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[Photograph album documenting repatriation of residents of Rongelap Atoll]

Label
[Photograph album documenting repatriation of residents of Rongelap Atoll]
Title
[Photograph album documenting repatriation of residents of Rongelap Atoll]
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Collection of photographs dated between June 11 and June 30, 1957, documenting the return of native peoples to their homes on Rongelop Atoll following evacuation in 1954 due to United States government hydrogen bomb testing.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
Between 1946 and 1958, the United States military secretly conducted numerous atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, including hydrogen bomb tests on Bikini Atoll, 75 miles from Rongelap Atoll. Testing of the Castle Bravo 15 megaton hydrogen bomb took place on March 1, 1954 and produced large amounts of radioactive fallout, which contaminated more than 7000 square miles. The native peoples of Rongelap suffered radiation sickness, and were evacuated to Kwajalein Atoll for medical treatment. The residents were repatriated three years later in 1957, when the atoll was declared "clean and safe," although the islanders continued to suffer the effects of nuclear contamination. Not until 1984, and only with the help of the environmental group Greenpeace, were Rongelap residents permanently evacuated to Kwajalein where they remain today. The photographs, possibly taken by a U.S. Navy photographer, show men opening graves at relocation camp on Ergit (i.e. Ejit) Island in the Majuro Atoll, so that the bodies could be returned to Rongelap for burial, natives awaiting transport back to the island, numerous views of the ships and their passengers, specifically LST 618 (Landing Ship Tank 618) and LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel), and people preparing a pig roast in celebration of their return. Newly-constructed homes, eating house, latrines, school, and chapel sit amidst the tropical landscape of palm trees and beaches, as the United States flag is raised by Rongelap magistrate John Ainlain. Several photos juxtapose the old ramshackle native buildings and the new modern homes to which the evacuees are returning, built by the Atomic Energy Commission. Government officials also appear in many of the photos, including Mr. Ross, Trust Territory Head of Police; Mr. Al Gergely, Trust Territory attorney; Captain Harold M. Berg, master of LST 618; Mr. Umhoffer, District Representative of the Kwajalein District for Trust Territory, and agriculturalist Mr. Sedares. There are also two photos, dated June 25, 1957, of Father Leonard Hacker and his boys band playing for the natives as they prepare to return to Rongelap; Father Hacker was instrumental in expanding the Catholic community on Majuro Atoll
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album documenting repatriation of residents of Rongelap Atoll]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs were mounted on rectos only of 112 leaves of stiff cream paper in plastic sleeves; typed captions mounted below include description of photo and inventory number ("W-710-11, W-710-12..."), suggesting that the photographer was most likely one of the many U.S. photographers who extensively documented the Rongelap repatriation, possibly from the U.S. Navy or Atomic Energy Commission. In some photos, the inventory/stock number was added in negative to the photo itself. Some photos are stamped on verso: "Official Use Only...."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • Additional information available from the Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library; http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/tobin/index.php?c=1
Color
black and white
Dimensions
30 x 29 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (221 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Photographs rehoused in archival mylar sleeves; bound in new post binding of brown cloth boards. In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books, 2015, for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)915143729
  • ucoclc915143729
Label
[Photograph album documenting repatriation of residents of Rongelap Atoll]
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs were mounted on rectos only of 112 leaves of stiff cream paper in plastic sleeves; typed captions mounted below include description of photo and inventory number ("W-710-11, W-710-12..."), suggesting that the photographer was most likely one of the many U.S. photographers who extensively documented the Rongelap repatriation, possibly from the U.S. Navy or Atomic Energy Commission. In some photos, the inventory/stock number was added in negative to the photo itself. Some photos are stamped on verso: "Official Use Only...."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • Additional information available from the Jack Tobin Marshall Islands Anthropology Collection at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library; http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/tobin/index.php?c=1
Color
black and white
Dimensions
30 x 29 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (221 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Photographs rehoused in archival mylar sleeves; bound in new post binding of brown cloth boards. In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books, 2015, for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)915143729
  • ucoclc915143729

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