manuscripts of writings and speeches, subject files, tear sheets and reprints of writings,
and clippings, relating mainly to his long career as executive director of the University of
California YMCA (Stiles Hall); work in China with the International Committee of the
American YMCA, 1921-1927; loyalty oath controversy at the University of California; aid to
Japanese-Americans during World War II; work as West Coast Director, FEPC, 1943-1945;
formation with Mrs. Kingman of the Citizens' Lobby for Freedom and Fair Play, 1957; support
of John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, 1960.
Harry L. Kingman was born in 1892 in Tientsin, China, the son of a Congregational
missionary. Several years later his family settled in Pomona, California, where he attended
public schools, and, in 1914, earned an A.B. degree from Pomona College. In 1916, after
playing baseball with the New York Yankees for two seasons, he moved to Berkeley to accept
the position of Freshman Secretary for the University of California YMCA, better known as
Stiles Hall. This was the beginning of an almost continuous association with Stiles which
lasted until his retirement in 1957.
9.45 linear feet
8 boxes and 5 cartons
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