Alston Deas collection
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.
- Majority of material found within 1945-1950
- Deas, Alston, 1893-1985 (Person)
Language of Material
Materials primarily in English. Some materials in Japanese.
This collection is open for research.
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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.
- Pre-occupation, 1861, 1923, 1927, 1943
- American occupation of Japan, 1945-1952
- Post-occupation, 1953-1977
- Japanese maps, travel, and language materials, 1930, 1945-1952, undated
Donated by Colonel Alston Deas, 1980.
Published books originally with the collection have been removed and catalogued separately.
Originally processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown. Reprocessed by Cara McHugh, April 2013.
- Japan -- History -- 20th century
- Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952
- Japanese language
- MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964
- United States -- History -- 20th century
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda
- clippings (information artifacts)
- Inventory of the Alston Deas Collection, 1861-1976
- Processed by: Cara McHugh; machine-readable finding aid created by: Cara McHugh
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