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Instrument of Surrender Document,

Identifier: Ms-2015-015

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.


  • September 2, 1945

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.

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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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.


The collection is arranged by material type.

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.

A Guide to Instrument of Surrender, September 2, 1945
A Collection in Special Collections.
Ryan Mair
© 2015 Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US