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  • Organization
  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical note
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Existence and Location of Copies

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries East Asian Library
    Title: Shannon McCune papers
    Creator: McCune, Shannon, 1913-1993
    Identifier/Call Number: 3013
    Identifier/Call Number: 958
    Physical Description: 8.2 Linear Feet 8 bankers boxes and 1 document box
    Date (inclusive): 1868-1990
    Date (bulk): 1937-1990
    Abstract: Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune was an American geographer born in Korea to Presbyterian missionaries. This collection comprises primarily photographs, negatives, and slides as well as research, essays, and various publications relating to the geography and cartography of Japan and Korea. It also contains some maps and realia.
    Language of Material: English .


    The Shannon McCune papers have been organized into the following series: 1. Photographs; 2. Negatives and Slides; 3. Maps; 4. Realia; 5. Writings, research, and printed matter.
    Original order was not evident aside from like-materials having been placed together. This arrangement was kept in tact. Intellectual order was imposed by materials being arranged alphabetically, except for the printed materials which are chronological.

    Scope and Contents

    The Shannon McCune papers, 1868-1990 (bulk 1937-1990), consist of photographs, negatives, slides, maps, realia, and writings, research, and printed matter created and collected by Shannon McCune during his life and career as a geographer and academic. The majority of the material is comprised of photographs, negatives, and slides relating to the physical and human geography of Asia, particularly Japan and Korea, as well as written essays, research, and publications pertaining to this subject.
    The collection also includes personal photos, negatives and slides of trips to Hawaii, Canada, the U.K., and various parts of the United States, transparency and paper maps of Asia, and realia in the form of rock samples, a field notebook, and a cassette tape relating to the Saemaul Movement.

    Biographical note

    Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune was an American geographer born in Sonchon, Korea on April 6, 1913. His parents, George Shannon McCune and Helen McAfee, were Presbyterian missionaries that had moved to Korea from the United States in 1905. McCune went to school in Korea before moving back to the United States. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of Wooster in 1935, his master's from Syracuse University and in 1939 he received a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University.
    That same year McCune began teaching at Ohio State University. In 1946 he served with the Foreign Economic Administration in India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and China, where he won a Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1947 he became the chairman of the geography department at Colgate University, remaining in that post until 1955, at which point he left to become provost at the University of Massachusetts until 1961.
    From 1961 to 1964, McCune left academia to serve as the first civilian civil administrator of Japan's Ryukyu Islands. In 1965 McCune returned to the United States where he was named president of the University of Vermont. He resigned from the position in 1966 to perform a research trip to Asia for the university. In 1967 McCune was named the educational consultant to a United Nations development mission in West Iran. He was subsequently appointed director of the American Geographical Society of New York and remained as such until 1969. In 1970 McCune returned to Okinawa on a research grant from the National Science Foundation. He taught as a professor of geography at the University of Florida in Gainesville until his retirement in 1979.
    McCune was the author of a number of articles and monographs on Asian geography, as well as several books including "Korea's Heritage, a Regional and Social Geography", "Korea: Land of Broken Calm", and "The Ryuku Islands"." He passed away on January 4, 1993 at the age of 79.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access of the physical files. Access of the select digitized materials available through USC's Digital Library.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/Folder# or Item name]. Shannon McCune papers, Collection no. 3013, Korean Heritage Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of the estate of Shannon McCune.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Some digitized materials can be found at Shannon McCune Collection within the Pacific Rim Archive through the USC Digital Library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cartography -- Korea (South) -- Archival resources
    College teachers -- United States -- Archival resources
    Geographers -- United States -- Archival resources
    Human geography -- Korea -- Archival resources
    Physical geography -- Asia -- Maps -- Archival resources
    Physical geography -- Research -- Asia -- Archival resources
    Saemaŭl movement -- Korea (South) -- Archival resources
    Ryukyu Islands -- History -- 1945-1972 -- Archival resources
    Lantern slides
    Negatives (photographic)
    photographic film (photographic materials)
    Slides (photographs)
    American Geographical Society of New York -- Archives
    McCune, Shannon, 1913-1993 -- Archives
    McCune, George Shannon -- Archives