Beginning in the late 1970s and through the early 1990s, 100 Americans who served in Allied Occupied Japan were interviewed by Marlene Mayo, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, about their experiences in Japan. These interviews have been donated to the Prange Collection and now constitute the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories. Included are interviews with Donald Richie and Beate Sirota Gordon, both recently deceased. Coincidentally, the papers of Leo Sirota, Beate Sirota Gordon’s father, were recently donated to the International Piano Archives at Maryland.
The oral histories and transcripts may be used onsite in the Prange Collection. For more information, contact prangebunko[at]umd.edu.