Finding Aid for the Shigeki Oka Papers, 1914-1957

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection
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UCLA Library Special Collections
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Finding Aid for the Shigeki Oka Papers, 1914-1957

Japanese American Research Project (JARP) Collection

Collection number: 2010

UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections staff



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • UCLA Library Special Collections staff
  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone:310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
UCLA Library Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, November 2008
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Shigeki Oka Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1914-1957
Collection number: 2010
Creator: Oka, Shigeki, 1878-1959
Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Shigeki Oka was a native of Kochi Prefecture, Japan, born 1878. He was employed by Yorozu Chh before relocating to the United States in 1902. He was an influential journalist in the pre-war Japanese community. He was briefly interned at Heart Mountain but was released to engage in propaganda activites against Japan. This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, and other published materials related to the life of Shigeki Oka. It also includes a small collection of correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts written during his internment at Heart Mountain (ca. 1942). Materials in this collection are primarily in Japanese, with some in English.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Copyright has not been assigned to Library Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Library Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Shigeki Oka Papers, Japanese American Research Project Collection (Collection 2010). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233210 

Biography

Oka was a native of Kochi Prefecture, born 1878; employed by Yorozu Chh before relocating to the United States; he arrived in the United States, 1902; he was an influential journalist in the pre-war Japanese community and operated the Kinmon Press (San Francisco) and published the Amerika Shimbun and fu Nipp ( Sacramento Daily News); was briefly interned at Heart Mountain but was released to engage in propaganda activities against Japan on behalf of the British Armed Forces in India during World War II.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, and other published materials related to the life of newspaper publisher, socialist, and author Shigeki Oka. Clippings and published materials relate to research for Oka's publications and includes information about Abiko Kyutaro and pre-war Japanese newspaper articles. Also includes a small collection of correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts written during his internment at Heart Mountain (ca. 1942), manuscripts of Oka articles, and 1 diary.
Materials in this collection are primarily in Japanese, with some in English.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Diary, sources and manuscripts for a projected biography of Abiko Kyutaro, and other miscellaneous manuscripts and personal papers (Box 133).
  2. Newspapers, newspaper clippings and other published materials (Box 134).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Oka, Shigeki, 1878-1959--Archives.
Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles).
Journalists--Archival resources.
Japanese Americans--United States--Archival resources.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.

Related Material

Japanese American Research Project Collection of Material about Japanese in the United States (Collection 2010)  . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

Container List

 

Oka Papers 1914-1957

Physical Description: 1.0 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

Oka Shigeki [characters] (1878-1959). Mover, printer, newspaper publisher, socialist, and author. A native of Kochi Prefecture. Employed by the Yorozu Choho before arriving in America in 1902. Operated the Kinmon Press in San Francisco and published the Amerika Shimbun and Ofu Nippo [Sacramento Daily News]. Interned at Heart Mountain but released to work for the United States government in India during World War II.
 

Diary, Sources and Manuscripts

Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

For a projected biography of Abiko Kytar. Also, other miscellaneous manuscripts and personal papers.
Box 133, Folder 1

A diary of Oka Shigeki. 1914

Physical Description: (1 diary-book)
Language of Material: In Japanese.
Box 133, Folder 2

Correspondence of Oka Shigeki and miscellaneous manuscripts written during his internment at Heart Mountain. ca. June-November 1942

Physical Description: (12 items)
Language of Material: In English.
Box 133, Folder 3

Personal correspondence of Oka Shigeki. 1956

Physical Description: (17 items)
Language of Material: In Japanese.
Box 133, Folder 4-5

Sources and manuscripts for a projected biography of Abiko Kyutaro.

Box 133 , Folder 4

Manuscripts.

Physical Description: (17 items)

Scope and Content Note

  • 1. Forward by Oka Shigeki, in both English and Japanese. 1957. 2pp. + 3pp.
  • 2. A copy of a speech given by Abiko Kyutaro commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Northern California Japanese Buddhist Church in 1930. In Japanese. 6pp.
  • 3. Akashi Junzo [characters] Abiko-shi no insho: Shashin kekkon kinshi jiken no kioku [characters] [An impression of Mr. Abiko Kyutaro: a memory on the prohibition on the passage of picture-brides to the United States]. Nikko, 1956. In Japanese. 27pp.
  • 4. Konno Toyoji [characters] Senken no meiarishi kaitakusha Abiko Kyutaro-shi o keibo [characters] [A tribute to the enlightened pioneer, Abiko Kyutaro], Livingston, 1955. In Japanese. 6pp.
  • 5. Kodaira Kunio [characters] Chjitsu-naru kykaijin [characters] [A devoted Christian], Tokyo, 1956. In Japanese. 2pp.
  • 6. Kuroishi Kiyosaku [characters] Abiko Kyutaro o [characters] [Abiko Kyutaro], Sao Paulo, Brazil, n.d. In Japanese. Kuroishi is publisher of the Burajiru Jiho, a Japanese language newspaper published in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 36pp. + 4pp.
  • 7. Nakamura Kaju [characters] Abiko Kyutaro o [characters] [Abiko Kyutaro], Tokyo, 1956. In Japanese. 5pp.
  • 8. Kazuo Kay Nishida, Kyutaro Abiko: Pioneer with a Vision, n.d. In English. 2pp.
  • 9. Okina Hisamitsu [characters] Abiko Kyutaro o to watakushi [characters] [Abiko Kyutaro and I], Tokyo, [1956]. In Japanese. 31pp.
  • 10. Okubo Itsuji [characters] Ko Abiko Kyutaro shi no koseki o shinobite [characters] [Abiko Kyutaro and his accomplishments], Los Angeles, 1957. In Japanese. 2pp.
  • 11. Yamamura Shiro [characters] Abiko Kyutaro-kun o tsuiokushite [characters] [Reminiscence of Mr. Kyutaro Abiko], 1956. In both Japanese and English. 8pp. + 5pp.
  • 12. Yamano Masataro [characters] Sempai Abiko-san [characters] [Mr. Abiko: My esteemed senior], Tokyo, [1956]. In both Japanese and English. 8pp. + 6pp.
Box 133 , Folder 5

Correspondence Oka Shigeki received re the projected publication of Abiko's biography, mostly from acquaintances of Abiko living in Japan. 1956

Physical Description: (16 items)
Language of Material: In Japanese.
Box 133, Folder 6

Manuscripts of Oka Shigeki's articles. n.d.

Physical Description: (18 items)
Language of Material: In Japanese.
Box 133 , Folder 6

Beikoku shgy kankdan to Koike Sryji [characters].

Physical Description: (2pp.)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Beika Jgoman-yo-doru (hka yonsen-nihyaku-man-en ij) o Nihon nogyoseinen no tame jisan [characters].

Box 133 , Folder 6

Tga-kun ni atau [characters].

Physical Description: (6pp.)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Shoki tobei no josei tachi [characters].

Physical Description: (4pp., photocopy)
Box 133 , Folder 6

'Yorozu Chh' jidai no Yamagata sensei: rokuj-nen mo mukashi no koto [characters].

Physical Description: (6pp., photocopy)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Kekkyoku shihonka wa awarena matsuro o tadoraneba naranai no de wa nai ka? [characters].

Physical Description: (4pp., photocopy)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Kaikoku isshi: Amerika Hikozo jijoden [characters], [I] & III.

Physical Description: (13pp. + 3pp., photocopies)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Untitled (Autobiography).

Physical Description: (8pp., photocopy)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Kawariyuku Nihon-machi: Sk no koto desu [characters].

Physical Description: (25pp., photocopy)
Box 133 , Folder 6

Soko Kokusai Kyokai, Nichibei Kazoku Kurabu hokoku [characters].

Physical Description: (23pp., photocopy)
Box 133 , Folder 6

8 other miscellaneous manuscripts.

Box 133, Folder 7

Sources and documents collected by Oka Shigeki for his writing of articles. ca. 1933-ca. 1948

Physical Description: (14 items)
Language of Material: In English and Japanese.
Box 133, Folder 8

Taisho jnendo Rafu Nihonjinkai ykensha meibo [characters] [Roster of electors: Japanese Association of Los Angeles]. 1921

Physical Description: (4pp.)
Box 133, Folder 9

Ktoku Shusui [characters] Shutsugoku gin nijugoin (sekishokuki) [characters]. 1905

Physical Description: (1p., 1 item)

Scope and Content Note

A Chinese poem composed in a prison.
Box 133, Folder 10

Miscellaneous published materials collected by Oka Shigeki. Mostly postwar.

Physical Description: (14 items)
 

Newspapers, Clippings and Other Published Materials

Physical Description: 0.5 linear ft.
Box 134, Folder 1

Amerika Shimbun [characters] [ The America Shimbun], vol. III, no. 1-2. May 29, 1957; November 12, 1958

Physical Description: (2 items)

Scope and Content Note

A weekly Japanese language newspaper published by Oka Shigeki in San Francisco.
Box 134, Folder 2

Shmaky [characters] [ Magic Mirror], nos. 1-2. n.d. (ca. 1926)

Physical Description: (2 items)

Scope and Content Note

An exposé newspaper published by Osawa Eizo with Ikeda Toyohiko as editor in San Francisco.
Box 134, Folder 3

Kujku Shinshi [characters], no. 1. June 15, 1917

Physical Description: (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

A newspaper printed by Oka Shigeki in San Francisco mainly as an organ of zaibei Tosajin (people from the Province of Tosa).
Box 134, Folder 4

Hakugekih [characters] [Mortar], no. 2. November 11, 1939

Physical Description: (1 item)

Scope and Content Note

A newspaper printed in San Francisco with intent of challenging the established authorities in the Japanese community.
Box 134, Folder 5

Shh Mitsuhoshi [characters] [ The Three Star Weekly], vol. I, no. 3. October 19, 1939

Physical Description: (1 item)
Language of Material: In both Japanese and English.

Scope and Content Note

A weekly printed in Los Angeles.
Box 134, Folder 6

Clippings of Washizu Shakuma [characters] Rekishi emmetsu no nageki [characters], nos. 1-97 (complete). ca. 1923

Physical Description: (1 scrapbook)

Scope and Content Note

A series of newspaper articles which appeared on the Nichibei Shimbun. Includes a few other newspaper clippings.
Box 134, Folder 7

Clippings of newspaper articles written by Suzuki Mugen and published in the Ofu Nippo. n.d.

Physical Description: (4 items)
Language of Material: In Japanese.
Box 134 , Folder 7

“Ofu heigen doho kaikoshi” [characters] (An introductory article).

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Ofu heigen doho no hatten shiki” [characters], 1-4.

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Doho yo kakuji no rekishi ni mezamete chusho hibo o haiseyo” [characters], 1-4.

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Shoki no tobeisha” [characters], 1-3.

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Nihon minzoku to kaigai shiso” [characters], 1-5.

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Sakuramento heigen” [characters], 1-44.

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Sakuramento-gun” [characters], 1-9.

Box 134 , Folder 7

“Sakuramento-shi” [characters], 1-52.

Box 134, Folder 8

Seid [characters]. Osaka, Japan. Vol. 4, no. 11; vol. 22, no. 1, 5,11; vol. 23, no. 1,6-7,9-12; vol. 24, nos. 1-3,8 October 1, 1921; December 1938; April, October; December 1939; May-June, August-November-December 1940; January-February, July 1941

Physical Description: (15 items)
Language of Material: In Japanese.

Scope and Content Note

A religious monthly magazine.
Box 134, Folder 9

Assorted newspapers and magazines printed in America and Japan. Mostly postwar.

Physical Description: (18 items)
Language of Material: In English and Japanese.
Box 159, Folder 5

Ken Yamada, The Vicissitudious Fifty Years of Life in America of Mr. Shinichiro Oka. n.d.

Physical Description: (Manuscript, 22pp., 1 item)
Language of Material: In English.