Information for Researchers
Scope and Content
Collection Title: Yoshiko Uchida papers
Date (inclusive): 1903-1994
Date (bulk): 1942-1992
Collection Number: BANC MSS 86/97 c
26 digital objects
Number of containers: 67 boxes, 1 carton, 2 volumes, 2 oversize folders, 14 oversize boxes, 1 portfolio
linear feet: 32
The Bancroft Library
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Abstract: Consists of Uchida's correspondence, writings, and professional files, along with a small amount of personal and family papers,
providing insight into the life of a successful and distinguished author, as well as her experiences as a Japanese-American
growing up in Berkeley, Calif., and internment camps during the war years. Uchida's correspondence chiefly concerns business
with publishers and other professionals in the literary publishing trade, and includes a large amount of fan mail. Her writings
contain manuscripts of both published and unpublished works, including books, short stories, folktales, articles, and poetry.
Her professional papers contain biographical and autobiographical information, as well as her bibliographies, awards, notes,
and transcripts for appearances and speeches, interviews, and other professional activities.<lb/>Uchida's personal papers
contain writings she did as a child, with other memorabilia, as well as diaries and journals, personal documents and miscellaneous
papers, as well as memorabilia from several memorial services and exhibits held after her death. The Uchida family papers
include correspondence among the immediate family, along with a few papers of her parents, Takashi ("Dwight") and Iku Uchida.
Of special interest are those materials concerning relocation and redress, which include correspondence written by family
members during their internment, scrapbooks, diaries, drawings and watercolors, and miscellaneous publications regarding internment.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information
on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
Copyrights have been assigned to The Bancroft Library. Materials in this collection is protected by the U.S. Copyright Law
(Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California
gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction
of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility
for any use rests exclusively with the user.All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000.
[Identification of item], Yoshiko Uchida Papers, BANC MSS 86/97 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Alternate Forms Available
Digital reproductions of selected items are available.
University of Oregon, Library. Eugene, Oregon. Yoshiko Uchida Collection.
University of Minnesota. Children's Literature Research Collections: Kerlan Collection. University Libraries, Minneapolis,
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, Calif.
Material Cataloged Separately
Printed works transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
Photographs transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1986/059--PIC)
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Uchida, Takashi ("Dwight")
Uchida, Iku Umegaki
Okubo, Miné, correspondent
Women authors, American--20th century
American literature--Japanese American uthors
Children's literature, American
Galley proofs (Printing)
Manuscripts for publication
Scope and Content
The Yoshiko Uchida Papers, 1903-1994, consist of correspondence, writings, and her professional files, along with a small
amount of personal and family papers, predominately from the years 1942 to 1992. The collection provides insight into the
life of a successful and distinguished author, as well as the experience of a Japanese American citizen during a critical
period in United States history. It offers information about Uchida's creative process as a writer, and also provides valuable
primary historical information about the Japanese American experience during World War II.
Uchida was a private person; very little truly personal correspondence is found in the collection. Her general correspondence
chiefly concerns business with publishers and other professionals in the literary publishing trade, and a large number of
fan letters. Uchida's correspondence, however, reveals much about her tactful, polite, yet strong personality, and the habits
of a hard-working writer. Uchida was a diligent and careful correspondent; she kept copies of her outgoing letters and took
notes on the substance of her replies and telephone conversations.
Uchida's writings contain manuscripts of both published and unpublished works. Her published works are mainly books for children,
while her unpublished works encompass a wider spectrum, including adult short stories, articles, and poetry. The collection
reflects the changing currents in American culture in the latter part of the twentieth century, when literature written by
and for minorities and women began to emerge and grow in importance.
Uchida's professional papers contain biographical and autobiographical information, as well as her bibliographies, awards,
notes, and transcripts for appearances and speeches, interviews, and other professional activities. Her personal papers include
writings she did as a child, with other memorabilia, as well as diaries and journals, personal documents, and the mass of
information she gathered about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other health issues during the last year of her life. Memorabilia
from several memorial services and exhibits that were held after Uchida's death has also been added here.
The Uchida family papers include correspondence among the immediate family and contain letters Yoshiko wrote to her parents
while she was in Japan during a Ford Fellowship. She kept her parents' legal documents and notes about their funeral arrangements,
as well as some of her mother's poems. Of special interest are the papers regarding relocation and redress. These include
correspondence written by members of the Uchida family during their internment, scrapbooks, diaries, drawings and watercolors,
and publications regarding internment, and as well as information Uchida collected on redress.
During the course of processing, some fragile originals have been restricted from routine use; photocopies of these documents
have been made and placed in the collection for use.