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The Personal Papers series contains materials related to Beplat's work for the United States military in Japan. The papers include records of his appointment, paychecks, and permission to travel, his journal from October 1945 when he first arrived in Japan, materials to study the Japanese language, correspondence, photographs, and papers regarding the American Club which he co-founded.
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The Economic and Scientific Section, Finance Division series documents Beplat's work as the chief of the Money and Banking Branch of the Finance Division, as well as the work of other divisions within the Economic and Scientific Section, of the General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan. The majority of the series is composed of memoranda regarding issues facing the divisions or conducting business in Japan. Also included is a small amount of business correspondence, reports on the economic conditions in Japan, and records on the structure, purpose, and personnel of the Money and Banking Branch.
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The Banks and Banking series is largely composed of financial statistics and reports issued by individual banks operating in Japan, many of them to the Financial Minister regarding a reorganization program. The series also contains memoranda, papers, and reports about banking in Japan, some of which are authored by divisions of the Economic and Scientific Section, GHQ-SCAP.
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The Economic Subject Files series contains materials collected by Beplat about the economy of Japan. Some are authored by divisions of the Economic and Scientific Section, GHQ-SCAP, while others are authored by Japanese banks and organizations. The materials include reports, memoranda, and statistics on Japan's economy, government finances, trade, and the foreign exchange rate of the yen, as well as copies of potential legislation regarding banking and finance and related memoranda and reports analyzing these laws.
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This series includes some letters to Frisk Matthews, contains personal and official correspondence with family, friends, researchers and others. The family correspondence includes letters from Matthews mother Bertha Matthews ("Mother Matthews") and exchanges with his wife Elizabeth "Frisk" Luke, his sons Freeman and Thomas, and his parents-in-law "Father and Mother Luke" in Tarrytown, NY. Matthews' letters to Frisk, Freeman Jr., and "Father Luke" include personal insights and observations about political situations and World War II. The correspondence with his wife Frisk after they married is chronologically arranged by the period during which Matthews served in a particular country, while Frisk and the children stayed in Tarrytown for periods of time. During the outbreak of the war and Matthews' service in France, Frisk and the children stayed in Tarrytown as well, apart from a five months trip by Frisk to Vichy (November 26, 1940 to May 10, 1941).
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This series includes a few memoranda, addresses and speeches, handwritten notes, and a typescript of the complete third and probably last draft of the memoirs that Matthews published privately under the title "Memoirs of a Passing Era" (circa 1972). According to his foreword, Matthews chose for private publication because he did not wish the memoirs to be subject to a commercial publisher's changes, omissions, or additions. In addition, he wanted the book to be a full account of his life as he remembered it, and to contain his "frank opinion of those, both great and small, with whom I was associated in public life. In a few instances my opinions would be less than complimentary and I have no wish to make them public."
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The records in this series are of a miscellaneous nature. In addition to a facsimile copy of The Baltimore American of August 20, 1773, the first two folders contain printed materials and memorabilia on various topics, including the Second World War and subsequent peace conferences. Other records in the series are of a personal nature, and include a typescript diary by Frisk Matthews when she visited her husband in Vichy, France, from November 26, 1940 to March 2, 1942. Matthews quotes the pages from February 6 to her departure in his memoirs (pp 462-481).
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The photographs in this section include formal portrait and group photographs, mainly of H. Freeman Matthews and his wife Elizabeth Luke Matthews. The photos include a portrait of Jefferson Caffery, 1934. The miscellaneous photographs include what appears to be a series of photos, taken in April 1941, of staff members of the American Embassy at their temporary location in Vichy. The photographs include Ambassador Leahy, secretaries, and a code clerk. Matthews describes the accommodation at "Villa Ica" where he chose to live himself, in his memoirs (pp 437-438).