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Kaigun nikki

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9178

Scope and Contents

"Kaigun Nikki" or "Navy Diary" created by the Japanese government for military personnel. Used by an unidentified Japanese military person who served in the Philippines during the Second World War. The printed diary is for 1942, but the entries are from 1943.


  • approximately 1943-1944

Language of Materials

Item written in Japanese, in a cursive script and kanji.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Kaigun nikki must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Donated by William (Bill) Gough, son of Roy William Gough. Roy Gough had retrieved the diary from a deceased Japanese military person in the Philippines during World War II. The donation was facilitated by LDS Philanthropies donor liaison John M. McCorquindale.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; William (Bill) Gough; August 2018.


World War II (Veterans History Collection Development Policy, undated).


The diary was created by the Japanese government with the dates already indicated on each page when the owner received it. The owner crossed out each date as if they were wrong and corrected them with new dates, which suggests that he was using a 1942 diary to record his life in 1943. Additionally, on the cover of the diary, he crossed out the 7 in "17th year" and wrote an 8 over the top making it read "Showa 18th year," or 1943. The owner wrote in cursive Japanese, which is difficult even for Japanese scholars to read. As a result, there has not been a way to determine who the owner of the diary was. There are areas in the diary for the owner to insert personal information but these areas have been left blank. There are about 14 pages of the diary that have someone else's handwriting on the bottom of the pages along with the original owner's. This suggests that someone else was either writing in it at the same time as the original owner, or that someone else actually had posession of the diary for a time.


Dimensions: 15 x 10 cm.


Date on item is Shōwa jū hachinenpan, which is a Japanese imperial regnal date.


Title on item: 海軍日記



Processing Information

Processed; Krysta Taylor, Student archive intern, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2018.

Kaigun nikki
Krysta Taylor
2018 October 8
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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