Collection SCA251-GA261 - Paul S. Burtness and Warren U. Ober Pearl Harbor research collection.

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Paul S. Burtness and Warren U. Ober Pearl Harbor research collection.

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13 cm of textual records and other materials. - 1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm

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Paul S. Burtness was a professor at Northern Illinois University when, along with Warren U. Ober, he began researching the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific. Both men are U.S. Navy Veterans of World War II. Letters were written to a number of prominent military figures who were in power either at the time of the attack or shortly after America entered into the conflict. The letters, and subsequent research, have lead to a variety of publications over a fifty year period. (From GA 261 and

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Dr. Warren Ober (b. 1925) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Ober came to Waterloo in 1965 from Northern Illinois University when he accepted the position of Chair of English, and retired in 1994. He has written, or collaborated on, works about Keats, Wordsworth, Alice Munro, Thomas Crofton Croker, William Blake, and Pearl Harbor.

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Collection consists of materials created and accumulated by Paul S. Burtness and Warren U. Ober relating to their research on the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Includes correspondence with prominent members of the U.S. Forces during World War II, as well as published articles that came out of the research.

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Donated in 2014 by Paul S. Burtness and Warren U. Ober.


Arranged in two series as follows:

1. Correspondence;
2. Publications.

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Described by Jessica Blackwell, fall 2014.

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