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John M. Yumoto collection

 Collection
Identifier: COU:1791

Scope and Contents

The John M. Yumoto Collection consists of documents taken from his scrapbook, a copy of the Japanese Sword Society of the United States, Inc. Newsletter, which is dedicated to John M. Yumoto, and photographs donated by his wife Vickie Yumoto. The documents, which were taken out of the scrapbook, are labeled “scrapbook” then separated into sub-categories. The copy of the Japanese Sword Society of the United States, Inc. Newsletter that is dedicated to John M. Yumoto consists of biographical information.

Dates

  • 1943 - 1988

Biographical Note

John Masayuki Yumoto was born January 30, 1916, in Fresno, California to Yohei and Koshio Yumoto. In 1919 John Yumoto and his family moved to Okayama, Japan, where he lived and attended School until 1935 when he returned to the US alone. Although he had attended college in Japan, John Yumoto completed both grammar and high school in Burlingame, California, to master the English language and American ways. In 1940 John M. Yumoto began working as a photographer for Shin Sekai Asahi Newspaper in San Francisco, California.

In 1942, after the US entered World War II, John Yumoto and his new bride Vickie moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he had been drafted to teach Japanese at the US Japanese Language School at the University of Colorado. In 1945 they transferred to Oklahoma A&M at Stillwater, where John Yumoto became the head instructor of the US Navy Japanese Language School program and their daughter Kathleen was born. Then in 1946, the family left Oklahoma A&M and moved to Monterey, California where their son Ted was born in 1947. John Yumoto worked as an Instructor at the Military Intelligence Language School in Monterey for six years. The family then moved to San Mateo, California in 1952 where John Yumoto worked for the Defense Department as an efficiency expert until he retired in 1976.

In addition to his dedication to his job, family and many other endeavors and interests which kept John busy, he taught an English course at San Mateo Junior College to enable long-time residents of Japanese ancestry to become naturalized citizens. He was also an active member of Sturge Presbyterian Church and served as an elder and Chairmen of the Education Building Project. John M. Yumoto was also a founding member of the Japanese Sword Club, authored The Samurai Sword; A Handbook (Tuttle), was a leader in teaching Japanese sword preservation, and led many sword tour groups to Japan.

After retirement in 1976, John M. Yumoto served as a volunteer translator and interpreter for the Police department and municipal Court. Shortly after accepting a position as Senior Advisor to the Japanese Sword Society of the US, John passed away on October 1, 1988, following heart surgery. Besides his wife and two children, he left behind five grandchildren and a multitude of wonderful friends.

(Biographical information provided by wife Vickie Yumoto and daughter Kathleen Thompson)

Extent

.25 linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The John M. Yumoto Collection consists of papers kept in a scrapbook by John Masayuki Yumoto pertaining to the period in which he taught for the US Navy Japanese Language School. John M. Yumoto was a Sensei at the US Navy Japanese Language School at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1942-1945. He then left, in 1945, to head the US Navy Japanese Language School program at Oklahoma A&M. In 1946, Yumoto began working as an instructor at the Military Intelligence Language School in Monterey, California. Then in 1952 John M. Yumoto moved to San Mateo, California and worked for the Defense Department as an efficiency expert until he retired in 1976.

Arrangement

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

Physical Location

A46 E5
Status
Completed
Author
Cynthia M. Ploucher
Date
July 9, 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

Contact:
1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States