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Gift Collections in the Gordon W. Prange Collection

Donations to the Gordon W. Prange Collection of materials related to the Occupation of Japan


Between 1978 and 1992, Marlene Mayo, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and one assistant conducted 100 interviews with Americans who planned or served in the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952.  The interviewees worked in a variety of political, legal, economic and cultural activities at all levels and form a cross-section of Americans involved in the Occupation.  The first year of the project was funded by the Japan Foundation.

The interviews were recorded on cassette tapes, and the transcripts were typewritten.  The interviews and transcripts have been digitized. 

Photo at left: Professor Marlene Mayo, honored for her donation of the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories to the University of Maryland Libraries, November 3, 2011.  

Access:  The oral history transcripts for which the University of Maryland Libraries have permissions are linked from the interviewees names below. The audio of those interviews, as well as all other interviews and transcripts, are currently only available onsite in the Maryland Room on the 1st floor of Hornbake Library North.  An overview of the collection and a finding aid can be found hereFor more information, please contact us.

Preferred citation: Name of interviewee Oral History, Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories, Gordon W. Prange Collection, University of Maryland Libraries.

Interviews were conducted with the following individuals (A "T" indicates that a transcript of the interview is also available. In some cases, more    than one interview was conducted with an individual.):

Aiso, John Fujio (T) Clarke, Martha (T) Furness, George (T) Kobayashi, Key (T1) Rizzo, Frank (T)
Anderson, Ronald (T) Coleman, Beverly (T) Gillies, Roderick (T) Kobayashi, Key (T2) Seidensticker, Edwin (T)
Appel, Leonard (T) Colton, Kenneth (T1) Goodman, Grant Langdon, Frank (T) Sills, David (T)
Bailey, Jackson (T) Colton, Kenneth (T2) Gordon, Beate (T) Langston, Eugene (T) Sills, Yole Granata (T)
Bassin, Jules (T1) Conroy, F. Hilary (T1) Gordon, Joe (T) Lawrence, Neil Henry (T) Smith, Leora (T)
Bassin, Jules (T2) Conroy, F. Hilary (T2) Green, Marshall (T) Levy, Marion (T) Spaulding, Robert M.
Beauchamp, Virginia (T1) Cooke, Yayoi (T1) Greer, Herbert (T) Maki, John M. (T) Spencer, Elizabeth (T)
Beauchamp, Virginia (T2) Cooke, Yayoi (T2) Griffin, Edward (T) Mark, Albert (T) Steiner, Kurt
Beplat, Tristan (T) Cooke, Yayoi (T3) Grilli, Marcel (T) Mark, Elizabeth Chatwick (T) Sullivan, Eleanor
Berkeley, J.P. (T) Costello, John Hadley, Eleanor M. (T) Martin, Edwin (T) Textor, Robert B.
Borton, Hugh Cumberland, John (T) Hollerman, Leon (T) McDiarmid, Orville John (T) Totten, George Oakley III
Bowers, Faubion (T) Danegger, Al (T1) Howes, John (T) Mears, Helen Vernon, Raymond (T)
Bowles, Gordon (T) Danegger, Al (T2) Jansen, Marius B. (T) Miner, Earl Roy (T) Van Staaveren, Jacob (T)
Bronfenbrenner, Martin (T) Deale, Valentine (T) Johnson, Bert (T) Moffatt, Luella (T) Walker, Robert H. (T)
Brown, Holloway (T) Decker, Charles (T) Johnson, Carmen (T) Montgomery, John D. (T) Webb, Herschel (T)
Brown, Sidney  (T) Dillon, Wilton (T) Johnson, U. Alexis (T1) Morden, Jean (T) Welsh, Edward (T)
Bunce, W. Kenneth (T) Donihi, Robert (T) Johnson, U. Alexis (T2) Morden, Roy (T) Wesson, Sheldon (T)
Burati, Valery Dornheim, Arthur (T) Jorden, Eleanor Harz (T) Multhauf, Robert (T) Whitney, Evelyn (T)
Carr, Denzel (T) Edwards, Corwin D. (T) Kades, Charles Park, Richard (T) Wilbur, C. Martin
Cary, Otis (T) Emmerson, John K.(T) Keene, Donald (T) Reischauer, Edwin O. (T) Williams, Carrington (T)
Cary, Alice Fahey, Jr., Daniel (T) Klauser, Arthur (T) Richie, Donald (T) Williams, Justin, Jr.
Chapin, Emerson (T) Falk, Stanley (T)     Zahn, Robert R.
  Fine, Sherwood (T)      
  Finn, Dallas (T)      
  Finn, Richard B. (T)