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Inventory of the Maria Wolters papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Maria Wolters papers
    Dates: 1874-1959
    Collection Number: 41000
    Creator: Wolters, Maria.
    Collection Size: 5 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (3 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives .
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: The collection includes materials related to famine and earthquake relief and welfare in Japan, and consists of writings, correspondence, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: English, German, Chinese, and Japanese

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maria Wolters papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1941.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the library catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Herbert Hoover subject collection, Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanley K. Hornbeck papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    American National Red Cross records, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical Note

    Maria Wolters was a German-American relief worker in Japan from 1904 to 1959. She organized a fundraising drive in the U.S. that raised millions for farmers and victims of earthquakes. She also donated large sums out of her savings for child welfare in Japan.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers relate to the life of Wolters, documenting her fundraising campaign for relief efforts in Japan in 1904-1959. The collection includes some biographical information on Wolters, correspondence file, drafts and typescript of Wolters's memoir "The Power of Love," as well as other writings on her relief efforts in Japan. The papers contain a set of Relief work files with a variety of collected material such as "The Food-Blockade Petition Book," a scrapbook, financial records, and printed matter. In addition, the collection contains photographs depicting Wolters and her Japanese colleagues and friends.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    International relief.
    Child welfare--Japan.