New Donations, Archives Month Edition

As mentioned last time, this past quarter has been busy for us!  However, the work the students, volunteers, and staff are putting all revolves around the contributions of materials placed in our care by our donors.  So, in this post, I’m highlighting the new accessions we’ve received between July and September:

  • Addition to the William T. Hiraoka Papers

The latest in a series of new accessions to the Hiraoka papers–which taken all together double the size of the collection–this accrual consists mainly of photo albums and 35 mm slides that document the life of Hiraoka and his family and friends from the 1950s onward.


Cover of Hiraoka family photo album for 1960-1969.

  • Atherton YMCA Student Programs Records

A new collection consisting of several large binders dating from the mid 1980s through the late 1990s, the materials include staff project notes, meeting minutes, sheet music, and other documents that show how the Y went about providing services to UH-Manoa students during that time period.

  • Paul Beam WWII Collection of World War II Photographs

This collection consists of 9 folders of photographs presumably collected by Beam as part of his work as a war correspondent sent to Hawai’i by the Associated Press. Images depict both military and civilian subjects in Hawai’i, on the Mainland, and overseas; the majority include identifying captions.  The files include photographs from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines, the AP and other wire and press agencies, and others.  A few photos depict non-WWII-related topics, some of these were taken by Beam himself.


U.S. Army Signal Corps photo. Original Caption: “2 April 1946 / Hilo, Hawaii. / Residents of Hilo, Hawaii, removing their personal effects from their home which was destroyed in the tidal wave that hit the town on 1 April 1946.”

  • Additions to the Masao Sakagami Photograph Collection

These two accessions expand the relatively new Sakagami Collection.  The collection includes a few dozen photographic prints and a few hundred digital scans of photos taken by 442nd RCT (Company ‘C’) veteran Masao Sakagami. The prints, all annotated, depict 100th Battalion/442nd RCT veterans’ reunions from 1992 to 1996. Most feature either reunions that occurred in Hawai’i and/or veterans from Hawai’i.  The scanned images mostly depict 442nd soldiers during WWII and shortly thereafter, and were taken in New York City, several Italian cities, at various mainland Army bases, on the ship ride home, and so on.


A page from a scanned Masao Sakagami photo album with images of 442nd Regimental Combat Team soldiers from Hawaii.

The Beam photos and most of the Sakagami photos are available to researchers visiting our reading room, but the Hiraoka additions and Atherton Y records are currently still closed while they are being processed.


Did you know? – October is Archives Month!

American Archives Month is an annual, nation-wide event celebrating the documentary record and the repositories and professionals who maintain it.  Among the ways it is honored is by #AskAnArchivist day on the 1st Wednesday in October, and Electronic Records Day on 10/10 (get it?).

The Hawai’i State Archives is leading local Archives Month efforts, including by sponsoring ‘Welo Haʻaheo: An Exhibition of Hawaiian Royal Flags’ on Saturday, October 21st and an open house honoring Queen Lili‘uokalani on Friday the 27th.

Also, the State Archives’ website features the proclamation the Governor signed designating October as Archives Month in Hawai’i, and last year’s Archives month page features additional historic documents, for example the customs declaration for Apollo 11 that the astronauts filled out when they returned to Earth.


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