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Leora Smith photographs

 Collection 0014-GWP

Leora Smith joined her husband in Japan in 1947, where he was on leave from the Air Force to the Counter Intelligence Corps. He arrived in Japan in 1946 and was stationed in Yokohama. Dependent housing was just being built in Yokohama at that time, so Smith and her husband were temporarily housed in the Fujiya Hotel. In the interview, she describes the hotel and the dependent housing in which they later lived. Smith returned to the United States, but soon came back to Japan — this time she served in the Department of Army, Civilian (DAC) as an Administrative Secretary in a Civil Affairs Office in Kure. An avid photographer, the collection includes 46 photographs taken by Smith, which capture the everyday life of the Japanese, such as children in the classroom and the harvesting of rice. The photographs were taken in various locations, including Nagano, Odawara, Kamakura, Kure, and Mount Fuji.


  • 1947-1951

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.


191 Megabytes : Digital photographs

Custodial History

The Leora Smith Photographs were donated to the Prange Collection in October 2014.

Related Materials

Leora Smith 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 Leora Smith photographs
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Library Details

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