Manuscripts on paper, some are printed, some are maps, of varying sizes & shapes.

[Korea]: ca. 1916-55.

Japan occupied Korea between 1910 and 1945. During this period, Japanese rule underwent three phases: military rule, limited accommodation, and wartime mobilization. Yet Koreans were denied basic rights and suffered heavy economic exploitation throughout the period. In 1910, Japan “initiated a cadastral survey as the first step toward strengthening its control of the colonial economy...Since the survey recognized ownership rights only when substantiated by documents, the Government-General of Korea took over all land that was unregistered or of uncertain ownership.” Over time, “more Japanese capital entered the colonial economy as Japan changed the corporate law so that a new Japanese company merely had to register rather than seek a permit. Japanese investment became especially heavy in such sectors as cotton textiles, food processing, and mining” (Eugene Y. Park, Korea: A History [Stanford: 2022], pp. 251-52).

Most of the documents in our collection promise to provide insight into these processes. The set includes several insurance documents, applications to operate mines, contracts for the purchase and selling of land, and related maps. Localities mentioned include Anju and P’yŏngyang. The documents date from approximately 1916 (Taishō 5) to 1955.

In addition, there are some bilingual documents (in Japanese and English), dated 1945 and after, issued by the American occupation authorities. These deal with the fate of Japanese holdings in Korea and their proposed redistribution to Korean owners.

Many of these documents pertain to the heads of two Japanese families — Fujii Tateki 藤井干城 (who owned the Fujii Gumi) and Takahashi Mitsugu 高橋貢 — and their claims to ownership of properties and businesses in Korea. Legal documents they have furnished demonstrate that they had legally purchased properties from Korean citizens and conducted businesses there.

In fine condition.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 10164