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Charles L. Kades papers

 Collection 0010-GWP

Charles L. Kades, Deputy Director of the Government Section of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces (SCAP) during the Occupation of Japan, played a leading role in drafting a model constitution for the Japanese. His papers document the revisions to the Japanese constitution between 1946 and 1948 and include drafts of the consitution as well as memoranda, committee minutes, letters, check sheets, and an imperial message regarding the revision of the Japanese constitution.


  • 1946-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1946-1947

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.

Due to the condition of the collection, users will access the digital or microfilm surrogate. Permission to view the original papers must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit.

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 research find sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


1.25 Linear Feet


Materials are loosely arranged by they type and format of material.

Custodial History

Materials were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Justin Williams, Sr. in April 1998.

Related Materials

Charles L. Kades was interviewed by Marlene Mayo, professor emerita of the University of Maryland, for her oral history with Americans who served in Allied occupied Japan. Audio and transcript are available onsite at the Gordon W. Prange Collection through the Maryland Room.

Additional correspondence from Charles L. Kades is contained in the John R. Harold papers, which are also held by the Gordon W. Prange Collection. This includes Kades' personal correspondence with the Prime Minister and with Courtney Whitney. Kades also corresponded with Justin Williams, and their correspondence is located in the Justin Williams papers. Both the John R. Harold Papers and the Justin Williams Papers are available on microfilm in McKeldin Library. Researchers can request permission to view originals by contacting

Guide to the Charles L. Kades papers
Processed by Michiko Izawa.
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The finding aid is written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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