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Harold Joyce Noble papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 160

Scope and Contents

The collection (1918-1948) records regarding conditions and events in South Korea and Japan, and activities of the agencies Noble worked with.

Material within the collection includes:

minutes of the 7th, 8th, and 9th meetings of the American Red Cross, Japan Chapter, in Tokyo, on June 26, July 16, and September 6, of 1918. Also includes copies of reports by Bishop Herbert Welch to R. S. Curtice, Seoul, Korea, on conditions at Harbin, 1918;

records, including letters, documents, copies of reports, and telegrams, of H. J. Noble as chairman of the Russian Refugee Relief Committee (Foreign) in Seoul, Korea, 1922-1923;

documents relating to Korean affairs in 1946, and the American occupation of Japan in 1947. The documents originate from when Noble was foreign correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post in 1946, and chief of the Publications Branch, Civil Intelligence Section, G.H.Q., Far East Command, Tokyo, 1947-1948.


  • 1918-1948


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Joyce Noble (1903-1953) was born in Korea, and educated at the University of California. He became a professor of history at the University of Oregon beginning in 1931. He specialized in Far Eastern affairs.

"In 1946, he was a foreign correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post. In 1948, he was appointed a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, and the following year was named First Secretary of the American Embassy at Seoul, a position he held until 1951."

[Source: Finding aid for the Harold Joyce Noble collection at UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library: Harold Joyce Noble papers, circa 1930-1947, BANC MSS Z-Z 147.]


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Harold Joyce Noble (1903-1953) was a history professor at the University of Oregon who specialized in Far Eastern affairs and who also worked as a foreign correspondent and served as First Secretary of the American Embassy at Seoul, South Korea. The collection (1918-1948) contains minutes, reports, correspondence, and other documents reporting conditions and events in South Korea and Japan and activities of the agencies Noble worked with.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA