Japan - Primary Source Materials
The Meiji Japan Through Contemporary Sources. Tokyo : Centre for East Asian Cultural Studies, 1969-1972. DS 881.9 .M394
Vol. 1 Basic Documents 1854-1889
Vol. 2 1844-1882
Vol. 3 1869-1894
Japanese Government Documents. Washington : University Publications of America , 1979. DS 882 .J385x 1979 2 vols.
Translation into English of Japanese government documents for the years 1867-1889.
Materials on Japanese Social and Economic History: Tokugawa Japan (1)
Neil Skene Smith. Tokyo : The Asiatic Society of Japan , 1937. HC 462 .S6
Includes translations of writings by Tokugawa scholars.
British Parliamentary Papers. Japan . Irish University Press Area Studies Series. Oversize Quarto DS 882 .I73. 9 vols. (1-8, 10)
History of the Japan Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1901-1924. Nichols, Murray L. BYU Master's thesis. 1957.
D 1.02 .N534 1957
A briefe relation of the persecution lately made against the Catholike Christians, in the kingdome of Japonia: . . Taken out of the annuall letters of the fathers of the Society of Iesus, and other authenticall informations. Saint-Omer: English College Press, 1619. Early English Books Online. Digital version of the original in the British Library. URL: http://wwwlib.umi.com/eebo/image/6796
The palme of Christian fortitude. Or The glorious combats of Christians in Japonia. Taken out of letters of the Society of Jesus from thence. 1624. Saint-Omer: 1630. Early English Books Online. Digital version of the original in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery . URL: http://wwwlib.umi.com/eebo/image/13556
Persecution against the Catholike Christians in the Kingdome of Japonia. Original title: A briefe relation of the persecution lately made against the Catholike Christians, in the Kingdome of Japonia, divided into two bookes. Taken out of the annuall letters of the fathers of the Society of Jesus, and other authenticall informations. . . . printed first at Mexico . . . and newly translated into English . . . MDCXIX. Amsterdam : Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1969. BR 1608 .J3 J5 1969
Communique of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, 1945. Archives MSS SC 1397
Photocopies of a typewritten military communiqué from the Allied Powers to the Japanese government probably dated August 15, 1945 . Presents some conditions and procedures related to the Japanese surrender to the Allies.
Why the fighting in Shanghai . Tokyo : Nihon gaiji ky ō kai, 1937.
DS 809 .J47 vol. 15
Missionary files: Methodist Episcopal Church Board correspondence, 1884-1915, Africa, China , Latin America, India , Malaysia , Southern Asia, Japan , Korea . Microfilm. Japan : reels 107-111.
Microfilm call number: Microform B no. 504
Guide call number: MicGen Ref BV 2550 .A6 M505x
The Attic Letters: Ume Tsuda's correspondence to her American mother. New York : Weatherhill, 1991. LA 2383 .J32 T788 1991
Dear General MacArthur: letters from the Japanese during the American occupation. Lanham , Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001. E 745 .M3 S5813 2001
A diplomatist's wife in Japan : Letters from home to home. By Mrs. Hugh Fraser. London : Hutchinson & Co Paternoster Row, 1899. Microfiche of original in British Library. Microform AC 1 .N56 1.1.664
The Japanese Letters of Lafcadio Hearn. London , Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1911. PS 1918 .A45 1911
Letters from Japan : a record of modern life in the Island Empire, by Mrs. Hugh Fraser. New York : The Macmillan Company, 1899. 2 vols. DS 809 .F84 1899 v.1-2
Letters from Sachiko: a Japanese woman's view of life in the land of the economic miracle. New York : Atheneum, 1982. HN 723.5 .T7 1982
Letters & Journal: during a journey in America , across the Pacific, Japan , China , and home by Mongolia in fourteen months; and in Italy . London : Harrison and Sons, 1870. Americana G 150 .C53x 1870
Letters of Gilbert Little Stark, July 23, 1907-March 1908. Cambridge : The Riverside Press, 1908. DS 508 .S7
Letters and journals of a trip to Japan , China , Mongolia , Formosa , Java , Malaysia , Burma , and India
The life, letters, and journals of the Rev. and Hon. Peter Parker, M.D., missionary, physician, diplomatist. Wilmington , Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1972. R 154 .P253 S8 1972
Chapters vi-xviii relate to Rev. Parker's work in China and Japan .
A residence at Nagasaki and Hakodate in 1859-1860. With an account of Japan generally. By C. Pemberton Hodgson . . . With a series of letters on Japan by his wife. London : R. Bentley, 1861. DS 809 .H69
Some unpublished letters of Townsend Harris. New York : Japan Reference Library, 1941. DS 809 .H313
The unfettered mind: letters of the Zen master to the sword master. Tokyo : Kodansha International, 1986. BQ 9399 .T332 1986
Diaries and Journals
The voyage of Captain John Saris to Japan , 1613. London : Hakluyt Society, 1900. G 161 .H2 2 nd ser. No. 5
Includes his journal from Bantam to Japan and back.
Awakening Japan : the diary of a German doctor: Erwin Baelz. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1974. Reprint of the 1932 ed. by Viking Press.
DS 884 .B3 A33 1974
Clara's diary: an American girl in Meiji, Japan . Tokyo : Kodansha International, 1979. DS 822.25 .W45
Diaries of court ladies of old Japan. Tokyo : Kenkyusha, 1961. PL 782 .E5 O4x 1961
Diary of a pilgrim to Ise. San Francisco : Chinese Materials Center , 1977. PL 792 .S28 I813 1977
The gossamer years: the diary of a noblewoman of Heian , Japan . Tokyo : C. E. Tuttle, 1973. PL 789 .F8 K313x 1973
Diary of Richard Cocks, 1615-1622: diary kept by the head of the English factory in Japan . Tokyo : The [Historiographical] Institute, 1978-1980. 3 vols.
HF 486 .E6 C65 1978 v. 1-3
Shanghai harvest: a diary of three years in the China war. London : Museum Press, 1945. DS 777.53 .F26
Encounter with disaster: a medical diary of Hiroshima , 1945. New York : Norton, 1970. RA 645.7 .J3 L5
Hiroshima diary: the journal of a Japanese physician, August 6 – September 30, 1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. D 767.25 .H6 H3
Fading victory: the diary of Admiral Matome Ugaki, 1941-1945. Pittsburgh , Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991. D 777 .U3513 1991
Japan diary. New York : W. Sloane Association, 1948. DS 889 .G3
Observations made during the Occupation.
The Kager ō diary: a woman's autobiographical text from tenth-century Japan . Ann Arbor : Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan , 1997. PL 789 .F8 Z473413 1997
Makiko's diary: a merchant wife in 1910 Kyoto . Stanford , California : Stanford University Press, 1995. DS 897 .K85 N3313 1995
The first Japanese mission to America (1860): being a diary kept by a member of the embassy. New York : F. A. Stokes, 1938. E 166 .Y35
Naval surgeon: the diary of Dr. Samuel Pellman Boyer. Bloomington , Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1963. E 182 .B7 2 vols.
Vol. 2 includes Dr. Boyer's account of Japan 1868-1869.
Ō kubo diary: portrait of a Japanese valley. Stanford , Calif. : Stanford University , 1985. GN 21 .M58 A36 1985
The opening of Japan : a diary of discovery in the Far East , 1853-1856. From the original manuscript in the Massachusetts Historical Society. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1962. DS 881.8 .P7
With Perry in Japan ; the diary of Edward Yorke McCauley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1942. DS 809 .M12
Unsui: a diary of Zen monastic life. Honolulu : University Press of Hawaii , 1973. BQ 9294.4 .J3 S25 1973
Select documents on Japanese foreign policy, 1853-1868. London : Oxford University Press, 1955. DS 840 .B4
The Sino-Japanese negotiations of 1915: Japanese and Chinese documents and Chinese official statement. Washington : The Endowment, 1921.
JX 1906 .A3 no. 45
Japanese administration in Korea . 1919? No. 17 in volume with binder's title: Japanese pamphlets. PN 6519 .J3 G7
Documents concerning the Sino-Japanese conflict. New York : Trans-Pacific News Service, 1938. JX 3 .L735 1938
The verdict of the League; China and Japan in Manchuria ; the official documents with notes and an introduction by Manley O. Hudson. Boston : World Peace Foundation, 1933. JQ 1755 .M35 .H8 1933
The Axis in defeat: A collection of documents on American policy toward Germany and Japan . Washington : The Dept. of State, 1945. S 1.2: Ax 4
Documents concerning the Allied occupation and control of Japan . Tokyo : 1949- 6 vols. DS 889 .A53 v. 1-6
v. 1 Basic documents
v. 2 Political, military and cultural
v. 3 Financial, economic and reparations
v. 4 Commercial and industrial
v. 5 On civil property
v. 6 On aliens
Implementation of the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act and the Japanese war crimes provisions of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act: an interim report to Congress. Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group. Washington , DC : U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, 2002. Electronic access at URL http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS19725
This interim report describes the Interagency Working Group efforts to “locate, identify, inventory, recommend for declassification, and make available all classified Japanese and Nazi war criminal records.”
Listening to the enemy: key documents on the role of communications intelligence in the war with Japan . Wilmington , Del. : Scholarly Resources Inc., 1988. D 810 .S7 L49 1988
Pearl Harbor and the coming of the Pacific War: a brief history with documents and essays. Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, 1999 D742 .J3 I76 1999
Japnese education since 1945: a documentary study. Armonk , N.Y. : M. E. Sharpe, 1994. LA 1311.82 .J39 1994
Made up of previously published documents translated into English.
Japanese government documents. Washington : University Publications of America , 1979. Reprint of original publication by Tokyo : Asiatic Society of Japan, 1914. 2 vols. DS 882 .J385x 1979 v. 1-2
The Kamakura bakufu: a study in documents. Stanford , Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1976. DS 859 .M24
The development of Kamakura rule, 1180-1250: a history with documents. Stanford , Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1979. DS 859 .M236
The status system and social organization of Satsuma: a translation of the Sh ū mon tefuda aratame j ō moku. Satsuma historical documents series; no. 1. Tokyo : University of Tokyo Press , 1975 HN 730 .K15 S57
The documents of Iriki . Tokyo : Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
DS 840 .A8 1955
The earliest historical relations between Mexico and Japan : from original documents preserved in Spain and Japan . New York : Kraus Reprint Corp., 1964. Originally issued by Berkeley : The University Press, 1906.
E 51 .C15 vol. 4 1967
A collection of documents belonging to the Inquisition Office against the Kirishitans. 1932. From the Proceedings of the Imperial Academy , VIII (1932), No. 9. DS 809 .J47 vol. 9
Some unrecorded Japanese martyrdoms of the Catholic Church in the second half of the seventeenth century: a study on newly disclosed documents from the Prefectural Library of Nagasaki . Roma: Tip. Del Senato, 1924.
BX 1668 .A53x 1924
U.S. Declassified Documents.
Go to the “E-Reference” tab on the library home page, then click on Government Documents, and under that, “Declassified Documents.” Includes intelligence information, classified correspondence, etc. collected by the U.S. government and subsequently declassified. Documents are viewed in their scanned images.
World War I Document Archive http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/
Searchable database of international primary documents from World War I.
Stay, Jesse E. Memoir.
Jesse E. Stay recounts his training and combat experiences from his time in service during World War II. Stay served as a pilot of a B-24 with the 307 th Heavy Bombardment Group in the U.S. Army Air Corps Pacific Theater during World War II from 1941-1945 achieving the rank of Major. He led many attacks on key Japanese targets including bombing raids on Iwo Jima, Midway, Guam, Saipan , and others. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, and received eight Air Medals.
Archives MSS 2350 no. 412
Farmer, Walton R. Memoir.
Farmer served in the U. S. Marine Corps Pacific Theater during World War II from 1942-1945 achieving the rank of a corporal.
Archives MSS 2350 no. 395
Rindlisbacher, Reed Nielson. Memoir.
Excerpts from the journal of Rindlisbacher along with commentary from his wife. Rindlisbacher served in the U.S. Navy Pacific Theater during World War II from 1942-1946. He was assigned to the USS Sevier APA 233 and was made operator of landing craft. He achieved the rank of Seaman 1 st Class.
Archives MSS 2350 no. 404
Draper, Rulon P. Military service
Rulon Draper served in the U.S. Marine Corps Pacific Theater during World War II from 1941-1945 as a field cook and member of a Howitzer team. He saw many of the major battles of the Marines in the Pacific, including Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, Saipan, and Okinawa . He achieved the rank of Mess Sergeant.
Archives MSS 2350 No. 388
Cahoon, Douglas Raymond, 1921-1945.
Biography of Cahoon written by his nephew. Cahoon was a fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier. Describes his involvement in the attacks on Saipan, the Philippines , Formosa , Iowa Jima, Tokyo , and Okinawa . He served in the U.S. Navy 1942-1945. He was listed as missing in action after his airplane was shot down over Okinawa . He achieved the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.
Archives MSS 2350 no. 339
Davis, William E. Saga of the Signet
Davis served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater from 1943-1946 as part of Mine Squadron 12. He was present at the battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa . The Saga of the Signet is the history of Davis ' experiences during World War II aboard the USS Signet, from its departure from the U.S. to victory at Iwo Jima to the end of the War in the Pacific. Also includes a short history of the 12 th Mine Squadron. He achieved the rank of Sonarman 2 nd class.
Archives MSS 2350 no. 373
Roosevelt, Franklin D. “Day of infamy” address of 1941. Washington , DC : National Archives and Records Administration, 1988. D 767.92 .U55 1988
Websites including Primary Sources
Best of History Web Sites. Searchable website with sections for history of areas of the world. http://www.besthistorysites.net/index.shtml
Historical Text Archive. Made up of three sections: articles, e-books, and links. Among the materials in the article sections are articles, documents, essays, and photographs. http://historicaltextarchive.com
Internet Modern History Sourcebook: East Asia . Includes many primary sources including Western missionary diaries. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/eastasia/eastasiasbook.html
Hanover Historical Texts Project. Many primary sources, including some on Asia . http://history.hanover.edu/project.html
World History Archive. Provides “documents to support the study of world history from a working-class and non-Eurocentric perspective.” http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/
Understanding Non-Western Cultures: Asia : Primary Sources and Websites http://www.wwnorton.com/college/history/ralph/referenc/asia.htm