Uchimura Kanzō (AC 1887) Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains material related to the life of Uchimura Kanzo, including biographical information, typescripts and reproductions of correspondence, and commemorative items. There is very little in this collection created by Uchimura in its original state.
Series 1: Biographical Information - contains the original Amherst College biographical file, a biography originally written in Japanese but translated into English and later published in the "Lure of the Litchfield Hills" magazine.
Series 2: Material Related to Uchimura - includes some correspondence written by Uchimura, none of which are originals but are reproductions or typescripts. One photograph is included in the series along with a sheet of commemorative stamps issued in Japan in the 1950s.
Conditions Governing Access
There is no restriction on access to the Uchimura Kanzō Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the Uchimura Kanzō Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
Uchimura, founder of the non-church movement in early 20th-century Japan, arrived in the United States in the mid-1880s. Uchimura spent time with the Quaker community in Elwyn, Pennsylvania, before attending Amherst College. At Amherst College he pursued a "partial course" according to the 1888 college yearbook - he only attended between 1885 and 1887. While at Amherst, Uchimura participated in the Hitchcock Society of Inquiry.
A Note on Names: The standard form of Japanese names places the surname before the given name. In some English documents, Uchimura was also given the first name "Jon".
0.5 Linear feet (1 half archives box)
Language of Materials
The Uchimura Collection contains material related to the life of Uchimura Kanzo, including biographical information, typescripts and reproductions of correspondence, and commemorative items.
The Uchimura collection is arranged into two series:
- Series 1: Biographical Information, 1887-1861
- Series 2: Material related to Uchimura, 1887-1955
Material more appropriate for the control file has been moved. November 2017.
The Uchimura Collection was separated from the Neesima and Uchimura Collection to create its own collection. November 2017.
- Amherst College -- Alumni and alumnae Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Japan -- Church history Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley), 1824-1895 (AC 1849)
- Uchimura, Kanzō, 1861-1930 (AC 1887)
- Rachel Jirka, College Archivist
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description