Finding Aid for the Kōtarō Sutō Papers, ca. 1905-1965

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection
Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé; supplementary encoding and revision by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2001
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Kōtarō Sutō Papers, ca. 1905-1965

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection

Collection number: 2010

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, November 2008
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Kōtarō Sutō Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1905-1965
Collection number: 2010
Creator: Sutō, Kōtarō
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Kōtarō Sutō was born ca. 1883 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He came to the United States in 1900 and relocated to Miami Beach, Florida, ca. 1916. He married Masa Sutō in 1921. Mr. Sutō worked for Miami pioneer developer, Carl Fisher, before starting his own nursery business. This collection contains clippings about the Suts (mostly from Miami sources), photographs and snapshots of the Suts, records and correspondence related to Sutō's nursery, and correspondence and other records related to the Sutō's donations to various charitable organizations. It also includes clippings on Carl G. Fisher, Miami pioneer developer. Materials in this collection are primarily in English, with some in Japanese.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kōtarō Sutō Papers, Japanese American Research Project Collection (Collection 2010). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Kōtarō Sutō was born ca. 1883 in Kanagawa Prefecture. He came to the United States in 1900 and relocated to Miami Beach, Florida, about 1916. He married Masa Sutō in 1921 and worked for Miami pioneer developer, Carl Fisher, before starting his own nursery business. Mr. Sutō was given many commendations and honors for his active participation in and devotion to the city of Miami. Kōtarō and Masa, known as Papa and Mama, became United States citizens in 1958. Ktar died in 1963.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, clippings, business records, and photographs related to the life of Kōtarō Sutō and his wife Masa Sut. Includes clippings about the Sutōs mostly from Miami sources, photographs and snapshots of the Sutōs, records and correspondence related to Sutō's nursery, and correspondence and other records related to the Sutō's donations to various charitable organizations. Also includes clippings on Carl G. Fisher, Miami pioneer.
Materials in this collection are primarily in English, with some in Japanese.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence and newspaper clippings (Box 141).
  2. Business records and correspondence, photographs, and miscellany (Box 142).
  3. Oversize photographs (Box 723).

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Sut, Ktar--Archives.
Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles).
Nursery growers--Florida--Miami--Archival resources.
Nursery dealers--Florida--Miami--Archival resources.
Japanese Americans--Florida--Miami--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Correspondence.
Clippings.

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Sutō, Masa.

Related Material

Identifier/Call Number: (Collection 483).
Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Suto Papers ca. 1905-1965

Physical Description: 2.0 linear ft.
 

Correspondence and Newspaper Clippings

Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft.
Box 141, Folder 1

Correspondence exchanged between the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) and Mrs. Kotaro Sutō and her lawyer, F.R. Stanton. May 1964-November 1965

Physical Description: (9 items)

Scope and Content Note

re the donation of the Sutō papers to the project.
Box 141, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings on the Suts. January 1953-October 1965

Physical Description: (59 items)

Scope and Content Note

Mostly from local English language press.
Box 141, Folder 3

Magazine articles on the Suts. 1953-1954

Box 141 , Folder 3

“Ben Funk and James Monahan, Happy Where Heart Is”, Reader's Digest. June 1954

Physical Description: (pp. 1-4)
Box 141 , Folder 3

“Miami Beach says goodbye to pioneer Suto”, Scene. April 1953

Physical Description: (pp. 17-19)
Box 141, Folders 4-7

Sutō Correspondence. September 1929-May 1963

Physical Description: (356 pieces)
Language of Material: Mostly in English.
Box 141, Folder 8

Various business licenses of the Sutō Nursery, Miami, Florida. 1937-1953

Physical Description: (21 pieces)
 

Business Records and Correspondence, Photographs and Miscellany

Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft.
Box 142, Folder 1

Business correspondence on the importation of orchid plants. December 1938-August 1949

Physical Description: (84 pieces)
Language of Material: In English.
Box 142, Folder 2

Special permits to import plants, United States Department of Agriculture and its instruction sheets on the importation of plants. 1938-1941 & 1954

Physical Description: (50 pieces)
Box 142, Folder 3

Letters of recommendation for Sut. April-May 1920

Physical Description: (3 pieces)
Box 142, Folder 4

Miscellaneous papers re property deeds. 1935 & 1949-1950

Physical Description: (11 pieces)
Box 142, Folder 5

Correspondence and other records re the Suts' donations to various charitable organizations. 1932-1953

Physical Description: (124 pieces)
Box 142, Folder 6

Photographs and snapshots of the Suts. 1914-1965

Physical Description: (99 pieces)
Box 142, Folder 7

Miscellaneous items. 1943-1945

Physical Description: (11 pieces)
Box 142, Folder 8

Newspaper clippings on the late Carl G. Fisher, Sut's employer and friend. July 1939

Physical Description: (9 pieces)
Box 723

Oversize photographs. ca. 1905-ca. 1953

Physical Description: (5 pieces)