Name and location of repository
Level of description
Mac Suzuki Photograph Collection
- circa 1948-1952 (Creation)
0.5 cubic feet (1 box) (838 35mm slides)
Name of creator
Masamichi "Mac" Suzuki was born on October 18, 1918 in Acampo, CA. He received his BA degree from the University of California Berkley and studied medicine at the University of California San Francisco. As an American citizen of Japanese descent, Mac was forced to leave his third year of medical school and placed in an internment camp during WWII. During his time there he served as a camp doctor. He completed his medical degree at Wayne State Medical School in Detroit, MI. He served on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) from around 1948 to 1953, studying the effects of radiation on fertility in Japan. While in Japan, he met his wife, Zoe Green, who was serving as the Assistant Director of Nurses for the ABCC. Later Dr. Suzuki served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas raising to the rank of Major. He started a practice in the Detroit, MI area. He retired in his 70s. He died on December 19, 2014.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
The Mac Suzuki Photograph Collection, MS 196, contains 838 color slides of 35 mm film taken by Mac Suzuki, MD. Most of the images were taken in Japan between 1948 and 1952 while Dr. Suzuki’s worked with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. This material was donated by the children of Dr. Suzuki. The images are good condition although there is some evidence of vinegar syndrome. Most of the slides are Kodachrome with rich color and very sharp images depicting rural, tourist and work related scenes. A few slides are an off-brand of film, which account for the vinegar syndrome.
The slides are Kodachrome with rich color and very sharp images depicting rural, tourist and work related scenes. The slides were stored in a metal, baked enamel, slide storage container. One unusual characteristic of the storage system is how Dr. Suzuki identified the slides. He used different colors of ink to write on the edges of the cardboard film holder. Using this method, he indicated the subjects of slides, such as Rice, Nikko, etc. Rice depicts rice farming in Japan in the 1950s. Nikko depicts the resort area in the 1950s. Now, the slides are in inert plastic sleeves in folders organized by slide number. This collection is 0.5 cubic feet (1 box).
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Open for research.
Materials are in good condition although there is some evidence of vinegar syndrome associated with acetate-based film stock.
Conditions governing reproduction
Creative Commons License 4.0, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs. CC BY-NC-ND. Images are to be used for educational purposes only, and are not to be reproduced without permission from The TMC Library, McGovern Historical Center.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Basic inventory of slides with content and locations based on creator's annotations.
Generated finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
The Suzuki-Moore family requested that all slides be scanned and a copy of the scans given to the family. Digital copies of collection were delivered to the family.
Immediate source of acquisition
The Suzuki-Moore family (Sara, Megan, Daniel, and Katherine (Suzuki) Moore) officially donated this material on May 21, 2015.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Accruals are not expected for this collection.
Related materials elements
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- Citation: Mac Suzuki Photograph Collection; MS 196; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
- Processing information: Slides have been digitized, and they are stored in the Digital Collection Drive (DCD). A rough inventory of all slide and their subjects based on the creator's notations (categories) is available in the control folder as well as the DCD folder.
- Processing information: Slides rehoused in PAT photograph preservers and grouped in folders within the document box in order of creator assigned identification number. Identification numbers and categories are based on notations provided by the creator on the items.
- Processing information: Numbers in item titles correspond to numerical notations provided by creator. They seem to be an order within subject categories.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
Processed and digitized by Alethea Drexler, 2015