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Finding Aid for the Ho Young Ham Papers, 1873-1984
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ho Young Ham Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1873-1984
    Collection number: 697
    Creator: Ham, Ho Young, 1868-1954.
    Extent: 41 boxes (20.5 linear ft.) 4 cartons (5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Ho Young Ham was born in Seoul, Korea on May 5, 1868 and immigrated to Hawaii in 1905 with his wife, Hannah Chur Ham (1882-1979). The Ho Young Ham papers consist of artifacts, audio recordings, books, clothing, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and printed material that document Mr. Ham and his family, his professional life as a sugar plantation employee and Korean Methodist Church minister, and his involvement in Korean nationalist activities.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    Ho Young Ham was born in Seoul, Korea on May 5, 1868 and immigrated to Hawaii in 1905 with his wife, Hannah Chur Ham (1882-1979). Upon arriving in the Territory of Hawaii he began work for the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company; he retired in 1949 after 44 years of service. Mr. Ham was active in the Korean National Association and the Korean Benevolent Society, but a major focus of his life was his role as a lay minister for the Korean Methodist Church in Sprecklesville, Maui, territory of Hawaii. The Ham family included ten children. Ham daughters included: Suney Ham Ow, Clara Ham Cabrinha, Mary Ham Hyum, Salome Ham Ambrose, Dora Ham Kim, and Elizabeth Ham Rosen. The Ham's four sons included: Norman Ham (1910-1950), John Ham, Paul Ham, and Simon Ham. Other prominent family members included Mr. Tai Young Hahm (1872-1964), vice president of the Republic of Korea under president Syngman Rhee (1875-1965), and first cousin to Mr. Ho Young Ham, and Mr. Pyong-choon Hahm (1932-1983), son of Tai Young Hahm, an influential legal scholar, Korean ambassador to the United States, and former national security adviser to the President of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Ham died in March 1954 in Maui.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents the activities of Ho Young Ham, a Korean immigrant to Maui, Hawaii in 1905. The materials reflect Mr. Ham's role as husband, father, sugar plantation employee, Methodist minister, and Korean nationalist activist. The bulk of the collection consists of Mr. Ham's monographs, including a number of theological books. The collection also includes artifacts, clothing (including some Korean traditional dress), correspondence, ledgers, manuscripts (including Mr. Ham's diaries), photographs, and printed materials that reflect Mr. Ham's varied interests and pursuits. Some materials are in Korean and Chinese

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Ham, Ho Young, 1868-1954--Archives.
    Sugar workers--Hawaii--Archival resources.
    Korean American Methodists--Hawaii--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material