John B. Appleton (1891-1953) was a geographer and intelligence analyst. He traveled and researched in China, Japan and Korea in 1934-1936.The collection documents Appleton's travels in China, Japan, Korea and Manchuria in the 1930s including his passage through Oahu, Aden Port Said, Malta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The primary subject matter is the monuments of China and Japan, the landscapes and agriculture, and the lives of the workers. Aspects of rice, soybean and tea cultivation are captured, as are silkworm cultivation and silk processing; coal mining; and steel processing.
Albert Raddin Sweetser (1861-1940) was professor of botany at the University of Oregon, 1902-1931, and he established the UO Herbarium. His wife, Carrie K. Sweetser (1863-1952) was a watercolorist, a life-long diarist, and her botanist husband's devoted travel companion. The collection contains Albert Sweetser correspondence and notes, photographs and negatives of botanical subjects and travel in Japan and S. Korea in the early 1900s, and Albert and Carrie Sweetser travel and teaching scrapbooks, photo albums, journals, and personal material.