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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 08, 2018
Description is in English.

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to include materials integrated from accession number 2017.074.  , December 2017

Descriptive Summary

Title: Karl Ichiro Akiya Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1921-2002, (Bulk 1949-1998)
Dates [bulk]: 1949-1998
Abstract: Karl Ichiro Akiya (1909-2001) was an activist in the labor and Japanese community both in the United States and Japan. Interned at Topaz, Utah, he was released to serve as a language instructor in the U.S. Army's Japanese language school at the University of Michigan. Akiya was member of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Furniture Workers Union and the Communist Party of the U.S.A. He wrote for the Japanese American Hokubei Shimpo and literary magazine the New York Bungei. The collection contains subject files documenting Akiya's life and work in the United States and Japan; his writings, including articles published in Hokubei Shimpo newspaper and The New York Bungei, essays, short novels, and an autobiography; notebooks and address books; artwork and photographs.
Quantity: 10 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Call Phrase: TAM 236

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Historical/Biographical Note

Labor and community activist Karl Ichiro Akiya (1909 - 2001) was born in San Francisco but at the age of six, sent to be educated in Japan. In 1927 he entered Kwansei Gakuin University (also known as Kansei Gakuin Daigaku), a Methodist school, for preparation in secondary school teaching where he studied Japanese and English language literature. During these years, Akiya fully immersed himself in extracurricular student life. He converted to the Methodist faith, was elected class chairman and participated in the movements opposing compulsory military training for college students and the increasing militarization of Japan. His political activities brought him into association with the union movement and the Japanese Socialist and Communist Parties. He became a member of the Communist Party and changed his first name to Karl after Karl Marx.

After graduating college in 1932, Akiya returned to the United States to avoid being drafted into the Japanese Army. Having relocated to San Francisco, where is father operated a hotel, Akiya landed his first job as a staff writer for the Japanese North American daily Nichibei Times. He later worked for the San Francisco branch of the Sumitomo Bank. In his spare hours, Akiya continued his activist work, joining the Japanese American Citizens League, which was becoming active in the fight against racial discrimination. In the late 1930s, he worked at recruiting Asian Americans as an organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations and National Maritime Union. He also joined the U.S. Communist Party.

Following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Akiya was interned at Topaz, Utah. He was released shortly thereafter and recruited to serve as a language instructor at the University of Michigan's Japanese language school run by the U.S. Army. In 1944, he married fellow instructor Satoko Murakami.

In 1946, the Akiyas, with daughter Elizabeth in tow, settled in New York's Lower East Side. There, on February 20, 1947, the couple's second child Fred was born. In New York, Akiya pursued a profession as a furniture finisher and also joined the Furniture Workers Union. From 1954 until 1980, Akiya worked for the Bank of Tokyo in New York City. In addition to his communist-affiliated activities, Akiya was extremely active in the civil rights, peace, and anti-nuclear movements. In 1987, his efforts were formally recognized when he was honored as recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Organizing for his work with African American youths in Harlem and Chinese and Korean immigrant workers.

In addition to community work, Akiya wrote prolifically. His writings include articles published in Hokubei Shimpo newspaper and The New York Bungei, a literary magazine he helped found in 1959; essays; short novels, and an autobiography.

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Scope and Content Note

Series I: Subject Files, 1937-2002contains correspondence, manuscript material and newspaper clippings documenting Akiya's life and work both in the United States and Japan. Materials describing his education at Kwansei Gakuin University, his internment at Camp Topaz, and his work in World War II for the United States government at the University of Michigan and with the Office of Strategic Services are present. His political work in the civil rights and anti-war movement is documented, as is his involvement in the campaign for nuclear disarmament and his efforts to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Also present are materials relating to Akiya's work in the Japanese American Redress movement. Materials documenting Akiya's ongoing interest in Japanese and Japanese American language and literature, including correspondence with Japanese and Japanese American artists, writers and politicians are also included. Also present are materials related to his work for Japanese American newspapers the Nichibei Times, New York Bungei and Hokubei Shimpo. Also included in this series are files relating to his family (wife and children), including correspondence and personal records.

Series II: Writings, 1921-1999includes Akiya's 1994 autobiography (in Japanese and English), a weekly journal written in elementary school, college essays on religion, short novels written in the 1950s, some for the Hokubei Shimpo; an essay on his experience in the Topaz Relocation Camp, and miscellaneous essays on linguistics and the labor and student movements. A draft of his novel "The Little Champion" is also included.

Series III: Notebooks, 1942-1997contains address books and small notebooks containing contact information, notes and lists. Also included are Akiya's diaries from 1942 and 1994 through 1998. The bank savings books of Akiya and his family are also present.

Series IV: Artwork and Photographs, 1942-1990includes artwork, photographic prints and negatives relating to the movement to ban the atomic bomb, the Topaz Concentration Camp, and Kwansei Gakuin University. Examples of Akiya's calligraphy are also included, as are his drawings from a correspondence class with the Washington School of Art. Also present is a color photocopy of a photo album documenting Akiya's work at the University of Michigan's Japanese Language School.

Series V: Oversize and Ephemera, 1949-1987includes realia, memorabilia, oversize photographs and three videos. The bulk of this series consists of memorabilia from Kwansei Gakuin University, including banners, spoons, and awards. Other items include oversize photographs from the Bank of Tokyo Christmas Party and Annual Picnic, as well as Akiya's wallet and identification cards. Of particular significance is a box containing broken glass and rock from the "Peekskill Riots" of 1949 and a Roger Hargrave Scrapbook from the Spanish Civil War.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into 4 series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Subject Files, 1937-2002
  2. II, Writings, 1921-1999
  3. III, Notebooks, 1942-1997
  4. IV, Artwork and Photographs, 1942-1990
  5. V, Oversize and Ephemera, 1949-1987

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Sunami, Soichi, 1885-1971
  • Shirai, Jakku, d. 1937.
  • Shibata, Shingo, 1930-
  • Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
  • Ariyoshi, Sawako, 1931-1984
  • Akiya, Satoko.
  • Abe, Yoshio
  • Okubo, Mine.
  • Kawakami, Tamio, 1925-
  • Ishigaki, Ayako, 1903-
  • Hayashi, Tetsumaro.
  • Yoneda, Karl G., 1906-
  • Tamotsu, Chūzō, 1888-1975
  • Chestnut, Elizabeth Akiya
  • Akiya, Frederick

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Artifacts (object genre)
  • Calligraphy (visual works)
  • Videocassettes.
  • Memorabilia.
  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • Nichibei Times.
  • Nihon Kyōsantō
  • National Rainbow Coalition (U.S.)
  • New York Bungei
  • United States. Office of Strategic Services
  • U.S.ENGLISH (Organization)
  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Abraham Lincoln Battalion
  • Tōkyō Ginkō
  • Kansei Gakuin Daigaku
  • Japanese American Citizens' League
  • Japanese American United Church
  • Japanese American Social Services, Inc.
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission
  • Communist Party of the United States of America
  • Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Central Utah Relocation Center
  • Association of Black Social Workers
  • Japanese American Help for the Aging, Inc.
  • Japanese American Association of New York
  • Inoue Chamber Ensemble
  • Hokubei Shimpo
  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)

Subject Topics

  • Japanese American literature.
  • Japanese American communists.
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Japanese American newspapers.
  • Japanese American artists.
  • Communists -- United States.
  • Japanese Americans -- Civil rights
  • Japanese American authors.
  • Motion pictures -- Japan.
  • Motion pictures, American -- Japan.
  • Japanese Americans -- Reparations.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Topaz (Utah)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Karl Ichiro Akiya were transferred to New York University in 2003 by Elizabeth Akiya Chestnut and Frederick Akiya. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Roger Hargrave Scrapbooks (ALBA #245)

Separated Material

About one hundred books and serials have separated to the Fales Library from the collection.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Karl Ichiro Akiya Papers were given to the Tamiment Library by Elizabeth Chestnut Akiya and Frederick Akiya in 2002. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2002.007 and 2017.074.

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Container List

Series I: Subject Files, 1937-2002.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Abe, Yoshio (poet): Correspondence
1964
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Abraham Lincoln Brigade
1975-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Abraham Lincoln Brigade
1986-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Akiya, Hama and Sadataro (parents of Karl Akiya): Death Certificates and Documents
1964-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Akiya, Matsuko (4th wife): Medicare Insurance
1995-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Akiya, Matsuko: Personal Documents
1972-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Akiya, Satoko: Correspondence
1945-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Akiya, Satoko: Correspondence and Lists (Beekman Downtown Hospital)
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Akiya, Satoko: Correspondence with Karl Akiya
1945-1970
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Akiya, Satoko: Medical Records
1970-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Akiya, Satoko: Memorial Service and Condolence Cards
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Akiya, Satoko: Writings
1940-1949
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Anti-Black Racism: Clippings, Press Release
1988
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Apartheid
1985
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Apartment Lease and Insurance
1954-1960
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Ariyoshi, Sawako: Correspondence
1960-1984
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Army Japanese Language School Reunion
Aug 1968
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Asian Pacific American Community Organizations and Resources
1983-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Association of Black Social Workers Senior Center
1979-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Atomic Bomb: Clippings, Correspondence, Writings
1950-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Bank of Tokyo: Press Releases
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Bank of Tokyo: Statements
1975-1979
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Biographical Material
1980-2002
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Book Index
1991-2002
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Book Index (photocopy)
1991-2002
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Book List (books donated to Fales Library
2003
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Bridges, Harry (National Maritime Union): Clippings
1986
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Chestnut, Elizabeth (daughter): Correspondence
1975-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Chestnut, Elizabeth (daughter): Family Photos (photocopies), Clippings and Notes
1970-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Chinese American Community: Chinese Progressive Association, Vincent Chin Case
1984-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Chorus City (musical group): Clippings and Programs
1995
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Civil Rights: Clippings
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Civil Rights: Clippings
1984-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Civil Rights: Clippings
1995-1996
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Clippings
1947-1956
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Clippings
1958-1974
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Clippings
1978-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Clippings
1992-1995
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Clippings: Ethnic Issues
1979-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Clippings: Ethnic Issues
1981-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Clippings: Hospice, Middle East, France
1984-1987
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Communist Party of the USA: Articles
1986-1987
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Autobiography
1994-1999
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence: Holiday Cards
1945-1971
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence: to Akiya
1957-1999
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence: to and from Akiya
1942-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Films (American): Clippings
1951-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Films (Japanese): Clippings
1952-1987
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Films (Japanese American): Clippings
1955-1972
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Financial Documents
1993-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission: Founding Member Certificate
1997
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Grenada Invasion: Statements
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Guernica (Picasso painting): Clippings
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Hayashi, Tetsumaro (writer): Correspondence and Clippings
1972-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Heart Mountain (internment camp): Photo Exhibit
1997-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Hitler, Adolf: Mein Kampf (published in newspaper format)
1939
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Hokubei Shimpo
1945-1959
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Hokubei Shimpo
1960-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Hokubei Shimpo: Articles by Karl Yoneda, Senryu poems
1945-1972
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Immigrant Associations and Organizations
1982-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Inoue Chamber Ensemble: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorative Concerts
1985-1987 , 1997
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Ishigaki, Ayako (activist and author): Clippings and Correspondence
1968-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Japan Correspondence (column by Masao Matsumoto) (I)
1949-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Japan Correspondence (column by Masao Matsumoto) (II)
1949-1960
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Japan Correspondence (column by Masao Matsumoto) (III)
1959-1974
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Japan Trips
1973-1980
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Japanese American Artists
1946-1985
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Japanese American Association of New York
1985-1986
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Japanese American Citizens League: The New York Scene (newsletter)
1974-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Japanese American Counseling Center
1985-1987
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Japanese American First Generation (Issei): Clippings
1988-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Japanese American Help for the Aging, Inc (JAHFA): Newsletters
1976-1985
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Japanese American Musicians: Clippings and Programs
1946-1980
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Japanese American News Corp: Correspondence
1946-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Japanese American Performance Art: Clippings and Playbills
1950-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Japanese American Social Services, Inc (JASSI): Newsletters
1982-1986
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Japanese American United Church
1974-1977
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Japanese American United Church: Tom Hayashi Memorial Vault (Satoko Akiya's interment)
1974
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Japanese Americans: Clippings (Hokubei Mainichi, New York Nichibei News)
1952-1986
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Japanese Artists: Clippings
1997-1999
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Japanese Celebrities: Clippings
1977-1980
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Japanese Celebrities: Clippings
1981-1995
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Japanese Communist Party: Clippings and Correspondence
1945-1962
Box: 3 Folder : 22 Japanese Communist Party: Clippings and Correspondence
1975-1984
Box: 3 Folder : 23 Japanese Communist Party: Clippings and Correspondence
1989-1991
Box: 3 Folder : 24 Japanese Communist Party: Satomi Hakamada Case
1971-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Japanese Culture: Songsheets
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 26 Japanese History: Clippings (One Hundred Years of Japanese History series, Yomiuri News)
1986-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Japanese Literature: Angel's Death (periodical)
1937
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Japanese Literature: Newspaper Clippings
1960-1994
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Japanese Literature: Reader's Digest Clippings
1961-1979
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Japanese Literature: Reader's Digest Clippings
1981-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Japanese Literature: Senryu Poems
1938-1962
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Japanese Period Drama: Clippings
1990-1996
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Kawakami, Tamio (Japanese politician): Correspondence
1982-1986
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku)
1928-1996
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku) Alumni Association: Correspondence
1964-1990
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku): Clippings
1940-1998
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku): Correspondence with Alumni and Associations
1976-1988
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku): Correspondence with Alumni and Associations
1989-1998
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku): Memorial for Kitano Daikichi
1969-1996
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku): Newsletter
1988-1999
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Linguistics: Japanese
1978-1979
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Linguistics: "Roots of Words" Clippings (column)
1986-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Marxist-Leninist Literature
1985-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Medical Expenses and Records (Prudential AARP Insurance)
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 19 New York Anti-Apartheid Coordinating Council
1985
Box: 4 Folder : 20 New York Bungei: Clippings
1947-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 21 New York Bungei: Clippings
1962-1986
Box: 4 Folder : 22 New York Bungei: Correspondence with Publisher in Japan
1997-1999
Box: 4 Folder : 23 New York Bungei: "Twelve Years History of New York Bungei"
1967
Box: 4 Folder : 24 New York City Housing Authority: St. Mary's Park Houses Application
1958-1971
Box: 4 Folder : 25 New York City: Resources
1978-1986
Box: 4 Folder : 26 New York Community Redress Celebration
1988
Box: 4 Folder : 27 New York Politics
1985-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 28 Nichibei Times: "California Documentary" (column)
1987
Box: 4 Folder : 29 Nichibei Times: "California Documentary" (column)
1988
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Nipponzan Myohoji (Peace Pagoda): Correspondence and Newsletters
1985-1986
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Obituaries (I)
1947-1998
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Obituaries (II)
1973-1994
Box: 5 Folder : 4 OCS News (Ornithological Journal): Clippings
1992-1996
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Okubo, Mine (artist): Clippings, Correspondence and Programs
1972-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Philippines
1980-1989
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Politics: Clippings
1979-1980
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Politics: Clippings
1984-1985
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Politics: Clippings
1984-1986
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Political Activities
1979-1987
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Rainbow Coalition: Presidential Elections (Jesse Jackson)
1984-1988
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Redress
1971-1995
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Redress: Clippings
1978-1993
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Restaurant Information (New York City)
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Retiree Club of Pan Am Northeastern Area, Inc
1977-1996
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Robeson, Paul: Clippings
1988
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Rosenberg Case
1975-1988
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Shibata, Shingo (Professor, Hiroshima University): Articles
1975-1999
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Shirai, Jack (Spanish Civil War Veteran): Flyer
1937
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Sooka Gakkai (religious organization): Notes
1959
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Soviet Union: News Clippings
1985-1987
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Statement of United States Citizen of Japanese Ancestry
circa 1942
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Sunami, Soichi (photographer): Correspondence
1971-1981
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Tamotzu, Chuzo (artist): Correspondence with Louise Tamotzu, Programs
1981-1986
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Tax Documents
1996-1997
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Theater: Clippings
1942-1950
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Topaz (Concentration Camp): Correspondence and Clippings
1941-1944
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Topaz (Concentration Camp): Correspondence with Sandra Taylor (University of Utah) re: Jewel of the Desert (book)
1984-1993
Box: 6 Folder : 3 United Farm Workers of America
1983-1985
Box: 6 Folder : 4 U.S. English (organization): Correspondence and Clippings
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 "U.S Foreign Policy and the World Today" (interview with Mae Ngai)
1986
Box: 6 Folder : 6 West Coast Japanese American Community
1973-1987
Box: 6 Folder : 7 World Economy: Clippings
1975-1976
Box: 6 Folder : 8 World Literature: Clippings
1972-1981
Box: 6 Folder : 9 World War II: Clippings
1990-1999
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Yamada, Mikio (writer): Correspondence
1978-1996
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Yamanaka, Michiko (writer): Correspondence and Clippings
1998-1999
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Yoneda, Karl and Elaine: Clippings and Writings
1973-1986
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Yoshida, Takashi: "Standing Loyally by the Flag: The Experience of People of Japanese Ancestry in New York" (typescript)
1997

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Series II: Writings, 1921-1999

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Autobiography (English): Chapters 1-30 (manuscript)
1997-1998
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Autobiography (English): Chapters 31-39 (manuscript)
1998-1999
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Autobiography (Japanese): Chapters 1-39 (manuscript)
1994
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Autobiography (Japanese): Chapters 1-39 (typescript)
1995
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Autobiography: Notes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Essays
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Essays: College Essays
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Essays: Ideology and Materialism
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Essays: Labor and Student Movements
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Essays: Linguistics and Education
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Essays: Topaz Concentration Camp (Paul Robeson)
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Linguistics Bibliography
1964
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Notes and Lists
1968-1985
Box: 6 Folder : 27 Novel: "The Little Champion" (draft)
1951
Box: 6 Folder : 28 Short Novel: Draft
1950-1959
Box: 6 Folder : 29 Short Novels: A Week When the Painting Disappears, Heating Sand and Black Rain (photocopies)
1950-1959
Box: 6 Folder : 30 Short Novels: Manuscripts for Hokubei Shimpo
1950-1959
Box: 6 Folder : 31 Weekly Journal (Elementary and Junior High School)
1921-1926

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Series III: Notebooks, 1942-1997

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Address Books
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Address Book and Notebook
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Diary
1942
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Diary
Jan 1, 1994-Feb 10, 1995
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Diary
Feb 11, 1995-Nov 4, 1995
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Diary
Nov 15, 1995-Sep 4, 1996
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Diary
Sep 5, 1996-Jul 19, 1997
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Diary
Jul 20, 1997-Jul 28, 1998
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Savings Books
1962-1983
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Notebooks
undated , 1993-1996

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Series IV: Artwork and Photographs, 1942-1990

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Artwork: Calligraphy
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Artwork: Concentration Camp (negatives)
1985
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Artwork: Concentration Camp (photos)
1985
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Artwork: Concentration Camp (slides)
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Artwork: Drawings
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Artwork: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Children's Drawings (reproductions)
1945-1950
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Artwork: Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku) Campus (drawings)
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Artwork: Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku) (postcards)
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Artwork: Nisei Progressives – 15 Japanese Woodcuts
1952
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Artwork: Postcards
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Artwork: Untitled Artwork
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Artwork: Washington School of Art Assignments (drawings)
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Photos: Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku) Campus (slides)
1977
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Photos: Kwansei Gakuin University (Kansei Gakuin Daigaku) Alumni Club New Year's Party (negatives)
1990
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Photos: Photo Album (color photocopy)
1942-1943

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Series V: Oversize and Ephemera, 1949-1987

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Bank of Tokyo Certificate of Appreciation
Sep 15, 1967
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Broken Glass and Rock from Peekskill Riots
Aug 27, 1949
Box: 9 Folder : 3 * Identification Cards
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Kwansei Gakuin Junior High School: Plaque
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Kwansei Gakuin University: Alumni Association Banner
1986
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Kwansei Gakuin University: Commemorative Spoons
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Kwansei Gakuin University: Keychain
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Martin Luther King Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Plaque
Jan 14, 1987
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Paint Brushes
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Videos: Seventy Years of the Japanese Communist Party (VHS, Japanese Language)
1992
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Videos: Pearl Harbor (Beta)
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Videos: Topaz (VHS)
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Wallet
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Roger Hargrave Spanish Civil War Scrapbook
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Kwansei Gakuin University: Appreciation Certificate
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Kwansei Gakuin University: Banner
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Photos: Bank of Tokyo Annual Outing
1959-1966
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Photos: Bank of Tokyo Annual Christmas Party
1959-1976
Box: 12 Mixed Materials: original art by H. Sugimoto, R. Tanaka, M. Okubo, others; photo exhibit of Hiroshima and Nagasaki aftermath; calligraphy on wood boards; vinyl LPs
undated
Folder: MSOS001 100th Anniversary poster, Kwansei Gakuin University
1989

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