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Conrad Totman Papers, 1800-2005 (Bulk: 1948-2005)
17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 447

Abstract:
A scholar of the history and culture of early modern Japan, Conrad Totman began his career as a student of ornamental horticulture at the University of Massachusetts. After graduation in 1953, Totman served in the army for three years in South Korea, and got his first taste of Japanese culture during leave. His experiences in Japan piqued his scholarly interest, and upon his return to the states (with his new wife, Michiko), he entered graduate school at UMass and then Harvard, receiving his doctorate in 1964 for a study of politics during the Tokugawa period. Totman held academic positions at UC Santa Barbara, Northwestern, and (in 1984) Yale before retiring in 1997.

The bulk of the Totman Papers documents Totman's education and professional work as a scholar and teacher of Japanese history. Dispersed throughout is a treasure trove of information on Japan in general, and particularly on his specialties: early modern Japan and forestry and environmental management. An enormous, highly influential, and cherished, part of Totman's life is his family, and the Totman clan is well represented in this collection. Reams of genealogical material document the rich heritage of the Totman family, including the transcribed love letters and diaries of his paternal grandmother and biographies of Totman ancestors, among many others.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use:

Letters written by Conrad Totman during his stay in Japan from 1955-1956 as well as professional letters that include reviews of the work of his colleagues are restricted until 2015.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biographical Note
Conrad Totman in his office at Santa Barbara.

Conrad Totman in his office at Santa Barbara.

On a wintry 5th of January, 1934, Conrad Davis Totman was born in an upstairs bedroom of the house on the family farm in Conway, Massachusetts. His father, Raymond Smith Totman, decided that it was too dangerous to drive his wife ten miles on unpaved, unplowed, and unreliable roads to the nearest hospital in Greenfield. Thus, the family doctor made the trek to the farm on that cold and snowy day, and helped Mildred Kingsbury Totman deliver her second son. Conrad was preceded by his brother, Leland, in 1931, and followed by two sisters, Barbara in 1936, and Gail in 1937. The third generation of Totmans to work the farm known as "Broomshire" was complete.

As the children progressed in age, so too did their responsibilities and chores around the farm. At various points in his childhood, Conrad was responsible for duties such as the care of chickens, herding the dairy cows and calves out to pasture, cleaning udders prior to milking, and assisting the older workers with their own duties. Later, when Conrad became one of those older workers, he joined in other duties such as mowing, drying and baling hay, cultivating and drying tobacco, tapping maple trees for sap, harvesting, processing and ensiling field corn for cattle feed, tending to honeybee "supers," felling trees for firewood and lumber, and minding the vegetable garden.

Academically, Conrad excelled. After finishing grammar school locally in Conway, he started High School at Arms Academy in nearby Shelburne Falls. In 1952, Totman graduated from Arms second in his class. He enrolled in the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall as an Ornamental Horticulture major. Totman's interest in gardening made horticulture a logical choice, but study at the university was not as exciting as he thought. He was enrolled in the Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at UMass, and the regular Army seemed like a good place to sort out his future. So, after a year in Amherst, Totman shipped out to fulfill his enlistment for a three year stint. The decision to enlist in the Army would prove to be the choice that changed his life.

After training to become a sanitary technician at camps in Virginia and Texas, Totman shipped out to Korea. The war had officially ended about ten months before, and South Korea was in the process of reconstruction. Totman was assigned to the 78th Preventive Medicine Control Detachment (PMCD). The unit was responsible for maintaining sanitary conditions both in the Army's camps and in the re-building villages in the countryside. Totman was a part of snap inspections of Army facilities such as mess halls and latrines. Another part of his job was to get samples from standing water to test for mosquito larvae. If enough larvae were present, then a sprayer would be hauled in to kill the potential disease-spreading mosquitoes, in addition to putting any nearby humans at risk as well, unbeknownst to anyone at the time.

During his stay in South Korea, Totman was an avid photographer, snapping pictures of everyday life, both in and out of the military camp. He was able to take pictures in cities like Seoul and Pyongyang on leave. On rest and recuperation (R&R) trips, he was able to see nearby Japan, a country with which he immediately fell in love. He took numerous photos and longed to return while stationed back in Korea. The break-up of the 78th PMCD lead to his reassignment to the 207th PMCD. Here, in a bonafide permanent hospital (as opposed to a temporary tent,) his job was to identify mosquito larvae and to organize the information about them. Then, in February of 1955, Totman was given another reassignment to the 10th Preventive Medicine Survey Detachment--in Japan! Finally, he would be able to spend a good amount of time here. But destiny also awaited him at the 10th PMSD, for the secretary to the commanding officer was a woman named Michiko Ikegami. They met for the first time on February 28, 1955, and have scarcely been apart since.

For almost a year and a half, Conrad and Michiko grew closer and spent increasing amounts of time together. In June 1956, however, Totman's enlistment ran out, and he was shipped back home. Soon after, Michiko quit her job and sailed on a cargo ship to San Diego. A plane carried her to Chicago, and thence to Hartford, where Aunt Ruth waited to drive her up to Amherst. There she enrolled at UMass, as a sociology major, and Conrad re-enrolled as a history major, with plans to concentrate on Japan. They were married at the Totman family farm in Conway on January 28, 1958. Totman graduated in June - second in his class (again) - and was accepted into Harvard as a graduate student in history. Michiko finished her degree in June of 1959 at the campus of UMass Boston.

By 1960, Totman finished his master's degree in East Asian Studies and in 1961 completed course requirements for a Ph.D. in East Asian History. Michiko, meanwhile, worked as a cataloguer in Harvard's East Asian Library. However, Conrad still needed to make an extended trip to Japan in order to do research for his dissertation on politics during the Tokugawa period, so the couple made all the preparations, and finally were able to return to Japan. After a brief visit with the Ikegami family, they moved into their own house. Totman studied and wrote his thesis, while Michiko worked, again doing cataloguing-related work at a library, all the while speaking only in Japanese to aid Conrad. Their time was punctuated by sightseeing trips all around Japan, and visits from people such as Aunt Ruth, or Conrad's sister Gail. Two years later, in November of 1963, Totman's complete his research, and it was time to return to America. They ended up taking the long way back, going via places like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Egypt, Greece, and western Europe, finally arriving back in Conway in time for Christmas.

In June 1964, Totman received his PhD and secured a teaching position at the University of California at Santa Barbara. They rented half of a duplex for a short while, but the addition of Kathleen Junko Totman into the family proved reason to find a more permanent abode. They found a place in time to receive Christopher Ken Totman into the family, and prepared to spend a good amount of time in California. Soon after, though, Totman was asked to take a position in the History Department at Northwestern University, which he accepted. In the summer of 1966, the family moved to Evanston, Illinois, where they would stay until the children completed their public schooling, with Conrad continuing his teaching and writing and Michiko working in the Evanston public school system's Japanese-English bilingual program.

After eighteen years teaching at Northwestern University, Conrad accepted a position at Yale University, which began in the fall of 1984. Although Totman had made many friends and acquaintances during his stay in Illinois, the move to Yale made sense as his children were out of public school, and New Haven, Connecticut was conveniently close to his family and boyhood home in Conway, Massachusetts.

During his career, Toman worked on a wide variety of topics in early modern and modern Japan, ranging from the collpase of the Tokugawa Shogunate to forestry and the lumber industry in Japan, a topic reflecting his early years at an agricultural college. He taught courses of equal diversity, and upon retirement in 1997, was granted emeritus status. Conrad and Michiko Totman continue to live near New Haven.

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Conrad Totman as a boy.

Conrad Totman as a boy.

The Conrad Totman Papers chronicle not only the life of Conrad Totman, but also the lives of those who influenced him. The bulk of the collection documents Totman's education and profession as a scholar and teacher of Japanese history. Documents such as report cards, essays and notes show his progression as a student, and documents such as tests, lecture notes and evaluations show his progression as a college professor. Dispersed throughout is a treasure trove of information on Japan in general, and particularly on his specialties: early modern Japan and forestry and environmental management. Professional correspondence and other documents reveal a network of other highly educated Japan and Asian specialists, engaging in discourse aimed to support, challenge, and improve each other's scholarly output. An enormous, highly influential, and cherished, part of Totman's life is his family, and the Totman clan is well represented in this collection. Reams of genealogical material document the rich heritage of the Totman family, including the transcribed love letters and diaries of his paternal grandmother and alphabetized biographies of Totman ancestors, among many others. Illuminating the stories told in other parts of the collection, such as those in the large cache of highly descriptive personal letters to family members, are the many photographs spanning Totman's entire life and beyond.

This collection, on the one hand, documents Conrad Totman's life, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. On the other, it is a monument to his unceasing desire to inform others at the highest level possible. The final physical organization of this collection was made with every attempt to preserve the initial organization arranged by Totman himself. Save for a few shifts, the majority of the collection is still organized into subjects that Totman devised. He even included, in many instances, handwritten notes, further explaining connections and/or historical context for that particular grouping. Personal characteristics are also apparent in the collection. Never one to waste, Totman's reprints and loose transcriptions of documents such as professional correspondence are usually printed on used paper. The loose transcriptions of messy or lost documents are indicated by the word "converted" written in the upper right-hand corner. Thus, conflicting information on the reverse of a document can always be nullified by examining the context of the surrounding group of documents. Also, while a large portion of this collection is about Japan, very little is in Japanese without any translation or explanation in English.


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

The collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use:

Letters written by Conrad Totman during his stay in Japan from 1955-1956 as well as professional letters that include reviews of the work of his colleagues are restricted until 2015.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Conrad Totman Papers (MS 447). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Gift of Conrad and Michiko Totman, 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Alexander D. MacKenzie, January 2006.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English
Bibliography

Totman's major publications include:

  • Politics in the Tokugawa bakufu, 1600-1843 (Cambridge, 1967)
  • The collapse of the Tokugawa bakufu, 1862-1868 (Honolulu, 1980)
  • Japan before Perry : a short history (Berkeley, 1981)
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun : a biography (San Francisco, 1983)
  • The origins of Japan's modern forests : the case of Akita (Honolulu, 1985)
  • The green archipelago : forestry in preindustrial Japan (Berkeley, 1989)
  • Tokugawa Japan : the social and economic antecedents of modern Japan (Tokyo, 1990), with Chie Nakane and Shinzaburo Oishi
  • Early Modern Japan (Berkeley, 1993)
  • The lumber industry in early modern Japan (Honolulu, 1995)
  • A History of Japan (Malden, Mass., 2000)
  • Pre-industrial Korea and Japan in environmental perspective (Leiden, 2004)
  • Japan's imperial forest, Goryorin, 1889-1945 : with a supporting study of the Kan/Min division of woodland in early Meiji Japan, 1871-76 (Folkestone, 2007)


Contents List
Series 1: Education
1948-1999


This series documents a majority of Totman's formal educational experiences. From his first year at high shool to later scholarly research, Totman was constantly accumulating information. The materials relating to his high school, Arms Academy, show not only a general curriculum, familiar to almost any contemporary American high school student, but also the roots of Totman's future professional writing career. Examples of early writings include reports for classes such as English I through IV, U.S. History, and French; and notes for classes such as Biology, Chemistry and Plane Geometry. While his pursuit of a baccalaureate degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst started with a concentration in Horticulture, it ended with a degree in history. The primary catalyst for this switch was a United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) course entitled "Survey of the Far East," taken by Totman while in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956. Two essays written during the 1956-1957 school year back at UMass show further development in writing style, as well as a firm commitment to the study of history as a profession. His writing further improved at Harvard University, as evidenced by two seminar papers, as well as the culmination of his pre-professional education: his Ph.D. thesis. Totman's research for his Ph.D. thesis brought him to Shinkoganei, Japan. Materials from his first (Shinkoganei) and subsequent (Tanashi-shi, Kichijoji, and Mitaka-shi) scholarly research trips to Japan showcase the trials and tribulations of a professional scholar. Also included are documents relating to his decades-long research into Forestry.

Arms Academy: Academic Records
1949-1952

Box 1:1
Arms Academy: Extracurricular Activities
1949-1952

Box 1:2
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, Biology
1949-1950

Box 1:3
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, Chemistry
1950-1951

Box 1:4
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, English I
1948-1949

Box 1:5
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, English II
1949-1950

Box 1:6
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, English III
1950-1951

Box 1:7
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, English IV
1951-1952

Box 1:8
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, French
1949-1952

Box 1:9
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, Plane Geometry
1950-1951

Box 1:10
Arms Academy: Schoolwork, U.S. History
1951-1952

Box 1:11
University of Massachusetts: Academic Records
1953, 1956-1958

Box 1:12
University of Massachusetts: Schoolwork
1956-1957

Box 1:13
Military Service: USAFI Course: Survey of the Far East
1956

Box 1:14
Harvard University: Administrative Materials
1958-1967

Box 1:15
Harvard University: Course Materials
1959-1964

Box 1:16
Harvard University: Ph.D. Dissertation
1964

Box 2:1
Research in Japan: Shinkoganei
1961-1963

Box 2:2
Research in Japan: Tanashi-shi, Application Forms
undated

Box 2:3
Research in Japan: Tanashi-shi, Travel Materials
1968-1969

Box 2:4
Research in Japan: Tanashi-shi, Correspondence
1967-1969

Box 2:5
Research in Japan: Tanashi-shi, Fulbright Grant Applications
1967-1969

Box 2:6
Research in Japan: Kichijoji
1972-1980

Box 2:7
Research in Japan: Mitaka-shi, Associated Documents
1981-1982

Box 2:8
Research in Japan: Mitaka-shi, Grant Applications
1979-1984

Box 2:9
Forestry Research
1980-1999

Box 2:10
Series 2: Professional Activities
1963-2003


The bulk of this series constitutes Totman's teaching career. Documents relating to his major teaching posts at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Northwestern University, and Yale University cover a wealth of information, most notably with individual class lecture notes and test materials on topics about Japan, ranging from the general to the specific. These are mostly organized by class number. Where the class number is inconsistent, the course title is used. Totman's guest teaching posts at the University of Chicago, the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and Stanford University are organized in the same manner and offer further insight into his teaching methods and topics. In addition to teaching, Totman served his profession in an administrative role. The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), in addition to other professional groups, was assisted by Totman in an administrative capacity. These materials, which include minutes of meetings, correspondence with other members, and collective proposals, show the scope and diversity of the scholars of Asian Studies, as well as indications as to which scholars specialize in what specific area. Guest lectures were another important part of Totman's career. These materials, organized by subject, may or may not include physically substantive information, but they will, at the very least, indicate who is (or was) conducting research on these topics.

Summaries of Career: Annual Biographical Supplements
1972-1990

Box 2:11
Summaries of Career: Curriculum Vitae
1971-2001

Box 3:1
Summaries of Career: Update Sheets: Who's Who in America/ Who's Who in the East
1983-2003

Box 3:2
Teaching: University of California, Administrative Materials
1963-1965

Box 3:3
Teaching: University of California, Course Materials
1964-1967

Box 3:4
Teaching: Northwestern University, Administrative Documents, Correspondence with Colleagues
1976-2000

Box 3:5
Teaching: Northwestern University, Administrative Documents, Regarding Appointment
1966

Box 3:6
Teaching: Northwestern University, Administrative Documents, Regarding Departure
1983-1984

Box 3:7
Teaching: Northwestern University, Administrative Documents, General Correspondence
1966-1984

Box 3:8
Teaching: Northwestern University, Administrative Documents, Student Government Awards and Evaluations
1977-1979

Box 3:9
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, Documents Regarding Courses
1966-ca. 1970

Box 3:10
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History A03
1970-1983

Box 3:11
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History B80
1966-1975

Box 3:12
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History B84
1978-1984

Box 3:13
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History B98
1977

Box 3:14
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History C80
1970, 1975

Box 3:15
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History C84-1
1966-1969

Box 3:16
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History C84-1
1971-1976

Box 3:17
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History C84-2
1967-1977

Box 3:18
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History C84-3
1967-1981

Box 3:19
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History C92
1970-1984

Box 4:1
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History D03
1966-1971

Box 4:2
Teaching: Northwestern University, Course Materials, History D92
1967-1968

Box 4:3
Teaching: University of Chicago
1966-1967

Box 4:4
Teaching: Yale University, Administrative Materials and Correspondence, Appointment
1983-1984

Box 4:5
Teaching: Yale University, Administrative Materials and Correspondence: Yale
1985-2002

Box 4:6
Teaching: Yale University, Administrative Materials and General Correspondence
1984-1999

Box 4:7
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, Course Summaries
1985-1989

Box 4:8
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, Great Peace
1984-1992

Box 4:9
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 303B, Class Materials
1989

Box 4:10
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 303B, Lecture Notes
1989

Box 4:11
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 305A
1984-1992

Box 4:12
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 305A
1994

Box 4:13
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 306A
1987-1991

Box 4:14
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 306B
1985

Box 4:15
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 306B
1994

Box 5:1
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, History 871A
1985-2000

Box 5:2
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, Kyoto in Japanese History
1994

Box 5:3
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, Meiji Restoration
1985-1987

Box 5:4
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, Peasant and Village in Japanese History
1987

Box 5:5
Teaching: Yale University, Course Materials, Women in Japanese History
1987-2000

Box 5:6
Teaching: Yale University, Institutional Service, Chairman of History Department
1989-1990

Box 5:7
Teaching: Yale University, Institutional Service, Secretary to Dean of Yale College
1988-1989

Box 5:8
Teaching: Yale University, Institutional Service, Yale Alumni Cruise
1990

Box 5:9
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Course Materials, Environmental History of Pre-Modern Japan, Notes and Syllabi
1992

Box 5:10
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Course Materials, Environmental History of Pre-Modern Japan, Lecture Outlines
1992

Box 5:11
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Course Materials, Japanese History Through Literature
1992

Box 5:12
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Course Materials, Great Peace
1993

Box 5:13
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Field Trips
1992-1993

Box 5:14
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, General Correspondence
1988-1998

Box 5:15
Teaching: Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies, Introduction and Reception Materials
1992

Box 6:1
Teaching: Stanford University, Administrative Documents
1997-1998

Box 6:2
Teaching: Stanford University, Course Materials
1997

Box 6:3
Administration: Association for Asian Studies, Council of Conferences
1991-1995

Box 6:4
Administration: Association for Asian Studies, New England Conference
1986-1988

Box 6:5
Administration: Association for Asian Studies, Northeast Asia Council
1977-1984

Box 6:6
Administration: Japan Seminars, Midwest
1979-1984

Box 6:7
Administration: Japan Seminars, New England
1985-1995

Box 6:8
Administration: Other Seminar Administration
1972-1982

Box 6:9
Administration: Service to the Profession
1974-1995

Box 6:10
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Archaeology of Historical Japan
1994

Box 6:11
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Demography
1992

Box 6:12
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Early Modern Japan Network
1991-1992

Box 6:13
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Famine and Disease
1999-2000

Box 6:14
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Forests of South and Southeast Asia
1986

Box 6:15
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Japanese History Post-1950
1979-1981

Box 6:16
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Japanology/Historiography
1999-2000

Box 6:17
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Land and Water Rights
1984-1985

Box 6:18
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Lumber Provisioning
1984-1986

Box 6:19
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Medicine
1995

Box 6:20
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Natural Environment and Human Society
1987-1988

Box 6:21
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Population Change and Socioeconomic Development in the Nobi Region
1986-1988

Box 6:22
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Rethinking the Restoration
2001

Box 6:23
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Shogun
1980

Box 6:24
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Technology and Ecology
1988

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Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Timber Trade in the Pacific Basin
1990-1991

Box 7:1
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Tokugawa Forestry
1982-1983

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Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Tokugawa Reimeikai
1983-1989

Box 7:3
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Tokugawa Spaceship
1984-1986

Box 7:4
Other Scholarly Participation: Conferences and Panels on Japan, Unaccepted Panels
1987-1996

Box 7:5
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu
1973

Box 7:6
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Daimyo
1988-1989

Box 7:7
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Declined Invitations
1986-1987

Box 7:8
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Forests and Forestry
1981-1996

Box 7:9
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Genroku Japan
1988

Box 7:10
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Genroku Population Change
1988

Box 7:11
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Hustling Wood to Early Modern Kyoto
1993

Box 7:12
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Imperial Tombs of Kyoto and Osaka
1993-1994

Box 7:13
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Japanese History in Ecological Perspective
1988

Box 7:14
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Late 19th Century Wood Block Prints
1990

Box 7:15
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Meiji Restoration
1979-1980

Box 7:16
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Pre-Industrial River Conservation
1990

Box 7:17
Other Scholarly Participation: Guest Lectures on Japan, Yale Outreach Lectures
1986-1996

Box 7:18
Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1976

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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1986-1989

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1986

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1981-1995

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1984

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1996-1997

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1993-2000

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1999

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1973-2000

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1987-2002

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1995-2002

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1995

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1977-1990

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1977-1993

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1980-1996

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undated

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1983-1985

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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1974-1993

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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1989-1990

Box 15:37
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1991-1996

Box 15:38
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1973-2002

Box 15:39
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
2001

Box 15:40
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1991

Box 15:41
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1989-1990

Box 15:42
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1982-1996

Box 15:43
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1979-1997

Box 15:44
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1978

Box 15:45
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1987-1994

Box 16:1
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1977-1980

Box 16:2
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1989-1996

Box 16:3
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1999-2002

Box 16:4
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1978-1987

Box 16:5
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1992

Box 16:6
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1980-1988

Box 16:7
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1985-1989

Box 16:8
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1987

Box 16:9
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1987-1995

Box 16:10
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1980

Box 16:11
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Correspondence: Japan Specialists
1988-1989

Box 16:12
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Correspondence: Other Correspondence
1966-2002

Box 7:19
Correspondence: University of Massachusetts
1957-1998

Box 7:20
Manuscript Evaluations
1971-1987

Box 17:1
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Manuscript Evaluations
1988-1995

Box 17:2
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Manuscript Evaluations
1996-2002

Box 17:3
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Series 3: Writings
1953-2005


A prolific writer born into a family of prolific writers, Totman seemingly never put down the pen. This series is comprised of a majority of Totman's written works, and is divided into published and unpublished sections. The bulk of the published works are the documents relating to Totman's major books. This section relates virtually to every stage of publishing a book, from working drafts, to evaluations by his peers, to correspondence with publishers, and even to royalty and sales statements. Other published works include reviews of other scholars' books, encyclopedia entries, journal articles, book chapters, and newspaper articles. The highlight of the unpublished section is the collection of letters, original and transcribed, the bulk of which were penned by Totman during his military service in Korea and Japan. The letters from Korea show a unique glimpse of reconstruction efforts, as Totman reached the peninsula less than a year after an armistice ended the Korean War. The letters from Japan are restricted until 2015, however, recollections of that time period can be found in the unpublished section as well, in a work entitled Kathy's Story - For Laurel, which summarizes the childhoods and lives of both Conrad and Michiko Totman and their family. Another work, dubbed Farm Life in Conway Mass. in the 1940's, explores aspects of Totman's childhood in further detail. Other unpublished works include essays, abandoned projects, and unused fragments of his Ph.D. thesis. Early scholarly writings, such as term papers and reports, can be found in Series 1: Education.

Published Works: Book Reviews
1965-1989

Box 7:21
Published Works: Book Reviews
1990-2003

Box 8:1
Published Works: Books, Politics in the Tokugawa Bakufu, Correspondence
1966-1995

Box 8:2
Published Works: Books, Politics in the Tokugawa Bakufu, Reviews
1967-1969

Box 8:3
Published Works: Books, Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu, Correspondence
1974-1997

Box 8:4
Published Works: Books, Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu, Fairbank Prize
1980-1982

Box 8:5
Published Works: Books, Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu, Reviews
1980

Box 8:6
Published Works: Books, Japan Before Perry, Correspondence
1977-1983

Box 8:7
Published Works: Books, Japan Before Perry, Evaluations by Colleagues
1977

Box 8:8
Published Works: Books, Japan Before Perry, Reviews
1981-1983

Box 8:9
Published Works: Books, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Correspondence
1980-1981

Box 8:10
Published Works: Books, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Marketing and Royalty Materials
1981-1992

Box 8:11
Published Works: Books, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Toshogu in Gunma Prefecture
ca.1972

Box 8:12
Published Works: Books, Origins of Japan's Modern Forests
1981-1995

Box 8:13
Published Works: Books, Green Archipelago, Correspondence, General
1984-1989

Box 8:14
Published Works: Books, Green Archipelago, Correspondence, Japanese Translation
1997-1998

Box 8:15
Published Works: Books, Green Archipelago, Correspondence, Paperback Edition
1998

Box 9:1
Published Works: Books, Green Archipelago, Reviews
1989-1991

Box 9:2
Published Works: Books, Tokugawa Japan, Correspondence
1986-1996

Box 9:3
Published Works: Books, Tokugawa Japan, Edited Drafts of English Translation
undated

Box 9:4
Published Works: Books, Tokugawa Japan, Reviews
1990-1991

Box 9:5
Published Works: Books, Early Modern Japan, Correspondence
1986-2001

Box 9:6
Published Works: Books, Early Modern Japan, Illustrations
1991-1992

Box 9:7
Published Works: Books, Early Modern Japan, Reviews
1994-1995

Box 9:8
Published Works: Books, Lumber Industry in Early Modern Japan
1993-1995

Box 9:9
Published Works: Books, History of Japan, Correspondence
1989-1998

Box 9:10
Published Works: Books, History of Japan, Correspondence
1999 Jan-1999 June

Box 9:11
Published Works: Books, History of Japan, Correspondence
1999 July-2001 Aug

Box 9:12
Published Works: Books, History of Japan, Reviews
2000-2002

Box 9:13
Published Works: Books, General Sales and Royalty Materials
1995-2002

Box 9:14
Published Works: Encyclopedia Entries, Encyclopedia Britannica
1971-1998

Box 9:15
Published Works: Encyclopedia Entries, Encyclopedia of Japan
1976-1998

Box 9:16
Published Works: Encyclopedia Entries, World Environmental History
2002

Box 10:1
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Century of Scholarship on Early Modern Japanese Forestry
1984-1985

Box 10:2
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Declined Invitations
1989-1990

Box 10:3
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Edo Heritage of Business in Japan
1981

Box 10:4
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Ethnicity in the Meiji Restoration
1982

Box 10:5
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Forest Products Trade in Pre-Industrial Japan
1992

Box 10:6
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Forestry in Early Modern Japan
1981-1983

Box 10:7
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Forests of Tokugawa Japan
1983

Box 10:8
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, From Exploitation to Plantation Forestry in Early Modern Japan
1984

Box 10:9
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, From Sakoku to Kaikoku
1979-1996

Box 10:10
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Fudai Daimyo and the Collapse of the Tokugawa Bakufu
1975

Box 10:11
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Japanese Market and U.S.-Japan Relations
1981-1986

Box 10:12
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Japanese Water Management
1999-2000

Box 10:13
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Land Use Patterns and Afforestation in the Edo Period
1983-1984

Box 10:14
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Lumber Provisioning in Early Modern Japan
1986-1987

Box 10:15
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Medieval Japanese History
1978-1979

Box 10:16
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Meiji Restoration
1976-1982

Box 10:17
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Perspective on Early Modern Japanese Forestry
1983

Box 10:18
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Plantation Forestry in Early Modern Japan
1985-1986

Box 10:19
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Political Reconciliation in the Tokugawa Bakufu
1970

Box 10:20
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Political Succession in the Tokugawa Bakufu
1966

Box 10:21
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Pre-Industrial River Conservancy
1991-1992

Box 10:22
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Struggle for Control of the Shogunate
1961

Box 10:23
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Timber Transport in Early Modern Japan
1983

Box 11:1
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Tokugawa Japan
1966-1981

Box 11:2
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Tokugawa Peasants
1986

Box 11:3
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Tokugawa Shogunate
1971-1972

Box 11:4
Published Works: Journal Articles and Book Chapters, Tokugawa Yoshinobu and Kobugattai
1975

Box 11:5
Published Works: Newspaper Articles
1966-1976

Box 11:6
Unpublished Works: Essays
undated

Box 11:7
Unpublished Works: Farm Life in Conway, Mass. In the 1940's
2004

Box 11:8
Unpublished Works: Incomplete Translation of Mitamura Engyo Buke Jiten
1965

Box 11:9
Unpublished Works: Journal
1998

Box 11:10
Unpublished Works: Kathy's Story for Laurel
2005

Box 11:11
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Fort Devens
1953 Sept 10-1953 Sept 22

Box 11:12
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Camp Pickett
1953 Sept 24-1953 Dec 12

Box 11:13
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Fort Sam Houston
1954 Jan-1954 Apr

Box 11:14
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Fort Lewis to 78th PMCD
1954 May 6-1954 June 4

Box 12:1
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Korea, 78th PMCD
1954 June 5-1954 Sept 15

Box 12:2
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Korea, 207th PMCD
1954 Sept 18-1955 Feb

Box 12:3
Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Japan
1955 Mar-1955 Aug

Box 16:13
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Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Japan
1955 Sept-1955 Dec

Box 16:14
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Unpublished Works: Letters, Military Service, Japan
1956

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Unpublished Works: Letters, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1958-1960, 1964

Box 12:4
Unpublished Works: Letters, Japan
1961-1963

Box 12:5
Unpublished Works: Letters, California
1965-1966

Box 12:6
Unpublished Works: Letters, Evanston, Illinois
1979 Aug-1981 June

Box 12:7
Unpublished Works: Letters, Japan
1981 Aug-1982 June

Box 12:8
Unpublished Works: Letters, Evanston, Illinois
1982 Sept-1984 May

Box 12:9
Unpublished Works: Letters, Japan
1992-1993

Box 12:10
Unpublished Works: Transcriptions, Letters from Stateside
1953 Sept-1954 Apr

Box 12:11
Unpublished Works: Transcriptions, Letters from Korea
1954 May-1955 Feb

Box 12:12
Unpublished Works: Transcriptions, Letters from Japan
1955 Mar-1956 June

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Unpublished Works: Trascriptions, Letters
1958-1963

Box 13:1
Unpublished Works: Trascriptions, Letters
1979-1993

Box 13:2
Unpublished Works: Unused Fragments of Ph.D. Thesis, Drafts of Chapters of Part Two
undated

Box 13:3
Unpublished Works: Unused Fragments of Ph.D. Thesis, Maps and Graphs
undated

Box 13:4
Unpublished Works: Unused Fragments of Ph.D. Thesis, Part Two
1963

Box 13:5
Unpublished Works: Unused Fragments of Ph.D. Thesis, Part Two
1970

Box 13:6
Unpublished Works: Youth Version of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Correspondence
1976-1980

Box 13:7
Unpublished Works: Youth Version of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Final Draft
undated

Box 13:8
Unpublished Works: Youth Version of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Intermediate Draft
ca. 1975

Box 13:9
Series 4: Totman Family
1800-2002


The majority of this series' contents are genealogical materials. These materials were researched and collected over the course of many decades by Conrad Totman's cousin, Alice Totman Hawks. In 1936, Alice started a family newsletter, which would be eventually known as Tot-Kin. In each installment, Alice presented her family research, along with substantial and diverse contributions from other members of the family from all over the United States. Tot-Kin featured letters, written to Alice for publication, which let the entire clan know what was going on in their neck of the woods. These letters, while they initially served as current news, are now a historical record, documenting such events as the Great Hurricane of 1938 or Lt. Clayton Totman's experiences with the U.S. Marines in Shanghai in 1937, during the Japanese invasion of China. Always having family history on her mind, Alice prompted family members to submit their own recollections of their childhoods, which many members did, including J. Monroe Totman, who in his own words describes many aspects of his life in Massachusetts and South Dakota, which began in 1850 in the former and would last until 1945 in the latter. In addition to personal anecdotes, Totman clan members were encouraged to submit historic letters, or transcriptions thereof, which might be in their possession, in order to share via Tot-Kin. Some of these letters include Rev. Harvey Totman's Diaries from 1833 to 1868, and Eli Totman's Letters home from 1862 to 1863. Harvey was a traveling priest in New York State, and Eli was in the 25th Wisconsin Regiment and was witness to parts of the Dakota War (a.k.a. Sioux Uprising) of 1862 in Minnesota. The Tot-Kin was discontinued in 1942, but was resurrected by Betty Jo (Totman) Jensen in 1971. These later issues, which have similar content to the earlier ones, are also included. The remainder of the genealogical materials constitute Alice Totman Hawks' notes, drafts, subject and alphabetical files. In addition, Conrad Totman's transcription of the letters and diaries of his paternal grandparents, his wife Michiko's letters to Totman family members, and Joshua Totman's Economics notebook from circa 1800, are also significant parts of this series.

Totman Ancestry: Broomshire Society Meeting Photograph
ca. 1946
Copy Print
Box 14:1
Totman Ancestry: Joshua Totman's Economics Workbook
ca. 1800

Box 14:2
Totman Ancestry: Shelburne Grange Program with Photograph
1906

Box 14:3
Totman Ancestry: Totman Family Genealogy
1940
Copy
Box 14:4
Totman, Barbara May: Letters
1955-1956

Box 14:5
Totman, Kathleen Junko: Letter
1981

Box 14:6
Totman, Michiko Ikegami: Letters
1955-1982

Box 14:7
Series 5: Photographs
1937-1995



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Subjects
  • Afforestation--Japan--Akita-ken--History
  • Agriculture--Japan--History
  • Agriculture--Korea--History
  • Conway (Mass.)--Genealogy
  • Dairy farms--Massachusetts
  • Drew, Raymond Totman, 1923-1981
  • Family farms--United States
  • Farm life--United States
  • Forest management--Japan--Akita-ken--History
  • Forest policy--Japan
  • Forest policy--Japan--Akita-ken--History
  • Forests and forestry--Japan
  • Forests and forestry--Japan--Akita-ken--History
  • Human ecology--Japan--History
  • Human ecology--Korea--History
  • Japan--Civilization--American influences
  • Japan--Civilization--American influences
  • Japan--Environmental conditions
  • Japan--History--1952-
  • Japan--History--Restoration, 1853-1870
  • Japan--History--Study and teaching--United States
  • Japan--History--To 1868
  • Japan--History--Tokugawa period, 1600-1868
  • Japan--Politics and government--1600-1868
  • Korea--American influences
  • Korea--Environmental conditions
  • Korea--History--1948-1960
  • Lewis, Gertrude Minnie, 1896-
  • Lumber trade--Japan--History
  • Postwar reconstruction
  • Tokugawa family
  • Tokugawa, Ieyasu, 1543-1616
  • Totman family
  • Totman, Conrad D.
  • Totman, Ruth J.
  • United States--Army--Medical personnel--Correspondence

Genre terms
  • Genealogies
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Memoirs--Massachusetts


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