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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Daniel Clarence Holtom papers
    Dates: 1910-1962
    Bulk Dates: 1910-1950
    Collection number: H1962.3
    Creator: Holtom, Daniel Clarence, 1884-1962
    Collection Size: 3.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: The Daniel C. Holtom Papers include letters, published and unpublished articles, printed items, photographs, clippings, and manuscript writings.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Daniel Clarence Holtom papers. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Donation, date unknown.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Daniel Clarence Holtom was among the first American scholars to study Shinto in Japan. He was born in Michigan in 1884, earned degrees from Kalamazoo College, The University of Chicago, and Newton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Baptist ministry in 1910 and went immediately to Japan as a missionary. In Japan he was professor of modern languages at Tokyo Gakuin, professor of church history in the Tokyo Japanese Theological Seminary, and professor of the history of religion and church history in the Kanto Gakuin of Yokohama. Dr. Holtom was dean of theology in the Aoyama Gakuin of Tokyo from 1936-1940. When he returned to the United States he was Haskell Lecturer at The University of Chicago then lectured at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and taught Japanese language at Redlands University. He died in 1962 in San Gabriel, California.
    The thesis he submitted to The University of Chicago in 1919 was later published as The Political Philosophy of Modern Shintō, A Study of the State Religion of Japan, by the Asiatic Society of Japan in 1922.
    Sources: "Dr. Holtom, Missionary and Educator, Dies." Los Angeles Times, Aug. 18, 1962, pg. B8

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of 3.5 linear feet of personal and scholarly papers of Daniel Clarence Holtom, a scholar of Shinto religion in Japan in the early 20th century. Series one contains personal correspondence, family documents including his sons' schoolwork. Series two contains Holtom's scholarly writing including his notes, drafts, off prints of reviews by Holtom, and lectures by Holtom. Series three, the largest series, contains Holtom's research including notes, handwritten and typed drafts, artifacts, and many clippings and research articles for his publications on Shinto in Japan covering topics such as enthronement ceremonies, shrines, and religion and politics. Series four contains research and travel photographs and postcards and printed ephemera relating to Shinto shrines and temples.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Japan -- Religion
    Japan -- Politics and Government

    Related Material

    Books by D. C. Holtom
    The Political Philosophy of Modern Shinto, A Study of the State Religion of Japan. Tokyo, Asiatic Society of Japan, 1922.
    The Japanese Enthronement Ceremonies; with an Account of the Imperial Regalia, Tokyo, Kyo Bun Kwan, 1928.
    The Christian Movement in Japan Korea and Formosa: A Year Book of Christian Work. Tokyo, Japan: Federation of Christian Missions in Japan, 21st annual issue, 1923.
    The National Faith of Japan; A Study in Modern Shinto. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1938.
    Modern Japan and Shinto Nationalism: A Study of Present-Day Trends in Japanese Religions. Chicago, Ill.: The University of Chicago Press, 1943.
    Selected Articles by D. C. Holtom
    "Konko Kyo: A Modern Japanese Monotheism" The Journal of Religion, Vol. 13, No. 3. (July 1933), pp. 279-300.
    "Japanese Votive Pictures (The Ikoma Ema)" Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 1, No. 1. (January 1938), pp.154-164.
    "The Meaning of Kami. Chapter I. Japanese Derivations" Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 3, No. 1. (January 1940), pp. 1-27.
    "The Meaning of Kami. Chapter II. Interpretations by Japanese Writers" Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 3, No. 2. (July 1940), pp. 392-413.
    "The Meaning of Kami. Chapter III. Kami Considered as Mana" Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 4, No. 2. (July 1941), pp. 351-394.
    "Some Notes on Japanese Tree Worship." Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan, Jan. 28, 1931