Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Other Finding Aids

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Iwao Matsushita Papers
1875-1979



Manuscript Collection No.: 2718
Accession No.: 2718-001
Creator: Matsushita, Iwao, 1892-1979 , creator
Title: Iwao Matsushita papers
Date Span: 1875-1979
Bulk: 1931-1978
Quantity: approximately 13 cubic feet (17 boxes and 1 package)
Languages: Collection materials are in English and Japanese.




Biographical Note

Iwao Matsushita was a Japanese-American college professor and librarian at University of Washington, and a teacher at Japanese Language School, Seattle, Washington.

Matsushita immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1919. From the time of his arrival until World War II he was employed in Seattle as an office manager at Mitsui & Company, an export firm. In 1927, he introduced the first Japanese language course at the University of Washington. During WWII he was interned first at Fort Missoula, Montana, and then later at Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho. He resumed teaching Japanese language at the University following the war until 1951 and also taught at the Japanese Language School and at Edison Vocational School. He was also the East Asia librarian at the University of Washington.

Matsushita married twice. His first wife, Hanaye, was interned separately during the first part of the war. Matsushita was able to transfer to Minidoka to be with her. Initially Matsushita was sent to Fort Missoula because he was identified as a community leader. is second wife's name is Ginko Matsushita.

Kyo Koike, a Seattle physician and noted photographer, was a good friend of Matsushita. He was interned at Tule Lake, and the two men corresponded extensively while Matsushita was at Fort Missoula.

Arrangement

Arranged in 8 series:

  • Personal papers, 1882-1979 (bulk circa 1930-1979)
  • Fort Missoula, Montana, 1941-1944, 1970
  • Camp Minidoka, Idaho, 1942-1952 (bulk 1944-1945)
  • Rainier Ginsha, 1915-1979 (bulk circa 1960-1978)
  • Seattle Japanese Language School, 1947-1975
  • Hanaya Matsushita, 1920-1971
  • Ginko Matsushita, 1895-1979 (bulk circa 1940-1979)
  • Kyo Koike, 1925-1977

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence, diaries, haiku and other writings, publications, scrapbooks, financial records, and course materials.

When Matshushita was at Fort Missoula, he wrote letters to his wife at Camp Minidoka). These letters may be found in the Hanaye Matsushita series (Box 14, Folders 16-22). Hanaye’s letters to Iwao are in the Fort Missoula series. Among the correspondence in the Hanaye Matsushita series are letters Hanaye wrote to gather affidavits regarding her husband's good character and loyalty so that he could join her at Minidoka (Box 14, Folders 25 and 26). Matsushita’s letters to Koike are in the Kyo Koike series (Box 15, Folders 6 and 7). Koike’s letters to Matsushita are in the Fort Missoula series (inventory follows below). There are also two letters to Hanaye Matsushita (in Japanese, Box 14, Folder 14).

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Source: Iwao Matsushita 1969, 1970, 1979; Estate of Iwao Matsushita, 1981; Don Kazama, 1983; Mrs. Ginko Matsushita, 1984.

Processing Info

Merger of Accession Nos. 2718-001, 2718-002, 2718-003, 2718-004, and 2718-005.

Photographs were relocated to the Matsushita Family Photograph Collection, PH Coll. 162 in Special Collections in 1986.

Other Finding Aids

The visual materials that form part of this collection are described and indexed in the guide to the Matsushita Family Photograph Collection in Special Collections..


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Personal Papers
Biographical Information
1/1Autobiographical materials1946-1961, undated
1/2Family Historiesundated
1/3Personal Documents1919-1934, 1945, 1961, 1966-1971
1/4University of Washington Transcripts and Diploma1948-1951
1/5Memorial Service Program1979
1/6Miscellaneous1932, 1940, 1944, undated
Incoming Letters
1/7A1955-1976, undated
1/8Bank of Tokyo1947-1975
1/9Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church1963-1976
1/10B1948-1971
1/11C1950-1969, undated
1/12D1969-1978, undated
1/13E1954-1969
1/14Fukuda, Seizo1948-1973, undated
1/15Fukumi, Yasuko1969-1973
1/16F1946-1970, undated
1/17G1959-1974, undated
1/18Ha1954-1977, undated
1/19Hi1947-1974
1/20Ho1946-1977
1/21Ichii, Yasuzo and Yoshi1952-1976
1/22Ichino, Sen1949-1975
1/23Ideda, Koume1940-1960, undated
1/24-28Inoue (or Inouye), Teruko1945-1978, undated
1/29Inoue, Tetsuo1972-1973, undated
1/30Ichi - In1950-1974, undated
1/31Ishibashi1946-1969, undated
1/32Ishii, Lillian and Jack1959-1979, undated
1/33-35Isono, Tonomi1950-1978, undated
1/36Itaguchi, Fumiko1959-1975
1/37Ito, Kazuo1961-1975
1/38-42Izui, Mikisaburo1947-1963, undated
1/43Ishi - Izu1936-1974
1/44-51Japan Publications Trading Company1949-1977
1/52J1952-1978
1/53Ka1955-1973, undated
1/54-56Kimura, Aiko (or Ai)1961-1979, undated
1/57-58Kimura, Akira1947-1976, undated
1/59Kimura, H.S.1960-1963, undated
1/60Kimura1959-1976, undated
1/61Kitagawa, Joseph M.1946-1978
1/62Ki1950-1973
1/63Koike, Kyo1946
1/64Kono, Juhei C.1959-1977, undated
1/65Ko - Kr1949-1975
1/66Kubota, George Takuichi1961-1977, undated
1/67Ku - Kw1950-1969, undated
1/68L1969
2/1Machida, Thomas J. (Tamotsu)1954-1974, undated
2/2-4Matsushita. Aiko (or Ai)1950-1977, undated
2/5Matsushita, Hana and Seki1947-1956, undated
2/6-7Matsushita, Sekio1946-1970, undated
2/8Ma1950-1976, undated
2/9Me - Mi1941-1978, undated
2/10Mo - My1949-1970, undated
2/11Na1949-1977, undated
2/12Nobechi, Tenma1954-1959
2/13Ni - No1951-1974
2/14O1950-1975, undated
2/15P - R1946-1969, undated
2/16Sato1937-1975, undated
2/17Sai - Saw1959-1975, undated
2/18Se - Si1947-1979, undated
2/19Sm - Su1949-1975
2/20Taj - Tak1949-1977, undated
2/21Tamaki, S.J1949-1977
2/22Tamura1938-1975, undated
2/23Tam - Tat1961-1976
2/24Thorpe, E.1947-1953
2/25Te - Tu1947-1977, undated
2/26U - V1948-1976, undated
2/27University of Washington1946-1972, undated
2/28Watanabe, Eiji1967-1974, undated
2/29W1953-1977
2/30Yamamoto, Tomoko1973-1979, undated
2/31Yamamoto1970-1977
2/32Ya1950-1975, undated
2/33Yo - Z1947-1978
2/34-35Unidentified
2/36-37Outgoing Letters - To Japan Publications Trading Company1969-1977
2/38-40Outgoing Letters1961-1976, undated
2/41Letters - Collected by Iwao Matsushita 1882-1975, undated
2/42-48Financial Records1925-1979, undated
Diaries of Iwao Matsushita
2/49Regarding Hanaye Matsushita in Hospital1963-1965
2/50-3/14General1965-1978
3/15-16 Gardening1970, 1975
3/17Journals by Iwao Matsushitaundated
3/18-21Travel Journals by Iwao Matsushita1931-1971
4/1-2Travel Journals by Teruko Inoue1965-1973
Writings by Iwao Matsushita
4/3-4"Neko no Negoto"undated
4/5"A Seven-Day Journey"1963
4/6"Bristol Bay Salmon Fisheryundated
4/7Student Papers1950-1951, undated
4/8Miscellaneous1956
4/9"Insects in Japanese Literature"undated
4/10"Around the Southern Pacific Ocean"undated
4/11-13Miscellaneous1974, undated
Writings by Others
4/14Washburn, Bradford: "Operation White Tower"1947
4/15Matsushita, Sekio: Miscellaneousundated
4/16Divine, Doris: "A Girl's Adventure"undated
4/17Shimada, Shigeo: "Waga Hoshi-kai ni"undated
4/18-23Miscellaneous1938-1977, undated
4/24Translations by Iwao Matsushita1948, undated
4/25-32Speeches by Iwao Matsushita1955-1978, undated
4/33-5/3Engagement Calendars1948-1974
5/4-9Notes 1928-1978, undated
Scope and Content: Including notes regarding the death of Hanaye Matsushita.
Publications by Iwao Matsushita
5/10"Our Daily Bread"1958
5/11"Neko no Negoto" (co-author: Matsushita, Hanaye1966
5/12-14"A Seven-Day Journey"1954-1979
5/15Publications - Translated by Iwao Matsushita, Written by U.G. Murphy
"Christian Moral Code"undated
"Kiristo-kyo no Shinko"1950
5/16-22Publications by Others
Newsletters
5/23-24 Nisei Veterans Newsletter 1965-1977
5/25 Peoples Christian Evangel 1974-1975
Scope and Content: Including articles by Iwao Matsushita.
5/26-31Miscellaneous1946-1978
Church Bulletins
5/32Seattle Japanese Methodist Church1954
5/33Blaine Memorial Methodist Church, Seattle1960-1968
5/34-6/1Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, Seattle1968-1977
6/2-12Miscellaneous1950-1978
6/13-19Lists1947-1974, undated
6/20-22Programs1954-1977, undated
6/23Itineraries1966, undated
6/24-27Address Booksundated
6/28-29Questionnaires1964-1973, undated
6/30-31Legal Documents1968-1979, undated
6/32Minutes - Japanese-American Service Committee and Blaine United Methodist Church 1946-1974
6/33Reports1952-1973
6/34Catalogs1974-1975, undated
6/35Song Lyrics1960, undated
6/36-38Picture Postcards1922, undated
6/39Diploma1914
6/40Certifications1914-1962, undated
Box
7Calligraphyundated
7Testimonialundated
17Stamps
Box/Folder
7/1Botany Scrapbook1931-1932
8/1Scrapbook1953-1957, undated
8/2-7Clippingsand Essays of Iwao Matsushita1934-1978, undated
8/8-19Ephemera1928-1976, undated
Subject Files
8/20-22Teaching Naturalization at Edison Vocational School1952-1954, undated
8/23-26KBLE (Seattle) Radio Monitor1970-1973, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Fort Missoula, Montana
Incoming Letters
9/1A - G1942-1943
9/2Hayasaka, H.M.1943
9/3H - J1942-1944, undated
9/4-6Koike, Kyo1942-1944
9/7K1942-1944, undated
9/8-10Matsushita, Hanaye1942-1943, undated
9/11M - O1942-1944
9/12S - T1942-1943, undated
9/13U.S. Department of Justice, Miscellaneous1942-1943, undated
9/14U1942-1943
9/15W - Y1942-1943, undated
9/16Unidentified1942-1943, undated
9/17Outgoing Letters1943
9/18General Correspondenceundated
9/19Letter Collected by Iwao Matsushita1943
9/20Financial Records1942
Writings by Iwao Matsushita
9/21"Record of Japanese Detention at Fort Missoula, MT"1970
9/22Miscellaneousundated
9/23Writings by Others1943
9/24Diaries1941-1942
9/25-26Notes1942, undated
9/27-28Lists1941-1944, undated
9/29Legal Documents1941-1942
10/1-2Publications1942-1943
10/3Noticesundated
10/4Programs1943
10/5Questionnaireundated
10/6Song Lyric1941
10/7Photograph1943
10/8Ephemeraundated
Subject Files
10/9English Teachingundated
10/10Missoula Haiku-kaiundated

  
Box/FolderDate
Camp Minidoka, Idaho
10/11Biographical Information1944-1952
Incoming Letters
10/12A - G1944-1945, undated
10/13Hirano, Raymond H.1944
10/14H - K1944-1945, undated
10/15M - N1944-1945, undated
10/16O - T1944-1945, undated
10/17U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service1944-1945
10/18U.S. War Relocation Authority, Minidoka Relocation Center1944-1945
10/19U.S. Government, Miscellaneous1945
10/20U - W1944-1945, undated
10/21Y1944-1945
10/22Unidentified1944-1945, undated
11/1Outgoing Letters1944-1945
11/2Letters Regarding Iwao Matsushita1944-1946
11/3Letters Collected by Iwao Matsushita1944
11/4Minutes - "Meeting of the Community Council and the Block Commissioners with Mr. Myer, National Director"1945
11/5Writings by Others1945, undated
11/6Speech by Dillon S. Myer, WRA National Director at Minidoka, Idaho1945
11/7Eulogies1944-1946
11/8Notesundated
11/9Lists1946, undated
11/10Memorandum1945
11/11-12Newsletters1942-1945, undated
11/13Pamphletundated
11/14Mapsundated
11/15Recipe Bookundated
11/16Photographsundated
11/17Illustrationsundated
11/18Clippings1944, undated
11/19Ephemeraundated
Subject Files
11/20-21Minidoka Ginsha1943, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Rainier Ginsha
Incoming Letters
12/1A - B1973-1976
12/2Fujikado Matsuko (Shoko)1961-1977, undated
12/3Fukuda, Hatsue (Shiko)1971-1977, undated
12/4Fukuoka, Taizo1967-1974
12/5Fukuzawa, Yoko1971-1976, undated
2/6E - F1971-1975, undated
12/7H - I1960-1974, undated
12/8Kajita, Fukuyo (Fukujo)1969-1975, undated
12/9King, Chie1971-1977
12/10Koyama, Miyoko1971-1979, undated
12/11J - K1969-1978, undated
12/12Matsumoto, Kimi1971-1976, undated
12/13M - N1971-1977, undated
12/14O - P1969-1976, undated
12/15Sauki, Izyo1970-1977, undated
12/16Tsuneishi, Shisei1970-1976
12/17S - U1970-1977, undated
12/18W - Y1971-1979, undated
12/19Outgoing Letters1974, undated
12/20Financial Records1973-1977
12/21-25Haiku Notes by Iwao Matsushita1965-1973
12/26Haiku Notes by Gin Matsushitaundated
Haiku - Monthly Meeting Entries
12/27By Iwao Matsushita1973-1978, undated
12/28-29By Gin Matsushita1963-1978, undated
12/30By other members1972-1976, undated
12/31Haiku - Monthly Meeting Evaluations 1973
Scope and Content: Including manuscripts of monthly meeting reports. Retained sample only.
12/32-37Haiku - Monthly Meeting Reports1948-1979
12/38-13/2Haiku - Monthly Meeting Reports of Other Haiku Societies1946-1978
13/3Haiku1963, undated
13/4-5Tanka by Others1963-1976
13/6Writing by Iwao Matsushitaundated
13/7Eulogies1971-1972
13/8Notes1967-1975, undated
13/9Lists1953-1961
13/10Publication Edited by Iwao Matsushita1974
13/11Publications1915-1974
13/12Cassette Tape - Narration By Kyoshi, Etc.undated
13/13Newspapers1963-1971
13/14-15Clippings1962-1974, undated
13/16Ephemeraundated

  
Box/FolderDate
Seattle Japanese Language School
13/17Organizational Features1973, undated
13/18Incoming Letters1954-1973, undated
13/19Outgoing Letters1957-1974, undated
13/20-21Writings1965-1966, undated
13/22-23Lecture Notes by Iwao Matsushita undated
Appraisal: Retained sample only.
13/24-31Curriculum Materials 1972-1973, undated
Appraisal: Retained sample only.
13/32-35Students' Works 1962-1975, undated
Appraisal: Retained sample only.
13/36-37Notes1971, undated
13/38-39Lists1972-1975, undated
14/1Personal Histories of Applicants for Teachers at Seattle Japanese Language School1967-1974, undated
14/2-3Newsletters1958-1974
14/4-5Publications1956-1972
14/6Programs1963
14/7Application and Testimonialsundated
14/8Questionnaires1963, undated
14/9 Miscellaneous
14/10Clippings1947-1972, undated
14/11Ephemera1954, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Hanaya Matsushita
14/12Biographical Information1920-1965
Incoming Letters
During World War II
14/13A - I1942-1944
14/14Koike, Kyo1942
14/15K - L1942-1944, undated
14/16-22Matsushita, Iwao1941-1944
14/23M - Y and unidentified1942-1944, undated
14/24After World War II1952-1967
14/25Outgoing Letters1943-1945
14/26General Correspondence1943-1958
14/27Letters Regarding Hanaye Matsushita1943
14/28Financial Records1942-1943
14/29Writing Regarding Hanaye Matsushita by Iwao Matsushitaundated
14/30Notes1971, undated
14/31Listundated

  
Box/FolderDate
Ginko Matsushita
14/36-37Biographical Information1895-1981
Incoming Letters
14/38Before World War IIundated
14/39During World War II1943-1945
After World War II
14/40B - I1965-1978, undated
14/41Kunishige (husband's family)1947-1979, undated
14/42Matsushita, Iwao1975
14/43K - O1947-1977, undated
14/44Sekiguchi, Harukichi (Gin's father)1947-1954, undated
14/45Sekiguchi1947-1960, undated
14/46Yamamoto, Tomoko1970-1976, undated
14/47S - Y and unidentified1966-1979, undated
14/48-49Financial Records1962-1967
14/50Writingsundated
14/51-52Notesundated
14/53Legal Documents1947-1968
14/54Itineraryundated
14/55Address Bookundated
14/56-57Miscellaneous
14/58Scrapbook1941-1951
14/59Clippings1945-1965, undated
14/60Ephemera1958, undated
14/61-62Subject File: Kokusei-ryu Shigin-kai1958-1972
Kunishige, Asakichi Frank
15/1Biographical Information1914-1952, undated
15/2Incoming Letters1940-1948, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Kyo Koike
15/3Biographical Information1945-1977
Incoming Letters
15/4Before World War II1938-1941
During World War II
15/5A - K1941-1945
15/6-7Matsushita, Iwao1942-1945, undated
15/8M - Y1942-1945, undated
15/9Unidentified1942-1945
15/10After World War II1945-1947, undated
15/11Outgoing Letter1941
15/12Christmas Cardsundated
15/13Financial Record1942
15/14Translation1945
15/15Publication by Kyo Koike1933
15/16Programs1929
15/17-16/1Scrapbooks1925-1935, undated
16/2Ephemera1938, undated

Subject Terms

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Organizations:
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