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Finding Aid for the Frank F. Chuman Papers, ca. 1900-ca. 1993
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank F. Chuman Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1900-ca. 1993
    Collection number: 2010
    Creator: Chuman, Frank F., 1917-
    Extent: 156 boxes (78 linear ft.) 10 cartons (10 linear ft.) 10 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Chuman, a Nisei, was born in California in 1917. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (1938) and the University of Maryland Law School (1945). He was the administrator at the Manzanar Camp hospital from 1942-43. He later was legal counsel for the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) from 1953-60 and served as its national president from 1960-62. He became a liaison to the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) in 1962 and published a book titled, The Bamboo People: The Law and Japanese Americans (c. 1976). The collection consists of correspondence, research notes, proofs, office files, and photographs related to the life and research of Frank F. Chuman. Also includes photographs of Manzanar Relocation Center in California and office files related to redress for Japanese American internees. Other files contain materials related to Chuman's role as legal advisor to Little Tokyo Towers and the Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project. Portions of this collection are in Japanese.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Frank F. Chuman, 1976-.

    Funding

    This online finding aid has been funded in part by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frank F. Chuman Papers, Japanese American Research Project Collection (Collection 2010). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233210 

    Biography

    Chuman, a Nisei, was born in California in 1917; graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (1938) and the University of Maryland Law School (1945); administrator, Manzanar Camp hospital, 1942-43; legal counsel for the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), 1953-60; national president, JACL, 1960-62; became a liaison to the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) in 1962; published a book titled, The Bamboo People: The Law and Japanese Americans (ca. 1976).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, research notes, proofs, office files, and photographs related to the life and research of Frank F. Chuman. Includes files related to Chuman's legal practice and research materials for his book titled, The Bamboo People (ca. 1976). Also includes photographs of Manzanar Relocation Center in California and office files and legal briefs related to redress for Japanese American internees. Other files contain materials related to Chuman's role as President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and as legal advisor to Little Tokyo Towers and the Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project. Collection also contains various publications, including Nanka Bungei and miscellaneous newspaper clippings.
    Portions of this collection are in Japanese.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The Frank F. Chuman Papers are found in Boxes 520-567, 620-715, 718, 762-764, 767, 784 and 810-835 of the
    Identifier/Call Number: (Collection 2010).
    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence and other materials related to the Japanese American Research Project (JARP), 1960-75 (Boxes 520-524, 550).
    2. Research materials for Chuman's legal history of the Japanese in America, The Bamboo People (Boxes 525-541, 551-553, 762).
    3. Manuscript drafts of The Bamboo People (Boxes 542-543, 554-556, 762).
    4. Materials related to the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and legislation (Boxes 544-549, 556, 718, 763, 764).
    5. Materials related to the Manzanar Camp (Box 718).
    6. Files from Mr. Chuman's legal practice consisting mostly of material relating to service as legal advisor to the Japanese Consulate General and Little Tokyo Towers (Boxes 557-558).
    7. Business files related to Chuman as President of Asiamerica Inc. and member of the Board of Founders Savings and Loan Association (Boxes 559-561).
    8. Family papers, photographs and slides (Boxes 562-566, 620, 767, 710).
    9. Miscellaneous (Boxes 567, 621-715, 718, 767, 784, 810-835).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Chuman, Frank F., 1917- --Archives.
    Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles).
    Japanese American Citizens' League.
    Lawyers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Japanese Americans--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Correspondence.
    Manuscripts for publication.
    Business records.
    Briefs (legal documents).