Messinger Pacific Theater World War II Collection, MS 064
Scope and Content Note
The Messinger Collection contains 100 black-and-white photographs that record one soldier's views of Japan in the closing days of World War II, including 14 aerial photographs of Nagasaki after the atomic bombing on August 9, 1945.
The photographs include views of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the sea voyage to the Sasebo Naval Base in Japan; Japanese and American ships and aircraft; Army, Navy and Marine military personnel; images of Japanese urban and rural life in and around Sasebo following the fire-bombing; and aerial photography showing the devastation after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
The collection is arranged in original chronological order, from August through October of 1945 and uses Mr. Messinger's captions from the photographs in folder lists.