Stilwell, recorded in Burma during World War II, are among the sound recordings in the Stilwell papers that have been digitized by the Hoover Archives.

General Joseph W. Stilwell's diary

Stilwell Diaries at Hoover Featured in Phoenix TV Documentary

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another segment in the Chinese-language television documentary series about Joseph Stilwell, including footage shot at the Hoover Institution, can be viewed in its entirety on You Tube. To view the segment taped at Hoover, forward to 1:14.



Thursday, September 24, 1998

The exhibit will showcase information regarding General Stilwell's infantry fighting in Burma, in 1944

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Ernest Easterbrook World War II Diaries

Major General Ernest F. Easterbrook. Ernest Fred Easterbrook papers, Box 4, Fold

Easterbrook's diaries cover a significant period of his service during World War II. In 1942 he was assigned to the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, then commanded by Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell.