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Finding Aid to the Yoshiko Uchida papers, 1903-1994 (bulk 1942-1992)
BANC MSS 86/97 c  
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Description
Consists of Uchida's correspondence, writings, and professional files, along with a small amount of personal and family papers, providing insight into the life of a successful and distinguished author, as well as her experiences as a Japanese-American growing up in Berkeley, Calif., and internment camps during the war years. Uchida's correspondence chiefly concerns business with publishers and other professionals in the literary publishing trade, and includes a large amount of fan mail. Her writings contain manuscripts of both published and unpublished works, including books, short stories, folktales, articles, and poetry. Her professional papers contain biographical and autobiographical information, as well as her bibliographies, awards, notes, and transcripts for appearances and speeches, interviews, and other professional activities.

Uchida's personal papers contain writings she did as a child, with other memorabilia, as well as diaries and journals, personal documents and miscellaneous papers, as well as memorabilia from several memorial services and exhibits held after her death. The Uchida family papers include correspondence among the immediate family, along with a few papers of her parents, Takashi ("Dwight") and Iku Uchida. Of special interest are those materials concerning relocation and redress, which include correspondence written by family members during their internment, scrapbooks, diaries, drawings and watercolors, and miscellaneous publications regarding internment.
Background
Yoshiko Uchida was born in Alameda, California in 1921, the second daughter of Takashi ("Dwight") and Iku Umegaki Uchida. Dwight Uchida immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1903 and worked for the San Francisco offices of Mitsui and Company, where he eventually became a manager. Iku Umegaki, the eldest daughter of a prefectural governor of Japan, immigrated to the U.S. in 1916 to marry Dwight Uchida. Both were graduates of Doshisha University, one of the early Christian universities of Japan, and were early and active members of the Sycamore Congregational Church in El Cerrito, Calif.
Extent
Number of containers: 68 boxes, 1 carton, 2 volumes, 2 oversize folders, 14 oversize boxes, 1 portfolio linear feet: 32.2 26 digital objects
Restrictions
Copyrights have been assigned to The Bancroft Library. Materials in this collection is protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
PARTIALLY RESTRICTED COLLECTION: Permission of the curator required for use of boxes 65-67. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.