UW archives hold papers connected to attack on Pearl Harbor

Laramie, Wyo. - As we honor those who fought and died, as well as those who survived the Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941, there’s an interesting Wyoming connection to Pearl Harbor.

Admiral Husband Kimmel

Admiral Husband Kimmel, the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, left many of his papers to the University of Wyoming.

The collection contains documents Kimmel used in the preparation of his memoirs, as well as his defense following accusations that he was responsible for the lack of preparedness of the Navy when the Japanese attacked. Admiral Kimmel was removed from command after the attack and demoted to the two-star rank of rear admiral.

Documentation includes correspondence, official dispatches, testimonies, exhibits and statements used in investigations, related “Congressional Record" citations, memoranda, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and other printed material, both official and published. Biographical material on Kimmel and other officers involved in Kimmel's defense is also included. A card file of proper names and dates of individual letters and some documents is included along with other indices. A large portion of the collection is available on microfilm.

You can see all these papers online at: