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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Ho Young Ham papers
    Creator: Ham, Ho Young
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0697
    Physical Description: 41 boxes
    Physical Description: 4 cartons
    Physical Description: 4 oversize boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1873-1984
    Abstract: Ho Young Ham was born in Seoul, Korea on May 5, 1868 and immigrated to Hawaii in 1905 with his wife, Hannah Chur Ham (1882-1979). The Ho Young Ham papers consist of artifacts, audio recordings, books, clothing, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and printed material that document Mr. Ham and his family, his professional life as a sugar plantation employee and Korean Methodist Church minister, and his involvement in Korean nationalist activities.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Juliette and Norman Breazeal, 2005.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9953727273606533 

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ho Young Ham Papers (Collection 697). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    This collection was originally reviewed and appraised by Mr. Peter B. Howard, president of Serendipity Books, at the request of Juliette and Norman Breazeal of Livermore, California. Mrs. Breazeal is the granddaughter of Ho Young Ham. Mr. Howard reviewed the material, researched bibliographic information, consulted with scholars, recorded the nature and condition of items, and provided an appraisal for the Breazeals.
    Collection was rehoused, described at the folder level, and arranged into series by Elizabeth Sheehan with assistance from Laurel McPhee in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2006.
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    Ho Young Ham was born in Seoul, Korea on May 5, 1868 and immigrated to Hawaii in 1905 with his wife, Hannah Chur Ham (1882-1979). Upon arriving in the Territory of Hawaii he began work for the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company; he retired in 1949 after 44 years of service. Mr. Ham was active in the Korean National Association and the Korean Benevolent Society, but a major focus of his life was his role as a lay minister for the Korean Methodist Church in Sprecklesville, Maui, territory of Hawaii. The Ham family included ten children. Ham daughters included: Suney Ham Ow, Clara Ham Cabrinha, Mary Ham Hyum, Salome Ham Ambrose, Dora Ham Kim, and Elizabeth Ham Rosen. The Ham's four sons included: Norman Ham (1910-1950), John Ham, Paul Ham, and Simon Ham. Other prominent family members included Mr. Tai Young Hahm (1872-1964), vice president of the Republic of Korea under president Syngman Rhee (1875-1965), and first cousin to Mr. Ho Young Ham, and Mr. Pyong-choon Hahm (1932-1983), son of Tai Young Hahm, an influential legal scholar, Korean ambassador to the United States, and former national security adviser to the President of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Ham died in March 1954 in Maui.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents the activities of Ho Young Ham, a Korean immigrant to Maui, Hawaii in 1905. The materials reflect Mr. Ham's role as husband, father, sugar plantation employee, Methodist minister, and Korean nationalist activist. The bulk of the collection consists of Mr. Ham's monographs, including a number of theological books. The collection also includes artifacts, clothing (including some Korean traditional dress), correspondence, ledgers, manuscripts (including Mr. Ham's diaries), photographs, and printed materials that reflect Mr. Ham's varied interests and pursuits. Some materials are in Korean and Chinese

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Artifacts, ca. 1915-1941 (2 boxes and 1 oversize box).
    2. Audio recordings, 1961 (1 box).
    3. Books, 1873-1994 (29 boxes), subseries A-F as follows:
      1. Education.
      2. History.
      3. Literature.
      4. Miscellaneous.
      5. Theology.
      6. Yearbooks.
    4. Clothing, ca. 1900-1975 (4 cartons).
    5. Correspondence, 1906-1984 (1.5 boxes).
    6. Ledgers, ca. 1919-1943 (1.5 boxes).
    7. Manuscripts, 1905-1984 (3.5 boxes).
    8. Photographs, ca. 1900-1953 (1 box).
    9. Printed materials, ca. 1905-1982 (1 box), subseries A-C as follows:
      1. Ephemera.
      2. Maps.
      3. Records and certificates.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Korean American Methodists -- Hawaii -- Archives.
    Sugar workers -- Hawaii -- Archives.
    Ham, Ho Young, 1868-1954--Archives.