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Neesima and Uchimura Collection, 1870-2002
1 records storage box, 1 half archives box, 1 archives box (1.75 linear ft.)

Abstract:
First Japanese graduates of Amherst College. Contains correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, articles, scrapbooks and other materials by or relating to their lives.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Joseph Hardy Neesima and Kanzo Uchimura Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Joseph Hardy Neesima and Kanzo Uchimura 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.

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Biographical Notes
Joseph Hardy Neesima (AC 1870)
1843 Feb 15Shimeta Niijima born Edo, Japan on the estate of Lord Itakura of Annaka, Kozukenokuni. Father Niijima Tamiji was recording secretary to Lord Itakura.
1861Niijima enters Tokugawa Naval School, studies mathematics and navigation
1864Niijima stows away on American Schooner
1865The Wild Rover reaches Boston, Massachusetts. The Hardy family takes custody of Shimeta Niijima; he legally changes his name to Joseph Hardy Neesima
1866Neesima baptized in a Congregational Church, Neesima attends Philips Academy Andover
1868Neesima enters Amherst College
1870Neesima graduates Amherst College
1874
Neesima awarded an LLD by the Andover Theological Seminary
Neesima founds Doshisha University with Kakuma Yamamoto in Kyoto, Japan
1874 Sep 24Neesima ordained, Boston, Massachusetts
1876 Jan 3Neesima weds Yage Yamamoto, sister of Kakuma Yamamoto
1879First commencement of Doshisha University, fifteen graduates
1887Doshisha Hospital and nursing school open. (Closed 1906)
1889Neesima awarded LL.D. by Amherst College
1890 Jan 23Neesima dies near Tokyo, Japan
Kanzo Uchimura (AC 1887)
1861 Mar 18Kanzo Uchimura born, Edo, Japan
1881B.S., Imperial College of Agriculture, Sapporo, Japan
1887Graduates Amherst College
1888Hartford Theological Seminary
1890Lecturer, Tokyo Training School of Fishery
1889 Jul 31Weds Kazu Shizuke two children, Tsuroko, Yushi
1894 Rutsuko born Kyoto, Japan (d. January 12, 1912)
1897Yushi born Sapporo, Japan
1899Principal, The Independent School for Girls, Tokyo, Japan
1926-1928Editor, The Japan Christian Intelligencer, Tokyo, Japan
1930 Mar 28Kanzo Uchimura dies, Tokyo, Japan
Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, articles, scrapbooks and other materials by or relating to the lives of Neesima (the first Japanese graduate of Amherst College and founder of Doshisha University in Kyoto) and Uchimura (the second Japanese graduate of Amherst College and a prominent missionary and Christian scholar in Japan).

This collection is organized into two series:


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

There is no restriction on access to the Joseph Hardy Neesima and Kanzo Uchimura Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Joseph Hardy Neesima and Kanzo Uchimura 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 Joseph Hardy Neesima and Kanzo Uchimura Collection [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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 and Japanese
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Joseph Hardy Neesima (AC
1870)


Biographical information on Joseph Hardy Neesima
1870

Box 1: folder 1
Amherst College Commencement 1870
1870

Box 1: folder 2
Original signature of Joseph Hardy Neesima
1874

Box 1: folder 3
Photographs of Joseph Hardy Neesima
ca. 1880s

Box 1: folder 4
Photograph album of Joseph Hardy Neesima
ca 1880s

Box 1: folder 5
News clipping about "The Wild Rover," ship upon which Joseph Neesima Hardy traveled to the United States
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Transcript of the address by Baron Takahira, Japanese Ambassador to the United States, at Amherst College about Joseph Hardy Neesima
1909

Box 1: folder 7
Letters from Joseph Hardy Neesima
1870-1890

Box 1: folder 8
Letters to Joseph Hardy Neesima
1848-1889

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence about Joseph Hardy Neesima
1936

Box 1: folder 10
News clippings about a lost drawing by Joseph Hardy Neesima
1978

Box 1: folder 11
Drawing by Joseph Hardy Neesima
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Introduction and preface to J. H. Seelye's The Way, The Truth, The Life, translated to Japanese from the English by Joseph Hardy Neesima
1881

Box 1: folder 13
Ordination of Joseph Hardy Neesima
1874

Box 1: folder 14
Scrapbook about Doshisha University and Joseph Hardy Neesima
ca 1880s

Box 1: folder 15
Presentation of the portrait of Joseph Hardy Neesima to Amherst College by the Class of 1870
1903

Box 1: folder 16
Correspondence about the 1903 portrait of Joseph Hardy Neesima
2002

Box 1: folder 17
Photographs of and newspapers clippings about the 1936 portrait of Joseph Neesima Hardy presented by Mr. And Mrs. Arthur P. Black
1936

Box 1: folder 18
Correspondence about the Joseph Hardy Neesima portrait of 1936, presented by Mr. And Mrs. Arthur P. Black
1933-1936

Box 1: folder 19
Japanese commemorative postage stamp of Joseph Hardy Neesima
1950

Box 1: folder 20
19th century printed material including an obituary for Joseph Hardy Neesima published in the Springfield Republican June 28, 1885
1885

Box 1: folder 21
20th century printed material about Joseph Hardy Neesima
ca. 1900s

Box 1: folder 22
Japan-America Friendship Concert programs
1993

Box 1: folder 23
Japan-America Friendship Concert banners
1993

Box 1: folder 24
Photographs of historic sites pertaining to Joseph Hardy Neesima
1990s

Box 1: folder 25
Niijima Gakuen High School Catalogs
1990s

Box 1: folder 26
Research paper about the life of Joseph Hardy Neesima by Yukata Dohi
ca 1993

Box 1: folder 27
Reference data on Joseph Hardy Neesima
ca 1993

Box 1: folder 28
Series 2: Kanzo Uchimura (AC
1887)


Biographical Information
1920

Box 1: folder 29
Portrait Information
1953

Box 1: folder 29a
Photographs
n.d.

Box 1: folder 30
Japanese postage stamp of Kanzo Uchimura
1951

Box 1: folder 31
Letters from Kanzo Uchimura, includes bound book with Letters from Kanzo Uchimura to Joseph Hardy Neesima
1887

Box 1: folder 32
Papers of Uchimura, Kanzo
ca. 1980s

Box 1: folder 33
Printed material by Kanzo Uchimura
ca. 1900s

Box 1: folder 34
Printed material about Kanzo Uchimura
1950

Box 1: folder 35
Printed material about Kanzo Uchimura
1960

Box 1: folder 36
"The Life of Kanzo Uchimura (The Great Christian your University has sent to the world)," Megumi Masaike, translated by Masaharu Murai
1961

Box 1: folder 37
"Kanzo Uchimura: A Summary of His Life and Faith," Naoshi Koike
1963

Box 1: folder 38
Eight-part biography chronicling the life of Kanzo Uchimura from "The Lure of the Litchfield Hills" magazine
1964-1968

Box 1: folder 39
Hokkaido University Catalog of Uchimura Library
1955

Box 1: folder 40
English My Way, by Yoshiyuke Masaki and Virginia Bahe, fantasy novella with references to Kanzo Uchimura
1993

Box 1: folder 41
Scroll written in Japanese calligraphy
n.d.

Box 2
Framed commemorative Japanese postage stamp sheet - Neesima
1950-2007

Box 3: folder 1
"The Young Technocrat of Tokugawa-Japan, Shimeta Niijima (Joseph Hardy Neesima) and his Helpmates" - 5 documentary volumes compiled by Yutaka Dohi
[2009]

Box 4
Framed commemorative Japanese postage stamp sheet - Uchimura
1950-2007

Box 3: folder 2
Correspondence, etc. re: commemorative Japanese framed stamp sheets
2007

Box 3: folder 3

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Christian biography--Japan--Sources.
  • Congregational churches--Japan--Clergy--Biography--Sources.
  • D‚¯oshisha Daigaku--Presidents.
  • Education, Higher--Japan--History--Sources.
  • Niijima, J‚¯o, 1843-1890.
  • Uchimura, Kanz‚¯o, 1861-1930.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1870. Nessima.
  • Amherst College. Class of 1887. Uchimura.
  • Uchimura, Kanz‚¯o, 1861-1930.


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