Finding Aid for the Kumez Hachimonji Papers, 1918-1955

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection
Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created 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/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Finding Aid for the Kumezō Hachimonji Papers, 1918-1955

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
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Kumezō Hachimonji Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1955
Collection number: 2010
Creator: Hachimonji, Kumezō
Extent: 1 box(0.5 linear ft.) and 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Kumezō Hachimonji was born in 1888. A native of Miyagi Prefecture, he graduated from Thoku Gakuin in Sendai and arrived in the United States in 1918. He received his BS from Columbia University. Before World War II he owned and operated Valley Seed Company in El Monte, California. He was also known as K. Hatchmonji. The collection consists of diaries, essays, memoirs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and photographic negatives related to the life of agricultural specialist and merchant Kumezō Hachimonji. Materials in the collection are in English and 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

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections 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.

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], Kumezō Hachimonji Papers, Japanese American Research Project Collection (Collection 2010). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Hachimonji was born in 1888; a native of Miyagi Prefecture, he graduated from Thoku Gakuin in Sendai and arrived in the United States in 1918; BS, Columbia University; owned and operated Valley Seed Company in El Monte, California, before World War II; he was also known as K. Hatchmonji; died in 1956.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of diaries, essays, memoirs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and photographic negatives related to the life of agricultural specialist and merchant Kumezō Hachimonji. Correspondence is made up of typewritten excerpts from internment camp letters exchanged between the Hachimonjis and their friends. Hachimonji's memoirs are contained in a volume which spans the dates 1934-39. The essays in the collection, put together around 1955, cover a variety of topics, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, farming, wartime evacuation, Japanese-Chinese relations, racism, and immigration. A scrapbook contains articles by Hachimonji on agriculture which appeared in a Japanese language newspaper, 1939-40.
Materials in the collection are in English and Japanese.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Memoirs and essays.
  2. Diaries, 1941 and 1945-46.
  3. Four scrapbooks.
  4. Two photographic negatives of Hachimonji's wedding.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Hachimonji, Kumezō--Archives.
Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles).
Merchants--California--El Monte--Archival resources.
Japanese Americans--United States--Archival resources.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Archival resources.
Scrapbooks.

Related Material


Container List

 

Hachimonji Papers 1918-1955

Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft.
Box 61, Folder 1

Memoirs, To my children, 2 volumes. 1934-1939 & 1955

Physical Description: (2 diary-books)
Language of Material: In English.
Box 61 , Folder 1

Volume 1. 1934-1939

Scope and Content Note

He wrote: “I have [for] a long time been thinking of writing down memoirs of such nature that relates to our boys' life, Memoirs that would interest them when they are grown, that would help them in steering through the life when they are grown. I would write my failures -- try avoid[ing] them, my boys.”
Box 61 , Folder 1

Volume 2. 1955

Scope and Content Note

A collection of essays on a wide variety of topics -- Arab-Israel conflict, farming, wartime evacuation, religion, Japanese-Chinese relations, racism, and immigration, etc. -- which were written after he became ill.
Box 61, Folder 2

Diaries, 2 volumes. 1941 & 1945-1946

Physical Description: (2 diary-books)
Language of Material: In English and Japanese.
Box 308

Scrapbook I, The Dawn of Life. 1928-1945

Physical Description: (1 oversize scrapbook)
Language of Material: In English.

Scope and Content Note

Contains records, documents and photographs on his children with explanatory notes.
Box 308

Scrapbook II, The Long Journey. 1942-1948

Physical Description: (1 oversize scrapbook)
Language of Material: In English.

Scope and Content Note

Contains typewritten excerpts from the internment camp correspondence exchanged between Hachimonji Kumazo and his children and friends.
Box 61, Folder 3

Scrapbook III. 1918 1924

Physical Description: (1 scrapbook)

Scope and Content Note

Unindentified newspaper clippings, mostly from English language press.
Box 61, Folder 3

Scrapbook IV. 1939-ca. 1941

Physical Description: (1 scrapbook)
Language of Material: In Japanese.

Scope and Content Note

Clippings of Hachimonji's articles on agriculture which appeared on a Japanese language press (not identified).
Box 61, Folder 4

Two photographic negatives of Hachimonji's wedding. n.d.

Physical Description: (2 items)