Ashley Hartwell recently joined our Archives & Manuscripts Department as an intern for the Fall 2013 semester. Ashley is obtaining her Masters of Library and Information Science degree here at UH, and anticipates graduating this December. She first became interested in archives while taking Introduction to Archival Management, taught in part by our head archivist, Dainan Skeem. Her interest lead her to focus her studies on archives, and lead the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists for one year. Prior to starting her graduate studies, Ashley served as an active duty officer in the United States Army for almost ten years; she continues to serve by working part-time in the Hawaii National Guard now. Her military experience has already proven to be an asset to our department’s numerous military collections, which she has eagerly delved into.
Ashley has begun processing the Kintaro Hamashige Collection, a collection donated by the Hamashige family consisting largely of programs, newsletters, and pamphlets from the many Japanese American veterans associations that Mr. Kintaro Hamashige belongs to. Mr. Hamashige was raised on Oahu, and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, volunteered to serve in the United States Army’s Military Intelligence Service as a Japanese interpreter. Many of the professional organizations that Mr. Hamashige has participated in over the years have advocated strongly for recognition of Japanese American contributions during WWII, as well as recompense for the Japanese internment during that time. One of the most fascinating aspects of the new Collection is the many black and white photographs that Mr. Hamashige brought back from his time as a young Solider in Japan immediately after the signing of the surrender documents.