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William J. Hudson 2nd Accession collection

Identifier: COU:5035

Scope and Contents

William Hudson assisted Roger Pineau’s effort to research the US Navy’s Japanese Language School (JLS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The second accession of Hudson papers covers the years of 1941 to 2008, with a greater focus on the latter part of his life. The second accession of the Hudson Collection focuses more thoroughly on the post-war careers and lives of the JLS graduates than the first accession did. I. CORRESPONDENCE – Box 1-3 contain individual files of correspondence between Hudson and various JLS graduates from the more recent years of Hudson’s life. Often included in these files are newspaper clippings, biographies, obituaries, and articles written by individual graduates. II. PUBLICATIONS – Boxes 3-13 contain publications regarding learning the Japanese language, as well as short articles on culture or usage of the language. These are arranged in alphabetical order by subject title. The majority of the publications are books; all other publications are grouped under the other publications or various categories. III. RECORDS – Boxes 13-16 consist of records collected by Hudson. These files document the last known addresses of many of the JLS graduates, as well as causes of death and an overall history of the school. Also included are files relating to the Reunion for the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Language School (August 7 to 9, 1992) and the WAVE Reunion (July 16 to 18, 1993). Many files in this section are still in the original order since there did not seem to be an apparent way to reorganize them. IV. MEMORABILIA – Box 16 contains memorabilia, including videotapes of the 1992 and 1993 reunions.


  • 1942 - 2000

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Biographical / Historical

William J. Hudson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1922. After graduating from high school, Hudson studied languages at Princeton University. In 1942, before completing his degree program, he was selected to enter the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School (JLS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduating from the fourteen-month language program in March of 1944, he was sent to the Henry Hudson Hotel in New York City for a course in Naval Intelligence. Afterwards, he was assigned to the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Ocean Area (JICPOA) at CINCPAC in Pearl Harbor and traveled to Hawaii via the carrier, USS Franklin. There, he was one of eight editors creating two Japanese military and technical dictionaries. He also interrogated Japanese prisoners of war on Peliliu Island, where he received a battle star. During the occupation of Japan, Hudson was assigned as an interpreter for three months. In June of 1946 he was discharged, having reached the rank of Lieutenant. He returned to Princeton and graduated in 1947 with a BA degree in Linguistics. Subsequently, he served as an officer in the Naval Reserve until 1958.

After finishing his degree, Hudson entered in to the securities business with his father as a salesman, later switching to financial analysis, a field in which he remained for most of his life. In 1952 he began working for Robert Young, chairman of the Board of the NY Central Railroad. Hudson later became a private investor, specializing in water utilities. In 1970, he married Florence L. MacFarland and moved to Palm Beach, Florida. Florence died in 1995 after 24 years of marriage. He subsequently remarried to Claudia Wampole. In his free time, he continued studying rare languages, such as Basque and Sanskrit, and remained fluent in spoken Japanese.

Following WWII, Hudson stayed in contact with his JLS classmates and fellow Navy and Marine Japanese Language Officers. In 1976, Hudson helped Captain Roger Pineau USNR, a fellow graduate of Boulder’s JLS, to organize a reunion of the school in Washington DC. He then became a partner in Pineau’s efforts to research and write a history of the school and its graduates, maintaining copies of Pineau’s records, corresponding with graduates, and searching for “missing” alumni. Pineau and Hudson assisted the Alumni Association with the 1992 JLS reunion at the University of Colorado. Following Pineau’s death in 1993, Hudson became the unofficial “secretary” for the “Boulder boys”, or those who graduated from the JLS during its stay at the University of Colorado. He donated his JLS/OLS papers to the USN JLS/OLS Archival Project at the Archives, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. In 2000, the archival project took over where Pineau and Hudson had left off. Hudson died on August 27, 2008 at his home in West Palm Beach at the age of 85. After his death, the lawyer in charge of his estate, Thomas H. Courtney, sent the remainder of his papers to the USN JLS/OLS Archival Project at the Archives, University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.


8 linear feet (16 Boxes)

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The William J. Hudson Papers consist of files assembled by William J. Hudson (1922-2008) regarding the US Navy Japanese Language School and its WWII graduates. Hudson was a graduate of the school, located at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1942-1946. Hudson worked with Captain Roger Pineau USNR to organize reunions and to gather research material for Pineau’s book on the JLS and its graduates. The collection includes information about the 1976, 1992, and 1993 reunions, lists of the graduates organized according to various criteria, correspondence between Hudson and various fellow alumni, and publications relating to learning the Japanese language. This second accession was necessary since the guide for the collection was already posted on RMOA when this accession arrived after Hudson’s death.


This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Correspondence, n.d. Series 2: Publications, n.d. Subseries a: Books, n.d. Subseries b: Other Publications, 2003-2011 Subgroup 1: Articles on Japan, n.d. Subgroup 2: Articles on Language, n.d. Subgroup 3: Various, 2003-2011 Series 3: Records, 1992-2000 Subseries a: Addresses JLS/JLO Boulderites, 1992-2000 Subgroup 1: General, 1992-2000 Subgroup 2: Individuals, n.d. Subgroup 3: by Geographic Location, n.d. Subseries b: Boulder Roseters, 1942-1946 Subseries c: Historical, 1942-1992 Subgroup 1: Hindmarsh's History of the Language School, 1943 Subgroup 2: NayTechJap, 1945 Subseries d: Necrology, n.d. Subgroup 1: By Cause of Death, n.d. Subgroup 2: By Last Name, n.d. Subseries e: Notes and letters in Japan, n.d. Subseries f: Reunion for the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Language School, August 7 to 9, 1992, Volume 1 Subgroup 1: General, n.d. Subgroup 2: Biographies, n.d. Subgroup 3: Correspondence, n.d. Subseries g: Reunion for the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Language School, August 7 to 9, 1992, Volume 2 Subgroup 1: Photos, n.d. Subseries h: WAVE Reunion, July 16 to 18, 1993 Series 4: Memorabilia, 1992-1993

Leanne Glenn
February 2012
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