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Finding Aid for the Japanese Manchukuo Propaganda Poster Collection. 2011.058.r
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Japanese Manchukuo Propaganda Poster Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 2011.058.r
    Contributing Institution: Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries
    Language of Material: Chinese
    Storage Unit: 7
    Storage Unit: 6
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (13 posters)
    Date: 1930s
    Abstract: 14 Japanese propaganda posters from the 1930s and the Japanese occupation of Manchuria.
    Location note: Leatherby Libraries
    Language of Materials note: The materials in this collection are in Chinese with one poster in Japanese. A translation of the posters is available and was made by Tanya Cao M.L.S., M.A.B..

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    This collection is open for research.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The Japanese invasion of Manchuria was a military incursion in 1931 that was predicated on the staged Mukden Incident of September 18, 1931. Manchuria was invaded by the Kwantung Army of the Empire of Japan, beginning on September 19, 1931, immediately following the Mukden Incident. The Japanese established a puppet state, called Manchukoku, and their occupation lasted until the end of World War II.

    Scope and Contents note

    14 posters, the first 13 are full-color Japanese propaganda posters that were intended for use during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. Written in Chinese, they all stress nationalist sentiment amongst the Manchurian population and the benign presence of the Japanese army. The 14th is a Japanese propaganda poster intended for the Japanese citizenry and, in Japanese, it reminds them that the struggle continues.

    Preferred Citation note

    [identify item], Japanese Manchukuo Propaganda Poster Collection (2011.58.r), Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The provenance of this collection is unknown except for a Chinese-language stamp on one poster showing prior ownership by Col. David D. Barrett USA (ret.) (1892-1977). This is the most likely source of the donation. Barrett served in China throughout the 1930s and the Second World War. Upon retiring from the army in 1949, he became an academic and taught at the Univesity of Colorado. It is thought that it was during this period that he might have come in contact with Chapman College.

    Arrangement note

    This collection is arranged by series: Series I, Manchukuo, Series II, Japanese.
    Japanese Manchukuo Propaganda Poster Collection, 1930s

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Barrett, David D., Col., (David Dean), 1892-1977
    Manchurai (China)--History--1931-1945.
    Propaganda--History--20th century.