Finding aid for the Takeshi Ban Papers

Yoko Shimojo
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 830-5680
Email: hnrc@janm.org
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Japanese American National Museum. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Takeshi Ban Papers

Collection number: 96.5.200

Japanese American National Museum

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Yoko Shimojo
Encoded by:
Yoko Shimojo
© 2009 Japanese American National Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Takeshi Ban papers
Dates: 1902-1986
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1930s)
Collection number: 96.5.200
Creator: Ban,Takeshi, 1884-1956
Collection Size: 10 linear feet
Repository: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles, California 90012
Abstract: Takeshi Ban was an Issei congregational minister from Kumamoto prefecture, and a president of the Pacific Society of Religious Education. The collection consists of documents, publications, and phonographs records, and 3D objects spanning from 1902 to 1986. The film portion of the collection has been transferred to the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2007.
Physical location: Japanese American National Museum 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Access

By appointment only. Contact the Hirasaki National Resource Center by e-mail (hnrc@janm.org) or telephone (213.830.5680)

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum (hnrc@janm.org).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Takeshi Ban papers. 96.5.200, Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2007. Project Director was Cris Paschild. Project Archivists were Yoko Shimojo and Marlon Romero.

Biography / Administrative History

Takeshi Ban, an Issei congregational minister from Kumamoto prefecture, moved to Hawaii in 1910 and to mainland in 1913. After 1931 he established Pacific Society of Religious Education (Taiheiyo Bunka Kyoikukai) and was the principal of the Pacific Cultural Institute (Taiheiyo Bunka Gakuin) in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. He went around the nation giving lectures about Japanese culture to Nisei youth. He also showed Japanese films with his lectures. He was connected with Fuji-kan theatre in Little Tokyo before the war and was a benshi (narrator) for the Japanese silent films. He was also the president of the Pacific Bureau of New Musical Study, which distributed Japanese records to Academic institutions in the United States.
The film portion of the collection has been transferred to the National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2007. There is also another collection belonged to Takeshi Ban, which can be found under the ID number 96.61.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Takeshi Ban papers contains account books, administrative records, clippings, correspondence, flyers, journals, notebooks, publications, phonograph records, and 3D objects.
Series 1: Account books, 1927-1936 (4 books)

This series contains financial records of Takeshi Ban's farm operation and financial records of Orange County Japanese Independent Christian Church Japanese school.
Series 2: Administrative records, 1937-1949 (4 folders)

This series contains administrative records including contracts, statements, film lists, financial records, stock certificate, and a photograph. Majority of the records are of Nihon Eiga Renmei (Japanese Theatre Association) and Taiheiyo Bunka Kyoikukai (Pacific Society of Religious Education). It also includes constitution and publication for Pacific Bureau of New Musical Study.
Series 3: Clippings, 1938-1948 (1 folder)

This series contains clippings of film advertisements from newspapers such as Tokyo Nichi-Nichi Shinbun and Hawaii Times.
Series 4: Correspondence, 1938-1952 (4 folders)

This series contains correspondence of Takeshi Ban. Majority of the correspondences are from Noboru Tsuda from Japanese Theatre Association, Inc. and Suimin Matsui from a film-distributing agency.
Series 5: Flyers, ca. 1935 (1 folder)

This series contains Japanese film flyers: Nihon no Shocho: A Symbol of Japan, Byakui no Kajin, and Tsuki yori no Shisha. The flyers are oversized and stored separately.
Series 6: Journals, 1933-1941 (18 books)

This series contains journals of film screenings including dates, titles, locations, donator name lists, attendance, fees, and notes. The location covers from the West coast to the East coast such as, California, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, and New York.
Series 7: Notebooks, ca. 1913 (2 books)

This series contains notebooks with drafts. One has a title "Toyoko san" and the other contain poems.
Series 8: Publications, ca. 1902-1986 (6 linear feet)

This series contains publications including Japanese textbooks. Most of the publications are in Japanese and the subjects vary including biography, directory, religion, immigration and novels by Japanese American authors. The Japanese textbooks are mostly from Hawaii and California and the level is from elementary to middle school.
Series 9: Phonograph records, ca. 1930s (6 boxes)

This series contains records of Japanese songs mainly from the 1930s. Some are pressed and made in Los Angeles. There is a record of songs called "Rafu Ondo" (LA March) and "Amerika Ondo" (America March), which were made for the Japanese community in L.A.
Series 10: 3D objects, (3 small boxes)

This series contains rubber stamps (32 objects), stamp pads (2 objects), and business cards of Takeshi Ban and Pacific Society of Religious Education Inc. It also includes date and film flyer stamps.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Ban, Takeshi
Christianity
Clergy
Japanese Americans
California
Los Angeles
Music
Issei
Taiheiyo Bunka Kyoikukai
Nihon Eiga Renmei


Collection Contents

Box 1

Series 1 Account books 1927-1936

Physical Description: 4 books

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains financial records of Takeshi Ban's farm operation and financial records of Orange County Japanese Independent Christian Church Japanese school.
Box 1

Series 2 Administrative records 1937-1949

Physical Description: 4 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains administrative records including contracts, statements, film lists, financial records, stock certificate, and a photograph. Majority of the records are of Nihon Eiga Renmei (Japanese Theatre Association) and Taiheiyo Bunka Kyoikukai (Pacific Society of Religious Education). It also includes constitution and publication for Pacific Bureau of New Musical Study.
Box 1

Series 3 Clippings 1938-1948

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains clippings of film advertisements from newspapers such as Tokyo Nichi-Nichi Shinbun and Hawaii Times.
Box 1

Series 4 Correspondence 1938-1952

Physical Description: 4 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence of Takeshi Ban. Majority of the correspondences are from Noboru Tsuda from Japanese Theatre Association, Inc. and Suimin Matsui from a film-distributing agency.
Box 1

Series 5 Flyers ca. 1935

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains Japanese film flyers: Nihon no Shocho: A Symbol of Japan, Byakui no Kajin, and Tsuki yori no Shisha. The flyers are oversized and stored separately.
Box 1

Series 6 Journals 1933-1941

Physical Description: 18 books

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains journals of film screenings including dates, titles, locations, donator name lists, attendance, fees, and notes. The location covers from the West coast to the East coast such as, California, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, and New York.
Box 1

Series 7 Notebooks ca. 1913

Physical Description: 2 books

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains notebooks with drafts. One has a title "Toyoko san" and the other contain poems.
Box 2-9

Series 8 Publications ca. 1902-1986

Physical Description: 6 linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains publications including Japanese textbooks. Most of the publications are in Japanese and the subjects vary including biography, directory, religion, immigration and novels by Japanese American authors. The Japanese textbooks are mostly from Hawaii and California and the level is from elementary to middle school.
Box 10-15

Series 9 Phonograph records ca. 1930s

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains records of Japanese songs mainly from the 1930s. Some are pressed and made in Los Angeles. There is a record of songs called "Rafu Ondo" (LA March) and "Amerika Ondo" (America March), which were made for the Japanese community in L.A.
Box 16

Series 10 3D objects

Physical Description: 3 small boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains rubber stamps (32 objects), stamp pads (2 objects), and business cards of Takeshi Ban and Pacific Society of Religious Education Inc. It also includes date and film flyer stamps.