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Mendel Krim Collection

Identifier: SPC-2022-019

Scope and Contents

The Mendel Krim Collection (1944-1953, undated) documents the career of Army doctor Mendel Krim through both papers and a large collection of photographs. The extensive collection of over 350 photographs, taken by Krim while overseas, shows the circumstances and conditions of postwar Korea and Japan through street and landmark photography while capturing Krim’s personal experiences working in Army hospitals in these areas. In addition to the photographs, the collection includes over 500 photo negatives taken throughout Korea and Japan. Accompanying this sizable photograph collection are Krim’s military documents, including draft and discharge papers, letters to commanding officers, benefits paperwork, and training certificates. Also included in the collection are two artworks, a drawing of Krim and a painting of a woman, presumably Krim’s wife Shirley.


  • 1944-1953, undated

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Mendel Krim, M.D. (1922-1946) was born in New York City. After completing the Army Specialized Training Program in Medicine at NYU during World War II, Krim went on to serve as a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps (MC), a non-combat specialty branch of the U.S. Army Medical Department. Krim served in Korea and Japan as an Army doctor from 1947-1949, documenting his experiences abroad through photographs of natural scenery, notable landmarks, fellow soldiers and doctors, and candid shots of strangers.


1 box (one linear foot)

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The Mendel Krim Collection contains the photographs and papers of Mendel Krim, M.D., who served as a United States Army doctor in Korea and Japan from 1947-1949. Papers include letters, certificates, and records of Krim’s military service, while the extensive collection of photographs capture Krim’s experiences abroad.

Processing Information

Processed July 21, 2022 by Allison Wall

Inventory of the Mendel Krim Collection
Allison Wall
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747