Preliminary Inventory of the Kenneth Kantor papers

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Title: Kenneth Kantor papers
Date (inclusive): 1942-1975
Collection Number: 2012C24
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (2.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Contains printed newspaper writings, drafts of articles, letters, and photographs, relating to the post-World War II American occupation of Japan, the Korean War, and other subjects.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kantor, Kenneth.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenneth Kantor papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012.

Accruals

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Biographical/Historical Note

Born on January 22, 1920, Kenneth Dwight Kantor was an American journalist who spent most of his career in Japan and Korea. He covered the war in Korea and Post-World War II Japan, including subjects ranging from refugees in Korea to the status of women’s rights in Japan. He had worked for the National Broadcast Company. In 1948 he married Margaret A. Crook who had also worked for the Far East Command.

Scope and Content of Collection

Contains printed newspaper writings, drafts of articles, letters, and photographs, relating to the post-World War II American occupation of Japan, the Korean War, and other subjects.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Japan--History--Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Journalists.
Korean War, 1950-1953.

Box/Folder 1 : 1

Byline articles, 1949-1964

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Correspondence to the National Broadcasting Company (United States) and public relations, 1944-1975

Box/Folder 1 : 3

National Broadcasting Company (NBC) "News on the Far East," 1950-1951

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Professional references and recommendations, 1947-1965

Box/Folder 1 : 5

Article drafts, 1947-1950

Scope and Content Note

Includes:

"Japan's Nurses are Becoming Professional RN's,"

"The Story That Could Not Be Told,"

"Jet Ride To Danger" in Saga: The Magazine of True Adventure, March 1951,

"Hiroshima Hero" (plus alternate titles), "I Bummed A Jet Ride to Korea,"

"American Sailor on Horseback Upsets Japanese in Ancient Sport,"

"Kimono Revolt!,"

"Cultured Pearls to Be Available in Large Quantities,"

"Anomaly on Wheels,"

"...On Our Children and Our Children's Children,"

"Mama-San's Kids,"

"Oil Horizon's Expanding in Volcanic Japan,"

"China's Natural Gas May Be the Answer to Tokyo's Shortage,"

"Oil for a New Japan,"

"Pipe Line or Pipe Dream?"

"Big Blow,"

"Tokyo's Water System,"

"New York to Los Angeles in 288 Diapers!"
Box/Folder 1 : 6

"What Is America Thinking?" article, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 7-8

Writings, clippings, and correspondence from Kantor's time in Japan, 1947-1950

 

Articles by Kenneth Kantor for Lurton Blassingame, undated

Box/Folder 1 : 9

"I Hunted the World's Biggest Animal" by William M. Terry as told to Ken Kantor

Box/Folder 1 : 10

"Nightmare Above the World" or "Nightmare 10,000 Feet Up" by Lt. Hugh Casey as told to Ken Kantor

Box/Folder 1 : 11

"The Story That Could Not Be Told"

Box/Folder 1 : 12

"Can the Communists Take Japan?"

Box/Folder 1 : 13

"Kimono Revolt" article and accompanying photographs

Box/Folder 2 : 1

"Photographic Picture Book of Nikko, National Park of Japan," dedicated to Marjorie Kantor, 1948

Box/Folder 2 : 2

Photograph album depicting kimonos and Buddha statues, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 3

We Japanese, Volume II. Yokohama, Japan: Yamagata Press, June 1937

Box/Folder 2 : 4

Photographs of the whale hunting trip "Nisshin Maru No. 1 Expedition" and photograph booklet titled In Commemoration of the Visit of Foreign Commercial Representatives to Japan., 1948-1949

Box/Folder 2 : 5

Osaka police force press release and accompanying photographs, 1950

Box/Folder 2 : 6

Photographs 1950

Scope and Content Note

Includes the subjects such as the Korean conflict, Inchon, MacArthur, refugess, Japanese police, Japanese education, and other topics,
Box/Folder 2 : 7

Photographs of Japanese women pertaining to the "Kimono Revolt" article, 1947-1949

Box/Folder 2 : 8

Army photographs of Japan, 1940s

Box/Folder 2 : 9

Army photographs and Associated Press wire photos, 1941-1943

Box/Folder 2 : 10

Panoramic photographs of rooftops, undated

Box/Folder 2 : 11

Photographs from Japan, circa 1948

Scope and Contents note

Includes undated images of an old woman and her grandson, an old Japanese woman laughing, and Ken and Marjorie Kantor in front of the Radio Tokyo in 1948.
Box/Folder 2 : 12

NBC photographs, 1946-1953

Box/Folder 2 : 13

Photograph of Kantor on Bob Hope's tour of the Far East, 1957

Box/Folder 2 : 14

NBC Photographs of Bob Hope and Ken Kantor, 1957

Box/Folder 2 : 15

Autographed photograph of Kenneth and Marjorie Kantor with Bob Hope, 1957

Box/Folder 3 : 1

Identification cards of Ken and Marjorie Cantor, 1946-1948

Box/Folder 3 : 2

Book of phone numbers, undated

Box/Folder 3 : 3

Correspondence to family in California from Kantor in Japan, 1948-1950

Box/Folder 3 : 4

Correspondence to Marjorie Kantor from Japanese individuals after she was interviewed by radio's "Uncle Come-Come" in Tokyo, 1950

Box/Folder 3 : 5

Correspondence from Kantor's travel from Tokyo to Los Angeles, 1949

 

Articles, 1950-1951

Box/Folder 3 : 6

"Tattoo for a Warrior" Life Magazine, Vol. 30 No. 17, 23 April 1951

Box/Folder 3 : 7

"Climbing Mount Fujiyama" Travel Magazine, February 1950

Box/Folder 3 : 8

News clippings, 1944-1945

Scope and Content Note

From Cairo and Alexandria based American newspapers and newspapers based in Cairo with American news.
Box/Folder 3 : 9

Pacific Stars and Stripes: Christmas Edition, for American Forces in Japan and Korea, 25 December 1946

Box/Folder 3 : 10

Pacific Stars and Stripes: The First Year, for American Forces in Japan and Korea, 2 September 1946

Box 4

Best Ukiyoe Prints, slide film collection, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes 5 sets of 15 slides: (A) Hiroshige, (B) Utamaro, (C) Hokusai, (E) Kiyonga, (F) Sharaku
Box 4

Slides found in the rubble of Pyongyang, 1950

 

Memorabilia

Box 4

Korean Passport

Box 4

Dog tag for Marjorie A. Crook

Box 5

Flags of Korea, Japan, and Pakistan

Box 5

Maps of Tokyo, Japan, Asia, and the world, undated