Inventory to the Masa Uehara Collection, 1966-1981

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General Library
University of California, Davis
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Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Arts and Humanities--Literature--American Literature.

Inventory of the Masa Uehara Collection, 1966-1981

D-366

Department of Special Collections

General Library

University of California, Davis

Davis, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • General Library
  • 100 North West Quad
  • University of California, Davis
  • Davis, CA 95616-5292
  • Phone: (530) 752-1621
  • Fax: (530) 754-5758
  • Email: speccoll@lib.ucdavis.edu
EAD finding aid by: Sara Gunasekara
Completed: 2004
©2004 The Regents of the University of California

Descriptive Summary

Title: Masa Uehara Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1966-1981
Collection number: D-366
Collector: Uehara, Masa
Creator: Snyder, Gary--1930-
Extent: 0.40 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
100 North West Quad
Davis, California, 95616-5292
Abstract: Masa Uehara was married to the poet Gary Snyder from 1967-1989. The collection consists of 111 letters she received from Gary Snyder over the course of their courtship and married life.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17 of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Masa Uehara Collection, D-366, Department of Special Collections, University of California Library, Davis, California.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2001.

Biography

Biographical Narrative

Masa Uehara, daughter of Tokusei and Mitsu, was raised in Japan. She and Gary Snyder were introduced in 1966 at a dinner party hosted by Hisao Kanaseki, one of her university professors and a friend of Snyder's. At the time of their introduction Uehara had recently graduated from Kobe University and was planning to pursue graduate studies at Ochanomizu Women's University.
Uehara and Snyder married on August 6, 1967 in a ceremony which took place on the rim of an active volcano on Suwa-no-se, a small island north of Okinawa. In April 1968, their first son, Kai, was born in Kyoto. The family left Japan in December 1968 to make their home in California. A second son, Gen, was born in 1969. In 1970, Snyder and Uehara and their two young sons took up residence on San Juan Ridge, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Nevada City, California.
Uehara studied ballet, Japanese classical dance, and Bharat Natyam in Japan and the United States. She was a member of the Balasaraswati dance troupe in Berkeley and performed in Japan, India, and many parts of the United States. She later undertook graduate study in Graphic Design/Visual Communications at California State University, Chico and started her own free-lance design business.
Uehara and Snyder divorced in 1989.
Source: Yamazato, Katsunori. "Seeking a fulcrum: Gary Snyder and Japan (1956-1975)" Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Davis, 1987.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Masa Uehara Collection consists of 111 letters she received from Gary Snyder over the course of their courtship and married life from 1966-1981.
During the fifteen year period of the correspondence, Snyder traveled extensively, giving readings and lectures at colleges, universities, and other forums all over the United States and abroad. This required him to leave his young family behind for significant portions of every year. In his letters home Snyder kept his wife closely informed about his building network of friends and colleagues, his developing environmental ethics and poetics, and his thoughts about the places he visited.
This collection is arranged in one series, Correspondence. The series is arranged chronologically.

Related collection

D-050, Gary Snyder Papers

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Uehara, Masa
Snyder, Gary--1930-
Poets, American--20th century
American poetry--20th century
Authors, American--20th century
American literature--20th century


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Correspondence, 1966-1981

Physical Description:

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.

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Box 1:1

June 7, 1966

Physical Description: 2 letters, 1 envelope

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Includes 1 letter from Uehara to Snyder.
Box 1:2

June 14, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:3

June 1966

Physical Description: 2 letters, 1 envelope

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Includes 1 letter from Uehara to Snyder.
Box 1:4

June 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:5

July 4, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:6

July 20, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:7

July 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:8

August 23, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:9

September 14, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:10

September 20, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:11

October 2, 1966

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:12

October 10, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:13

October 12, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:14

October 18, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:15

October 25, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope, 2 flyers

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Box 1:16

October 30, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:17

November 16, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:18

December 24, 1966

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:19

January 5, 1967

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:20

January 6, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:21

January 31, 1967

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:22

February 11, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:23

February 23, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope, 3 flyers

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Box 1:24

March 14, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:25

March 1967

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:26

March 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:27

April 19, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope, 2 poems titled "The Rabbit" and "By the Tama River at the North End of the Plain in April"

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Box 1:28

April 24, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:29

May 15, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:30

May 27, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:31

May 28, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:32

June 21, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:33

June 27, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:34

July 7, 1967

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:35

November 15, 1969

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:36

November 28, 1969

Physical Description: 1 card

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Box 1:37

[ca. 1969-1970]

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:38

March 9, 1970

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:39

March 30, 1970

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:40

April 3, 1970

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:41

April 11, 1970

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:42

April 17, 1970

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:43

January 29, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:44

February 17, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:45

February 22, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:46

February 23, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:47

February 24, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:48

February 25, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:49

April 2, 1971

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:50

April 5, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:51

April 9, 1971

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:52

November 11, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:53

November 13, 1971

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:54

November 15, 1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:55

November 17, 1971

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:56

1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:57

1971

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:58

February 27, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:59

March 6, 1972

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:60

March 7, 1972

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:61

June 7, 1972

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:62

June 10, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:63

June 16, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:64

June 18, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:65

June 25, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:66

June 28, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:67

June 30, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:68

July 6, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter with 1 poem titled "The Uses of Light"

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Box 1:69

July 6, 1972

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:70

July 9, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:71

July 12, 1972

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:72

July 23, 1972

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:73

November 9, 1972

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:74

November 2, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:75

November 4, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:76

November 8, 1973

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:77

November 11, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:78

November 17, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:79

November 21, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:80

November 26, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:81

March 1974

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:82

July 1, 1974

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:83

August 7, 1974

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope, 2 photographs

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Box 1:84

August 25, 1974

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:85

August 27, 1973

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:86

September 10, 1974

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:87

January 31, 1975

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:88

February 13, 1975

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:89

October 9, 1975

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:90

October 1975

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:91

1976?

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:92

January 3, 1977

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:93

January 6, 1977

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:94

April 13, 1977

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:95

1977?

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:96

February 19, 1978

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:97

February 27, 1978

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:98

November 26, 1978

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:99

April 13, 1980

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:100

April 13, 1980

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:101

February 11, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Letter #1
Box 1:102

February 11, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Letter #2
Box 1:103

September 13, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:104

September 25, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:105

October 6, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Box 1:106

October 7, 1981

Physical Description: 1 card, 1 envelope

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Box 1:107

October 9, 1981

Physical Description: 1 postcard

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Box 1:108

October 17, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Letter #1
Box 1:109

October 17, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter

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Letter #2
Box 1:110

October 17, 1981

Physical Description: 1 letter, 1 envelope

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Box 1:111

1981

Physical Description: 1 letter

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