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Harry Emerson Wildes Papers

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 31 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Harry Emerson Wildes (1890-1982) was an American sociologist and biographer. Among his best-known works are biographies of William Penn, George Fox and Anthony Wayne. During and after World War II he served as a political advisor to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), which was both the title held by General Douglas MacArthur and the collective name of his administrative office during the occupation of Japan (it was usually referred to in Japan as General Headquarters or GHQ). Wildes contributed to the drafting of the Japanese Constitution, drawing on the constitutions of other countries including the United States, France, Germany, and the Soviet Union.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harry Emerson Wildes Papers consists of reports and miscellaneous other documents generated for the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP), most of them focused on post-World War II Japan.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Wildes, Harry Emerson, 1890-1982.

Corporate Bodies

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers.


Historians -- Japan.
Historians -- United States.
Public health -- Japan.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Occupied territories,


Japan -- History -- Allied occupation, 1945-1952.
Japan -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.

Genres and Forms

Administrative reports.
Government records.
Official reports.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Harry Emerson Wildes Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harry Emerson Wildes, 1964.

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