Inventory of the Kenneth Kantor papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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Title: Kenneth Kantor papers
Date (inclusive): 1937-1975
Collection Number: 2012C24
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Contains printed newspaper writings, drafts of articles, letters, and photographs relating to the post-World War II American occupation of Japan, the Korean War, and other subjects.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kantor, Kenneth.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenneth Kantor papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.


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Biographical Note

Born on January 22, 1920, Kenneth Dwight Kantor was an American journalist who spent most of his career in Japan and Korea. He covered post-World War II Japan and the war in Korea, including subjects such as the status of women’s rights in Japan and refugees in Korea. He worked for the National Broadcast Company. In 1948, he married Margaret (Marjorie) A. Crook, who had also worked for the Far East Command.

Scope and Content of Collection

Contains printed newspaper writings, drafts of articles, letters, and photographs relating to the post-World War II American occupation of Japan, the Korean War, and other subjects.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Korean War, 1950-1953.

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Byline articles, 1949-1964

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Correspondence to the National Broadcasting Company (United States) and public relations, 1944-1975

Box/Folder 1 : 3

National Broadcasting Company (NBC), "News on the Far East," 1950-1951

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Professional references and recommendations, 1947-1965

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Article drafts, 1947-1950

Scope and Contents note


"Japan's Nurses are Becoming Professional RN's"

"The Story That Could Not Be Told"

"Jet Ride To Danger" in Saga: The Magazine of True Adventure, March 1951

"Hiroshima Hero" (plus alternate titles), "I Bummed A Jet Ride to Korea"

"American Sailor on Horseback Upsets Japanese in Ancient Sport"

"Kimono Revolt!"

"Cultured Pearls to Be Available in Large Quantities"

"Anomaly on Wheels"

"...On Our Children and Our Children's Children"

"Mama-San's Kids"

"Oil Horizon's Expanding in Volcanic Japan"

"China's Natural Gas May Be the Answer to Tokyo's Shortage"

"Oil for a New Japan"

"Pipe Line or Pipe Dream?"

"Big Blow"

"Tokyo's Water System"

"New York to Los Angeles in 288 Diapers!"
Box/Folder 1 : 6

"What Is America Thinking?," article, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 7-8

Writings, clippings, and correspondence from Kantor's time in Japan, 1947-1950


Articles by Kenneth Kantor for Lurton Blassingame, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 9

"I Hunted the World's Biggest Animal" by William M. Terry, as told to Ken Kantor

Box/Folder 1 : 10

"Nightmare Above the World" or "Nightmare 10,000 Feet Up" by Lt. Hugh Casey, as told to Ken Kantor

Box/Folder 1 : 11

"The Story That Could Not Be Told"

Box/Folder 1 : 12

"Can the Communists Take Japan?"

Box/Folder 1 : 13

"Kimono Revolt" article and accompanying photographs

Box/Folder 2 : 1

"Photographic Picture Book of Nikko, National Park of Japan," dedicated to Marjorie Kantor, 1948

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Photograph album depicting kimonos and Buddha statues, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 3

We Japanese, Volume II. Yokohama, Japan: Yamagata Press, 1937 June

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Photographs of the whale hunting trip "Nisshin Maru No. 1 Expedition" and photograph booklet titled In Commemoration of the Visit of Foreign Commercial Representatives to Japan, 1948-1949

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Osaka police force press release and accompanying photographs, 1950

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Photographs, 1950

Scope and Contents note

Includes subjects such as the Korean conflict, Inchon, MacArthur, refugees, Japanese police, and Japanese education.
Box/Folder 2 : 7

Photographs of Japanese women pertaining to the "Kimono Revolt" article, 1947-1949

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Army photographs of Japan, 1940s

Box/Folder 2 : 9

Army photographs and Associated Press wire photos, 1941-1943

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Panoramic photographs of rooftops, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Photographs from Japan, circa 1948

Scope and Contents note

Includes undated images of an old woman and her grandson, an old Japanese woman laughing, and Ken and Marjorie Kantor in front of Radio Tokyo in 1948.
Box/Folder 2 : 12

NBC photographs, 1946-1953

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Photograph of Kantor on Bob Hope's tour of the Far East, 1957

Box/Folder 2 : 14

NBC photographs of Bob Hope and Ken Kantor, 1957

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Autographed photograph of Ken and Marjorie Kantor with Bob Hope, 1957

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Identification cards of Ken and Marjorie Kantor, 1946-1948

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Book of phone numbers, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Correspondence to family in California from Kantor in Japan, 1948-1950

Box/Folder 3 : 4

Correspondence to Marjorie Kantor from Japanese individuals after she was interviewed by radio's "Uncle Come-Come" in Tokyo, 1950

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Correspondence from Kantor's travel from Tokyo to Los Angeles, 1949

Box/Folder 3 : 6

"Tattoo for a Warrior," Life Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 17, 1951 April 23

Box/Folder 3 : 7

"Climbing Mount Fujiyama," Travel Magazine, 1950 February

Box/Folder 3 : 8

News clippings, 1944-1945

Scope and Contents note

From Cairo and Alexandria-based American newspapers and Cairo-based newspapers with American news.
Box/Folder 3 : 9

Pacific Stars and Stripes: Christmas Edition, for American Forces in Japan and Korea, 1946 December 25

Box/Folder 3 : 10

Pacific Stars and Stripes: The First Year, for American Forces in Japan and Korea, 1946 September 2

Box 4

Best Ukiyoe Prints, slide film collection, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes 5 sets of 15 slides: (A) Hiroshige, (B) Utamaro, (C) Hokusai, (E) Kiyonga, (F) Sharaku.
Box 4

Slides found in the rubble of Pyongyang, 1950


Memorabilia, undated

Box 4

Korean passport

Box 4

Dog tag for Marjorie A. Crook

Box 5

Flags of Korea, Japan, and Pakistan

Box 5

Maps of Tokyo, Japan, Asia, and the world