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Finding Aid for the Tetsuo Scott Miyakawa Papers, 1946-1981
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tetsuo Scott Miyakawa Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1981
    Collection number: 1296
    Creator: Miyakawa, Tetsuo Scott
    Extent: 108 boxes (54 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: T. Scott Miyakawa (November 23, 1906- ) earned his BS from Cornell in 1929 and his Ph.D from Columbia University and taught at Boston University from 1946-72. His efforts to collect documentary materials related to the history of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigration to the United States resulted in the inauguration of the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1962 of which he served as director from 1962-65. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, books, research materials, memorabilia, and photographs of Miyakawa. Contains files and other materials related to JARP and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Also includes materials related to his teaching years at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Portions of this collection are in Japanese.
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian, Department of Special Collections.] Credit shall be given as follows: [c in circle] The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections.
    Portions of this collection are restricted from use.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
    Contents of Box 103, Folder 9 are sealed until the year 2019.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of 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

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Kikuko Miyakawa Packness, 1981 & 1995.

    Funding

    This online finding aid has been funded in part by a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tetsuo Scott Miyakawa Papers (Collection 1296). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Miyakawa was born November 23, 1906 in Los Angeles, California; BS, Cornell, 1929; Ph.D, Columbia University; taught at Boston University, 1946-72; his efforts to collect documentary materials related to the history of Japanese Americans and Japanese immigration to the United States resulted in the inauguration of the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1962; director, JARP, 1962-65; taught at University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1972-78; died August 2, 1981.

    Additional Biographical Narratives

    The papers of Professor Miyakawa (1906-81) reflect his long career in the academic world, and his scholarly involvement in documenting the Japanese American experience.
    He joined the faculty of Boston University in 1946 and after his retirement in 1972 as an Emeritus Professor, became first a Visiting Professor and then Chair of the Sociology Department of the University of Massachusetts at Boston until his second retirement to the position of Emeritus Professor in 1978.
    His commitment to Japanese American history prompted him to play a leading role in organizing the Japanese American Research Project at UCLA, which established at the UCLA Library the largest body of documentation in the United States for the study of Japanese immigration to and settlement in America. For additional materials relating to and acquired by the Project, see the Department of Special Collections registers for Collection 2010. The papers also include material for Professor Miyakawa's unfinished book, The New York Japanese and the Development of the US-Japan Trade.
    by Michiko Yoneda, 1981
    T. Scott Miyakawa (1906-1981). A scholar and teacher. A native of Los Angeles, California. Tetsuo Scott Miyakawa was born as the eldest son of Miyakawa Yukio and Rimu. He had two siblings, Kikuko Miyakawa Packness and Tatsuo Arthur Miyakawa. In 1931 he graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. From 1931 to 1941 he served as an English-speaking assistant to the Japanese manager of the South Manchurian Railway Office in New York City. During the wartime years, he was active as a member of the New York Emergency Committee for Japanese Americans and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). In 1951 he obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University. Most of his teaching career was spent at Boston University where he taught sociology from 1946 to 1972. As co-founder of the JACL-sponsored Japanese American Research Project at UCLA, he served as its initial director from 1962 to 1965. He was the author of Protestants and Pioneers: Individualism and Conformity on the American Frontier, Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
    Date: 1964
    ; Pioneers of Japanese-American Trade, Tokyo: Morimura,
    Date: 1970
    ; and co-editor of East Across the Pacific: Historical and Sociological Studies of Japanese Immigration and Assimilation, Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio Press,
    Date: 1972.
    The T. Scott Miyakawa Papers include personal memorabilia, incomplete manuscript on the East Coast Issei and the development of Japan America trade in the late nineteenth century, papers on his father's Japanese-English dictionary project, and miscellaneous photographs. These papers supplement the previously donated T. Scott Miyakawa Papers.
    by Yuji Ichioka and Eiichiro Azuma, 1995

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, books, research materials, memorabilia, and photographs of T. Scott Miyakawa. Contains files and other materials related to the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Includes an incomplete manuscript on East Coast Issei and Japan-US trade in the late 19th century. Also includes materials related to his teaching years at Boston University and University of Massachusetts, Boston.
    Portions of this collection are in Japanese.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Japanese American Research Project, 1962-65.
    2. Materials related to Miyakawa's last book.
    3. Materials related to East Coast Japanese.
    4. Boston University, 1946-72.
    5. University of Massachusetts, Boston, 1972-78.
    6. Other materials, including personal records and research materials.
    7. Personal memorabilia.
    8. East Coast Issei project papers.
    9. Japanese-English dictionary project papers, 1939.
    10. Photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Miyakawa, Tetsuo Scott--Archives.
    Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Universities and colleges--Faculty--United States--Archival resources.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1944-1945--Archival resources.
    Manuscripts for publication.

    Related Material

    Title: Japanese American Research Project Collection of Material about Japanese in the United States
    Identifier/Call Number: (Collection 2010).
    Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
    Title: Japanese American Research Project - Fading Footsteps of the Issei
    Identifier/Call Number: (Collection 2010).
    Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.