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The Sunday Before Collection
GTU 97-5-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Names

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The Sunday Before collection
    Dates: 1942, 1945
    Collection number: GTU 97-5-02
    Collector: Hunter, Alan A.
    Collector: Binford, Gurney
    Collection Size: .1 linear feet (2 folders) 1 PDF file (49 pages)
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: "The Sunday Before: Sermons by Pacific Coast Pastors of the Japanese Race on the Sunday before Evacuation to Assembly Centers in the Late Spring of 1942" includes sermons delivered by Protestant ministers prior to the forced evacuation of Japanese and Japanese Americans on the West Coast to Relocation Camps.
    Physical location: 3/E/3
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    PDF version of The Sunday Before.


    Collection is open for research. Photocopy is used instead of original.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    The Sunday Before collection, GTU 97-5-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Ruth Colburn in 1997.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Collection consists of a single manuscript of sermons by Japanese and Japanese American ministers prior to the evacuation into relocation camps.
    Contents: Forward, Gurney Binford; Preface, E. Stanley Jones; Introduction, Alan E. Hunter; Chapter 1 - Facing Evacuation, Rev. Lester E. Suzuki; Chapter 2 - The Tie That Binds, Rev. Donald K. Toriumi; Chapter 3 - Reweaving Our Lives, Rev. Royden Susu-Mago; Chapter 4 - The Babylonian Exile and the Love of God, Rev. Hideo Hashimoto; Chapter 5 - Abraham, The Migration Leader, Rev. Sohel Kowta; Chapter 6 - New Pilgrims, Rev. Kengo TaJima; Chapter 7 - We Shall Have Our Easter, Rev. John M. Yamazaki.
    For further information on the individual ministers, and general background reading see: Ministry in the Assembly and Relocation Centers of World War II by Lester E. Suzuki. Yardbird Publishing Co.: Berkeley, CA, 1979. GTU Library call number: BR563 J35 S89.p>

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Sunday Before: Sermons by Pacific Coast Pastors of the Japanese Race on the Sunday before Evacuation to Assembly Centers in the Late Spring of 1942 was not published until 1945.Edited by Allan A. Hunter and Gurney Binford, with a Preface by E. Stanley Jones and an Introduction by Allan A. Hunter, Binford states that the sermons had been "prepared for presentation in the summer of 1942, but conditions prevented their publication." The booklet contains biographical information of each of the pastors along with their sermons. There is an extended biography for Lester Suzuki, the others are short.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Japanese Americans --Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-1945 --Sermons
    Japanese Americans --Religious life --California
    Japanese Americans --California --Sermons

    Binford, Gurney, 1895-
    Hashimoto, Hideo, 1911-
    Hunter, Allan A. (Allan Armstrong), 1893-
    Jones, E. Stanley (Eli Stanley), 1884-1973
    Kowta, Sohei
    Susu-Mago, Royden
    Suzuki, Lester E.
    Tajima, Kengo
    Toriumi, Donald K.
    Yamazaki, John W.