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Uchimura Kanzō (AC 1887) Collection, 1887-1963
0.5 Linear feet 1 half archives box
Collection number: MA.00356

Abstract:
The Uchimura Collection contains material related to the life of Uchimura Kanzo, including biographical information, typescripts and reproductions of correspondence, and commemorative items.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Uchimura Kanzō Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Uchimura Kanzō Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical / Historical

Uchimura, founder of the non-church movement in early 20th-century Japan, arrived in the United States in the mid-1880s. Uchimura spent time with the Quaker community in Elwyn, Pennsylvania, before attending Amherst College. At Amherst College he pursued a "partial course" according to the 1888 college yearbook - he only attended between 1885 and 1887. While at Amherst, Uchimura participated in the Hitchcock Society of Inquiry.

A Note on Names: The standard form of Japanese names places the surname before the given name. In some English documents, Uchimura was also given the first name "Jon".

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material related to the life of Uchimura Kanzo, including biographical information, typescripts and reproductions of correspondence, and commemorative items. There is very little in this collection created by Uchimura in its original state.

Series 1: Biographical Information - contains the original Amherst College biographical file, a biography originally written in Japanese but translated into English and later published in the "Lure of the Litchfield Hills" magazine.

Series 2: Material Related to Uchimura - includes some correspondence written by Uchimura, none of which are originals but are reproductions or typescripts. One photograph is included in the series along with a sheet of commemorative stamps issued in Japan in the 1950s.

The Uchimura collection is arranged into two series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical Information, 1887-1861
  2. Series 2: Material related to Uchimura, 1887-1955

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Uchimura Kanzō Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Uchimura Kanzō Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

The Uchimura Collection was separated from the Neesima and Uchimura Collection to create its own collection. November 2017.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
Language
Material written in English, Japanese, and German.
Related Materials at Amherst College

More information on Uchimura can be found in:

  1. The Class of 1887 Quinquennial and Decennial Books
  2. Class-Day Exercises and Commencement programs from 1887
  3. The Olio
  4. Amherst Literary Monthly, April 1881 (vol.1 no.1)
  5. Amherst Magazine
  6. "Amherst: a Third World Perspective"
  7. Amherst Record, January 20 1886
  8. Uchimura Kanzo: Life and Thoughts in 1877-1895 (thesis 1963)
  9. Uchimura Kanzo a Biographical Sketch (master's thesis at Columbia University, John F. Howes, 1953)
  10. President's Office Records. Charles Woolsey Cole. Correspondence related to the gift of a portrait of Uchimura is located in Box 14 under "Japan Trip 1953-1954." These records are not processed.
  11. Series 1, Sub-series G of the Seelye Papers contains correspondence to Seelye from Uchimura.

Separated Materials

Material more appropriate for the control file has been moved. November 2017.


Contents List
Series 1: Biographical Information
1887-1961


Amherst College Biographical File
1887-1957

Box 1: folder 1
Biographies, articles, and lecture flyers
1927-1977

Box 1: folder 2
"The Life of Kanzo Uchimura" Megumi Masaike, translated by Masaharu Murai
1961

Box 1: folder 3
"Kanzo Uchimura: A Summary of His Life and Faith," Naoshi Koike
1963

Box 1: folder 4
"The Life of Kanzo Uchimura" from "The Lure of the Litchfield Hills" magazine
1964-1968

Box 1: folder 5
"English My Way", by Yoshiyuke Masaki and Virginia Bahe
1993

Box 1: folder 6
Series 2: Material Related to Uchimura
1887-1955


Photograph
1887

Box 1: folder 7
Material written by Uchimura
1890-1904, undated

Box 1: folder 8

This folder contains reproductions and typescripts of correspondence written by Uchimura. There are no originals of correspondence in this collection. The folder also contains material by Uchimura published in newspapers and a small book published in German.

Commemorative stamp and related correspondence
1951

Box 1: folder 9
"The Catalogue of Uchimura Library" [photocopy]
1955
Photocopy
Box 1: folder 10
Location of originals:

Original at Hokkaido University.


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Amherst College -- Religion
  • Japan -- Church history
  • Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley) (AC 1849)
  • Uchimura, Kanzō, 1861-1930 (AC 1887)


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