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Harry Johnston papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-00.0053

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Harry Johnston who served as a U.S. Marine Corps Photographer in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The collection includes a "Gossip" newsletter for the Charleston, South Carolina branch of Kroger grocery. The newsletter discusses good sales, jokes, and friends and romantic interests coming in on leave, etc., and contains a few illustrations. Also included are over 20 postcards from Hawaii, none sent or written on, and one mailed postcard that was sent to Johnston when he was in the US Naval Hospital in April 1945 in Portsmouth, Virginia. A series of photographs are also included that were taken at Hawaii, Samoa, Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Kwajalein, and other South Pacific Islands. The photographs also include tourist-type shots of Hawaii and native women, action shots of fighting in the South Pacific, and photographs of killed in action Japanese soldiers. An original copy of a photograph used by Ken Burns for the front cover of The war: an intimate history, 1941-1945 is included.


  • Created: 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/07/2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.


2 boxes

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Harry Johnston

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Harry Johnston papers
Takahito Moriyama
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Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository