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John R. Harold papers

 Collection 0008-GWP

John R. Harold was a Labor Officer and later the Acting Chief of the Labor Relations Branch of the Labor Division of the Supreme Command Allied Powers (SCAP) during the Occupation of Japan. He was actively involved in the enactment and implementation of the Labor Relations Adjustment Law and in labor education in Japan during the Occupation. The John R. Harold Papers provide an overview of Occupation labor policy as documented in memoranda, correspondence, reports, news dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets and journals. Harold used these papers to write his autobiography, Living a Life of Social Significance, which is included in the collection.


  • 1944-1951

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and 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.


2.75 Linear Feet (5 letter-size boxes and 1 half letter-size box)

7 Items (7 loose items )


The John R. Harold papers are arranged in 9 series

Series 1
Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP)
Series 2
Education Conferences
Series 3
Japanese Labor Legislation
Series 4
Labor Publications
Series 5
Series 6
Series 7
Series 8
Press and Publications
Series 9

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The John R. Harold Papers were donated to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries by John R. Harold on December 31, 1986.

Guide to the John R. Harold papers
Processed by Amy Wasserstrom, June 2011.
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Revision Statements

  • 2017-02-20: Revised by Rebecca Thayer, February 2017.
  • 2017-03-07: Series descriptions created by Rebecca Thayer, March 2017.
  • 2018-01-09: Arrangement and physical characteristics/technical requirements note added by Joanne Archer
  • 2021-09-15: Dates and extents added to series

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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