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Guide to the Maynard Miller Photograph Album, 1946

Abstract

Maynard Miller was an African American staff sergeant with the 3540th and 3524th Quartermaster Truck Company, an African-American company stationed in occupied Japan in 1946.

Collection consists of a photograph album, marked "property of Staff Sergeant Maynard Miller" that contains approximately 200 photographs of African-American soldiers in Tokyo and other locales in occupied Japan during 1946. Most of the photographs include captions with identification, nicknames, and G.I. humor. Several photographs depict African American soldiers with Japanese girlfriends. Other images depict Army living quarters and equipment, Hirohito's palace, zoo animals, crowds on Japanese election day, and tourist destinations in and around Tokyo. Also included in the back of the album are carbon copies of two letters complaining of discrimination--one about Senator Bilbo and "the Negro problem" in Mississippi and another addressed to the Commanding General, Eighth Army, complaining of discriminatory practices barring African American soldiers from using the swimming pool.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Miller, Maynard.
Title
Maynard Miller Photograph Album, 1946
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.25 Linear Feet, 1 Item
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection consists of a photograph album, marked "property of Staff Sergeant Maynard Miller" that contains approximately 200 photographs of African-American soldiers in Tokyo and other locales in occupied Japan during 1946. Most of the photographs include captions with identification, nicknames, and G.I. humor. Several photographs depict African American soldiers with Japanese girlfriends. Other images depict Army living quarters and equipment, Hirohito's palace, zoo animals, crowds on Japanese election day, and tourist destinations in and around Tokyo. Also included in the back of the album are carbon copies of two letters complaining of discrimination--one about Senator Bilbo and "the Negro problem" in Mississippi and another addressed to the Commanding General, Eighth Army, complaining of discriminatory practices barring African American soldiers from using the swimming pool. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

Maynard Miller was an African American staff sergeant with the 3540th and 3524th Quartermaster Truck Company, an African-American company stationed in occupied Japan in 1946.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maynard Miller Photograph Album, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Maynard Miller Photograph Album were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in December 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Noah Huffman, December 2010

Encoded by Noah Huffman, December 2010

Accession 2009-0284 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.