Guide to the Mitsuye Yamada Papers MS.R.071

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Title: Mitsuye Yamada papers
Collection number: MS.R.071
Contributing Institution: University of California, Irvine. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Language of Material: English.
Physical Description: 10.1 Linear feet (28 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Date (inclusive): 1940-2005
Abstract: The collection comprises the papers of Mitsuye Yamada, a Japanese American poet and political activist who, as a teenager, was interned at Minadoka Relocation Center in Idaho during World War II. Her papers document her career as a writer, teacher, and human rights spokesperson, including her involvement with Amnesty International and the struggle by Japanese Americans to redress their treatment during the war. The collection also includes copies of Department of Justice and FBI files about her father's arrest and imprisonment during the war, which Yamada obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Creator: Yamada, Mitsuye

Access

The 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 permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Mitsuye Yamada papers. MS-R071. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mitsuye Yamada from 1998-2008.

Alternative Forms of Material

Processing History

Processed by John Howard Fowler in 1999. Additions and revisions made by Cyndi Shein in 2008 and Joanna Lamb in 2010.

Biography

Mitsuye Yamada was born Mitsuye May Yasutake in Kyushu, Japan on July 5, 1923. When she was three years of age, her parents immigrated with their young family to the United States. Although she was sent back to Japan to live with her grandmother for eighteen months when she was 11-12 years old, Yamada spent most of her formative years in Seattle, Washington.
On December 7, 1941, immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mitsuye's father, Jack K. Yasutake was arrested and imprisoned at Fort Lewis, Washington. The rest of the Yasutake family was sent to the Minidoka Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho. This experience made a deep impression on Yamada and informed much of her later literary and political career. After the war, she completed a B.A. at New York University and an M.A. at the University of Chicago, both in English literature. In 1950 she married Yoshikasu Yamada. The couple lived in New York for some years prior to moving to Orange County, California in the 1960s. In 1966 Yamada began teaching English at Fullerton Junior College. Her teaching career later included Cypress Junior College and a visiting professorships at campuses within the University of California system.
In the mid-1970s Yamada began publishing her poetry and editing the poetry of others, and was soon actively involved in the Orange County literary scene. According to her own accounts, she moved away from the formalist training she received at NYU and later at the University of Chicago and embraced a style of poetry that emphasized "substance." In 1975 she co-edited an anthology written by like-minded poets, and in 1976 her own book, Camp Notes and Other Poems, was published by the Shameless Hussy Press. These publications were followed in 1986 by The Webs We Weave: Orange County Poetry Anthology, which she co-edited, and in 1988 by a new book of her own poems, Desert Run: Poems and Stories, published by Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Her books reflect themes from her Japanese American heritage and her experiences in the internment next hit camp. From the 1970s until well into the 1990s, Yamada engaged in an increasingly busy schedule of public readings, which became more and more focused on the political ideas underlying her poetry and often served as platforms for calls to political action.
In part due to her camp experience, Yamada has been sensitive to issues involving ethnic diversity and women's rights. By 1975 she was a member of the Irvine chapter of Amnesty International (AI) and has since continued to support AI's goals and objectives, at times serving in national offices for the organization. She was also actively involved in supporting the redress movement, a political and legal campaign by Japanese Americans to receive financial and moral recompense for their treatment by the United States government during World War II. Her teaching career has reflected her political interests, and she was a strong early proponent of using lower-division English courses as an introduction to multiculturalism. She was a major participant in the successful movement to establish an Asian American Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine.

Biographical/Historical note

Chronology

1923 July 5 Born Mitsuye May Yasutake in Kyushu, Japan to Jack Kaichire and Hide Yasutake.
1926 or 1927 Immigrates with her family to the United States.
circa 1934-1936 Returns to Japan to live with her grandmother for 18 months.
1942-1943 Interned with her family at Minidoka Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho.
1943-1945 Permitted to leave Minidoka to work and study at the University of Cincinnati.
1947 Receives B.A., New York University.
1950 Marries Yoshikadzu Yamada, research chemist and watercolor artist.
1951 November 28 Daughter Jeni Ellen Yamada born.
1953 Receives M.A., University of Chicago.
1955 Becomes a United States citizen.
1957 December 4 Son Stephen Matthew Yamada born.
1957 Studies at the Graduate School of Linguistics at Columbia University.
1959 August 25 Son Douglas Kai Yamada born.
1961 September 29 Daughter Hedi Louise Yamada born.
1966-1969 Instructor, Humanities Division, Fullerton College.
1969-1989 Instructor of English Literature and Composition and Coordinator of Women's Program, Cypress College.
1975 Noon,
  Joins Irvine Urgent Action Group of Amnesty International.
1976 Camp Notes and Other Poems
1979 Receives Pacific Asian-American Center Award for service to the Asian American community.
1980 Receives Orange County Arts Alliance Literary Arts Award.
  Founds Multicultural Women's Writers (MCWW) and serves as Coordinator.
1981 Mitsuye and Nellie: Two American Poets.
1981-1982 Lecturer, Women's Studies, CSU Long Beach.
1982 Receives Vesta Award for Writing, Woman's Building of Los Angeles.
1983 Serves as Resource Scholar, Multicultural Women's Institute, University of Chicago.
1984 Receives Writer's Fellowship, Yaddo Artist Colony, Saratoga Springs, New York.
  Receives Award for Contribution to the Status of Women from the organization Women For: Orange County.
1985 Receives Women's Network Alert Literature Award.
1986 The Webs We Weave: Orange County Poetry Anthology
1987 Visiting Poet, Pitzer College, Claremont, California.
  Receives Women of Distinction Award from Soroptomist International of the Americas.
  Begins service on Amnesty International U.S.A. Committee on International Development.
1987-1991 Serves on Board of Directors for Amnesty International U.S.A.
1988 Desert Run: Poems and Stories
1989 Receives Distinguished Teacher Award from North Orange County Community College District upon retiring from Cypress College.
  Receives award for contributions to ethnic studies from MELUS.
1990 Sowing Ti Leaves: Writings by Multicultural Women
1990-1991 Visiting professor, M.F.A. Creative Writing Program, San Diego State University.
1991 Participates in First Amnesty International Intersectional Meeting on Women and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland.
  Serves as member of the U.S. delegation to Amnesty International council meetings in Yokohama, Japan.
  Receives Woman of Achievement Award from the Santiago Ranch Foundation.
1991-1992 Visiting associate professor, University of California, Los Angeles.
1992 Receives the Jesse Bernard Wise Women Award from the Center for Women's Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
  Commencement speaker at CSU Northridge.
1992-1995 Serves on the Board of Directors of the California Council for the Humanities.
1993-1994 Visiting professor, M.F.A. Creative Writing Program, San Diego State University.
1995 Receives "Write On, Women!" award from the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
1997 Receives Give Women Voice Award during International Women's Day, U.S.A.
  Appointed adjunct assistant professor in Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Bibliography

Sites of Shame. "One Family's Journey: The Yasutake Story." Densho: 2008. http://www.densho.org/sitesofshame/family.xml (accessed July 26, 2008).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection comprises the papers of Mitsuye Yamada, a Japanese American poet and political activist who, as a teenager, was interned at Minadoka Relocation Center during World War II. It documents her career as a writer, teacher, and human rights spokesperson, including her involvement with the struggle by Japanese Americans to redress their treatment during the war. It contains a significant number of documents, internal memos, and other correspondence about local and national sections of Amnesty International, of which Yamada is a former board member. In addition to Yamada's personal papers, the collection also contains copies of Department of Justice and FBI files about her father's arrest and imprisonment during the war, which Yamada obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The collection documents Yamada's literary and teaching career through posters, fliers, announcements, reviews, course descriptions, and syllabi. It also documents her participation in the Multicultural Women Writers of Orange County, California, which she founded. The collection materials include correspondence, clippings, memoranda, video recordings and audio recordings that reflect her career and interests.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series.
  • Series 1. Biographical and family records, 1940-2002. 1 linear foot
  • Series 2. Japanese American relocation files, 1942-2000. 1.7 linear feet
  • Series 3. Literary materials and professional papers, 1942-2005. 2.2 linear feet
  • Series 4. Amnesty International records, 1975-1993. 2 linear feet
  • Series 5. Subject files, 1973-2004. 2.4 linear feet
  • Series 6. Audiovisual materials, 1972-1995. 0.8 linear feet

Separation Note

Several publications on political prisoners were removed from this collection and cataloged in the library's online catalog http://antpac.lib.uci.edu 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Amnesty International -- Archives..
Amnesty International.
Minadoka Relocation Center -- Archives.
Multicultural Women Writers of Orange County (Calif.) -- Archives.
Yamada, Mitsuye -- Archives.
Audiocassettes -- 20th century.
Human rights advocacy -- California -- Orange County -- History -- Sources
Human rights workers
Japanese American women -- California -- Orange County
Japanese Americans -- Civil rights
Japanese Americans -- Ethnic Identity
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Poets.
Video recordings -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans -- Archives.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Reparations

 

Biographical and family records, Series 1. 1940-2002, bulk 1942-1989

Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises Yamada's biographical and family papers. It contains materials about her parents, Hide and Jack Yasutake, and two of her brothers, Michael and William (Tosh) Yasutake. It also includes materials about her husband Yoshikasu Yamada. The papers provide insight into different aspects of the Japanese American experience during and after World War II because while some family members were interned, others were decorated American soldiers. Of particular interest are the files that Yamada procured from the United States' government regarding her father's arrest and internment.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by surname.
Box-folder 17 : 1

Yamada, Mitsuye, 1955-1984, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains photocopy of Mitsuye's U.S. naturalization certificate, U.S. citizenship welcome booklet, photocopy of a photograph of her in the Minidoka choir, draft of interview with her, clippings about her life and career, and an article in Japanese.
 

Yamada, Yoshikasu (Yoshikadzu)

Biographical/Historical note

Yoshikasu "Yosh" Yamada, Mitsuye's husband, was drafted into the U.S. Army prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served in the medical detachment for the 5th Air Base Group, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Ribbon, Army Distinguished Unit Badge, Philippines Liberation Ribbon with two stars, American Defense Ribbon, and the Legion of Merit Medal. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue in 1950. He later worked as a principal research chemist at Bell & Howell Research Laboratories and then started his own business, Yamada Graphics.
Box-folder 17 : 2-8, 11

Professional materials, 1954-1977, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains curriculum vitae, patents, scientific notes and articles, his 5 year pin from Bell & Howell, and material on his invention of improvements in perpetual and multi-year calendars.
 

World War II materials

Box-folder 17 : 11

Datebook or journal "Daily Aide" with entries in Japanese, 1945

Scope and Contents note

Pages missing from July 10th onward.
Box-folder 17 : 9

Discharge papers, military record, and veterans' eligibility papers 1946-1993

Box-folder 17 : 10

Handwritten narrative of war experience, articles, and other materials undated

Box-folder 17 : 11

Legion of Merit medal undated

Box-folder 18 : 1

Yasutake / Yamada family history project correspondences, 1999

 

Yasutake family

Box-folder 18 : 2

Alien Property Custodian claim: legal correspondence, 1957-1959

Box-folder 18 : 3

Family house in Seattle moved to museum in Meiji Mura, Japan: remembrance, 1985

Box-folder 18 : 4

Internee profiles, undated

Scope and Contents note

Date of original profiles is not stated; these copies were printed in 1992.
Box-folder 18 : 5

Resettlement in Cincinnati, Ohio: photocopies of correspondence with U.S. government, 1944-1945

Box-folder 18 : 6

Telegrams to and from Crystal City Internment Camp, 1944, undated

Box-folder 18 : 7

Yasutake, Hide: immunization record, correspondence, and receipts,

Biographical/Historical note

Hide Yasutake, Mitsuye's mother, was interned during World War II at the Minidoka Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho and later joined her husband at Crystal City Internment Camp in Texas.
 

Yasutake, Jack Kaichire

Biographical/Historical note

Jack Yasutake, Mitsuye Yamada's father, first immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1907. According to U. S. Department of Justice records he was "apprehended" December 7, 1941 as an "alien enemy," with an alleged tie to a group known as "The Silver Shirts," under suspicion of espionage. At the time of his arrest he was working as an interpreter for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. He was initially imprisoned at Fort Lewis, Washington, later relocated to Crystal City Internment Camp in Texas, and "paroled" to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1944. In 1947 Jack, Hide, and their youngest son, Joseph, moved to Chicago where Jack was the executive secretary of the Chicago Resettlers' Committee, a social service organization that helped former camp inmates find work and housing. In 1953 he was honored as the first Japan-born person in the city of Chicago to become an American citizen through naturalization.
Box-folder 18 : 8-10

Freedom of Information Act files, 1981-1991

Scope and Contents note

Contains articles and brochures on the Freedom of Information Act and Yamada's requests for release of files about Jack Yasutake.
Box-folder 18 : 11-13,19 : 1-10

Government records and correspondence, 1940-1953, 1981-1986

Scope and Contents note

Contains photocopies of Department of Justice records and FBI reports on Jack Yasutake, including early (1940) investigations on Yasutake. Materials document his arrest, imprisonment at Fort Lewis, relocation to Crystal City internment camp, parole, personal property inventories, and letters of support. The files also include citizenship and naturalization records. Yamada's 1980s correspondence with the U.S. government requesting the documents is interspersed throughout the records.
Box-folder 19 : 11

Identification cards and naturalization materials, 1950-1953

Box-folder 19 : 12

Notes in Japanese found with Jack Yasutake records, undated

Box-folder 28 : 4

Plaque honoring Yasutake as first Japan-born person in the city of Chicago to become an American citizen through naturalization,

Box-folder 19 : 13

Yasutake, Michael: tribute booklet and remembrances, 1996-2002

Biographical/Historical note

Seiichi Michael "Mike" Yasutake, Mitsuye's brother, refused to sign portions of the "loyalty oath" upon his release from Minidoka Relocation Center. He was opposed to war and refused to sign the portion of the oath calling him to take up arms in defense of the United States. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1950 and stood for peace, tolerance, and civil liberties throughout his life. His papers are located at the Archives of the Episcopal Church USA.
Box-folder 19 : 14

Yasutake, William Toshio: World War II photograph, clipping, and booklet, 1945, 1979

Biographical/Historical note

William or "Tosh" Yasutake, Mitsuye's brother, enlisted in the U.S. military in 1943, hoping it would reflect favorably on his family and improve their circumstances as internees. He served in Europe as a medical aid in the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.

Scope and Contents note

Contains photograph and clipping of Tosh receiving the Bronze Star. Also included is a 1979 reprint of the booklet, The Story of the 442nd Combat Team.
 

Japanese American relocation files, Series 2. 1942-2000

Physical Description: 1.7 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia concerning the previous hit Japanese American experience in internment next hit camps from 1941 to 1945. The series documents internment and its aftermath and includes some camp memorabilia, several retrospective accounts of the camps, and records relating to the long political and legal struggle referred to as the "redress movement."

Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Processing note

Clippings are photocopies of originals. Originals were discarded due to fragility.
 

Camp memorabilia

 

Camp publications

Box-folder 1 : 1

General, 1945-1946

Box-folder 27 : 4

The Minidoka Churchman, 1945

Box-folder 1 : 2

The Memoirs, Hunt High School (Hunt, Idaho) yearbook, 1944

Scope and Contents note

This yearbook was given by a friend to Yamada, who did not attend this high school, having accumulated enough credits to graduate from her Seattle high school prior to her relocation to Minidoka.
Box-folder 1 : 3-5

Trek, camp newsletter, 1942-1943

Box-folder 27 : 8

Clipping collection of Tadashi Sekiguchi on Japanese Americans, 1943-1997

Biographical/Historical note

Tadashi Sekiguchi was Yamada's childhood friend.
Box-folder 1 : 6

Contemporary accounts and documents, 1942-1945, undated

Box-folder 1 : 7, 20 : 1, 27 : 7

Contemporary publications, 1942-1945

Box 28, Folder 1

Japanese American National Museum individuals records, 1993 August 22

Box-folder 1 : 8, 27 : 3

Orphans and their care during relocation, 1948-1997

 

Redress movement

Box-folder 1 : 9-12 , Box-folder 2 : 1-7, Box-folder 27 : 2-3

General clippings, pamphlets, correspondence, and other materials, 1965-1990

Box-folder 20 : 2-8, 27 : 7

JACL and NCJR files, 1979-1988

Scope and Contents note

Primarily contains mailings from the National Council for Japanese Redress (NCJR) and the Japanese Citizens League (JACL). Also includes clippings, correspondence, event programs, fliers, and other materials about redress and reparations.
Box-folder 2 : 8

Remembrances and pilgrimages, 1996-2000

Box-folder 3 : 1-3

Retrospective accounts

Box-folder 3 : 1

Chin, Frank undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains edited typescript.
Box-folder 3 : 2

Hohri, William. Repairing America 1988

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence, reviews, and book party planning documents.
Box-folder 3: 3

Lim, Deborah. "The Lim Report" 1995

Box-folder 3 : 4

Reunion materials 1987-1997

Box-folder 20 : 9

Scene: The Pictorial Magazine and Pictorial Guidebook 1951-1952

Scope and Contents note

Magazines contain articles and pictures relating to Japanese American life in the U.S. in the aftermath of relocation.
 

Literary materials and professional papers Series 3. 1942-2005

Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains résumés, literary materials, newspaper and leaflet advertisements for public readings and speeches, correspondence, and other materials documenting Yamada's professional life and public presentations. It also includes some early literary analysis and other essays from her college years. Because Yamada's artistic and political activities are intertwined, no attempt has been made to distinguish between these facets of her career.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.
Box-folder 3 : 5, XOS 001

Awards, certificates, and résumés, 1942-1996

Box-folder 3 : 6

Calendars and planners,

Box-folder 3 : 7-10

Essays, 1945-1999, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes Yamada's early essays written for college assignments and later essays written for publication.
Box-folder 21 : 1-3

Literary correspondence, 1975-1996

Scope and Contents note

Includes fan mail and correspondence regarding collaborations, publications, and permissions. It also includes correspondence from fellow author and feminist Tillie Olsen (1912-2007).
Box-folder 21 : 4-5, XOS 001

Mitsuye & Nellie film project: correspondence, fliers, and other materials, 1978-1984

Box-folder 4 : 1-6, 27 : 8

Notices, reviews, and other clippings about Yamada, 1975-1996

Box-folder 21 : 6-9, 22 : 1-9,23 : 1-5, 27 : 8

Multi-Cultural Women Writers (MCWW) of Orange County records, 1988-2007, undated

Biographical/Historical note

Yamada founded the MCWW of Orange County in 1980.

Scope and Contents note

Contains organizational history, minutes, agreements, articles, correspondence, literary reviews, and various materials discussed at meetings. Includes loose poems and essays by Yamada and various other women. Also includes MCWW anthology, Scaling the Chord.
Box-folder 23 : 6-7

Photographs and slides from various conferences and events, 1978-2000, undated

Box-folder 4 : 7

Poems, 1974-1975

Box-folder 23 : 8-9

Publication permissions, 1982-2002

 

Readings and presentations,

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers, brochures, invitations, event programs photographs, and other materials related to Yamada's readings, presentations, and panel participation. Invents include Minidoka reunions, Amnesty International events, Japanese American remembrances, and a variety of events about human rights, women's rights, writing, and poetry. It also includes materials for events that she chaired or organized.
Box-folder 4 : 8-15

1974-1984, 1974-1984

Box-folder 5 : 1-10

1985-1994, 1985-1994

Box-folder 24 : 1-6, XOS 001

1995-2000, 1995-2000

Box-folder 24 : 7

Shameless Hussy Press: catalogs, correspondence, and other materials, 1976-1980 and undated

 

Teaching career files

Box-folder 24 : 8

Bibliographies, undated

 

Community Support for Academic Relevance (CSAR)

Box-folder 13 : 1

K-12, 1989-1993

Box-folder 13 : 2

UC Irvine, 1991-1994

 

Contracts and agreements

Box-folder 24 : 9

Cypress Junior College, 1969-1984

Box-folder 24 : 10

UC Irvine, 1997-1998

Box-folder 13 : 3

CSU Long Beach, Women's Studies lawsuit, 1982-1986

 

Cypress Junior College

Box-folder 13 : 4

English 100 course materials, undated

Box-folder 13 : 5

Multi-Cultural Students Club, 1979-1983

Box-folder 13 : 6

Multiculturalism, 1988

Box-folder 13 : 7

Women's Forum, 1974-1978

Box-folder 24 : 11-13

Cypress Junior College and UCI course syllabi, descriptions, evaluations, and other materials 1991-2005

Scope and Contents note

Contains material from courses taught by Yamada, including English, Asian American Writing: Life Stories, The Art of Writing Poetry, American Literature, Asian American Literature, Creative Writing, and others.

Processing Information note

Although the names of the courses appear clearly on the records, the academic institution's name is often omitted, and therefore no attempt to separate these materials by institution has been made.
Box-folder 25 : 1-2

Grievances, complaint forms, and petitions related to Yamada's career at Cypress Junior College, 1977

 

Student work

Box-folder 27 : 9

Artwork and poetry from students at Seattle Preparatory School, 1989 June

 

Bound manuscripts

Box 28, Folder 2

The Heritage of Maternal Love, 2000 March 21

Box 28, Folder 3

Family Blossoms: A Different Look into Filipino-American Life, undated

Box-folder 25 : 3

Student poetry: Finger Spasms, edited by Yamada, 1980

Box-folder 25 : 4

Student responses to Sowing Ti Leaves, 1992

 

Amnesty International records, Series 4. 1975-1993

Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, meeting materials, pamphlets, and other documentation relating to Yamada's activities in Amnesty International, in particular with the Irvine Urgent Action Group and as an officer with Amnesty International U.S.A. (AIUSA).

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by topic.
 

AIUSA

Box-folder 6 : 1-2

Correspondence

Box-folder 6 : 1

1987-1989, 1987-1989

Box-folder 6 : 2

1991, 1991

Box-folder 6 : 3

Directories, 1987-1990

Box-folder 6 : 4

General Meetings, 1982-1990

Box-folder 6 : 5

Regional, 1982-1984

Box-folder 6 : 6

Asia, 1990

Box-folder 6 : 7

Asian outreach, 1988-1989

Box-folder 6 : 8

Children, 1990-1991

Box-folder 6 : 9

Coalitions,

 

Committee on International Development

Box-folder 6 : 10

Bilingual Literature Project, 1990-1991

Box-folder 6 : 11, 7 : 1

Correspondence, 1986-1993

Box-folder 7 : 2

Coordination groups, 1988-1990

Box-folder 7 : 3-4

Cultural diversification, 1986-1990

Box-folder 7 : 5-6

Hate Speech,

Box-folder 7 : 5

Policy, 1991-1992

Box-folder 7 : 6

Resources, 1966-1992

Box-folder 8 : 1-11

Human Rights

Box-folder 8 : 1

Conventions, 1978-1990

Box-folder 8 : 2

Education, 1988-1989

Box-folder 8 : 3-11

Violations

Box-folder 8 : 3

Armenia and Turkey, 1989-1992

Box-folder 8 : 4

Asia, 1979-1991

Box-folder 8 : 5

China, 1989-1990

Box-folder 8 : 6

Israel, 1987-1993

Box-folder 8 : 7

Japan, 1987-1990

Box-folder 8 : 8

Korea, 1975-1990

Box-folder 8 : 9

South Africa, 1986-1990

Box-folder 8 : 10

South America, 1990-1991

Box-folder 8 : 11

United States, 1990-1992

Box-folder 8 : 12

International Council, 1987-1991

 

Irvine, Adoption Group 178

Box-folder 8 : 13

1972-1985, 1972-1985

Box-folder 9 : 1

1986-1990, 1986-1990

Box-folder 9 : 2

Rosters and committee lists, 1981-1986

Box-folder 9 : 3

Language Programs Unit, 1990-1991

Box-folder 9 : 4

Nagan, Winston P, 1987-1990

Scope and Contents note

South African anti-apartheid activist, writings about and by.
Box-folder 9 : 5

Norwegian AI, Operation "A Day's Work" for Norwegian youth, 1990-1991

Box-folder 9 : 6

Publication lists, 1987-1990

Box-folder 9 : 7

Recruitment and media, 1987-1992

Box-folder 9 : 8

Refugees, 1991

Box-folder 9 : 9

Regional and special presentations, 1987-1991

Box-folder 9 : 10

Regional planning and priorities, 1987

 

Section Development Committee

Box-folder 9 : 11

General, 1990

 

Sections

Box-folder 9 : 12

Africa (sub-Saharan), 1990-1992

Box-folder 9 : 13

Asia (South), 1986-1990

Box-folder 9 : 14

Asia, South Korea, and Bangkok, 1990

Box-folder 9 : 15

Australia, 1989

Box-folder 9 : 16

Britain, 1990

Box-folder 10 : 1

Egypt, 1991

Box-folder 10 : 2

Europe, 1983-1990

Box-folder 10 : 3

Indian subcontinent, 1990-1991

Box-folder 10 : 4

Japan, 1988

Box-folder 10 : 5

Korea, 1990

Box-folder 10 : 6

Mexico, 1990-1991

Box-folder 10 : 7

Spelman Conference on Women and Human Rights, 1989-1990

Box-folder 10 : 8

Stock market crisis, 1987

Box-folder 10 : 9

Swainsboro, undated

Box-folder 10 : 10

Urgent action letters, 1977-1985

Box-folder 10 : 11

Women's Action Group, 1985-1991

Box-folder 10 : 12

Women's Campaign, 1984-1991

Box-folder 10 : 13

Women's Case History Index, 1991

Box-folder 10 : 14

Women's intersectional meetings, 1990-1991

Box-folder 11 : 1

Work on Your Own Country Rule, 1987

Box-folder 11 : 2

Yamada: correspondence and clippings concerning her participation in AI, 1975-1987

 

Subject files, Series 5. 1973-2004

Physical Description: 2.4 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence, meeting documentation, pamphlet materials, journal reprints, news clippings, and other materials that served to inform Yamada's teaching and political activism. Although most of the files were originally assembled by Yamada, some were given to her by her brother, Rev. Michael Yasutake, a political and religious activist living in Chicago.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by topic within the following four major clusters: Asian Americans, campus activities, ethnic studies, and women.
 

Asian Americans

Box-folder 11 : 3

Irvine Asian American Association, 1990-1992

Box-folder 11 : 4

Bibliographies, 1979-1985

Box-folder 11 : 5

Identity, 1973-1992

Box-folder 11 : 6

Literature, 1975-1996

Box-folder 11 : 7

Mental health, 1981

Box-folder 11 : 8

Newspapers, 1985

Box-folder 11 : 9

Political issues, 1979-1992

Box-folder 11 : 10

Religion, 1976-1978

Box-folder 11 : 11

Studies, 1976-1996

Box-folder 11 : 12

Theatre, 1987-1990

Box-folder 12 : 1

Visual arts, 1980-1989

 

Women

Box-folder 12 : 2

Asian Pacific Women's Network, 1989

Box-folder 12 : 3

California Asian / Pacific Women's Conference, 1979-1981

 

Poets

Box-folder 12 : 4

General, 1973-1986

 

Individuals

Box-folder 12 : 5

B-C, 1979

Box-folder 12 : 6

D-K 1975-1979

Box-folder 12 : 7

L-Y, 1973-1980

Box-folder 12 : 8-10

Resources 1973-1981

 

Ethnic studies

Box-folder 13 : 8

Cultural pluralism, 1976-1977

Box-folder 14 : 1

Ethnic literature, 1974-1986

Box-folder 14 : 2

Ethnic studies programs, 1973-1993

Box-folder 14 : 3

Irvine Human Relations Commission, 1986-1989

Box-folder 14 : 4

Koreans in Japan, 1980-1988

 

MELUS (Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States)

Box-folder 14 : 5

General, 1986-1989

Box-folder 14 : 6

Membership directory, 1985-1997

Box-folder 14 : 7

Newsnotes 1983-1988

Box-folder 14 : 8

Orange County Pacific Asian American Center, 1977-1981

Box-folder 25 : 5-9

Political prisoners, 1992-2004

Scope and Contents note

Contains poetry and writings by political prisoners that Yamada collected and Yamada's correspondence with political prisoners, such as Marilyn Buck. Also includes articles and other information regarding political prisoners.
Box-folder 15 : 7, 25 : 10

Woman's Building (Los Angeles), 1977-1992

 

Women

Box-folder 15 : 1

Decade for Women, 1975-1986

Box-folder 15 : 2

National Women's Conference, 1977

 

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Conference,

Box-folder 15 : 3

1983, 1983

Box-folder 15 : 4

1987, 1987

Box-folder 15 : 5

Radical Women's Conference 1976-1990

Box-folder 27 : 1

"Remarkable American Women" Life magazine special report 1976

Box-folder 25 : 11

Other women's organization 1980-1986

Box-folder 15 : 6

Women of Color Institute, 1982-1987

 

Audiovisual materials Series 6. 1972-1995

Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series primarily contains video and audio recordings of Yamada's public readings and interviews. It also includes recordings of family members, conferences, and various topics of interest to her.

Arrangement

These materials are arranged alphabetically by topic and then by title.

Restrictions

These recordings are duplicating masters; use copies must be made prior to researcher use.
 

Audio recordings

 

Family

 

Mitsuye and Jeni, 1978

Box-folder 26 : A011-M to A012-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 audiocassettes
 

Tosh, Hide (mother), and May, 1972

Box-folder 26 : A007-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Yoshiku (?), 1991

Box-folder 26 : A008-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Japanese American issues

 

Concert for Strength and Diversity, 1990

Box-folder 26 : A001-M to A002-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 audiocassettes
 

Hakata - Tatsuo and Asako, 1981

Box-folder 26 : A009-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Japanese American camp experience, undated

Box-folder 26 : A010-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Professional activities

 

Readings and interviews featuring Yamada

 

KPFK Judy Chen and M. Yamada, undated

Box-folder 26 : A013-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

KPFK Mitsuye Yamada on political prisoners, circa 1995

Box-folder 26 : A014-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Lesbian Writers Series Benefit, 1990

Box-folder 26 : A015-M to A016-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 audiocassettes
 

Sakura Hour interview, 1983

Box-folder 26 : A017-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Sculpture Garden reading, 1986

Box-folder 26 : A018-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Women's Building Workshop, 1980

Box-folder 26 : A019-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Women Writer's Workshop, 1977

Box-folder 26 : A020-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Conferences and workshops

Scope and Contents note

These recordings may or may not feature Yamada.
 

Hawaii, undated

Box-folder 26 : A021-M to A023-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 3 audiocassettes
 

PAAWW, 1978, undated

Box-folder 26 : A024-M to A029-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 6 audiocassettes
 

PAWWOC, 1981

Box-folder 26 : A030-M to A031-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 audiocassettes
 

Poetry Workshop, undated

Box-folder 26 : A032-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Women Writers' Conference, 1977

Box-folder 26 : A033-M to A034-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 audiocassettes
 

Women Writers' Workshop, 1977

Box-folder 26 : A040-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Cypress college student readings, undated

Box-folder 26 : A035-M to A038-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 4 audiocassettes
 

Tillie Olsen reading Tell Me a Riddle, 1972, undated

Box-folder 26 : A039-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 audiocassette
 

Women's issues

 

Dorothy Gee appeal hearing, 1978

Box-folder 26 : A003-M to A006-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 4 audiocassettes
 

Video recordings

 

previous hit Japanese American issues next hit

 

Bainbridge Island Japanese Internment , undated

Box-folder 16 : V002-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

previous hit Japanese American Internment : Oral History: Interviewees: Hisaye Yamamoto & Wakako Yamauchi , 1993

Box-folder 16 : V003-M to V004-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 VHS videocassettes
 

Strength and Diversity, 1990

Box-folder 16 : V001-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

The View From Within: Literature from the Camps, undated

Box-folder 16 : V005-M to V006-M

Duplicating masters

General Physical Description note: 2 VHS videocassettes
 

Professional activities

 

Book talk featuring Yamada, undated

Box-folder 6 : V012-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

Crossing Cultures: Cypress College Reading, 1985

Box-folder 16 : V008-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

Eliot Bay Book Store reading, Seattle, 1990

Box-folder 16 : V010-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

Orange County Poets, 1987

Box-folder 16 : V009-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

Write On, Women! SCLSSR Awards Dinner, 1995

Box-folder 16 : V007-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette
 

Other

 

International District After Dawn, 1984

Box-folder 16 : V011-M

Duplicating master

General Physical Description note: 1 VHS videocassette