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Lawrence Haslett photograph collection

Identifier: SC-2022-17

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 68+ photographs taken by Mr. Haslett during World War II. The bulk of the photographs were taken in the immediate aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also included are photos of the Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri (photos not taken by Haslett), Leyte Island in the Philippines, and Saipan Island. A handful of photos pertain to the moon walk in July 1969 (photos not taken by Haslett).


  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1944
  • 1941 - 1969

Biographical / Historical

Lawrence Haslett was born on October 19, 1919 in Independence Kansas and grew up in Wilkensburg, Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1939 - 1944. He was one of three Army photographers to take photos during the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II.He was decorated iwht the Legion of Merit for his photographs of the bombing of Hickam Field on December 7, 1941. Taken while the field was still under Japanese Attack, the pictures were the first official Army photos of this war.


1 manuscript box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Lawrence Haslett care of Mary Woo. Originally donated with the Legion of Merit Medal in 2003. It was returned to Mary Woo in 2005.

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Repository Details

Part of the CSUF University Archives & Special Collections Repository

University Archives & Special Collections
Pollak Library South Room 352 (PLS 352)
Fullerton CA 92831-3599 USA
(657) 278-4751