Mac Suzuki Photograph Collection

Atami 19 Looking toward Atami July 1949 Tokyo 5 Dai Ichi Building Nikko 3 Tokyo 8 Imperial Palace Tokyo 3 Haneda Air Port Tokyo 13 University Entrance Tokyo Diet Building [back view] 4/29/49 Tokyo 14 University operating rm 1949 Tokyo 7 Military review July 4, 1949 Nikko 1 October 1950 Tokyo 15 University lab no caption, Mac Suzuki with ducks no caption, man with ducks no caption, buildings, shrine? 2 Japan from air Tokyo 2 [illegible] Tokyo 6 Military review July 4, 1949 Tokyo 12 University Tokyo 11 Ginza Tokyo 17 Kamakura Buddhist stature July 1949 Nikko 46 Nikko 4a Tokyo 3 Imperial Hotel Tokyo 9 Imperial Palace moat Tokyo 10 Parliament House no caption no caption Nikko 5 Nikko 6 Nikko 7 Nikko 8 Nikko 9 Nikko 10 cable car to Lake Chuzenji Nikko 11 cable car Nikko 12 Kegon Falls Nikko 13 Kegon Falls Nikko 14 Kegon Falls Nikko 15 Kegon Falls Nikko 16 Lake Chuzenji Nikko 17 Lake Chuzenji Nikko 18 Lake Chuzenji Nikko 19 Lake Chuzenji Nikko 20 Lake Chuzenji Nikko 21 Lake Chuzenji Nikko 22 Mount  Nantai Nikko 23 trout farm Nikko 24 trout farm Nikko 25 1950 Nikko 26 Yukawa River, Lake Chuzenji Nikko 27 Yukawa River, flow into Lake Chuzenji Nikko 28 brook flow into Yukawa River Nikko 29 Oct 1950 Nikko 30 Lodge on Yukawa River Nikko 31 hunting lodge Nikko 32 no caption Nikko 33 Sengokuhara Nikko 34 no caption Nikko 35 Yukawa Falls 20 sunrise, seventh station eastward Sept 3 21 sunrise from seventh station eastward Sept 3 22 sunrise, seventh station westward 23 Becky  & Warner Wells between seventh & eighth stations.  Seventh station seen below, ... 24 Hank & Peter Luykx eighth & ninth station visible.  Before the storm Sept 3 1950 25 Eighth station downward seventh & the sixth station with cinder trail the the left 26 eighth station roof looking toward Lake Kawaguchi Sept 3 Mount Fuji 27 eight station rock walls & weighed roof Sept 3 just before the storm 28 descending by the cinder trail Peter & Hank Luykx Sept 3 Mount Fuji end of climb 29a Group after the climb, soaking wet from the typhoon at the bicentennial Sept 3 guide Sato 29b Hamada end of climb of Mount Fuji 1950 30 Homeward! Sept 4 Buddhist statue at Kamakura July 1949 7 Akakura 6 Akakura 5 Akakura 4 Akakura 3 Akakura 2 Akakura 1 Akakura no caption, Fujiya Hotel 29 May Fujiya Hotel garden 1 Fujiya Hotel Miyamoshita Hakone National Park 29 May 50 2 Lake Hakone 29 May 50 5 Hakone Dec 1951 6 Lake Hakone with Mount Fuji Dec 1951 7 Mount Fuji Hakone Dec 51 8 Hakone 9 Hakone Mount Fuji Lake Hakone 10 Hakone 11 Mount Fuji Hakone 19 Sunrise from seventh station Lake Kawaguchi Sept 3 18 surise from seventh station lake Sept 3 17 sunrise from seventh station northward Lake Kawaguchi Sept 3 16 sunrise from seventh station westward toward Japan Alps Sept 3 15b sixth station 15a sixth station 14 fifth station 13 from fourth station 12 from 3rd station
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MS 196

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Mac Suzuki Photograph Collection


  • circa 1948-1952 (Creation)


0.5 cubic feet (1 box) (838 35mm slides)

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Biographical history

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.


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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).

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Open for research.

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Materials are in good condition although there is some evidence of vinegar syndrome associated with acetate-based film stock.

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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.

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Basic inventory of slides with content and locations based on creator's annotations.

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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.

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Accruals are not expected for this collection.

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  • 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.

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Processed and digitized by Alethea Drexler, 2015

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  • Shelf: 11.27