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Westview Presbyterian Church Weekly newsletter
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Westview Presbyterian Church Weekly newsletter
    source: Robco International Ltd
    Creator: Westview Presbyterian Church (Japanese-American)
    Identifier/Call Number: M0954
    Identifier/Call Number: 6343
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (4 manuscript boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1981
    Language of Material: English and Japanese.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.


    Materials are in arranged in chronological order, with a few printed numbering errors. The volume number also jumps ahead by ten between 1967 and 1968, though dates remain regular.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Peninsula Chimes, later Westview Chimes was the official church paper of the Presbyterian Churches of the Monterey area, including the cities of Watsonville, Salinas, and Monterey, though its scope quickly contracted to focus on the Watsonville Church community.
    First established as a Methodist Mission in 1898, the church currently known as Westview Presbyterian fell under the purview of the Presbyterians in 1901 due to an agreement between the superintendents of the Japanese Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. It changed its status to a Church in 1909 and became the Japanese Presbyterian Church.
    The current building was constructed in 1930. Most of the Japanese-American residents of Watsonville were incarcerated at Poston Relocation Center in Arizona, which closed November, 1945. The Church then served as a hostel home for returnees before resuming normal functions. Reverend Howard Toriumi was the pastor in the beginning of this postwar period, before departing for San Francisco in 1949.
    In 2013, the Church earned a Historic Landmark Award from the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
    --adapted from dealer description and Westview Presbyterian Church's website

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains copies of Westview Chimes, the weekly newsletter of Westview Presbyterian Church in Watsonville running from October 1946 until 1981, missing the year 1950. In addition to commentary and news it also covered marriages, baptisms, deaths, and other community activities and events.
    There is also a bound Japanese-language publication for the Sakurayama Church in Japan from the years 1933-1935 and a small number of devotional, dedication service, and program schedule pamphlets.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Japanese Americans
    Robco International Ltd