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Marlene J. Mayo oral histories

 Collection 0015-GWP

Between 1978 and 1992, Marlene Mayo, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and one assistant conducted 100 interviews with Americans who planned or served in the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952. The interviewees worked in a variety of political, legal, economic and cultural activities at all levels and form a cross-section of Americans involved in the Occupation. The first year of the project was funded by the Japan Foundation. The interviews were recorded on cassette tapes, and the transcripts were typewritten. The interviews and transcripts have been digitized.


  • 1978-1992

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public.

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.

Digitized materials made available by the University of Maryland are disseminated to provide access to information for private study, scholarship, or research. Collections may include digital copies of materials where copyright ownership is unclear, undocumented, or not owned by the University. Individuals who believe their intellectual property is being infringed may submit a takedown request.

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 Special Collections staff.


123 Gigabytes : 277 digital audio files

26.3 Gigabytes : 116 digital documents

3.00 Linear Feet


The material is arranged alphabetically by interviewees last name.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Dr. Marlene J. Mayo in 2009.

Guide to the Marlene J. Mayo oral histories
Processed by Rebecca Thayer
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Revision Statements

  • 2018-10-29: Finding aid reviewed and minor edits made by Duncan Griffin.
  • 2020-05-18: Item-level description and links to interview transcription added by Liz Caringola.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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