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History 94S: Savoring Japan: Food and Society in Global Perspective (Autumn 2021)

Students enrolled in HISTORY 94S: Savoring Japan: Food and Society in Global Perspective can use this guide to navigate the collections in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.


Welcome! Students in History 94S are welcome to explore our collections.

Slide deck from class presentation (please sign with your Stanford email address)

Select Collections for this Course

Buddhist Church of San Francisco records: Japanese American food relief efforts for Occupied Japan

Cornell (John B.) papers: Questionnaires, field notes, and statistics, relating to demographic characteristics of Japanese emigrants to the Noroeste region of Brazil. Includes studies summarizing findings, and a case study of Japanese in Getulina, São Paulo State.

  • Boxes 2 and 21

Great Britain Ministry of Food: "Food Chart", Poster collection.

Inventory of the Crawford F. Sams papers: The Crawford F. Sams papers contain correspondence, orders, speeches and writings, research data, printed matter, certificates, and photographs relating to American military medical activities in the Middle East during World War II, American military medical activities in the Korean War, Allied public health activities in occupied Japan, and scientific research on the effects of radiation. 

Inventory of the Forrest Ralph Pitts papers: Correspondence, reports, notes, and slides relating to the population of Okinawa and to social and economic conditions on Okinawa in the post-World War II period.

Japanese Modern History Manuscript Collection: Occupation Period Posters.

  • Box 32 Issues Regarding Ryūkyū 

Kamishibai collection: Japanese illustrated paper play sheets, intended primarily for children and women at the homefront and dealing with World War II propaganda themes.

  • Box 2: "敵国降伏 Tekikoku kōfuku" (Enemy surrendered) 1944 August 31

  • Box 3: "心の鍵 Kokoro no kagi" (The key is to mind) 1943 May 25

National Japanese American Student Relocation Council records: 
Correspondence, reports, case files, minutes, and questionnaires, relating to the placement of interned Japanese American students in colleges and universities in the U.S. during World War II.

  • Boxes 1 and 116

Preliminary Inventory to the Hubert Gregory Schenck papers: Correspondence, diaries, speeches and writings, reports, clippings, maps, and photographs relating to the Allied occupation of Japan, relations between Taiwan and the United States, and economic conditions in Japan and Taiwan.

  • Volume/Box  Envelope C: 54 photos of fisheries in Japan

  • Volume/Box  Album fM: 1 album containing 161 photos of Lt. Colonel H. G. Schenck on a Japanese whaling expedition in the Antarctic,

  • Volume/Box  Album fQ: 1 album containing 155 photos relating to fisheries in Japan,

  • Volume/Box  Box 11: America-Japan Society, special bulletin

United States. "Hang this up in your kitchen to serve as a daily reminder." Poster collection. 

United States. Office of Price Administration. Consumer Division, “Mrs. America buys food with care…,” 1942, Poster collection.

Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection

The Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection is currently the world’s largest online archive of open-access, full image Japanese American and other overseas Japanese newspapers in Asia and South America. Image content in this collection is accompanied by OCR-generated text where possible, thus rendering the text searchable. The holdings of each title are browsable by datetitle, and publication place, with each title cross searchable with other titles on the platform. The nature of the newspapers varies significantly from community-focused to political or military propaganda depending on the political conditions and target readership.

Voices from the Archives Japanese American Internment, 1942–1946 Exhibit