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Japan Collection

 Collection — Box: MISC-06, Folder: MSS-0101
Identifier: MSS-0101

Content Description

The photo album and loose photographs document the post-World War II occupation of Japan through over 150 personal and purchased photographs. The creator of the albums was a white man in the U.S. Army and while most of the photographs appear to be from occupied Japan, the Philippines and California are also seen. In addition to the photographs still attached in the photo album with some description and identification there are also many loose photographs, including some photos removed from another photo album before arriving at the archival repository.

Identified locations in the photographs are: Camp Stoneman in California, Manila in the Philippines, Yokohama Bay, Mt. Fuji, and purchased photographs of the devastation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombings. Many of the photographs show military scenes including ships in harbor, soldiers including military police, female nurses, checkpoints, a dice game on board a ship, railroads, a pistol range, assembled soldiers waiting to return to the U.S., and other scenes. A notable photograph shows the exterior sign with U.S. soldiers and Japanese men outside the Oasis of Ginza, a cabaret and comfort station where women and girls were forced into sexual slavery and known as comfort women. There are also scenes in the cities and countryside including a market, farmers, Japanese women carrying children, temples, an exterior of the Octagon Theatre, and rice paddies. An example of a description of a photograph: "Back row, Sharp, Money, Roberson, Your old man, Epperson. Front, Knipp, Miller, Burda, Long, Furman, Braden. Snapped in the motor pool. Sat. A.M. April 27th, 1946. Just after inspection." Some military units referenced in captions or signs in the photographs include: headquarters for the 4th Rebbie Debbie, 3rd MRS, and 4th Replacement Depot.


  • 1946

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The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

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0.05 Cubic Feet (2 folders) : Photo Albums, Photographs

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Custodial History

Purchased from ebay seller diaries on 2/14/17.

Japan Collection, 1946
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States