Guide to the Westview Presbyterian Church Weekly newsletter M0954

Processed by Special Collections staff; finding aid created by Alyssa Tou
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

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

Box 1, Folder 1

週報日本基督桜山教会 [Shūhō Nihonkirisuto Sakurayama Kyōkai] -- Weekly Sakurayama Church 1933-1935


A note on the inside cover refers to the journal as Shuho Matsuyama Kyokai, or Weekly Matsuyama Church.
Box 1, folder 2

Peninsula Chimes 1946

Box 1, folder 3

Peninsula Chimes 1947

Box 1, folder 4-5

Peninsula Chimes 1948

Box 1, folder 6

Peninsula Chimes Jan.-June 1949

Box 1, folder 7

Westview Chimes July-Dec. 1949

Box 1, folder 8

Westview Chimes 1951

Box 1, folder 9

Westview Chimes 1952

Box 1, folder 10-11

Westview Chimes 1953

Box 1, folder 12-13

Westview Chimes 1954

Box 2, folder 1

Westview Chimes 1955

Box 2, folder 2

Westview Chimes 1956

Box 2, folder 3

Westview Chimes 1957

Box 2, folder 4-5

Westview Chimes 1958

Box 2, folder 6-7

Westview Chimes 1959

Box 2, folder 8-9

Westview Chimes 1960

Box 2, folder 10

Westview Chimes 1961

Box 2, folder 11

Westview Chimes 1962

Box 3, folder 1

Westview Chimes 1963

Box 3, folder 2

Westview Chimes 1964

Box 3, folder 3

Westview Chimes 1965

Box 3, folder 4

Westview Chimes 1966

Box 3, folder 5

Westview Chimes 1967

Box 3, folder 6

Westview Chimes 1968

Box 3, folder 7

Westview Chimes 1969

Box 3, folder 8

Westview Chimes 1970

Box 3, folder 9

Westview Chimes 1971

Box 3, folder 10

Westview Chimes 1972

Box 4, folder 1

Westview Chimes 1973

Box 4, folder 2-3

Westview Chimes 1974

Box 4, folder 4

Westview Chimes 1975

Box 4, folder 5

Westview Chimes 1976

Box 4, folder 6

Westview Chimes 1977

Box 4, folder 7

Westview Chimes 1978

Box 4, folder 8

Westview Chimes 1979

Box 4, folder 9

Westview Chimes 1980

Box 4, folder 10

Westview Chimes 1981

Box 4, folder 11

other information (pamphlets) 1954-1957