The Jerome Hall Law Library’s Institutional Repository has a growing collection of Historic Documents. The most recent added document came from the family of the late local Bloomington business woman Linda Prall, whose grandfather (Floyd J. “Jack” Mattice) was a University of Michigan Law School graduate and served as an American Associate Counsel during the Tokyo War Crimes Trials. The scrapbook she donated is believed to have been compiled by Mattice’s secretary during his time in Japan and then presented to him upon his return to the United States.
(A typical page in the Scrapbook)
Upon receipt of the gift, the Library’s Technical Services Department digitized the scrapbook and placed the original in the archives. The scrapbook contains both personal and professional papers documenting Mattice’s time in Japan. Among the miscellaneous contents are official orders; memoranda; newspaper clippings; photographs; souvenirs; maps; telegraphs; and handwritten personal letters to and from Mattice.
Additionally the scrapbook contains several typed manuscripts, assumed to have been written by Mattice. These include, “Causes of the Pacific War,” “International Military Tribunal for the Far East,” “Observations Anent Japan,” and “A Weekend in Tokyo.”
(First page of “The Causes of the Pacific War” manuscript”)
The scrapbook measures 14” x 10.75” and contains twenty-five leaves. The book is bound between two red cover boards with ribbons holding the boards in place. A three dimensional origami figure rests on the cover.
(Cover of the Mattice Scrapbook)
To view the digitized scrapbook, click here; to see the actual scrapbook, contact a Reference Librarian.