Messinger Pacific Theater World War II Collection


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California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Robert E. Kennedy Library
Messinger, Donald J. - 1914-1993 ; Bombing, Aerial - Japan - Pictorial works
The Messinger Collection contains 100 black-and-white photographs that record one soldier’s views of Japan in the closing days of World War II, including 14 aerial photographs of Nagasaki after the atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. The photographs include views of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the sea voyage to the Sasebo Naval Base, Japan; Japanese and American ships and aircraft; Army, Navy and Marine military personnel; images of Japanese urban and rural life in and around Sasebo following the fire-bombing; and aerial photography showing the devastation after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
Dates covered:
August-October 1945
Collection Size:
1 box
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Citation Sample:
Messinger Pacific Theater World War II Collection, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Collection policy:
Collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only. Collection stored remotely. Advance notice for use required.