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Owen Cunningham papers

 Collection 0007-GWP

Owen Cunningham was one of several Americans who served as defense attorneys for Class A Japanese war criminals tried in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. The defendants were also represented by Japanese attorneys. The collection is comprised of legal documents related to the trial of General Hiroshi Oshima (Japanese Ambassador to Germany, 1938-1939 and 1941-1945) and also includes notes, articles, correspondence, and portions of a manuscript that appears to have been written by Cunningham.


  • 1942-1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Maryland Room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder. Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a research find sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


2.00 Linear Feet (4 Boxes)

Custodial History

It is unclear when the Owen Cunningham papers were deposited at the University of Maryland or who was the donor. The only certainty is that they have been in the Gordon W. Prange collection since at least 2009.

Related Materials

Other papers from Owen Cunningham are located at the State Historical Society of Iowa at the Des Moines Research Center. This collection is two linear feet and contains approximately 250 photographs. The bulk of the papers dates from 1946-1958 and focuses on Cunningham's service as a defense counsel in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.

Guide to the Owen Cunningham papers
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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