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Mary Koehler slides

 Collection 0012-GWP

Mary Koehler served in the Allied Occupation of Japan as secretary to the Chief of the Forestry Division, Natural Resources Section, General Headquarters, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, 1945 - 1949. Soon after her arrival, she purchased a Canon camera at the Post Exchange (PX) and took many photographs documenting her experiences in Japan and the life of the Japanese around her. The collection includes photographs of a trip to Nikko, the Emperor and Empress on Arbor Day 1948, duck-netting on the Imperial Grounds, ama divers, and a visit to meet Kōkichi Mikimoto, founder of the eponymous luxury pearl company.


  • 1945-1949

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Maryland 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 reading room staff.


1.50 Linear Feet (1 record storage box)

Custodial History

The Mary Koehler Slides were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries on April 22, 2015 by Donald Larkin. He donated the slides at the behest of his mother, Hilma Larkin (deceased). Hilma Larkin had been a friend of Mary Koehler. Prior to her death, Mary Koehler gave the slides to Hilma Larkin for safekeeping.

Guide to the Mary Koehler slides
Processed by Amy Wasserstrom
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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