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Finding Aid for the Arai Family Papers, 1877-1972
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arai Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1877-1972
    Collection number: 1254
    Creator: Arai family
    Extent: 69 boxes (34.5 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Ryichir Arai was born in 1855 and came to New York in 1876 to start the direct export of silk. Ryichir Arai, Toyo Morimura, and Morimoto Sato were founders of Japanese American Trade, and they promoted closer relations between Japan and the United States. Yoneo Arai, son of Ryichir Arai, has served as Resident Representative of The Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Company, Ltd. United States Fire Branch, a director of Japan Society, Vice president of the Japan Society, and Chairman of the Board, Yamaichi Securities Company of New York., Inc. The collection consists of personal and business papers of Ryichir Arai and his son, Yoneo Arai. They also include Arai family photographs. 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 Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Yoneo Arai, 1979.

    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], Arai Family Papers (Collection 1254). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462208 

    Biography

    Ryichir Arai was born in 1855 in Japan; he came to the United States in 1876 and settled in New York City as a founder of the silk export trade between the United States and Japan; his son, Yoneo Arai, graduated from Harvard in 1912 and was a banker; Yoneo Arai served as resident representative of the Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Company, Ltd. United States Fire Branch, vice president of the Japan Society, and Chairman of the Board, Yamaichi Securities Company of New York, Inc.

    Additional Biographical Narrative

    Ryichir Arai was born in 1855 and came to New York in 1876 to start the direct export of silk. Ryichir Arai, Toyo Morimura, and Morimoto Sato were founders of Japanese American Trade, and they promoted closer relations between Japan and the United States. Yoneo Arai, son of Ryichir Arai, has served as Resident Representative of The Tokio Marine & Fire Insurance Company, Ltd. United States Fire Branch, a director of Japan Society, Vice president of the Japan Society, and Chairman of the Board, Yamaichi Securities Company of New York., Inc. The papers include Yoneo Arai's business letters, stock inventory, financial records, and personal letters to his family and friends. Also included are Arai family photographs.
    by Michiko Yoneda, June 1980

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of personal and business papers of Ryichir Arai and his son, Yoneo Arai. Ryichir Arai's correspondence between 1876 and 1881 relates to his work as a founder of the silk export trade between the United States and Japan. His personal letters to his brother and adoptive father span the years 1881-95. The collection also includes Yoneo Arai's business correspondence, stock inventory, financial records, and personal correspondence to family and friends. 7 boxes contain photographs, and additional photos are dispersed throughout the collection. Photographs include family portraits, panoramic photos of Japan (1870s-1880s), and photos of various civic events and organizations.
    Portions of this collection are in Japanese.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Arai family--Archives.
    Businessmen--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Bankers--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Japanese American families--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources.
    Silk industry--United States.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Family papers.
    Business records.
    Photographs.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Arai, Yoneo.
    Arai, Ryichir, 1855-1939.

    Related Material

    Japanese American Research Project Collection of Material about Japanese in the United States (Collection 2010)  . Available at the UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.
    Japanese American Research Project - Fading Footsteps of the Issei (Collection 2010)  . Available at the UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.