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Totman, Conrad D.

Conrad D. Totman Papers

1800-2005
65 boxes 53 linear feet
Call no.: MS 447
Depiction of Conrad Totman in his office
Conrad Totman in his office

A scholar of the history and culture of early modern Japan, Conrad Totman began his career as a student of ornamental horticulture at the University of Massachusetts. After graduation in 1953, Totman served in the army for three years in South Korea where got his first taste of Japanese culture during leave. His experiences in Japan piqued his scholarly interest, and upon his return to the states with his new wife Michiko, he finished college at UMass and did his graduate work at Harvard where he received a doctorate in 1964 for a study of politics during the Tokugawa period. Totman held academic positions at UC Santa Barbara, Northwestern, and Yale before retiring in 1997.

The bulk of the collection documents Professor Totman’s education and professional work as a scholar and teacher of Japanese history. Dispersed throughout is a treasure trove of information on Japan in general, and particularly on his specialties: early modern Japan and forestry and environmental management. An enormous, highly influential, and cherished part of Totman’s life is his family, and the Totman clan is well represented in this collection. Reams of genealogical material document the rich heritage of the Totman family, including the transcribed love letters and diaries of his paternal grandmother and biographies of Totman ancestors, as well as hundreds of letters written between Michiko and her family in Japan.

Subjects
Afforestation--Japan--Akita-ken--History
Agriculture--Japan--History
Agriculture--Korea--History
Conway (Mass.)--Genealogy
Dairy farms--Massachusetts
Family farms--United States
Farm life--United States
Forest management--Japan--Akita-ken--History
Forest policy--Japan
Forests and forestry--Japan
Human ecology--Japan--History
Human ecology--Korea--History
Japan--Civilization--American influences
Japan--Environmental conditions
Japan--History--1952-
Japan--History--Restoration, 1853-1870
Japan--History--Tokugawa period, 1600-1868
Japan--Politics and government--1600-1868
Korea--American influences
Korea--Environmental conditions
Korea--History--1948-1960
Lumber trade--Japan--History
Tokugawa, Ieyasu, 1543-1616
Totman family
United States--Army--Medical personnel--Correspondence
Contributors
Drew, Raymond Totman, 1923-1981
Lewis, Gertrude Minnie, 1896-
Totman, Conrad D
Totman, Ruth J
Types of material
Genealogies
Letters (Correspondence)
Memoirs
Photographs
Wheeler, William

William Wheeler Papers

1876-1930
1 box 0.5 linear feet
Call no.: RG 002/3 W54
Depiction of William Wheeler, ca.1876
William Wheeler, ca.1876

The civil engineer William Wheeler was a member of the first graduating class of Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1871, and was one of its most prominent alumni of the nineteenth century. In 1876, Wheeler joined MAC President William Smith Clark and two other alumni of the college in helping to found the Sapporo Agricultural College in Japan (now Hokkaido University), succeeding Clark as president of SAP from 1877 to 1879. In later life, he was a successful hydraulic engineer and long-time trustee of MAC (1887-1929).

A small, tightly focused collection, the Wheeler Papers consist largely of letters written home by Wheeler while working at the Sapporo Agricultural College, 1876-1880. Typically long and descriptive, the letters include excellent accounts of travel in Japan and Wheeler’s impressions of Japanese culture, but they provide detailed insight as well into the work involved in establishing Sapporo Agricultural College.

Subjects
Agriculture--Japan
Clark, William Smith, 1826-1886
Hokkaido (Japan)--Description and travel--19th century
Hokkaido Daigaku
Japan--Description and travel--19th century
Massachusetts Agricultural College
Penhallow, D. P. (David Pearce), 1854-1910
Sapporo (Japan)--Description and travel--19th century
Contributors
Hudson, Woodward
Wheeler, William, 1851-1932
Types of material
Letters (Correspondence)
Yamashita, Yoshiaki, 1865-1935

Yoshiaki Yamashita Photograph Album

ca.1904
1 vol. 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: PH 006
Depiction of Yoshiaki and Fude Yamashita, ca.1904
Yoshiaki and Fude Yamashita, ca.1904

From 1903 to 1906, Professor Yoshiaki Yamashita of Tokyo traveled the United States providing instruction in the new martial art of judo. In Washington, D.C., he provided instruction for the sons and daughters of the nation’s political and business elite and was brought to the White House to teach President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1905-1906, Yamashita was employed by the U.S. Naval Academy to train midshipmen, but after his contract ended in the fall 1906, he returned to Japan and continued to teach judo until his death on October 26, 1935. He was posthumously awarded the 10th degree black belt, the first ever so honored.

The Yamashita photograph album contains 53 silver developing out prints apparently taken to illustrate various judo throws and holds, along with Yamashita’s calling card and four documents relating to his time teaching judo in Washington.

Gift of Caroline Watson, Dec. 2007
Subjects
Judo--Photographs
Kawaguchi, Saburo
Yamashita, Fude
Yamashita, Yoshiaki
Types of material
Photograph albums
Photographs
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