Inventory of the Maria Wolters papers

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Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
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Inventory of the Maria Wolters papers

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Lyalya Kharitonova
Date Completed:
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Machine-readable finding aid derived from Microsoft Word and MARC record by Jill Golden.
© 2011 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

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.
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Publication Rights

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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 . 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.

Collection Contents

Box: 1

Biographical File, 1874-1959

Scope and Content Note

Includes identification documents, letters of reference, photographs, and Wolters's will.


Arranged alphabetically by physical form
Box/Folder: 1 : 1-2

Identification documents, 1922-1936

Box/Folder: 1 : 3-4

References, 1882-1891

Box/Folder: 1 : 5-11

Photographic prints of Wolters, her family, and friends, 1874-1956

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Will and testament, 1959

Scope and Content Note

Includes drafts and copy of letter to Herbert Hoover
Box: 1-3

Correspondence, 1903-1959


Arranged in two groups: General and alphabetical, the latter by name of person or organization

General, 1905-1958

Box/Folder: 1 : 13-23 , Box/Folder: 2 : 1-7


Box/Folder: 2 : 8

American schools, 1931-1936

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

Japanese officials, circa 1918

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Japanese schools, 1918

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

American Red Cross, 1927-1928

Box/Folder: 2 : 12

Barkley, Alben W., 1949

Box/Folder: 2 : 13

Board of Education, Los Angeles, 1934-1954

Box/Folder: 2 : 14

Boy Scouts of America, 1932

Box/Folder: 2 : 15

Brownell, H., 1933-1956

Box/Folder: 2 : 16

Bruhn, Lucy, M., 1932-1933

Box/Folder: 2 : 17-18

Chinese Foreign Famine Relief Committee, Shanghai, 1931-1936

Box/Folder: 2 : 19

Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles, 1952-1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 20

Consulate General of Japan, New York, 1906-1911

Box/Folder: 2 : 21

Eisenhower, Dwight, 1949-1957

Box/Folder: 2 : 22

Haneda, Fujio, 1958-1959

Box/Folder: 2 : 23

Herman, Raphael, 1935

Box/Folder: 2 : 24

Hoover, Herbert, 1927-1948

Box/Folder: 2 : 25

Japanese Imperial Garden parties invitations, 1933-1936

Box/Folder: 2 : 26

Kleinsorg, W. H., 1958-1959

Box/Folder: 2 : 27

Martin, Bertha, 1903

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Ninagawa, Torazo, 1953

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

Nixon, Richard, 1954-1957

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Osbourn, Rae, 1958

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Rickard, Edgar, 1940-1948

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Roosevelt, Franklin, 1937

Box/Folder: 3 : 6

Roseboro, Viola, 1932-1936

Box/Folder: 3 : 7

Stanford University, 1941-1959

Box/Folder: 3 : 8-10

Suzuki, Hidesaburo, 1926-1956

Box/Folder: 3 : 11-12

Takeo, T., 1908-1958

Box: 3-4

Writings, 1903-1959

Scope and Content Note

Consists of appeals, petitions, poems, and books


Arranged chronologically except for the memoir, which is at the end
Box/Folder: 3 : 13-22

Appeals, petitions, poems, and notes, 1903-1959

Box/Folder: 4 : 1-5

"The Power of Love," memoir, 1950

Scope and Content Note

Includes manuscript, typescript, and binder's copy
Box: 4-5

Relief Work Files, 1904-1959

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, contacts, financial documents, printed matter, scrapbooks, and clippings


Arranged alphabetically by subject
Box/Folder: 4 : 6-9

Contacts, circa 1950

Box/Folder: 4 : 10 , Box/Folder: 5 : 1-4

Financial documents, 1904-1959

Scope and Content Note

Includes statements from the Maria Wolters Fund, receipts from charities, and daily expenses notebooks
Box/Folder: 5 : 5

"Food-Blockade Petition Book," a scrapbook by people who sighed the petition for the abolishment of a war time food blockade, 1928-1941

Box/Folder: 5 : 6

Red Cross decoration, 1926

Scope and Content Note

See also Memorabilia
Box/Folder: 5 : 7-11

School Boys' and Girls' World Friendship League, 1925-1957

Scope and Content Note

Includes appeals, correspondence, writings, printed matter, clippings, and lists of committee members
Box/Folder: 5 : 12-13

Miscellany, circa 1950

Scope and Content Note

Includes printed matter, clippings, and notes
Box: 6

Memorabilia 1920-1950

Scope and Content Note

Handmade appreciation gifts, memorial coins collection, and jewelry box
Box/Folder: 6

Handmade appreciation gifts from Japan, circa 1950

Box/Folder: 6

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz medal with ribbon, 1926

Box/Folder: 6

German and Austrian World War I Commemorative coins, circa 1920

Scope and Content Note

Includes list of coins
Box/Folder: 6

Jewelry box, circa 1950