Inventory of the Robert L. Capp Papers

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Title: Robert L. Capp papers
Date (inclusive): 1923-1998
Collection Number: 99013
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Sound recording of interview, photographs, and miscellany, relating to the American occupation of Japan and aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Also includes photographs of victims of the Kanto (Tokyo) earthquake of 1923. Digital copies of select records also available at 
Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Capp, Robert L.


Collection is open for research. Digital copies of select records also available at  Use copies of sound recordings are available for immediate use.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert L. Capp papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

Technician 4, United States Army and member, occupation forces, Japan, 1945.

Scope and Content of Collection

Materials relate to Capp's experiences during World War II in Japan, including a sound recording of an interview with Capp, photographs relating to the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan taken by Capp, and photographs found by Capp of victims of the 1923 Kanto earthquake near Tokyo by an unidentified photographer.

Related Material

The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, a Brown University Digital Collection of Materials from the Dana and Vera Reynolds Collection, available at 

Alternate Forms Available

Digital copies of select records also available at 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States--Armed Forces--Japan.
Atomic bomb.
Kanto Earthquake, Japan, 1923.
World War, 1939-1945--Japan.

Reading Room Workstation

Hiroshima bombing destruction photographs, 1945 October

Scope and Contents note

Photographed by Robert L. Capp, 8 prints.
Reading Room Workstation

Photographs of Fred Capp posing with Japanese guns overlooking Kiska Harbor, 1943 August

Box 1

Kanto Earthquake aftermath photographs, 1923

Scope and Contents note

Unknown photographer. Film found by Robert L. Capp in October 1945, 10 prints.
Box 1

Fred Capp photographs, 1943

Scope and Contents note

Brother of Robert L. Capp, 2 prints.
Reading Room Workstation

Robert L. Capp portrait, circa 1940-1945

Photographic portrait of Robert L. Capp in uniform, circa 1940-1945

Box 1

Robert L. Capp insignia patches

Box 1

Robert L. Capp interview, 1998 December 17

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes. Conducted by Hoover Institution Staff member Remy Squires. Describes Capp's war experiences, visit to Hiroshima in October 1945, and finding photographic film that he assumed to be of Hiroshima soon after the bombing, which was later identified as photographs of the 1923 Kanto earthquake. Capp talks about walking through the city of Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped, with particular focus on radiation and ignorance of it. The interview also touches on health issues with veterans returning from combat. Use copy reference number: 99013_a_0001306.