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Emerson Chapin photographs and slides

 Collection 0005-GWP
Emerson Chapin (1920 - 2003) was a longtime New York Times editor and foreign correspondent. He served in Japan during the Occupation in both military and civilian roles. In late September 1945, his division, the 98th Infantry, was sent to Japan as part of the Occupation forces. Chapin was stationed in Osaka and worked on a paper produced for the division. Discharged in 1946, he returned that same year to Japan to work as a civilian in the Civil Information and Education Section (CIES) of General Headquarters, Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers doing press analysis of magazines. When CIES was disbanded, Chapin did similar work for the Allied Translator and Interpreter Service (ATIS). He left Japan on July 10, 1950.

The Chapin collection consists of 404 slides and 236 photographs, the majority of which document Chapin’s time in Japan during the Occupation.


  • Majority of material found within 1945-1950
  • 1943-1996

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.


404 Photographic Slides (5 carousels and one metal box) : Color

236 Photographs (220 in book pages, 16 loose) : Color and B/W

Custodial History

The Chapin collection was donated to the UMD Libraries by David Chapin, Emerson Chapin’s son, on October 7, 2015.

Related Materials

Emerson Chapin was interviewed by Marlene Mayo, professor emerita of the University of Maryland, for her oral history with Americans who served in Allied occupied Japan. A transcript of the interview is available at the Prange Collection website, and audio can be accessed from the Prange Collection through the Maryland Room.
Guide to the Emerson Chapin photographs and slides
Processed by Amy Wasserstrom
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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