Guide to the Alice M. Monk papers M2033

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
circa 1910-1952
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Alice Monk papers
Creator: Monk, Alice M.
Source: Van Saun, Matthew
Identifier/Call Number: M2033
Physical Description: 1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa 1910-1952
Language of Material: Primarily in English with some material in Japanese.

Biographical note

Alice Maud Monk was a Presbyterian missionary in Japan for 37 years, and taught at the Girls School in Happoro, Hokkaido, Japan (JoGakko School and perhaps others as well). Daughter of John Sherwin Monk and Ella M. Sanford, she had three sisters: Florence E., Laura E., and Clara Louise. Alice returned to the United States in 1941. In 1905, she came to Hokusei Girls’ School. One year after her arrival in Japan, Monk helped consolidate the educational program and worked for its expansion. Monk became principal in 1915, and in the same year the Ministry of Education recognized the school. A new site for the school was obtained in 1924; a dormitory and a missionary house were built in 1926.

Scope and Contents

Materials include a personal notebook that Monk kept from 1922-1941, correspondence, photos, print ephemera. In addition there are: 7 issues of “The Northern Star” illustrated publications (on rice paper) from the English Dept. Hokusei JoGakko, Sapporo, Hokkaido (March 1937, Jan. 1940, Feb. 1940, June 1940, July 1940, and two June 1941). P1937 Northern Star Girls’ High School yearbook (water damage); leather planner with assorted Japanese newspapers, booklets, written in Japanese (one glossy booklet has black & white photos of the school, students, & classes, and Monk appears on page 3); Assorted University Extension Conservatory exam papers for Mrs. Monk.

Conditions Governing Use

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by Stanford University Libraries in 2015.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Alice M. Monk papers (M2033). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Monk, Alice M.

Box 1, Folder 1

Directory of student names, handwritten

Box 1, Folder 2


Box 1, Folder 3

Stationery and calling cards

Box 1, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings (Japanese)

Box 1, Folder 5

Pamphlet (Japanese)

Box 1, Folder 6

Pages of Japanese text, annotated

Box 1, Folder 7

University Extension Conservatory, Chicago, Ill.: Harmony lessons, various numbers

Box 1, Folder 8

Supplement to the International Gleanings from Japan, no. 3-4, 1931; Explanations of twelve selector colour pictures Japan her land & life; pamphlet in Japanese

Box 1, Folder 9

Various small religious publications; 2 Messageries maritimes: Escale de Hong-Kong 1929 and ship passenger list Ligne de Chine & Japon departing 28 Avril 1930

Box 1, Folder 10


Box 1, Folder 11

Northern Star Girls' High School, 1887-1937, Sapporo, Japan

Box 1, Folder 12


Flat-box 2, Folder 1

Class photograph September 19, 1910 at Mrs. Michida's

Flat-box 2, Folder 2

Class photograph

Flat-box 2, Folder 3

The Northern Star: March 1937, January 1940, February 1940, June 1940, July 1940, June 1941