A Guide to the Instrument of Surrender, September 2, 1945 Instrument of Surrender Ms2015-015

A Guide to the Instrument of Surrender, September 2, 1945

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2015-015


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Processed by: Ryan Mair, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
"Instrument of Surrender " Document, September 2, 1945
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft.; 1 folder
This collection contains an order on behalf of the Emperor of Japan, given by the Japanese Government and Japanese Imperial General Headquarters proclaiming the surrender Japan to the Allied Powers. The document orders all Japanese Forces to surrender at once to Allied forces and is signed by signed on behalf of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, and representatives of the Allied Power nations.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from "Instrument of Surrender " Document must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Instrument of Surrender " Document, Ms2015-015, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

"Instrument of Surrender " Document was acquired by Special Collections, Virginia Tech in 1992.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the "Instrument of Surrender " Document was completed in June 2015.

Historal note

The Japanese unofficially surrendered on August 15, 1945. The surrender was not official until the original document was signed on September 2 in Tokyo Bay, Japan aboard the USS Missouri .

Scope and Content

"Instrument of Surrender " Document. Is a copy of the instrument signed on September 2, 1945 by representatives of Japan to the Supreme Allied Commander and representatives of the Allied Nations.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Index Terms

Contents List

Folder 1
Document, September 2, 1945