Harold Gould Henderson

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For the British Conservative politician, see Harold Henderson.

Harold Gould Henderson (1889–1974) was an American academic, art historian and Japanologist. He was a Columbia University professor for twenty years. From 1948 through 1952, he was the President of the Japan Society in New York.[1]

Biography[edit]

Henderson earned a degree at Columbia University in 1910, and continued his studies in Japan between 1930 and 1934.[1] From 1927 through 1929, Henderson was assistant curator of the Far East Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.[2] In 1934, he joined the faculty of Columbia. His academic career was interrupted by military service in the Second World War. At war's end, he returned to Columbia, retiring in 1956.[1]

In World War II Lieutenant-Colonel Henderson's war service took him to Japan.[2] General Douglas MacArthur's staff during the occupation of Japan included a Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) section. Among those serving with Henderson in Tokyo were Sherman Lee,[3] Laurence Sickman[4] and Patrick Lennox Tierney.[5]

In Tokyo, Henderson was an advisor on education, religion, and art. Along with Reginald Horace Blyth, he served as a liaison between General MacArthur and Japan’s Imperial household. He participated in the process of drafting the Humanity Declaration in which the Emperor renounced his personal divinity.[6]

In 1974 Henderson was honored the Order of the Sacred Treasure.[1]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about Harold Henderson, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 70+ works in 160+ publications in 5 languages and 4,900+ library holdings.[7]

  • The Bamboo Broom; an Introduction to Japanese Haiku (1934)[8]
  • From the Bamboo Broom (1934)
  • The Surviving Works of Sharaku (1939)
  • Handbook of Japanese Grammar (1943)
  • An Introduction to Haiku; an Anthology of Poems and Poets from Bashō to Shiki Anchor Books/Doubleday & Company (1958)
  • Haiku in English (1965)

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Harold Henderson, Japanese Scholar, New York Times. May 11, 1988.
  2. ^ a b Monuments Men Foundation: Monuments Men> Henderson, Harold G.
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Sherman Lee, Who Led Cleveland Museum, Dies at 90," New York Times. July 11, 2008; Kappes, John. "Sherman Lee, who led the Cleveland Museum of Art to global renown, dead at 90," The Plain Dealer (Cleveland). July 9, 2008.
  4. ^ Monuments Men Foundation: Monuments Men> Sickman, Maj. Laurence
  5. ^ Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles: Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon (3rd class).
  6. ^ Dower, John. (1999). Embracing Defeat, p. 310.
  7. ^ WorldCat Identities: Henderson, Harold Gould
  8. ^ Walton, Eda Lou. "Japanese Poets Who Have Influenced the Imagists; The Bamboo Broom: An Introduction to Japanese Haiku by Harold Gould Henderson," New York Times. April 22, 1934.

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