The Sunday Before Collection

Lucinda Glenn
Graduate Theological Union Archives
Graduate Theological Union
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The Sunday Before Collection

Collection number: GTU 97-5-02

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn
Date Completed:
May 29, 1997
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 2010 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Sunday Before collection
Dates: 1942, 1945
Collection number: GTU 97-5-02
Collector: Hunter, Alan A.
Collector: Binford, Gurney
Collection Size: .1 linear feet (2 folders) 1 PDF file (49 pages)
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: "The Sunday Before: Sermons by Pacific Coast Pastors of the Japanese Race on the Sunday before Evacuation to Assembly Centers in the Late Spring of 1942" includes sermons delivered by Protestant ministers prior to the forced evacuation of Japanese and Japanese Americans on the West Coast to Relocation Camps.
Physical location: 3/E/3
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
PDF version of The Sunday Before.


Collection is open for research. Photocopy is used instead of original.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union 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 by the reader.

Preferred Citation

The Sunday Before collection, GTU 97-5-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ruth Colburn in 1997.

Biography / Administrative History

The Collection consists of a single manuscript of sermons by Japanese and Japanese American ministers prior to the evacuation into relocation camps.
Contents: Forward, Gurney Binford; Preface, E. Stanley Jones; Introduction, Alan E. Hunter; Chapter 1 - Facing Evacuation, Rev. Lester E. Suzuki; Chapter 2 - The Tie That Binds, Rev. Donald K. Toriumi; Chapter 3 - Reweaving Our Lives, Rev. Royden Susu-Mago; Chapter 4 - The Babylonian Exile and the Love of God, Rev. Hideo Hashimoto; Chapter 5 - Abraham, The Migration Leader, Rev. Sohel Kowta; Chapter 6 - New Pilgrims, Rev. Kengo TaJima; Chapter 7 - We Shall Have Our Easter, Rev. John M. Yamazaki.
For further information on the individual ministers, and general background reading see: Ministry in the Assembly and Relocation Centers of World War II by Lester E. Suzuki. Yardbird Publishing Co.: Berkeley, CA, 1979. GTU Library call number: BR563 J35 S89.p>

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sunday Before: Sermons by Pacific Coast Pastors of the Japanese Race on the Sunday before Evacuation to Assembly Centers in the Late Spring of 1942 was not published until 1945.Edited by Allan A. Hunter and Gurney Binford, with a Preface by E. Stanley Jones and an Introduction by Allan A. Hunter, Binford states that the sermons had been "prepared for presentation in the summer of 1942, but conditions prevented their publication." The booklet contains biographical information of each of the pastors along with their sermons. There is an extended biography for Lester Suzuki, the others are short.

Indexing Terms

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


Japanese Americans --Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-1945 --Sermons
Japanese Americans --Religious life --California
Japanese Americans --California --Sermons

Binford, Gurney, 1895-
Hashimoto, Hideo, 1911-
Hunter, Allan A. (Allan Armstrong), 1893-
Jones, E. Stanley (Eli Stanley), 1884-1973
Kowta, Sohei
Susu-Mago, Royden
Suzuki, Lester E.
Tajima, Kengo
Toriumi, Donald K.
Yamazaki, John W.

Collection Contents


Small Collections 1942-45

Location: 3/E/3
Physical Description: 2 folders
box-folder 8 : 1

Use Copy (photocopy) 1945

box-folder 8 : 2

Original 1942-1945