Claude M. Adams Photographs, 1945 - 1952 (SMC 130)


Extent: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)

Digital Content

A selection of photographs from this collection have been digitized and can be viewed through links in the container list, or by searching on the term "Claude M. Adams Photographs" on the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections website.

The collection consists of photographs taken by or given to Claude M. Adams while he worked in Japan for the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), Natural Resources Section, Fisheries Division from 1945-1951.

Claude M. Adams (1907-1974) was a cannery inspector in San Pedro and San Francisco, California before receiving an Army commission with the rank of Captain during World War II. After basic training, he was sent to Stanford University and the Monterey Language School, where he learned Japanese. He went to Japan in October 1945 to work for Lt Col Hubert G. Schenck in SCAP's Natural Resources Section, Fisheries Division, to support redevelopment of the post-war Japanese fishing and whaling industries. Capt Adams was relieved from active duty in February 1947 and continued on in his work in Japan as a civilian government employee until 1951.

The collection consists of 291 photographs taken by or given to Claude M. Adams while he worked in Japan for SCAP, Natural Resources Section, Fisheries Division from 1945-1951. The photographs document the construction and refurbishment of whaling ships, whaling expeditions, and villagers engaged in diving, seaweed-gathering, canning, and other aspects of coastal life in post-World War II Japan. Adams visited the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombings and the collection contains several photographs of the destruction. It also includes a small number of postcards and ephemera from his travels.

Container List


Box 1 Folder 1
Seaweed gathering, drying, packing & transport, ca. 1947

All photographs in this folder have been digitized.

Box 1 Folder 4
Ceremony, speeches, and luncheon with Lt Col Hubert Schenck, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 12
Akebono Maru (fishing trawlers) dedication and launch, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 13
Shore-based whaling, 1947
Box 1 Folder 14
Tokyo, 1945-1947

Includes photograph of Adams visiting with Mikimoto Kokichi.

Box 1 Folder 15
General Matthew Ridgeway, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 16
Visit to Hokkaido, 1945
Box 1 Folder 17
Ceremony marking opening of trade; logging, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 18
Adams entering Yokohama Harbor on the U.S.S. Admiral Mayo, 1945 October 29
Box 1 Folder 19
Hiroshima, 1946
Box 1 Folder 20
Nagasaki, 1946-1947

Includes postcards and ephemera from the Urakami Church.

Box 1 Folder 21
Commendation ribbon, 1947 July 3
Box 1 Folder 22
Nikko shrine, monkey relief, hotel, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 23
Visiting an inn, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 24
Seto Inland Sea, ca. 1947

Includes postcards.

Box 1 Folder 25
Tokyo street scenes, 1948 March
Box 1 Folder 26
Socializing with the Russians, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 27
Summer fireworks, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 28
Racetrack in Setagaya, Tokyo, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 29
Baseball, ca. 1947
Box 1 Folder 30
4th Meeting of the Indo-Pacific Fisheries Council, Philippines, 1952 October
Box 1 Folder 31
Miscellaneous, ca. 1947