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Daniel Date collection

Identifier: COU:500

Scope and Contents

The Sakae Daniel Date Collection contains: Date’s Naval Distinguished Service Award for his involvement in the USN JLS/OLS, correspondence written to and about Date, newspaper clippings, a US Navy declassified Command File and pro Japanese-American pamphlets. The collection also has a sermon by Reverend Raymond A. Waser and the book Diary of a Missionary: Pauline S. McAlpine (1986). James McAlpine was a sensei and a later administrator of the USN JLS/OLS.


  • 1942 - 1946

Biographical Note

Sakae Daniel Date (1914-2011) was born at Alameda, California on January 22, 1914. Date attended the University of California Berkeley and received both a Bachelors’ and a Masters’ in architecture. In July 1942, Date was hired as a Sensei (Teaching Associate) for the US Navy Japanese Language School (USN JLS/OLS) located at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder. Date continued to teach Japanese at CU until May 31, 1944. On July 10, 1944, Date was hired by Columbia University, to teach for their naval Japanese Language Program, until September 15, 1944. With the US Navy still needing students to learn Japanese, from October 1944 to November 1945, Dale taught Japanese at Yale University. While at Yale University, Date taught Japanese in two different programs, first the Civil Affairs Training School and then the Army Specialized Training Program. The last teaching position was at Pomona University, in Claremont, California. After three years of teaching Japanese, Date became an architect for the State of California. In recognition of the important wartime contribution of the sensei of the USN JLS/OLS, in January 2003, Date and other USN JLS/OLS faculty received the US Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award the Navy can give civilians. Date’s wife, Kathleen, died May 8, 1998. On October 4, 2011, Sakae Daniel Date died in Oakland, California at the age of 97.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

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Sakae Daniel Date (1914-2011) was born in Alameda, California. He attended the University of California Berkeley and received degrees in architecture. From 1942 until 1944 Date was a sensei in the US Navy’s Japanese and Oriental Language School (USN JLS/OLS). After teaching Japanese for three years, Date became an architect for the State of California. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, rosters, pamphlets, and publications.


This collection is arranged in original order in which we attained it from the donor, with a box level inventory list.

Survey by: Justin Easterday, September 2014 Edited and Rehoused by: Emma Scales, November 2014
September 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States