Article IV - Recent Donations

A vast influx of new collections continues to inundate the MacArthur Memorial staff so keep it up out there. You are doing a great job. The papers of famed journalist, photographer and author Richard Henschel, Record Group-42 in the MacArthur archives, were added to by the donations from nephew-in-law Howard Husock of Brookline, Massachusetts. More than 330 photographs came in with this donation. Amongst it was the ever elusive photo of MacArthur at the map, pointing at the Philippines during the Pearl Harbor Conference. It was a little fuzzy, probably why it was never widely distributed, but after 40 years of searching it is now located so plan on seeing it everywhere as it is in the public domain.

A great boost to the library was made by the donation of Bataan veteran Paul Rueter of Maryland. More than 250 books belonging to Bataan veteran Neal Harrington had been given to his best friend Paul Rueter upon his own death. Dr. Elizabeth Norman of We Band of Angels fame suggested we get in touch with Paul and a truck was dispatched to Maryland to pick up a great collection of many hard to find books about Bataan, Corregidor and prisoner of war memoirs. Highlighted in this collection was a signed copy of super spy Claire Phillips’ Manila Espionage.

Caroline Bailey Pratt of Davis, California, donated the papers of her family to the MacArthur Memorial in connection with the Liberation Weekend festivities. Caroline’s father was Fay Bailey of National City Bank in Manila. He was incarcerated with all Allied nationals when Japan occupied the Philippines. He was a key player in the history of Santo Tomas Internment Camp and the papers are extremely significant.

Also in conjunction with Liberation Weekend Mrs. Alice Sawyer of Carmel, California, donated a large collection of Santo Tomas documents. They were documents that had come into Goodwill years ago and Alice saved them thinking them important. She was right. There is a color program for a football game in the early days of the camp, before starvation ended all such activity, that is just stunning. Whose papers these were is unknown.