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Inventory of the Gordan K. Chapman: Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service Collection
GTU 2002-9-01  
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Series 1  Commissioners' and Churches' Program Correspondence 1941-1947

Physical Description: 19 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This Series contains the Commission's official correspondence. Commission meeting minutes are scattered through the series (see Miscellanous series). Most of the correspondence is concerned with the following tasks: how to get various ministers and traveling preachers assigned to the camps; seeking approval from both the congregations and the WRA; how to get suitable housing and accommodations for Caucasian ministers; and making and securing travel arrangements. Most of these folders contain extensive personal and personnel information on ministers, as well as others seeking various employment opportunities. Individual denominations requested the assistance of the Commission to place their ministers. Of special note - in the beginning, the U.S. Army and the WRA were reluctant to allow religious workers in the camps.


Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
box-folder 1:1

Bovenkerk, Henry G. (Hiene), Presbyterian 1941-1945

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Burnett, Clyde J., Free Methodist 1943-45

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Chapman, E.N., Presbyterian 1945

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Cobb, John B., Methodist 1945-1946

box-folder 1:5

Evans, Elizabeth M., Presbyterian 1942-1943

box-folder 1:6

Fisher, Galen M., YMCA 1942-1945

box-folder 1:7

Fisher, Royal H. (Roy), Baptist 1943-1945

box-folder 1:8

French, Holland, Salvation Army 1942-1943

box-folder 1:9

Gillett, Clarence S., Congregational 1942-1947

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Hawes, Hampton B., Presbyterian 1945

box-folder 1:11

Hannaford, Howard D., Presbyterian 1942-1945

box-folder 1:12

Long, Ward Willis, Presbyterian 1944

box-folder 1:13

Noble, Douglas W., Presbyterian 1945

box-folder 1:14-15

Reifsnider, Charles S., Episcopal 1942-1946

box-folder 1:16

Sutaw, Masao, YMCA 1943-1945

box-folder 1:17

Smith, Dr. Frank Herron, Methodist 1942-1945

box-folder 1:18

Sugioka, James and Wickizer, Willard, Disciples of Christ 1942-1945

box-folder 1:19

Unoura, Kijiro 1942-1945


Series 2  Organizational Correspondence 1942-1947

Physical Description: 24 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The over-riding concern of the churches and the individuals was getting employment in the camps. Many of the Caucasian missionaries returned on the Swedish exchange ship SS Gripsholm. Some of the other topics covered in this correspondence are: differences in missionary work among the Japanese and Japanese-Americans, placement of women ministers or teachers in the camps, and congregational integration or separation issues at the end of the War. Women teachers' and ministers' resumes are scattered throughout the series.
Most folders consist of two parts: first, correspondence with denominational headquarters or local congregations, and second, individual ministers and individual men and women seeking employment opportunities in the camps.


Arranged in alphabetical order by denomination.
box-folder 1:20

Assembly of God 1942

box-folder 1:21

Baptist 1944-1945

box-folder 1:22-23

Congregational 1942 1943 1945

box-folder 1:24-25

Disciples of Christ 1942-1944

box-folder 1:26-27

Episcopal 1942-1945

box-folder 1:28

Evangelical Reformed 1942-1944

box-folder 1:29

Methodist 1942

box-folder 1:30

Friends 1942-1944

box-folder 1:31

Holiness 1943-1944

box-folder 1:32

Independents 1942-1945

box-folder 1:33

Japan Evangelical Band 1942-1944

box-folder 1:34

Lutheran 1943-1947

box-folder 1:35-36

Methodist 1942-1943

box-folder 1:37

Oriental Missionary Society 1942

box-folder 1:38

Presbyterian Board, Foreign Missions 1942-1947

box-folder 1:39

Presbyterian 1941-1944

box-folder 1:40

Reformed Church of America (Dutch) 1942-1943

box-folder 1:41

Salvation Army 1942 1945

box-folder 1:42

Southern Baptist 1942

box-folder 1:43

Southern Presbyterian 1942

box-folder 1:44

YMCA and YWCA 1942-1945


Series 3  Internal Commission Administration Correspondence 1942-45

Physical Description: 10 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

These records highlight the Commission's internal workings. The main subjects are: the design and building of churches in the camps, setting up preaching missions (included are prayers in English and Japanese), equipment and book requests for the camps, correspondence from concerned people in the wider community, requests for information from school children and teachers, conferences for ministers, and Summer Students Services in 1945.


Arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
box-folder 1:45

Other Boards 1945

box-folder 1:46

Preaching Missions (Bader) 1943-1944

box-folder 1:47

Bibles 1944-1945

box-folder 1:48

Center Churches (War Relocation Authority) 1942-1943

box-folder 1:49

Requests for Publicity Materials 1943-1945

box-folder 1:50

Equipment 1942-1945

box-folder 1:51

Church Buildings (WRA) 1942-1943

box-folder 1:52

Conferences 1943

box-folder 1:53

Student Summer Services Relocation Centers 1945

box-folder 1:54

Theological Library Project 1942-1945

box-folder 1:55

Tracts and Publishers 1944-1945


Series 4  Relocation Correspondence 1942-45

Physical Description: 14 folders
box-folder 2:1

Japanese-American Presbyterians Students, A-I 1942-45

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Japanese-American Presbyterians Students, K-N 1942-45

box-folder 2:3

Japanese-American Presbyterians Students, O-Z 1942-45

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Japanese-American, Various States, A-I 1942-45

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Japanese-American, Various States, M-N 1942-45

box-folder 2:6

Japanese-American, Various States, O-W 1942-45

box-folder 2:7

Asajiro Kanegai in New Mexico 1942-45

box-folder 2:8

Japanese-American, Relocation 1942-45

box-folder 5:1

Correspondence relocation students, A-H 1943-46

box-folder 5:2

Correspondence relocation students, I 1943-46

box-folder 5:3

Correspondence relocation students, K 1943-46

box-folder 5:4

Correspondence relocation students, M-N 1943-46

box-folder 5:5

Correspondence relocation students, O 1943-46

box-folder 5:6

Correspondence relocation students, S-Y 1943-46


Series 5  Miscellaneous Materials 1942-45

Physical Description: 25 folders
box-folder 3:1

Protestant Commission for Japanese Service, Minutes 1942

box-folder 3:2

Protestant Commission for Japanese Service, Minutes 1943

box-folder 3:3

Protestant Commission for Japanese Service, Minutes 1944-45

box-folder 3:4

Correspondence on behalf of Japanese Americans 1942-45

box-folder 3:5

Heart Mountain Relocation Center 1943

box-folder 3:6

Newspaper clippings (Lynn T. White Collection) 1943-47

box-folder 3:7

Newspaper clippings (Lynn T. White Collection) 1943-44

box-folder 3:8

Relocation correspondence 1942-44

box-folder 3:9

Bulletins and reports 1942-45

box-folder 3:10

Commission papers 1967

box-folder 3:11

Non-Presbyterian Settlers 1943-44

box-folder 3:12

Relocation newsletters 1945

box-folder 3:13

Resettlement 1943-45

box-folder 4:1

Church bulletins 1943-44

box-folder 4:2

Presbyterian missions to Japan 1904-2007

box-folder 4:3

Work with Japanese Americans 1926-1945

box-folder 4:4

Presbyterians in Utah 1944-48

box-folder 4:5

Newsprint 1944

box-folder 4:6

Photograph, Japanese American Group Undated

box-folder 4:7

Photographs, Presbyterian missions in Japan Undated

box-folder 4:8

Letter regarding orphanage in Japan 1896

box-folder 4:9

Albertus Pieter, The Moral Failure in Korea, Responsibility of the Japanese Government and Nation 1919 May 28

box-folder 4:10

Paul M. Nagano, Identity and Pluralism from an Asian American Perspective 1989

box-folder 4:11

A Centennial Legacy, History of the Japanese Christian Missions in North America, 1877-1977 1977

box-folder 4:12

Lester Suzuki, Ministry in the Assembly and Relocation Centers of World War II 1979