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Uchimura Kanzō (AC 1887) Collection

Identifier: MA.00356

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.


  • Creation: 1887-1963

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)

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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:

  1. Series 1: Biographical Information, 1887-1861
  2. Series 2: Material related to Uchimura, 1887-1955

Related Materials at Amherst College

More information on Uchimura can be found in:

  1. The Class of 1887 Quinquennial and Decennial Books
  2. Class-Day Exercises and Commencement programs from 1887
  3. The Olio
  4. Amherst Literary Monthly, April 1881 (vol.1 no.1)
  5. Amherst Magazine
  6. "Amherst: a Third World Perspective"
  7. Amherst Record, January 20 1886
  8. Uchimura Kanzo: Life and Thoughts in 1877-1895 (thesis 1963)
  9. Uchimura Kanzo a Biographical Sketch (master's thesis at Columbia University, John F. Howes, 1953)
  10. President's Office Records. Charles Woolsey Cole. Correspondence related to the gift of a portrait of Uchimura is located in Box 14 under "Japan Trip 1953-1954." These records are not processed.
  11. Series 1, sub-series G of the Seelye Papers contains correspondence to Seelye from Uchimura.

Separated Materials

Material more appropriate for the control file has been moved. November 2017.

Processing Information

The Uchimura Collection was separated from the Neesima and Uchimura Collection to create its own collection. November 2017.

Rachel Jirka, College Archivist
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299