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Doshisha University Collection, 1914-present
2 records storage boxes, 2 oversize archives boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize flat box (4 linear ft.)

Correspondence, ephemera, photographs, printed matter and media documenting the long-standing connection between Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and Amherst College.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Doshisha University 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
Amherst, MA

Historical Note

Amherst College and Doshisha University have been closely connected since the founding of Doshisha Academy in 1875 by Joseph Hardy Neesima, an 1870 graduate of Amherst College. Since that time, many students and professors have traveled between the two institutions and a number of special initiatives have taken place to strengthen and celebrate the bond that they share. Amherst House at Doshisha was build in 1932, with a guest house added in 1962; it serves as a center for cultural exchange. The Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship has sent an Amherst graduate to Doshisha to teach English every year since 1958. Numerous faculty and student exchanges have taken place and there have been many formal visits between the Presidents and other dignitaries.

1843Joseph Hardy Neesima (AC 1870), the founder of Doshisha, is born in Edo (Tokyo).
1864Neesima stows away on an American schooner bound for the United States, risking capital punishment for violating Japanese law, in order to pursue his dream of seeing the world and learning about Christianity.
1865Neesima arrives in the port of Boston and enters Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
1866Neesima is baptized at the chapel in Andover Theological Seminary.
1867Neesima completes his study at Phillips Academy and enters Amherst College.
1870Neesima graduates from Amherst College and enters Andover Theological Seminary.
1874Neesima graduates from Andover Theological Seminary. At the 65th annual meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, held at Rutland, Vermont, Neesima appeals for funds to establish an institution of higher education based on Christianity in Japan, and obtains a pledge of $5,000. He returns to Japan for the first time in ten years.
1875Doshisha Academy is established on Teramachi Campus with eight students and two teachers, Neesima and J. D. Davis.
1876Campus is relocated from Teramachi to Imadegawa.
1877Establishment of Doshisha Girls' School is approved by Kyoto Prefecture.
1879The first 15 students graduate from Doshisha Academy.
1886Doshisha Chapel (designated a national important cultural property) is completed.
1887Library opens at Shojakukan, the present Yushukan (designated a national important cultural property). Doshisha Hospital and Kyoto Training School for Nurses are established.
1888"The Aim in Establishing Doshisha University" is published in major newspapers and magazines.
1890Joseph Hardy Neesima dies at the age of 46.
1893Doshisha emblem is adopted.
1894Clarke Divinity Hall, the present Clarke Memorial Hall (designated a national important cultural property), is inaugurated.
1912Doshisha University (School of Theology, Faculty of Political Science and Economics and Department of English) and the Advanced Course of Doshisha Girls' School are approved under the Senmon Gakko (professional school) Ordinance.
1920Doshisha University (Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, Graduate School and Preparatory School) is approved under the University Ordinance.
1932Amherst House, a student residence hall, is built on Doshisha University campus as a memorial to Neesima and Stewart Burton Nichols (AC 1922), the first Amherst student representative.
1940Joseph Hardy Neesima Memorial Monument (Ryoshinhi) is erected in the courtyard in front of Yushukan.
1944Doshisha Engineering College is established.
1948University (School of Theology, Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Economics) is approved under the New School System Ordinance.
1949Faculty of Commerce and Faculty of Engineering are established.
1950Master's Programs (Graduate Schools of Theology, Letters, Law, Economics, and Commerce) are established.
1953Doctoral programs are established.
1955Master's program in Engineering is established.
1975A ceremony commemorating the centennial of the school's founding is held.
1986Tanabe Campus, the present Kyotanabe Campus, is opened and the classes of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts start there.
1991Graduate School of American Studies is established.
1995Graduate School of Policy and Management is established.
2004Faculty of Policy Studies, Department of Information Systems Design and Department of Environmental Systems Science in Faculty of Engineering, Law School, and Graduate School of Business are established.
2005Faculty of Culture and Information Science is established. Faculty of Letters and Graduate School of Letters are restructured and reorganized. Faculty of Social Studies and Graduate School of Social Studies are established.
2006Doshisha Elementary School is established.
2007Graduate School of Culture and Information Science is established.
2008Faculty of Life and Medical Sciences and Faculty of Health and Sports Science are established.
2009Faculty of Psychology and Graduate School of Psychology are established.
2010Graduate School of Global Studies established
2010Graduate School of Health and Sports Science established
2011Faculty of Global Communications established
2011Doshisha International Academy Elementary School established
2011Doshisha International School, Kyoto scheduled to be established
Scope and Contents of the Collection

This is an artificial collection of materials relating to Doshisha University and the Doshisha-Amherst connection. There materials are largely correspondence, photographs and ephemera. The collection is arranged in four series by type: general, photographs, publications and scrapbooks and photograph albums.

This collection is organized into four series:

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

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

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Doshisha University 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.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Doshisha University Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The materials in this collection have come from a wide variety of sources over many years. They have been gathered together and organized primarily by material type. This collection continues to grow.

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:
Chiefly in English, with some materials in Japanese.

Contents List
Series 1: General

Academic Exchange Agreement between Amherst College and Doshisha University
2014 Jun

Box 1: folder 1
Amherst Alumni with connections to Japan

Box 1: folder 1A
Amherst College Doshisha Committee, film presentation, "Japanese Culture"
1940 Feb 27

Box 1: folder 2
Amherst College library internship, report

Box 1: folder 3
Amherst-Doshisha Fellows, correspondence

Box 1: folder 4
Amherst-Doshisha Fellows, lists

Box 1: folder 5
Amherst-Doshisha Fellows, reports

Box 1: folder 6
Amherst-Doshisha relationship, history and mailings

Box 1: folder 7
Amherst House, correspondence

Box 1: folder 8
Amherst House, dedication
1935 Oct 29

Box 1: folder 9
Amherst House, fundraising

Box 1: folder 10
Amherst House, guest house

Box 1: folder 11
Amherst House, mailings from Fellows, newsletters, etc.

Box 1: folder 12
Amherst House, publications

Box 1: folder 13
Amherst House, 20th anniversary

Box 1: folder 14
Amherst Neesima Club

Box 1: folder 15
Anniversary celebration, 60th

Box 1: folder 16
Anniversary celebration, 75th

Box 1: folder 17
Anniversary celebration, 80th

Box 1: folder 18
Anniversary celebration, centennial

Box 1: folder 19

Box 1: folder 20
Five Colleges, faculty team visitation proposal

Box 1: folder 21
"Friends of Doshisha," fundraising

Box 1: folder 22
Gifts to Amherst College

Box 1: folder 23
Greeting cards

Box 1: folder 24
Greetings, official

Box 1: folder 25
Greetings, official (oversize)

Box OS1: folder 25
King Dormitory

Box 1: folder 26
Neesima Endowment Fund

Box 1: folder 27
Neesima Memorial Tour (Japan-America Friendship Concert), booklet, videos, audio cassette
1993 Sep

Box 1: folder 28
Neesima Memorial Tour (Japan-America Friendship Concert), photographs
1993 Sep

Box OS1: folder 28
Plimpton dormitory

Box 1: folder 29

Box 1: folder 30
Presidents (inaugurations, etc.)

Box 1: folder 31
Prints, drawings, etc.

Box 1: folder 32
Series 2: Photographs


Box 1: folder 33
Amherst House

Box 1: folder 34
Amherst House

Box 1: folder 35
Amherst House, guest house construction

Box 1: folder 35a-b
King Dormitory

Box 1: folder 36
Miscellaneous and Otis Cary family snapshots

Box 1: folder 37
Series 3: Publications

Printed materials about Doshisha (2 folders)

Box 1: folder 38-39

Box 2: folder 1
Publications (2 folders)

Box 2: folder 2-3
Publications (2 folders)

Box 2: folder 4-5
The Doshisha

Box 2: folder 6

Box 2: folder 7
Doshisha (Oversize) (3 copies)

Box 3: folder 1
Doshisha Archives Center News

Box 2: folder 8
Doshisha Danso (Doshisha Archives Center)

Box 2: folder 9
Doshisha Days (oversize)

Box 3: folder 2
Doshisha Jihou

Box 2: folder 10
The Doshisha Student

Box 2: folder 10a
25th Commemorative History of the English Club of Doshisha University...

Box 2: folder 10b
The Doshisha Times (Oversize)
1934, 1954

Box OS1: folder 10
Doshisha University

Box 3: folder 3
The Osaka Mainichi
1953 Oct 30

Box OS1: folder 3
Nippon, v. 22

Box 3: folder 4
Series 4: Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums

Amherst Memorial Letters album

Box 2: folder 11
Amherst House album

Box 2: folder 12
King Dormitory album
ca. 1930

Box 2: folder 13
General Doshisha album
ca. 1927

Box 3: folder 5
General Doshisha albums (4 albums)

Box 4: folder 1-4
General Doshisha album (oversize)

Box OS1: folder 1-4
Scrapbook and paintings [from 2004-193?]

Box OS2: folder 1-4

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