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Daniel Crump Buchanan Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0145

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of Dr. Daniel Crump Buchanan on Japanese culture with some information on China, Korea, and other Asian countries generally organized by subject. The files on Japanese culture and history are arranged alphabetically by subject. They contain some significant memos and position papers on propaganda and psychological warfare against Japan during World War II. Other files on similar themes include "Espionage," "Target Operations", and "Reorientation." Also included are manuscripts of Dr. Buchanan's published works, printed matter from Dr. Buchanan's time in Japan, uncataloged published books and pamphlets in Japanese, and Japanese language and calligraphy cards, playing cards and tokens.


  • Creation: 1935 - 1957


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in Engish and Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Crump Buchanan was born on June 13, 1892 in Nagoya, Japan to American parents. He received his M.A. From Washington and Lee University in 1914, his B.D. from McCormick Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Hartford Theological Seminary. In 1920 he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Soon thereafter he went back to Japan as a missionary and teacher. During World War Two he worked at the Japanese desk of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.). He was a postwar Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Department of State before returning to the Presbyterian ministry.. He authored at least two books, Iran: Its Origin, Development, and Nature and One Hundred Years of Haiku. Dr. Buchanan died on February 14, 1982. He gifted his papers to Washington and Lee in 1972.


1 Linear Feet ; 7.5 linear ft.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA