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Finding Aid to the Yoshiko Uchida papers 1903-1994
BANC MSS 86/97 c  
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    Collection Title: Yoshiko Uchida papers
    Date (inclusive): 1903-1994
    Date (bulk): 1942-1992
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 86/97 c
    Compiler: Uchida, Yoshiko
    Extent: 26 digital objects Number of containers: 67 boxes, 1 carton, 2 volumes, 2 oversize folders, 14 oversize boxes, 1 portfolio linear feet: 32
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    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 Her writings contain manuscripts of both published and unpublished works, including books, short stories, folktales, articles, and poetry.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 English
    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

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [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.

    Related Collections

    University of Oregon, Library. Eugene, Oregon. Yoshiko Uchida Collection.
    University of Minnesota. Children's Literature Research Collections: Kerlan Collection. University Libraries, Minneapolis, Minn.
    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

    Diaries
    Scrapbooks
    Sketchbooks
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Uchida, Yoshiko--Archives
    Uchida, Yoshiko--Correspondence
    Uchida, Takashi ("Dwight")
    Uchida, Iku Umegaki
    Okubo, Miné--Correspondence
    Okubo, Miné, correspondent
    Japanese Americans--California--Berkeley
    Japanese Americans--California--Biography
    Women authors, American--20th century
    American literature--Japanese American uthors
    Japanese Americans--California--History
    Children's literature, American
    Autobiographies
    Awards
    Family papers
    Galley proofs (Printing)
    Illustrations
    Interviews
    Juvenilia
    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.