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Finding Aid for the Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church Records, 1930-1956
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1956
    Collection number: 298
    Creator: Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church
    Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church was the only Japanese Christian institution in the Sacramento Delta region. Established in 1915, the church played a key role in the religious life of the Japanese immigrant community. For the American-born Nisei generation, it conducted a Sunday school from its inception, and during the 1930s it organized the Epworth League and Friendship Club. During the wartime internment years, it was closed, but reopened in 1945 as former residents of Walnut Grove began to return to the Delta region. In October 1991 the church was closed permanently because of declining membership. The collection consists of various minutes, donation records, account books, weekly bulletins, and other miscellaneous documents, most of which postdate 1933. Includes many postwar newsletters issued by other Japanese American Christian churches, and the Kingdom of God Weekly ( Kami no Kuni Shimbun), a Christian weekly newspaper published in Japan.
    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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    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 Mark Nakagawa, 1992.

    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], Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church Records (Collection 298). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    History

    The Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church was the only Japanese Christian institution in the Sacramento Delta region; established in 1915, the church played a key role in the religious life of the Japanese immigrant community; for the American-born Nisei generation, it conducted a Sunday school from its inception, and during the 1930s it organized the Epworth League and Friendship Club; in 1915, and again in 1933, the church was destroyed by fire; during the wartime internment years, it was closed, but reopened in 1945 as former residents of Walnut Grove began to return to the Delta region; in October 1991 the church was closed permanently because of declining membership.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of various minutes, donation records, account books, weekly bulletins, and other miscellaneous documents, most of which postdate the 1933 fire. Includes many postwar newsletters issued by other Japanese American Christian churches, and the Kingdom of God Weekly ( Kami no Kuni Shimbun), a Christian weekly newspaper published in Japan.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Minutes and financial records (Boxes 1-5).
    2. Miscellaneous records, including correspondence from other Japanese Christian churches (Box 5).
    3. Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church Weekly Bulletin, 1930-42 (Boxes 6-7).
    4. Postwar Japanese American Christian Newsletters, 1953-56 (Boxes 8-9).
    5. Kingdom of God Weekly ( Kami no Kuni Shimbun) (Boxes 10-11).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Walnut Grove Japanese Methodist Church--Archives.
    Protestant churches--California, Northern--Archival resources.
    Japanese Americans--California, Northern--Archival resources.

    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.