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Finding aid for the Herbert V. Nicholson Papers
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Series 1 Letters 1943-1984 1953-1954

Physical Description: 13 letters

Series Scope and Content Summary

Letter to Reverend Nicholson from Chaplain Thomas Eugene West of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and dated May 31, 1943. The letter is written from Camp Shelby, Missipippi and thanking Reverend Nicholson for his words of encouragement. Chaplain West states that he feels his services are well-attended and that he will do his best to convert the young "chaps." (2003.1.12)
Letter to Reverend Nicholson from Seirin Ikeda and dated June 22, 1948. Ikeda was a tuberculosis patient who at one point resided at the Friendship Home but at the time of the letter had been transferred to the Casa Loma Sanatorium in San Louis Obispo, California. The letter includes updates on his deteriorated condition as well as his request to be baptized. (2003.1.9)
Letter to Reverend and Mrs. Nicholson from Seirin Ikeda and dated February 18, 1949. He writes about another tuberculosis patient’s upcoming wedding and discusses his love for Lillian but how he would not have been able to give her the life she deserves because of his condition. (2003.1.10).
Letter to Reverend Nicholson from Sierin Ikeda and dated July 17, 1949. The letter includes an update on how Lillian and her new husband are doing as well as an update on his health and news that he may need to undergo another operation. (2003.1.11)
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson from Ichi Kojima and dated October 25, 1953. Kojima writes about Friendship Home finances and an upcoming trip to National City . On the back of the pages are typed copies of letters to Kojima from the Nicholsons pertaining to finances. (2003.1.8)
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson from Ichi Kojima and dated November 12, 1953. Kojima writes from San Diego, California and explains her decision to retire and find a replacement for the Friendship Home. Includes envelope. (2003.1.16A-B)
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson from Ichi Kojima about potential replacements for the Friendship Home. Kojima also inventories purchases made for the Friendship Home. In the letter Kojima mentions Paul Hashimoto, who eventually does manage the Friendship Home after Kojima’s retirement. The letter is dated November 27, 1953. (2003.1.7)
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson from Ichi Kojima and dated December 16, 1953. She discusses her retirement plans, looking for a replacement to manage the Friendship Home, and how she feels too physically weak to continue with the work. (2003.1.6)
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson from Ichi Kojima and dated February 17, 1954. Kojima discusses her health, accounting, and finding a replacement for her at the Friendship Home. The letter includes an inventory of materials at the Friendship Home and a photograph of two women, Laura and Martha. The envelope is also included. (2003.1.17A-D)
Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson from Ichi Kojima and dated March 1, 1954. The letter discusses the future of the Friendship Home as she plans for her retirement and move to National City, California (2003.1.5)
Letter to Herbert Nicholson from Massao W. Satow of the Japanese American Citizens League. The letter is dated March 29, 1954 and thanking the Nicholsons for their support during the war effort and the contribution of sixty dollars to their goat fund by the Kingsburg Buddhist Church in Central California. (2003.1.15)
Christmas 1981 newsletter from Madeline and Herbert Nicholson to their friends and family. They discuss their views on redress and how they support the idea of an honorary memorial fund established in honor of the aging Issei; this should be used for nursing homes, retirement homes, and pioneer centers. They strongly state that they do not support individual payments, but instead this more communal approach. The back of the newsletter includes a Japanese translation of the newsletter and a photograph of Herbert Nicholson. (2003.1.14)
Letter to Virginia [Nicholson] from Reverend Ron Heywood and dated January 23, 1984. Reverend Heywood is a member of the Japan Evangelistic Band and he expresses his condolences to Madeline and Herbert's daughter, Virginia Nicholson, for the recent passing of her mother and father. He talks of Herbert's very important work as a goat missionary. (2003.1.13)

Series 2 Publications 1945-1992

Physical Description: 4 books, 1 pamphlet, 1 journal

Series Scope and Content Summary

My Experience with the Wartime Relocation of Japanese by Esther B. Rhoads. (2003.1.4)
Issue of Friends Journal, November 1992. (2003.1.18)
Valiant odyssey : Herbert Nicholson in and out of America's concentration camps edited by Michi Weglyn. (2003.1.3)
Treasure in earthen vessels : God's love overflows in peace and war by Herbert Nicholson. 2 copies. (2003.1.19-20)
Yagi no ojisan gyojoki [Uncle goat: an autobiography) by Herbert Nicholson. (2003.1.21)

Series 3 Photographs 1950-1954

Physical Description: 2 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Portrait by Toyo Miyatake sent to the Nicholson family from the Hirashiki family of a one-year-old Dorthea Carol Hisrashika. Dated April 24, 1954. (2003.1.1).
Wedding portrait of George and Aiko Hirashiki sent to the Nicholson family. Dated October 15, 1950. (2003.1.2).