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Guide to the Kilsoo Haan Papers, 1933-1973
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kilsoo Haan Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1973
    Collection number: MS 151
    Creator: Haan, Kilsoo Kenneth
    Extent: 1.5 linear feet

    3 cartons
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, commentaries, and other writing, including texts for the Korean Underground Report, written by Haan in his role as a Sino-Korean Peoples' League representative.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Kilsoo Haan Papers, MS 151, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Kilsoo K. Haan in August 1973. Additions 1974, 1975.

    Biography

    Kilsoo Kenneth Haan was born in Chang Dan, Korea, on May 31, 1900. He arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 5, and soon was working as a sugar cane laborer for the Oahu Sugar Company. After completing the 8th grade, he contracted to raise sugar cane for the Company, while training in the Hawaiian National Guard. After an honorable discharge, Haan moved to San Francisco. There he attended the Salvation Army Training College. Between 1922 and 1926 he served in the Salvation Army as an officer, reaching the rank of Captain, and was stationed back on the Hawaiian Islands. In 1926 he married Stella Yoon in Honolulu, with whom he had a son and a daughter. In 1932 he joined the Sino-Korean Peoples' League, acting as its representative in Hawaii and America, and began working to assist U.S. intelligence concerning Japan. Between 1938 and 1947 he resided in Washington, D.C., as the Washington representative of the League. He is famous for having attempted to warn various American officals shortly before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor of the impending attack. Haan became a naturalized United States citizen in 1956. He worked for the Chun King Corporation in San Jose, California, from the mid- 1950's until 1969. Upon his retirement he moved to Capitola, a seaside village near Santa Cruz, where he died in July, 1976.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, clippings, commentaries, and other writing, including texts for the Korean Underground Report, written by Haan in his role as a Sino-Korean Peoples' League representative. The correspondence is arranged chronologically by year, ranging from 1933 to 1975. Many of the letters were photocopied by Mr. Haan himself, who then added clarifying notes in the margins.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Haan, Kilsoo--1900-1976--Archives.
    Haan, Kilsoo--1900-1976--Correspondence.
    Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
    World War, 1939-1945--Causes.
    United States--Foreign relations--Sources.