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An Interview with Eleanor Hadley : From the Marlene J. Mayo Oral Histories

This post is the third in a series featuring interviews from the Marlene Mayo Oral Histories.  Currently, 29 of the oral history transcripts are available onlineThe remainder are available onsite in the Prange Collection.  For other featured oral histories, see this page

Eleanor Hadley (image courtesy of Professor Marlene Mayo)

Today, July 17, is Eleanor Hadley‘s birthday!

Hadley was born in Seattle, Washington in 1916.  She received a fellowship to attend the Tokyo Imperial University, and from 1936 to 1940 she traveled over much of Japan and China.  She was working on her doctorate at Harvard University in 1943 when she was recruited to work in the State Department as a research economist. After the war, she joined the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers (SCAP) where her role was to break up the financial and industrial conglomerates that control significant amounts of the Imperial economy.  After the conclusion of the Occupation, Hadley served as a professor at both Smith College and George Washington University.

The transcript of Hadley’s interview is available online here.


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