Inventory of the Forrest Ralph Pitts papers

Finding aid prepared by Rachel Yamada.
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Forrest Ralph Pitts papers
Date (inclusive): 1953-1960
Collection number: 2014C15
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, notes and slides, relating to the population of Okinawa and to social and economic conditions on Okinawa in the post-World War II period.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
creator: Pitts, Forrest Ralph, 1924-


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Forrest Ralph Pitts papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2013.


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Biographical Note

Pitts served in the US Navy during World War II. He received a BA in oriental languages and literature, an MA in Far Eastern studies, and a PhD in geography, all from the University of Michigan. For many years, he was the executive director of the International Geographical Union Commission on Quantitative Methods and editor of Korean Studies. He eventually became emeritus professor of the geography department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Pitts was best known for developing formal quantitative approaches in geography, spatial diffusion, simulation modeling, and use of computers in geographic research. His research was marked by extensive fieldwork in Okinawa, Japan, and Korea.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection includes Postwar Okinawa, a 1955 anthropological study by the Pacific Science Board and the National Research Council to which Pitts contributed chapters on geography, agricultural history, rural economy, and population issues. In addition to correspondence related to the report, the collection also includes 1,400 Kodachrome slides that document the Ryukyu Islands before US military bases were constructed there seventy years ago.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Okinawa Island (Japan)--Economic conditions.
Okinawa Island (Japan)--Pictorial works.
Okinawa Island (Japan)--Population.
Okinawa Island (Japan)--Social conditions.
Slides (Photography)

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Pacific Science Board 1953-1954

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, field notes, and first drafts generated by the Suttles, Pitts and Lebra Okinawa field work
Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Lebra-Suttles Notes 1953

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Okinawa Notes 1955-1960

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and notes
Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Okin:Nawahan 1954

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Correspondence 1954-1955

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Post-War Okinawa 1955

Scope and Contents note

Final Report of the Suttles, Pitts, and Lebra Okinawa field work
Box/Folder: 2 : 1-2

Lebra Slide File Series 1 1953-1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 3-4

Lebra Slide File Series 2 1953-1961