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The John R. Harold Papers

Harold John R_1946John R. Harold was a Labor Officer and later the Acting Chief of the Labor Relations Branch of the Labor Division of the Supreme Command Allied Powers (SCAP) during the Occupation of Japan.  He was actively involved in the enactment and implementation of the Labor Relations Adjustment Law and in labor education in Japan during the Occupation.

 

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KamiShibai_documentThe John R. Harold Papers provide an overview of Occupation labor policy as documented in memoranda, correspondence, reports, news dispatches, newspaper articles, pamphlets and journals. Above is a unique item from the collection — a kamishibai adopted as an educational tool for teaching labor practices. According to Harold, “Dick Deveral, Chief of the Labor Education Branch of the Labor Division, SCAP, developed these paper theatres as part of the educational efforts for the Japanese Trade Unionist.”  (See document at left) The kamishibai — a wooden frame with a scroll inside that was advanced from frame-to-frame — was traditionally used for storytelling on the street.

The collection has been microfilmed.  The microfilm may be used on a self-serve basis in Periodicals on the first floor of McKeldin Library.  The original materials are located in the Prange Collection, as well as a photocopy for access purposes.  Patrons may make an appointment to use the photocopy by contacting the Prange Collection at prangebunko[at]umd.edu.

  • Guide to the papers of John R. Harold – Harold, John R. (Call Number: HD8726.5 .H37 1998, 5 microfilm reels)
  • Living a life of social significance : an autobiography of the professional life of an attorney to the labor movement – Harold, John R. (Call Number: HD8073.H275 H37 1998, 1 microfilm reel)
  • Amerika rōdō kumiaihō kōwa/アメリカ勞働組合法講話 – Harold, John R./ジョン・R・ハロルド (Call Number: HD-0766)  This book, located in the Prange Collection stacks, is non-circulating. To make arrangements to use it, contact the Prange Collection at prangebunko [at] umd.edu.
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  1. […] The John R. Harold Papers is the largest collection of labor-related materials in the Prange Collection.  Harold, first as a Labor Officer and later as Acting Chief of the Labor Relations Branch of the Labor Division of SCAP, was actively involved in the enactment and implementation of the Labor Relations Adjustment Law and in labor education in Japan during the Occupation.  A newspaper article about John Harold that was to appear in Akahata, an organ of the Japanese Communist Party, was suppressed by the Civil Censorship Detachment (“Declaration of ‘Hatred of Communism’ by John Harold”, Prange Call No. 48-loc-1484). Communist publications were scrutinized by the CCD, as fear of Communist infiltration of the labor unions was of concern to SCAP. […]

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