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Visitors from Nagasaki

Mr. Fukahori observing Delnore Papers

Mr. Fukahori looking through the Delnore Papers photo album

The government shutdown had its unexpected benefits. In our case, Japanese researchers who had intended to do work at National Archives visited the Prange Collection instead. One group was a delegation from Nagasaki that included Mr. Yoshitoshi Fukahori (84 years old), an atomic bomb survivor.  In the summer of 1978, he and five other survivors established a private group to collect and research photographic records of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.  The group was reorganized in 1983 as a committee of the Nagasaki Foundation for the Promotion of Peace. They have located approximately 4,000 photographs taken by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, civilians, the Japanese Army, and journalists.

The timing of their visit was fortuitous.  In 2012, we acquired the Victor E. Delnore Papers, which includes an album with photographs of Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. Mr. Fukahori pored over the album.  He discovered photographs, hand-drawn maps, and newspaper clippings that he had never seen before.

In addition to the Delnore Papers, the Prange Collection has many Nagasaki-related materials, most notably Masako taorezu by Masako Ishida and Nagasaki no kane by Takashi Nagai.

Mr. Fukahori and Mr. Okuno

Mr. Fukahori and Mr. Shotaro Okuno, Curator, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, examining materials from the Delnore Papers

Mr. Fukahori was accompanied by staff from the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the City of Nagasaki, as well as a journalist from Yomiuri Shimbun, who covered his trip to the U.S.  Below are links to two articles about his visit.

Yomiuri Shimbun article 10/18/2013

Mainichi Shimbun article 10/18/2013

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