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Alston Deas collection

Identifier: Mss 0013

Collection Overview

Collection of printed materials about Japan and the United States activities in the Pacific during and after World War II. Includes information about Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. war effort, U.S. policies and agreements, propaganda, war strategies, the occupation of Japan, post-war politics and trade with Japan, Japanese culture and language, and related topics. Included are typescripts of American radio programs broadcast to Japan during the war. The majority of the books, booklets, reports, memoranda, and related items were published by or for the U.S. Army, Department of State, Department of Commerce, military intelligence, and other government agencies. The collection also contains a large number of magazines and clippings on related topics.


  • Creation: 1861-1976
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1945-1950


Language of Material

Materials primarily in English. Some materials in Japanese.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Alston Deas was born in San Francisco, California, on November 5, 1893. A graduate of West Point (1918), Deas served in the U.S. Army for nearly 60 years, obtained the rank of colonel, and taught at West Point and the Citadel. Deas was president of the Society for the Preservation of Old Dwellings and the author of several books and articles on Charleston history.


2.70 linear feet (6 document boxes, 3 oversize folders)


Pamphlets, clippings, memoranda and related items collected by General Alston Deas relating to the American occupation of Japan (1945-1952) and World War II, specifically in Japan and the Pacific. Also includes United States government publications regarding the occupation, materials relating to former General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, and Japanese language materials.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Pre-occupation, 1861, 1923, 1927, 1943
  2. American occupation of Japan, 1945-1952
  3. Post-occupation, 1953-1977
  4. Japanese maps, travel, and language materials, 1930, 1945-1952, undated

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Colonel Alston Deas, 1980.

Separated Material

Published books originally with the collection have been removed and catalogued separately.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown. Reprocessed by Cara McHugh, April 2013.

Inventory of the Alston Deas Collection, 1861-1976
Processed by: Cara McHugh; machine-readable finding aid created by: Cara McHugh
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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