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Inventory of the Gordan K. Chapman: Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service Collection
GTU 2002-9-01  
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Series 1  Commissioners' and Churches' Program Correspondence 1941-1947

Physical Description: 19 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This Series contains the bulk of the Commission's official correspondence. Commission meeting minutes are scattered through the series. Most of the correspondence is concerned with the following tasks: how to get various ministers and traveling preachers assigned to the camps; seeking approval from both the congregations and the WRA; how to get suitable housing and accommodations for Caucasian ministers; and making and securing travel arrangements. Most of these folders contain extensive personal and personnel information on ministers, as well as others seeking various employment opportunities. Individual denominations requested the assistance of the Commission to place their ministers. Of special note - in the beginning, the U.S. Army and the WRA were reluctant to allow religious workers in the camps.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
box-folder 1:1

Bovenkerk, Henry G. (Hiene), Presbyterian 1941-1945

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Burnett, Clyde J., Free Methodist 1943-45

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Chapman, E.N., Presbyterian 1945

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Cobb, John B., Methodist 1945-1946

box-folder 1:5

Evans, Elizabeth M., Presbyterian 1942-1943

box-folder 1:6

Fisher, Galen M., YMCA 1942-1945

box-folder 1:7

Fisher, Royal H. (Roy), Baptist 1943-1945

box-folder 1:8

French, Holland, Salvation Army 1942-1943

box-folder 1:9

Gillett, Clarence S., Congregational 1942-1947

box-folder 1:10

Hawes, Hampton B., Presbyterian 1945

box-folder 1:11

Hannaford, Howard D., Presbyterian 1942-1945

box-folder 1:12

Long, Ward Willis, Presbyterian 1944

box-folder 1:13

Noble, Douglas W., Presbyterian 1945

box-folder 1:14-15

Reifsnider, Charles S., Episcopal 1942-1946

box-folder 1:16

Sutaw, Masao, YMCA 1943-1945

box-folder 1:17

Smith, Dr. Frank Herron, Methodist 1942-1945

box-folder 1:18

Sugioka, James and Wickizer, Willard, Disciples of Christ 1942-1945

box-folder 1:19

Unoura, Kijiro 1942-1945

 

Series 2  Organizational Correspondence 1942-1947

Physical Description: 24 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The over-riding concern of the churches and the individuals was getting employment in the camps. Many of the Caucasian missionaries returned on the Swedish exchange ship SS Gripsholm. Some of the other topics covered in this correspondence are: differences in missionary work among the Japanese and Japanese-Americans, placement of women ministers or teachers in the camps, and congregational integration or separation issues at the end of the War. Women teachers' and ministers' resumes are scattered throughout the series.
Most folders consist of two parts: first, correspondence with denominational headquarters or local congregations, and second, individual ministers and individual men and women seeking employment opportunities in the camps.

Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by denomination.
box-folder 1:20

Assembly of God 1942

box-folder 1:21

Baptist 1944-1945

box-folder 1:22-23

Congregational 1942 1943 1945

box-folder 1:24-25

Disciples of Christ 1942-1944

box-folder 1:26-27

Episcopal 1942-1945

box-folder 1:28

Evangelical Reformed 1942-1944

box-folder 1:29

Methodist 1942

box-folder 1:30

Friends 1942-1944

box-folder 1:31

Holiness 1943-1944

box-folder 1:32

Independents 1942-1945

box-folder 1:33

Japan Evangelical Band 1942-1944

box-folder 1:34

Lutheran 1943-1947

box-folder 1:35-36

Methodist 1942-1943

box-folder 1:37

Oriental Missionary Society 1942

box-folder 1:38

Presbyterian Board, Foreign Missions 1942-1947

box-folder 1:39

Presbyterian 1941-1944

box-folder 1:40

Reformed Church of America (Dutch) 1942-1943

box-folder 1:41

Salvation Army 1942 1945

box-folder 1:42

Southern Baptist 1942

box-folder 1:43

Southern Presbyterian 1942

box-folder 1:44

YMCA and YWCA 1942-1945

 

Series 3  Internal Commission Administration Correspondence 1942-45

Physical Description: 10 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

These records highlight the Commission's internal workings. The main subjects are: the design and building of churches in the camps, setting up preaching missions (included are prayers in English and Japanese), equipment and book requests for the camps, correspondence from concerned people in the wider community, requests for information from school children and teachers, conferences for ministers, and Summer Students Services in 1945.

Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
box-folder 1:45

Other Boards 1945

box-folder 1:46

Preaching Missions (Bader) 1943-1944

box-folder 1:47

Bibles 1944-1945

box-folder 1:48

Center Churches (War Relocation Authority) 1942-1943

box-folder 1:49

Requests for Publicity Materials 1943-1945

box-folder 1:50

Equipment 1942-1945

box-folder 1:51

Church Buildings (WRA) 1942-1943

box-folder 1:52

Conferences 1943

box-folder 1:53

Student Summer Services Relocation Centers 1945

box-folder 1:54

Theological Library Project 1942-1945

box-folder 1:55

Tracts and Publishers 1944-1945