Guide to the Kilsoo Haan Papers, 1933-1973

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Guide to the Kilsoo Haan Papers, 1933-1973

Collection number: MS 151

The University Library



Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Contact Information:

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • University Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California, 95064
  • Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
September 2003
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Kilsoo Haan Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1933-1973
Collection number: MS 151
Creator: Haan, Kilsoo Kenneth
Extent: 1.5 linear feet

3 cartons
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, commentaries, and other writing, including texts for the Korean Underground Report, written by Haan in his role as a Sino-Korean Peoples' League representative.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Kilsoo Haan Papers, MS 151, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Kilsoo K. Haan in August 1973. Additions 1974, 1975.

Biography

Kilsoo Kenneth Haan was born in Chang Dan, Korea, on May 31, 1900. He arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 5, and soon was working as a sugar cane laborer for the Oahu Sugar Company. After completing the 8th grade, he contracted to raise sugar cane for the Company, while training in the Hawaiian National Guard. After an honorable discharge, Haan moved to San Francisco. There he attended the Salvation Army Training College. Between 1922 and 1926 he served in the Salvation Army as an officer, reaching the rank of Captain, and was stationed back on the Hawaiian Islands. In 1926 he married Stella Yoon in Honolulu, with whom he had a son and a daughter. In 1932 he joined the Sino-Korean Peoples' League, acting as its representative in Hawaii and America, and began working to assist U.S. intelligence concerning Japan. Between 1938 and 1947 he resided in Washington, D.C., as the Washington representative of the League. He is famous for having attempted to warn various American officals shortly before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor of the impending attack. Haan became a naturalized United States citizen in 1956. He worked for the Chun King Corporation in San Jose, California, from the mid- 1950's until 1969. Upon his retirement he moved to Capitola, a seaside village near Santa Cruz, where he died in July, 1976.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, clippings, commentaries, and other writing, including texts for the Korean Underground Report, written by Haan in his role as a Sino-Korean Peoples' League representative. The correspondence is arranged chronologically by year, ranging from 1933 to 1975. Many of the letters were photocopied by Mr. Haan himself, who then added clarifying notes in the margins.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Haan, Kilsoo--1900-1976--Archives.
Haan, Kilsoo--1900-1976--Correspondence.
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
World War, 1939-1945--Causes.
United States--Foreign relations--Sources.


Collection Contents

 

Biographical 1933-1975

Physical Description: Box 1

Scope and Content Note

Biographical material about Kilsoo Haan.
Box-folder 1:1

1938-1975

 

Correspondence, 1933-1975

Physical Description: Box 1-2:11

Scope and Content Note

Material consists of original and photocopied letters mainly to and from Kilsoo Haan, or of concern to him. Some photocopied items contain clippings of relevance to the letter. Please note that Haan often used or copied letters for use in his political flyers (see Box 2, folder 12).
Box-folder 1:2

1975

Box-folder 1:3

1973

Box-folder 1:4

1972

Box-folder 1:5

1971

Box-folder 1:6

1970

Box-folder 1:7

1969

Box-folder 1:8

1968

Box-folder 1:9

1967

Box-folder 1:10

1966

Box-folder 1:11

1965

Box-folder 1:12

1964

Box-folder 1:13

1963

Box-folder 1:14

1962

Box-folder 1:15

1961

Box-folder 1:16

1960

Box-folder 1:17

1959

Box-folder 1:18

1958

Box-folder 1:19

1957

Box-folder 1:20

1956

Box-folder 1:21

1955

Box-folder 1:22

1954

Box-folder 1:23

1953

Box-folder 1:24

1952

Box-folder 1:25

1951

Box-folder 1:26

1950

Box-folder 1:27

1949

Box-folder 1:28

1948

Box-folder 1:29

1947

Box-folder 1:30

1946

Box-folder 1:31

1945

Box-folder 1:32

1944

Box-folder 1:33

1943

Box-folder 2:1

1942

Box-folder 2:2

1941

Box-folder 2:3

1940

Box-folder 2:4

1939

Box-folder 2:5

1938

Box-folder 2:6

1937

Box-folder 2:7

1936

Box-folder 2:8

1935

Box-folder 2:9

1934

Box-folder 2:10

1933

Box-folder 2:11

n.d.

 

Writings and Political Flyers, 1933-1973

Physical Description: Box 2:11-15

Scope and Content Note

Photocopied material perhaps used as hand-outs at speaking events, photocopied texts from Haan's Korean Underground group's published flyers, and other political writings.
Box-folder 2:12

Political Flyers, 1933-1973

Box-folder 2:13

Korean Underground Reports, 1933-1973

Box-folder 2:14

Other Writing (including for the Sino-Korean Peoples' League), 1940's

Box-folder 2:15

"Notes to Out of Revolution" [incomplete manuscript], 1947

 

Other Printed Material, 1933-1974

Physical Description: Box 3

Scope and Content Note

Material consists of announcements of Haan's seemingly constant public appearances, newspaper clippings of events and issues in which he was deeply involved, and other material related to political issues both international and domestic.
Box-folder 3:1

Speaking Engagements, 1942-1974

Box-folder 3:2-3

Clippings, 1935-1974

Box-folder 3:4

United Nations conference materials, 1945-1946

Box-folder 3:5

"Charter of the United Nations" Poster, 1945

Box-folder 3:6

Political bills and press releases, 1941-1968

Box-folder 3:7

Other people and photographs, 1940's

Box 3

How Japan Plans To Win, by Kinoaki Matsuo, 1942. - Haan's personal copy.