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Julius Bassin papers

 Collection 0562-GWP

The Julius Bassin papers contains two DVDs that feature Bassin family movies detailing leisure time in Washington Heights and Tokyo, Japan, as well as a portion of a documentary that features an interview with Julius Bassin. The latter DVD is accompanied by a letter from Robert Ricketts to Nelson J. Bassin dated August 8, 2010 which includes a written English translation of Bassin's documentary interview. Five photo albums were lent to the University of Maryland Libraries with the understanding that they would be digitized, a digital copy would be retained by the libraries, and the originals returned to Nelson Jay Bassin.


  • 1915-1994

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and physical items must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the special collections reading room staff.


2 Videodiscs : two DVDs

Biographical / Historical

Julius (Jules) Bassin (1914 – 2009) was an American lawyer, a member of the Foreign Service, and a U.S. State Department representative. In 1945, he joined General Douglas MacArthur’s legal staff in Tokyo, negotiating the Treaty of Peace with Japan. He left the Army in 1946 to serve as Chief of the Law Division of GHQ/SCAP and remained in that position until the end of the Occupation. In 1952, he joined the State Department as Legal Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 2015, Nelson Jay Bassin, son of Julius Bassin, donated materials related to his father’s life before, during, and immediately after his stay in Japan during the Occupation. Included in this acquisition are photograph albums and invitation cards and home movies.

Existence and Location of Copies

The five photo albums have been digitized and are available in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections:

Processing Information

The five photo albums were digitized by the UMD libraries and the orignals returned to N. Bassin.

Guide to the Julius Bassin papers
Processed by Marcella Stranieri
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742