December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, honoring those killed when Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. This led to the United States’ entry into World War II.
These images from our World War II Photograph Collection (PR76), taken by U.S. Navy photographers, capture the aftermath of the bombing. (All captions taken from the original photos.)
This collection was presented to the New-York Historical Society library in November, 1945. Most of the photographs in the collection have press information or narrative detail on the verso or on papers attached to the photo. The photos and their accompanying text give an idea of the breadth and message of the U.S. government’s public relations campaign in America to encourage support for the war.
This post was written by Marybeth Kavanagh, Reference Archivist